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Wed 12 January 2005

First up was a bit of additional trimming of the rudder pedal weldments. Rather than just trimming 'excess' material firstly we squared the ends. All 4 ends were off and after some attention the lengths came into spec.
Then as the wind had dropped we made a dash for some spraying. Normal deal, re-scuff, AllSol, de-oxidine, etch-prime and for some parts top coat also.
The main top coat bit was the areas that I missed previously on the rear cockpit bulkhead. 'Next time' I would mask this like this first time and it would have saved a heap of hassle!
The finished product looks OK, although without completely sanding back the original acrylic paint a faint ridge can be seen. By the time it is all done it won't be obvious, and if it bugs me enough I'll get some 'sound-proofing' (aka fabric) to finish the area. Also sprayed we some of the front gear leg components, plus some firewall forward bits that happened to be around.
Like many operations, the prep and clean up time takes as long as the actual 'work'. Full disassemble and clean of the air-gun today.
Finished product - no unprimed gaps!
And top coated front fork. This is now ready for assembly and filling with grease, one more bit to tick off the list.
Next we re-visited the rudder pedal locations and mounts. We decided that the rudder actually needed to be mounted and the rudder cables run. After some light cursing, we realised the snap bushing that were put into the fuse a few days ago needed to be removed so that each bush could be squeezed over the forward end of the cable and then re-inserted into the fuse!
All looks good, and the clearance behind the rudder pedals is better than we expected. One concern was the P1 RHS pedal rubbing on the hot air vent (grey thing on the left of the photo) but in the end no problem.
We tested various locations for the pedals, the conclusion was middle location with a 'shorter' joining tab so that the bottom of the pedals are slightly further aft. This also means the brake pedals are angled slightly forward which reduces the risk of riding the brakes during taxi etc.
Whilst we were playing with seating position we also looked at possible positions for quadrants.
Carl Morgan