The Spodplane

Latest news. Casa del Spodplane is a reality, and the building switch is back on. Psyching myself up for the first big layup, but it is cold in Darraweit at the moment, I have squandered a whole summer in shed building! Chapter 13 video in the video link below. Context in life? Still enjoying the shite out of being an Air Traffic Controller, but I am getting a bit old to be doing it. I used to think I was pretty good, FIGJAM! But these days I can point at a whole bunch of co-workers who can do it better than me, some a third of my age!!!  I do derive a certain amount of fun and satisfaction teaching ATC in our Initial Training college, long may that continue. SWMBO indicates I need to keep working until I've bought an engine!

After much fiddling and pfaffing about, I have commenced the build of Cozy IV. Why? Well, I've thought long and hard, and I'll write some more about the why and the which when I figger more out about how to record my progress... What is a Cozy? Some thoughts here: Cozy Aircraft

Initial thoughts: The first picture I saw of it I said, "Wow!" The first one I saw for real I said, "Wow!" It's safe, it's proven, it has four seats, remarkable performance and it looks funky. I love the organic curves and flowing lines, it makes most sheet metal planes look awkward. The materials are easy and unstressful to handle, they say: "measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut with an axe."  If something doesn't line up to the millimeter, oops, 0.02", flocked cotton and resin will fix! The plans have pictures of Burt Rutan in them!!!

Drawbacks in the design? It needs a kilometer of concrete to fly it, there aren't any conveniently close. The designer, Nat Puffer, is no longer active, but there is plenty of builder support. Just some of it is probably crap. Difficult to pick the shiny advice from the crap sometimes...
Yair Gil's lovely Cozy, he's building another!
Step one, completed ages ago. Will I fit in the thing?
Research: Will I fit in a Cozy?

Step two, set up the shop.
Getting the shop ready!

Project started! I'm no webmaster, and find updating this rudimentary site a bit taxing and won't be showing the day to day works here. Dave B put me on to Kitlog Pro, and I like it. I still keep a rough log on paper, and transfer it to the Kitlog every week or so. At the end of each chapter there is a link to a facebook entry of a time lapse movie of the chapter's progress, a month or two's efforts reduced to 5 to 8 minutes of video. I'm using a Canon 100d on a tripod, with an electronic timer bought off ebay set to take a picture every minute. Extended periods spent gazing at the plans with the thought bubble above me saying, "WTF does that mean," are edited out...
Spodplane Kitlog

Video! I'm filming the whole build. Check out the Chapters here as I complete them.
Video

There are many options for what to order from Aircraft Spruce or other suppliers. Herewith is mine so far.
Aircraft Spruce orders

All the other suppliers I have actually used so far. Will continue to keep this updated for the moment. If I switch to the KitLog version I will mention it here!
Suppliers

A few links that may be handy if you are considering one of these machines.
Links

An idea from Drew Chaplin, and actually edited versions of his, following are the hints I have for each specific chapter. I have a copy of the plans in a looseleaf folder, and the notes in another folder, and I refer to each step before I do it. Up to Chapter 10 I updated the notes to reflect what I actually DID, but have now lost interest. If my Kitlog says I did it the way I planned in the notes then that is good, if I got it wrong in the planning stages Kitlog will say so. Read if interested, please see what I actually DID before making your decisions. If in doubt, please contact me.
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