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Thread: Hints for Homebuilders Videos-What are your ideas?

  1. #51

    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    If you are still looking, a series on wood selection would be nice. I am looking at building a Mini-max Eros and would like to know more. The plans cover some of the information but it would be nice to have a more in-depth knowledge of what I am doing and where to find more information. Below is a list of what I would like to see covered if possible.
    1. What type of wood is typically used in different applications like spars, longerons, rib cap strips, gusset material, etc. What is to be avoided?
    2. Grain orientation for spars, longerons, rib cap strips, gusset material, etc.
    3. Selection of wood for the parts listed above, including runout, knots, grain pattern, etc. and what is acceptable / safe in different applications.
    4. Glue application. How much? Thin layer or a little thicker?
    5. Moisture content. What to look for and how to change it properly. What about wood at different moisture contents (not extreme) used in the same parts?
    6. Long term storage. Seal the wood as soon as each part is constructed or can you wait. How long is too long?
    7. Warped wood. How warped is too warped?
    8. Clamping pressure. When is it too much? Different clamping techniques and types for gussets, frame sides, fuselage assembly, etc.
    I have an idea on most of these from building furniture most of my life but I would like to know more as these techniques pertain to aircraft construction. Besides, you need more videos for us wood and fabric guys.

  2. #52
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Bumble**** Egypt, Joja
    Make a video on how tight bracing cross wires should be inside of wings and how to true them all up. Because I really don't know. I've seen a video somewhere of how tight control cables should be and how to tighen them up, something like around 20 pounds? Don't remember off hand... probably wrong.

    Make a video on how to keep carpenter bumble bees from drilling holes in your wing spars and other wooden plane parts, which is obviously structurally dangerous.

  3. #53

    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    I would like to see some more composite videos. Examples would be mixing epoxy and microballons and/or flock to the correct consistency. Repair work would be a great example.

    In general, I would like to see more advanced videos. It appears that many of the recent videos are basic and are intended for a newer audience that do not have a lot of building experience building. Techniques for moderately skilled builders would be great. An example would be methods for how to seal a fuel tank. Both fiberglass and sheet metal would interest me.

    Longer more detailed videos would also be of interest.

    Keep up up the good work. The Hints for Home Builders is the first thing I look for in the weekly EAA e-Hotline.


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