Saturday, December 4, 2010

Gentlemen (and Ladies), we can rebuild her.

We can rebuild her. We have the technology. We can make her better than she was. Better... stronger... faster.

I am going to rebuild Nell. It's not going to be easy, but she will fly again.

Now, recall the result of her first flight. No parachute opening, ballistic recovery, crunch splat:


It's broken not-so-neatly into two parts. One contains the rear section plus one side brace; the other is the front section plus the second brace. Both braces are broken in the middle at the dowel joints.

The first order of business is fixing those dowel joints. They carry a whole lot of force, so I;m going to use JB Weld epoxy to fix them together, then epoxy clay to smooth the joint. Then I get to go about the arduous business of regluing all the old joints, then sanding, priming, sanding again.

Goal for the second flight is the first quarter of 2011.

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