It was time to get an EAA wing stand built. The container with my quick-build kit is on a ship, heading my way. It’s going to be sailing in to Tacoma, WA on or about February 5. A few days after that, I’ll have a shop full of Sling 2 airplane sections – wings, fuel tanks and fuselage. I’ve got to have a place to store both wing panels.
My good friend Charlie used a rainy day to help me. He’s been working hard, building his new home. I enjoy that he lets me help him sometimes. It was nice to have his craftsman expertise and company for my project.
The new portable propane heater can be seen in a couple of the photos.
It’s autumn now, and already too cool to prime parts outside. I need a place in my shop to do it. I tried a cardboard box on a workbench, but quickly decided that a ventilated booth is required.
With about $8 worth of 1×2 wood strips and $20 of plastic sheeting, a $12 dryer duct, and an existing space heater (w/fan) — I was able to quickly build a 4′ x 5′ x 9.5′ tall spray booth.
I only need to work with relatively small parts. The longest pieces in the empennage are only a few feet long and can be suspended with a vertical orientation. Ventilation is minimal. Hopefully it will be enough.
The side and roof panels and the doors are in place. Plastic sheet will hopefully keep any weather out until I can get back to working on it. My brother and his wife are coming to visit for a week. Then there are some other chores that need doing around the house.
Getting the wall panels in place required development of processes so that it could be accomplished with just two people – my wife and myself. Levers and my wife’s head – literally – positioned and held each panel while I drove the screws to fasten them to the structure. We were both up and down ladders all day long, for a couple of weeks.