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Wing Recover Time Lapse

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Tony Condon
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#1 Posted: 3/15/2010 10:41:52 Modified: 3/19/2010 15:12:13
This last weekend me, my wife, and 2 friends, worked feverishly to recover the wings on my glider.  We finished last night and both wings have fabric on them. Hoping to start on paint and stuff later this week as it continues to warm up.  Thought you all might enjoy this time lapse.  It starts after we had brushed glue on the bottom of the wing and ends as my wife and a friend were brushing glue through the fabric and wiping the excess off to seal the deal.  Using Stewart System.

 

 

 

 

 

Also, several pictures from the weekend and a link to an album with more pictures is on my blog. http://cherokeesailplanes.blogspot.com



Joe Norris
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#2 Posted: 3/15/2010 11:10:55

Hey Tony, you guys work fast!!  LOL  Seriously though, looking good.

Let us know how you like the Stewart System after you've finished the project.

Cheers!

Joe



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Tony Condon
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#3 Posted: 3/15/2010 11:56:02

i'll be sure to let you know my impressions.  my favorite part is that it is not MEK based so no need for extra health insurance or forced air ventilation and respirators.  (ok ok i exaggerate, a little).

the glue was really nice to work with because we didn't have to hurry. paint it on, let it tack up or dry, then use the iron to reactivate it. we had plenty of time to get the fabric in just the right position, time to take a break and eat lunch or go to the bathroom,etc. 



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#4 Posted: 3/18/2010 16:44:42

He does not exagurate much.  The Stewart stuff is great!  I just finished covering and primering my tail feathers for a Stits Playmate in my living room.  :-) 

http://stitsplaymate.blogspot.com

 



Tony Condon
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#5 Posted: 3/19/2010 14:47:39

i thought i already replied to this...

we recovered the ailerons and rudder in our living room. going to do the elevator this weekend.  its really nice to be able to do the work inside!



Ron Condon
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#6 Posted: 3/19/2010 18:07:11

Tony,

Great fun. It'd be neat to see a clock with hands in the scene somewhere!



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#7 Posted: 3/19/2010 22:24:06

Sorry about no hands on the clock.  For some reference, each frame was on a 2 second delay.  One of these days if I get the right software, maybe I can put a clock to it.



Wayne Bressler
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#8 Posted: 3/20/2010 22:33:39

Hey!  The guy in the white shirt doesn't just look like me, he works like me, too!  I saw him checking his phone while everyone else was busy with the iron and glue.

Seriously, though...  He's way taller than me.

The video was great!  Are there any more?  It's always refreshing to see more "young" guys and gals in aviation.



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Tony Condon
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#9 Posted: 3/21/2010 10:02:07

2nd attempt at replying...

 

nick was helpful when he needed to be but often activating the glue and smoothing down the fabric is a 1 person job.

no more videos (yet).  The fuselage is ready to cover but I need warm air.  sadly the fuse wouldn't fit in Nick's basement.

Then it will be time to paint but I need to wait for a friend to finish painting his Schleicher Ka2b wings, then I can use his shop.

I'm still hopeful that it'll be flying in time for a trip I'm taking to Marfa, TX on April 17.

More pictures and info can be found on my often updated blog, http://cherokeesailplanes.blogspot.com



Brad Krajicek
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#10 Posted: 8/18/2010 14:47:03

Great video Tony. I have only been expose to the Polyfiber process, so It is great to get feedback on the other systems out there.