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Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:47 pm

Yip, at last all the things are in the Cape and will be couriered to me next week to start the build...LOTS of building for 2017 :twisted: :mrgreen: 8)
Instrument panel and instruments (1).jpg

Instrument panel and instruments (2).jpg

Instrument panel and instruments (3).jpg

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Parts supplied in short kit (1).jpg

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Retracts (1).jpg

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More when everything is here in Pretoria and the build officially starts :wink:
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby agrinter » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:37 pm

looking forward to this build thread !
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:45 pm

I'm looking forward to video of your Bonnie flying buddy #-o :twisted: :twisted: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:32 am

Well at last the spare have arrived in Pretoria, will hopefully start building next week some time as soon as the House Of Balsa Bonnie is finished.
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Here's one of the stab spar doublers on top of the HOB Bonnie...and there aren't any tips #-o :roll: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Hostetler stab spar doubler on Balsa USA Bonnie.jpg


As for height comparison...well the HOB Bonnie will park under the middle of the wing and fuselage #-o :roll: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Balsa USA Bonnie will park under wing.jpg


On closer inspection though it would appear that this one will be for static display #-o :roll: :? :lol: :lol: :lol: ...spot the reason why...
Looks like it will be static display.jpg
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

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Fuel tanks are empty!
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:51 am

Yip...this bird aint going nowhere without go juice #-o [-( :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:54 am

Well I at last got started on the actual build of this bird.

First had to strip down a sheet of 6mm for building the "box" frame for the fuselage. Should actually be 1/4" but we don't have that here #-o
First sheet of 6mm stripped.jpg


Then I got the first side framed up and the inner root doubler glued.
Right box side with first ply doubler weighted.jpg

Right side door frame.jpg


Then the inner ply doubler was glued. First it was marked and cut part way for the door.
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Inner ply doubler setting.jpg

Inner ply doubler dry.jpg


Then came the outer root doubler. Now because the balsa is 6mm instead of 1/4", the outer root doubler stands proud from the frame. This is a small mod that needs to be done and won't be seen as the outer fuselage frame and sheeting go over it.
Outer root doubler drying.jpg


Right side done.
Right side done.jpg

Right side done (2).jpg


then it was on to the left side root doublers.
Left box side doublers drying.jpg
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:55 am

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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Theuns v V » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:03 am

gauges all read aero cause master is off :wink:
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:49 am

Well since I couldn't do much on the little Bonnie last night, i built the second side of the "box" and started the joining process. The cross pieces will be copied before gluing so that I have a set for the bottom (fuselage joined upside down) after the top one are glued.
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Start of box assembly (1).jpg

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Will finish joining the "box" tonight and then plan must go back to my local for quotation on rest of all the balsa sheeting etc.
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:29 am

Well I got the "box" joined up last night as promised.
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Box sides joined (3).jpg


There were however a couple tiny snags along the way. First off either the plans or the laser cutting is not 100% accurate. The front and middle cross members are either slightly too long and too short on the plan or the rear firewall plate is not cut 100% accurately.
In the pictures you can see the gap left in the firewall joint when tight against the one side showing either a cross member is too long or the firewall plate is not 100%, and you can see where the "box" bends slightly inward on the sides where the cross member is too short. All the cross members are cut 100% to plan :wink:
Gap at firewall joints (1).jpg

Gap at firewall joints (2).jpg

Slight bend to inside of box sides (1).jpg

Slight bend to inside of box sides (2).jpg


This was no real issue as I just replace the cross members with new ones and all lines up well and rear firewall plate glued in.
Sorted with rear firewall plate glued in (1).jpg

Sorted with rear firewall plate glued in (2).jpg
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby droneboy » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:15 am

Another beauty the way, dig that instrument cluster! :D
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Dbp7966 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:21 pm

Hi,
Great to find someone doing one of these.
I have built the Cessna 152 and always love this aircraft.
Sorting plans etc from Belair in the UK.

What motor you thinking of using as there is such a diverse range 38-100cc.
Like the dash panel where do you get that from not seen it before.

Looking forward to your build.
Attached my 33% 152 she flys a dream on a Satio Fg57 petrol.

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Wayne
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:21 pm

Dbp7966 wrote:Hi,
Great to find someone doing one of these.
I have built the Cessna 152 and always love this aircraft.
Sorting plans etc from Belair in the UK.

What motor you thinking of using as there is such a diverse range 38-100cc.
Like the dash panel where do you get that from not seen it before.

Looking forward to your build.
Attached my 33% 152 she flys a dream on a Satio Fg57 petrol.

Regards
Wayne


Hi Wayne

It is actually a customers plane. As far as I remember he has bought a DLE 55 for it (still got to be sent to me), as for the dash, it comes from Iflytailies.
There is just one problem with the one the customer bought is 33% but the Bonnie is 27% #-o :roll: so he is going to now order all the cockpit stuff at 25% from same supplier :wink:

Nice 152 there Wayne
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Re: Wendell Hostetler Bonanza Build

Unread postby Tomcat1 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:23 am

I glued the front firewall plate on last night, had to weight it with plenty weights...
Front firewall glued and wheighted (1).jpg

Front firewall glued and wheighted (2).jpg


And ready for the side former's and stringers.
Front firewall done (1).jpg

Front firewall done (2).jpg


Not much I can do right now as the plans are at my local for quotation on rest of balsa, so it's back to the Super 60
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