Category: AKKA/Tierra

First taxi

This was not easy! First of all I need to take some lessons in flying whit steering wheel, because I am used to stick flying. Also I need to practise more taxi whit taildragger airplane. I belive I neet to tighten upp the rudder and tailwheel wire tension. I was realy surprised when the airplane lifted off the ground when I was taxing down the runway. A got a little panic and then realized that I need to learn the wheel steering.

 

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Trailer inspection.

Today my trailer passed the registration and technical inspection. The engineer hade a good time inspecting the cirkus caravan as he said. But he was pleased about my work.
Now its just the dam swedish aviation authourity that needs to get their thum out of their as and sign that permitt to fly paper!

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Airplane trailer

I need a trailer. And it needs to be a closed one. So I bought a cheap caravan chassie and found my old party tent. Next I went to the metal dealer and got some roof sheets that they wanted to get rid of. The hole think has costed me about 5000kr (500euro) in material costs. Next week I am going to do a new registration certifikation. It costs 1400kr. Anyway, I am building just what I need for a fare amount of money.

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Next I am going to mount the wing storage mounts and some attachments in the floor for the fuselage. Later I will make a foldable table in the front with some toolboxes under and a small door to get in from the front.

Jag är ett sätt att tänka.

Weigh & balance. Heater.24h.

The plane came out spot on the C/G, 86cm!

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And I am installing the heater in the front. It is a small water cooler and a computer fan.

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I am also going to paint some nice pictures on the tail and body. On the fin I am going to paint the goose Akka and it’s friend Nils Holgersson riding on top. Akka is named after the goose in Selma Lagerlöfs story about Nils Holgersons journey across Sweden.

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And on the cabin behind the aft windows, the ducktales.

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Jag är ett sätt att tänka.

Painting cabin. 10h.

Using my house latex paint and Latex additive Liquitex. I can’t get hold of Floetrol in europe, so I try using Liquitex. It seems to work out nicely. One problem I have is that the foam roller is producing hundreds of small bubbles when I apply the paint. I have to flatten the paint out with the roller about one minute after I have applied the wet paint. The Liquitex seems to make the paint surface flow out again. I will see tomorrow if it has worked.
So far I have painted 5 layers.

One thing I don’t know what to do with, is the  paint bleeding through the fabric, making the inside looking ugly. I really don’t feel like masking off the inside cabin and paint the fabric…

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First layer. 70% paint. 20% liquitex. 10% water. Working the paint through the fabric, ensuring to make a god mechanical bond.

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Ugly bleed through.

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I didn’t mask of the glue, big mistake. Looks even more ugly on the inside.

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5 layers.

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Jag är ett sätt att tänka.