Team Kansas City has moved the Morane’s wing into position (supported by some home-made scaffolding) to enable us to determine the final measurements we need for the struts. There are still some unanswered engineering questions regarding the struts that we need to solve before the final units are constructed. This was a weak point in the original design, and the factory fix involved installing a lot of additional wire bracing. We will install the wires to maintain authenticity, but would like to know that our struts are stronger than the originals.
With the aircraft in flight position, the wing in place, and the engine temporarily mounted, it will allow us to weigh the aircraft and make a preliminary center of gravity calculation. Based on our findings we will have the option of adjusting a few dimensions to ensure a safe finished product. At this point, the easiest way to move the CG will be to modify the engine mount. That is why we aren’t worried about building the final mount until the weigh in is done.
With the engine in place, we can contine to add ignition wiring, fuel and oil lines, and other hardware required for the finished product. At this point we know that nothing will change too much, so it is safe to start installing these components.
In the top photo, student Tim Rahija is taking advantage of having the engine in place to route the ignition leads from the magneto to the spark plug. Part of the conversion from Russian installation to this unique French application necessitated a change in spark plugs and leads. The second photo shows instructor Jim Dent helping “ring out” the wires to ensure that everything is installed on the proper cylinder.
Stay tuned for more information on fine tuning the exhaust system, fitting up the struts, and the weigh-in.