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Build Update: The Turtledeck November 2017

First off, what is a turtledeck? The answer is obvious at first, it is a wood platform on the back of the house, with a bunch of turtles sitting on it, right?



Or maybe it is what you call the deck of a cruise ship that is for turtle pleasure?





Well actually it is the round part of the plane behind the cockpit, that leads into the tail, as seen in this beautiful Sonex.


So, now that we know what a turtledeck is, I can get into how I built one!. Like everything, It started with a plans review. The turtledeck skin was made of 2 smaller skins (a left and right) and a central spine of a stiffening C-Channel. The skin then is curved to make it rounded, pretty, and aerodynamic.


I then prepared all the parts. The turtledeck formers were up to the plate first, they look like this:




I made sure that they had no stress rising scratches. (rule of thumb is that if you can catch a fingernail in the scratch, then it is too deep and must be buffed out.) Aside from that I checked them against the plans …

Build Update: Joining the Fuselage October 2017

Riveting the Fuselage side panels was extremely satisfying! After a few day's hard work, I had built up these huge 10' long metal structures! 



 I used cross ties that were akin to the vertical stiffeners. They were a C-shaped channel piece, with a prepilot drilled hole pattern that perfectly matched the spot they went. I clecoed them in place wit ha small cleco, and moved on to the next step.









And of course, once you accomplish something in your kit, don't forget to celebrate!




Picking up my kit

The stage was set. Early Friday morning I jumped out of bed. I walked to my already packed bag, made sure I had everything, and then puled my clothes on and brushed my teeth. I fed my lizards plenty of crickets to keep them alive over my absence. I watered my plants extra. After checking my Email a million times in the 20 min before it was time to leave, I walked out to the van. Well, it seems if you want the trailer to be hooked up and the proper tools to be loaded up, you need to go out a little sooner than 1 min before it is time to leave. It took only 10 min to pack up and leave. I racked my brain wondering if I had forgotten anything. Of course I had, but I didn't know that at the time. The drive was monotonous as most are. My dad and I listened to podcasts until our ears bled and then shoved more in.*
Just at 7:00 Pm We rolled into the VAA Meeting at Gardener airport. My dad had been telling me that Jack Pelton President of the "VAA" was the guest speaker. That w…