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Thread: Wagabond build

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    I got the left and right side door frames welded in, I added a 1/2 square tube across the top that fits in the mild steel channel. I did this for support of the gull wing doors that I am planning to mount. The tabs for wires and fuel lines was also welded onto the front top door posts and then everything was cleaned and epoxy primed.
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    Hello,

    I have a set of Wagabond plans and have been looking at them closely with the idea of building one. I have a question about the plans.
    The fuselage drawing on Sheets 3, 4 and 5 shows the rear fuselage longerons as a series of straight lines between each joint.
    Is this how the fuselage is actually built, with the longeron kinked at each joint, or is the longeron a more gentle curve through the centre of each joint ?
    Is this the way Piper built the PA-15/17 or did the longerons have a continuous curve ?
    Does anyone have a copy of the PA-15/17 fuselage drawing and, if so, what shape does their longeron have ?
    I am just worried that if I build the longerons as per the drawings, the fuselage shape will not have a nice curved shape ....
    Thanks
    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    The longeron does have bends in it, they are not sharp bends or kinks and yes the PA-15/17 are built the same way. You can also get a CD with Piper drawings from the SWPC. Just copy and paste the link into your browser.

    https://www.shortwingpiperclub.org/product-category/reference-books-cds/page/2/

    Steve
    Last edited by Wag-builder; 05-18-2020 at 07:36 PM.

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    Steve, Thanks for the response. Perhaps "kink" was too harsh - more like a localized bend at the joint - the worst bend is about 4 deg. It just looked strange to me as some other homebuilt designs I am familiar with (Bearhawk / W8 flex the longerons into place with more gradual, continuous bends. If that's the way Piper did it, I shall follow the Wagabond plans as drawn. I think the CD with Piper drawings might be a good investment. Thanks again.
    Steve

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    For the bends in the fuselage longerons I started at the front and pulled them back and together with turn buckles and safety wire as I put the cross tubes in I tack welded them to the longerons. Then before I moved on to the next cross member with every lined up I welded the full weld bead on the rear part of the cross member, this will assist in putting the bend in the longersons, as heating the rear with the weld pulls the longerons in.

    I picked up my wing kit from wag aero and inventoried everything, it was all there. I got the cross tubes welded in for the jackscrew mount, along with the bearings for the screw. The vertical fin front mount was tacked in and the front and rear of the vertical was drilled for the mounting bolt, with the rudder on. The rear brackets for the horizontal I still have to line up. The inter connect tubes I made and check the fit on the horizontal tubes front and rear.
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