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Thread: Wagabond build

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    I got the rest of the bottom diagonals cut and tacked in. I then did the top diagonal tubes, next I set the tail post in, which was slow going, grinding and fitting and measuring. I used a laser level and a digital level. I then set station 1 (Firewall) in the same way, which took twice as long. I then fit all the tubes from the firewall to station 2 (instrument panel). I ran one weld bead on all joints while it was on table jig. I then removed it from table and set it in a rotisserie.
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    This month I completed welding all the cluster joints and the only thing I have to finish weld is the tail post. It was a lot of welding and some spots are tight to get into. Next I will epoxy prime the fuselage and then start making and adding all the tabs and brackets.
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    I cleaned all the steel tube and then rolled 2 coats of epoxy primer on. Next I will start making brackets and welding all those onto the fuselage.
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    Progress has been a little slow with the weather, holidays, and other things to get done. I did manage to cut and weld in the tail wheel attach bracket with bushing, and tail wire bracket. I formed and welded in two handles on the bottom rear fuselage. I then cut and fit the left and right tubes for the outside seat supports and the U channel for just behind the control tee mount. I assembled the control tee with all new bearings also.
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    I have a conduit bender that forms perfect pull handles just like Piper's. Always fun making some of those parts we take for granted.

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    Yes, it seams like I make a lot of wood jigs. I have a pipe bender also but it is sometimes easier to do the smaller stuff on a wood former.

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