Fuselage out of the jig !!!
So, I thought about it.
I decided to direct a small cube heater on the end of the wire being soldered. This kept things warm and the solder flowed much better. I was amazing how much heat that little box produced! Plus, it blew the smoke out of the way, which I liked. Now my hands stayed toasty warm and my feet froze.
In the mail yesterday came a box from Rich Davidson. He had collected a bunch of miscelaneous Jenny parts and thought I might be able to use them. Rich and Ginger live on a picturesque grass strip ajacent to a gorgeous river in southern Indiana. Man, it doesn't get better than that.
Anyway, they sent several control pullies that I could use (below)
And an original section of Station 3.
Rich also sent a control fan that had obviously survived quite a crash. This fan sits under the rear seat. If it was bent (and this is a casting) than I hate to think what happened to the guy in the seat!
I can't thank Rich and Ginger enough for helping me with the parts. The pieces will fly again. If you get a minute, look up their airstrip at www.leebottom.com They put on several top-notch fly-ins each year and everyone I know who attended the fly-ins spoke highly of the events.
Well - the moment of truth had finally arrived :
After soldering the last few wires, the fuselage came out of the jig...for good I hope.