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  1. #181
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    The wood from Rainbow was cheaper than ACA, but it isn't as nice. It doesn't have the reinforcements on each bulkhead like the factory stuff, and you have to build the stringers instead of having each part ready to go.

    I'll show more later about the difference in bulkhead reinforcement.







    Got some goodies back from powdercoat. The pedals came out particularly nice. It's a black satin finish with an industrial grade matte clear for maximum resistance to damage.









    I also managed to pop rivet on new baffle seals.









    An awl transfers over the rivet positions well.







    Lead shot bags help during the tracing



    And all done, ready to go back on the engine.

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  2. #182
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    DAMN ! Attention to detail is evident . Awesome work sir.
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  3. #183
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Thanks!
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  4. #184
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    I forgot to post a pic of some of the powercoated controls fitted on the fuselage with new hardware.





    Also here is the pile of stringer material that came from Rainbow.



    And new wood for the roof.

    Last edited by AV80R; 06-20-2019 at 10:44 AM.
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  5. #185
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Baffle seals look good!
    You'll never know how fast you can go, until you go too fast.

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  6. #186
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Thanks. Saved a ton of money rehabbing the originals instead of buying new ones.
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  7. #187
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Took the blankets off the engine and pulled it out to install the rehabbed baffles.

    Repairing and refurbishing the existing baffles was a lot of work, but new baffles aren't exactly plug and play either. I have never had a new set fit without some work, so fixing the old stuff was not too bad a deal for me.





    I still have to order some new AN3-41A bolts for the oil cooler and a couple AN4-12A bolts for the rear baffle mounts. I had new hardware on hand for everything else.













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  8. #188
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    That's damn impressive work!! and so much done in so short a period of time. Amazing
    -Steve St.Laurent
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  9. #189
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Thanks Steve. We're hoping to fly thing thing sooner rather than later and we're going to try to keep at it aggressively.
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  10. #190
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Thank God Arash!!!! You found my exacto knife. It's been missing for weeks! I knew it must have fallen in the worm hole of my work bench. I figured it would be gone forever. At least you are putting it to good use!

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  11. #191
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Arash (pronounced "our-ash")

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  12. #192
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    needs more Ti?
    "Enjoy the ride!"

  13. #193
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyDave View Post
    needs more Ti?
    Sure! Maybe some gear legs
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  14. #194
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Almost 100F in the hangar today. Didn't get much done besides mocking up some stringers in place on the bulkhead formers.





    This clothing steamer works wonders to bend wood without breaking it.



    Here's a ridiculously expensive and time consuming scratch build of a 1/4 scale 170B that I used it on to seamlessly bend balsa sheeting on the fuselage.

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  15. #195
    Even I miss the old flying dave
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Insane amount of work. Impressive as usual.

  16. #196
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Thanks Dave
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  17. #197
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Do any of these genuine Chinese pieces of crap look like they would work for model building?

    https://www.amazon.com/garment-steam...F8&node=510248
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  18. #198
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    I'd bet they would! Anything is better than nothing.
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  19. #199
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Lots of steaming stringers to bend them to fit.



    This is our first time using Rainbow for the wood, and we won't be doing it again. We should have bought the original stuff from ACA.

    The box Rainbow sent the wood in was too short to accommodate everything, so he cuts the long top stringers to make them fit in the box and it's up to you to glue them together to make them work.

    Then, even if you do manage to get the extension pieces attached to these stringers, they're still too short.

    We just ended up using the old original top stringers since they were in good shape and the proper length.

    Penny wise and pound foolish.

    The stringers he sent were also way thicker than the slots in the formers he gave us. Terrible trying to make everything fit. The factory stuff is way easier to work with. We can make this work, but it will take more time and effort.

    Hopefully this saves someone the same trouble in the future and they buy direct from ACA.









    After the stringers were shaped/steamed to fit and lots of sanding to allow them to mate with the formers, they were removed and a coat of 2 part epoxy that is Poly Fiber compatible was applied on them.



    Still lots of final fitting, bending, cutting, etc to go
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  20. #200
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadman View Post
    Do any of these genuine Chinese pieces of crap look like they would work for model building?

    https://www.amazon.com/garment-steam...F8&node=510248
    For balsa wood a 50/50 mix of ammonia and water sprayed on or soaked in will soften balsa nicely.
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  21. #201
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by kenh View Post
    For balsa wood a 50/50 mix of ammonia and water sprayed on or soaked in will soften balsa nicely.

    Thanks, Ken!
    You'll never know how fast you can go, until you go too fast.

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  22. #202
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Stripped the engine mount to inspect for cracks.



    Primered



    First look at the pieces for the baggage door that we'll be adding on. Making sure everything kinda fits.





    Installed the plate for mounting the antenna.



    Fuel lines, etc...



    The visible steel tubes of the fuselage have been painted flat black.





    Stringers and other bits starting to be installed permanently.







    That's it for now. Waiting for new cables to be delivered to move ahead and start prepping to cover the bottom of the fuselage and get it back on the gear.
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  23. #203
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    balsa's nice I guess....

    ....but what, no Ti?
    "Enjoy the ride!"

  24. #204
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Nah, no ti!!!
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  25. #205
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Using Stewart Systems with Ceconite to cover the fuselage. Starting with the bottom.









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  26. #206
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    It's a sickness. I was just weighing 7 hours in the car to come to help for a while. I want to know how to do that.
    You'll never know how fast you can go, until you go too fast.

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  27. #207
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    There's plenty left to do! We just wanna get the bottom on so we can get it on its feet (gear on) and then be able to install the headliner, firewall, and engine before starting on the rest of the covering.
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  28. #208
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Got the bottom fabric all the way glued on and shrunk it to 250F.

    Also got the main gear legs installed and the axles, wheels, tires, and brakes in place.













    Bolts and washers for attaching the gear have to be installed directionally to accommodate a matching radius on the bolt and washer near the head.



















    I didn't get much else done because I got my ass kicked removing the mags, alternator, governor, accessory case, oil sump, fuel servo, and all the other associated bits on the Lycoming IO-360 on our Christen Eagle. We need to replace a bad idler gear that mates with the left magneto.

    I'm really putting my new A&P certificate to work right away!

    Took me 4.5 hours to get it all off. I wasn't sure if it could be done without pulling the engine off. The governor to firewall clearance was close but I made it work.









    The idler gear you see held in place with safety wire is just a placeholder to make sure the cam/crank don't go out of time.







    Last edited by AV80R; 07-24-2019 at 01:12 AM.
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  29. #209
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Did you find the object that broke the tooth? Did you find the tooth fragments?

    Inquiring minds want to know.
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  30. #210
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Yes, I found all the missing pieces of the teeth in the sump using a magnet. I have to cut open the oil filter and inspect the pleats, and I'm assuming I'll see a very small amount of ferrous metal in there.

    No glittery oil which is a huge relief. It should heal up nicely provided I don't screw up the reassembly.

    I'll tell you how the tooth broke in person sometime. It's just way too much to write out in a post...but we know exactly how/why it happened. It was very obvious.
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