The Strutter was weighed today by the first term students of Mr. Madden. At this time the frame weighs 135 lbs.
The strutter is out growing it’s build area, so this week we will be expanding the build area to give ourselves a bit more room.
Machine work continues on the adjustable tail plane trim drive. We should have this unit back for welding this week. We need this part finished to get measurements to continue work on the horizontal stabilizer pieces.
Work on the wing continues, there is a lot of small metal pieces that need to be fabricated to build up the wing. We have been waiting for the weather to warm up to start the center section spar glue up. We have made up test blocks using different glues with interesting results. The resorcinol type glue had the best results, which really suprised us. We thought the new epoxy types would hold better, they didn’t.
Student participation is getting better. We have students from almost every term working on the aircraft. Many have already put in enough time to get their Sopwith T-shirts.