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Date:  3-13-2009
Number of Hours:  4.00
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Brief Description:  Drawings

After reviewing the drawings, I found that there are several metal parts that need to be fabricated. Some are fairly simple, others are not. While I figure that I could make these parts with the proper materials and tools, I am not currently equipped to accurately cut, shape or weld metals. Discussing the requirements for the engine mount, brackets, etc. with a machinist friend (Scott Lacy of Lacy Welding - Sperry, OK), he described several methods that make the fabricating process seem fairly straightforward. One thing that I could do to minimize the time spent tying up his shop was to study the drawings a little closer and combine all the dimensions into one print for each part. To accomplish this clearly and efficiently, a 3D CAD program would be the best approach. Using Solid Works, I have begun to redraw the metal parts and assemblies. So far I have only managed to reproduce the Lower Turnbuckle and Upper Wing Strut Fitting for the landing gear, but while I am still learning the Solid Works tools, it is getting a little easier to understand and hopefully things will move along more quickly as I become more proficient. I hope to have a complete collection of 3D drawings compiled by the time we need to start fabricating these parts, which would certainly help explain to Scott what it is that I am looking for, and reduce our need to study the original prints, which aren’t exactly clear at first glance.
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