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Don J

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About Don J

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  • Birthday 28/12/1960


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    Taylor mono
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    North Dakota
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  1. Got the Horz Stab covered with ply and added access holes at all hinges and mount brackets. these will be covered with fabric and with hopes to never have to use them but there if needed. I installed TEE nuts to mount hinges and brackets but also backed them with nylon lock nuts so an opening was needed to fit wrench in if repairs where ever required. The picture of all the stuff piled on the table is actually a creative way I weighed down the ply on HZ for gluing (If there is a will there is a way) Got the tabs welded to header tank also. Yep still having fun but that leading edge was a trick
  2. I have a question for the Forum. My Horz stab is covered with 1 mm ply and also covered with fabric on the ply. In the prints I see no mention of rib stitching fabric anywhere to the 9 ribs inside the H stab. The 1 mm ply is very thin and very simple to get stitches through it and the fabric. My question is do builders of the T-mono add stitches with 2.5"-3" spacing in this area beings it's in the prop blast at all times ? or is the weight gain of pinked tape and reinforcing tape along with stitch itself add up to much?? I cut two starter pieces of ply today for the Horz stab to start with bot
  3. A bit done today. A couple shots of elevator getting covered. 42 stitches on elevator and 23 on rudder at 2-1/2" spacing.
  4. facthunter. Great advise. I'm using Poly Fiber covering system so the pink color of the VS is the first coat of Poly brush.
  5. Well guys the covering is going on well but just my bad luck I ran out of Poly tak glue so rudder is on hold for finish work. I did take the time and add the fabric dowels on the leading edge of the Elevator so it's ready to cover when glue rolls in this week. Yep I'm still having a blast but ran into a bad order of ply for the Fuselage. I bought 3 -24"x 48" 2 mm and 3- 24"x 48" 1 mm and during shipping by UPS the corner of the box got hit or dropped and broke all 6 pieces in one corner . Good news is Aircraft spruce re- sent new ones right away
  6. I got the V- stab covered and getting rudder ready for fabric.
  7. Still working away on the plane. I took the vertical Stab and laminated foam inside to help in roll over protection and give a good surface to glue or fiberglass to yet to do final sanding. Tail group is done other then plying the Horz. stab but all controls work well. Covid-19 has caused some material ordering issues but seams to be getting better. Just checking in and keeping every one posted. Don
  8. I thought I'd take a moment and go over the changes I made to the tail area of my Taylor mono and pictures of most should be in the thread. 1. I changed the tail skid to a full swivel Maule gear 2. Installed 2 pulleys for better routing for rudder cables exiting the Fus.
  9. Hey fellas. After many many times of removal and re-installing of the tail group I can say the Horz stab is ready for its plywood and the elevator is ready for fabric and all bolts for hinges are removable with out any cutting or recovering All ideas I added from my KR-2 parts has made for a very strong tail group and the hinges run real smooth. With elevator at neutral position and rudder full left or right I have 1-1/4" clearance at closest point to rudder. The mounting for the HORZ stab worked out very well and I can adjust easily +/- 3 or 4 degrees if needed. Next off I will tackle the co
  10. I decided to open a 1-3/4" hole on each side of the base of rudder to make reaching the control horn bolts more easily. This was done with a hand drill and a hole saw bit and does not impair the integrity of the ply. earlier in this thread I spoke of a larger hole in internal brace to allow an extension for socket to fit to hold the two nuts but found it is just one of two ways of handling this hard to reach area. Thought I'd better share this with the Forum. And we at home are doing fine as is the build . I also did a hand drawing of my way of assuring the single bolts holding the hinge half'
  11. This picture is of the Horz.stab with all hinges in place and the control arm for elevator installed. I'm getting 34 degrees up elevator and 28 degrees down and prints call for 25 degrees up/down so very satisfied with movement. Rudder ask for 30 degrees left /right and I'm getting 33 degrees so mods on control arms from the KR-2 is a easy task by using router and some sanding and file work next to add ply to HZ. I guess it's something to do during this terrible Covid-19 mess we all are in. Over 240.000 have passed in the USA as of November 06. You all stay safe. Don J
  12. I wanted to post a picture of the modifications I did to the stock KR-2 control horns for elevator and rudder of the Taylor-monoplane. The bottom horn in picture is shaped to allow forward and aft movement for the elevator and top fitting is slightly modified for full movement of rudder left and right and has a safety angle mounted to tail post to help protect wood if cable lock sleeves slip. Horz.stab rear spar will have same type of safety feature installed. a little work each day. Don
  13. Hello members. Though building has been going slow mainly due to the difficulty of getting material shipped in I'm still plugging away at the build these photos are of the fuel header tank getting ready for mounting. and the small modification done to instrument box for tank fit. I've been practicing with the Poly fiber practice kit to get the feel for covering the control surfaces and got my seat sewed up. The yellow tow strap laid on the seat in one picture is rated at 5400 lb and was sewed into the seat and is of great strength. I'm still having a great time building. Don J
  14. Still working away on the T-Mono and check myself the other day and yep still alive.:cheezy grin:Plane is begging to get its wings built but many little things to do before the roots are put in for good. Materials are slow to come but we all are kinda use to that right ?working mainly on fuel and engine mount and the rest to get the FWF done. Stay safe all. Don
  15. A quick drop in to show some pictures of the hardware built to get the controls working on the Taylor-mono. I have all the Aileron Diff't quadrant material from my KR-2 and at this time studying just how these will work in the root of the wing. Taylor print calls for 22.5 degrees in offset and as close as I can measure at this time is my KR-2 parts are at 21 degrees so I believe it will be just fine for it's new mission. I made a couple sets of elevator and rudder hinges I guess practice makes perfect. very near to getting the controls covered with fabric but first had to make and mount all me
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