Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Harmon Rocket Update

Hey there, welcome to Hangar Bravo!

It has been awhile since I have posted an update on my Harmon Rocket build. Things are coming along nicely. Here are a few pics of the progress.
Here is a pic of the wings coming together nicely in the jig. The ribs are just clecoed in place.  The pic to the right shows the horizontal stab with the end rib turned around so that it will be a smooth fit with the elevators.

The next pic shows the vertical stab completed and ready to be fitted with the rudder. The top rib on the vertical stab has also been turned around so as to have a nice smooth fit with the rudder as well. Just a really nice feature.

Here is the center spar receiver section of the fuselage being fitted with the spars. All is a nice fit and we are ready to continue on with the rest of the wing assembly.

Next is a pic of the wing nose ribs with pvc spacers in place to assure that the ribs are straight during the the drilling if the wing skins. Neat little trick.

Leading edge skins are on and drilled. I can feel the fuel tanks looming just around the corner. Ugh!

Since I want to have more fuel in my Rocket, I have to have larger tanks. The largest ones that Van's has is only 24 gallons for the RV8. The RV4 is only 15 gallons per side. That isn't nearly enough. So, the next pic shows the new skins being made with a home made bender. These tanks will be 27 gallons per side for a total of 54 gallons. This allows me to stay in the air over 4 hours....much mo betta!!

The next picture shows the fuel tanks built and clecoed together. Now they are ready for the goo.

That's all the pics I have for right now. I will post more as I get them. I hope that you all like the pics. If you have any questions or thoughts please do not hesitate to interject or pipe in. Love other people's ideas and thoughts. In fact, it is really encouraged because I get alot of really cool ideas that I can implement into my project.

That's all for now...more soon tho! God Bless....Buzz RV Nation