I haven't been very active on the forums lately. Besides the cold, snow, and raging winds, I've been occupied with other things. Namely, I've been working on my Jr Ace fuselage. I now have all the tubes cut and tack-welded together into a fuselage shape. I'll have to wait for the shop to warm up more before I can start finish-welding the fuselage. Luckily, I have many fittings to make in the meantime and I'll make up some more clusters of scrap tubing to get in some more welding practice.
I have a lot more pictures than this, but I picked the most illustrative for now.
Here's all the tubing cut for one fuselage side, and that same side in the jig.
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Once both sides are tack-welded they get stood up in the jig and I can start fitting and welding in the cross-tubes and diagonals.
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Also, I bought myself a TIG-welder for when I have to weld aluminum for the fuel tank and stainless steel for the exhaust. Yes, you can oxy-acetylene weld these materials, but I want to learn TIG too.
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FYI, Aluminum is very hard to weld. UGLY.
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I've been thinking about airplane building, the amount of money I'm spending on this project, the time investment, etc and I've come to the following conclusion. Building an airplane isn't about building an airplane; it's about building myself. I'm learning skills and attitudes that will hopefully benefit me for years to come. Having an airplane when I'm done is just a side effect.