Wednesday July 6th, 2005|
Cut Gear Leg Socket Holes in F-722
These are the gear leg weldments. These things are only applicable to the tri-gear aircraft. On the taildraggers, there are sockets on the engine mount for the main gear, but on the trikes the sockets are on the weldments that get attached to the 704 (carry-through bulkhead) and the lower-longerons. These are complicated pieces for sure.
The sockets protrude out of the F-722 forward bottom skin, so you use a template printed on the plans to get the hole cut out in the proper location. I found the hole on the plans to be rather small...but the plans mention that you may modify the hole as required...which is exactly what I did.
And here's the finished product with the sockets sticking through. I wasn't terrible happy with the quality and fit of my holes...so no close-ups. ;-)
But anyway...the drawings menion that you should fill in the surrounding areas with pro-seal, which makes perfect sense to me. It seems logical that you could maybe get exhaust and/or air noise here if there' s a gap...so I'm definately going to pro-seal here when all this gets installed for the final time. I'll be installing upper intersection fairings anyway, so this will all be nice and sealed up. I spent about 2.5 hours on this tonight...for whatever that's worth.