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    Default PA17 fuselage covering

    Hi everyone! Covering an experimental 17 (actually started life as a Wagabond) with Stewart System... curious how to best handle the vertical stab area. First thought was to do the bottom of the fuse, the sides, then split the top, which would include the fin sides in left/right halves & join the two at the stringer (runs on centerline from base vert stab forward).

    Now wondering if I'd be better off covering the vert stab with the side covering pcs, and seaming the top pcs to the side/stab fabric at the front base of the stab. I've seen many planes with a short spanwise seam just in front of the vert stab.... and a few without!

    Not sure best way to go... help please!
    thanks

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    Default Re: PA17 fuselage covering

    I suggest getting the Stewarts covering DVD, it's a 6 disc set that gets into great detail on prepping, covering, taping and painting broken down into wing, fuselage etc. with a special emphasis on the area your talking about. The demo plane is a Vagabond, I just got done doing the fuselage of my Pacer and it works real well. Good luck
    Bob Didisse, McCall, ID.

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    Default Re: PA17 fuselage covering

    Maybe Gilbert can shed some light on this one. The vertical stab area on his Clipper looks fantastic.

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    Last edited by Gilbert Pierce; 08-22-2012 at 06:04 PM.

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    Default Re: PA17 fuselage covering

    Does the bottom of a Wagabond or Vagabond have stingers or does the fabric just attach to the tubing on the bottom? I can’t tell from my Wagabond plans. It looks like the PA-22 uses stringers because the control wires run below the fuselage. All of the Wagabond cables run inside it looks like so I’m assuming the fabric on the bottom goes directly on the tubing, correct?

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    Default Re: PA17 fuselage covering

    No stringers on the bottom of the Wagabond

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    Default Re: PA17 fuselage covering

    Quote Originally Posted by alpinestar View Post
    No stringers on the bottom of the Wagabond
    Thank you for the quick reply. Now I can get some airframe work done today without worrying about how I deal stringers on the bottom!

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    Default Re: PA17 fuselage covering

    A lot of people add a center stringer to the Vag and the J3 so and water and dirt runs to the trough created by the stringer and it easier to clean out and doesn't hold the water next to the steel longerons.

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    Default Re: PA17 fuselage covering

    As previously mentioned - no stringers underneath.
    Upon someone's recommendation I secured the lower fabric to the centre of the cross tubes (using waxed lacing cord) to stop fabric drumming.
    TonyN

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    Default Re: PA17 fuselage covering

    And mine has the short spanwise seam just in front of the vertical stab...

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