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Task: Control Systems
I had my first attempt at powder coating. It is dirt simple!
I powder-coated the brake pedals black with a light texture.
They turned out great! The prep work is the same as a top-coat
paint. Essentially we hung the pedals up, connected a negative
lead to the safety wire holding them up, held a trigger down
and sprayed away. After about 30 minutes in the oven, we removed
them to cool off and then they were ready for assembly.
Here is a picture of the first pedal after it was removed from
the oven. It has a nice semi-gloss and a great texture.
We then installed the pedals onto the rudder pedal weldments
and attached the master cylinders. After installing the bolts
and cotter pins, it was ready to be installed in the fuselage.
It looks great!
part of the day was spent cutting the first revision of our
instrument panel. It started as a 45" x 18" piece
of 0.62 aluminium. The first and second cuts went really well!
Here the machine has finished all of the inside cuts.
have a problem! Someone my x,y 0 offset was reset and the outter
cut was messed up. Looks like I'll have to come back tomorrow
to cut another one.
we continued work on the control system. I'm having a problem
I can't seem to figure out. The F-789 small pushrod is too short,
by about an inch. However, I builit per the plans. I then set
the neutral position and found that the rod-end hits the control
stick weldment. The only solution I can find is to reset the
neutral position of the elevator bellcrank. I'm going to have
to call Van's about it on Monday.