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Building the P-51 Mustang Pedal Plane: Step 2 = 2nd mistake
July 18, 2017
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Building the P-51 Mustang Pedal Plane: Step 2 = 2nd mistake

Step 2 has 15 videos, but they’re each relatively short with a cumulative time of only 9 minutes and 22 seconds.  In this video I begin to add several doublers to the fuselage and nose plate.  I misunderstood the directions on the nose plate when adding the dowels.  It turned out that the dowels also act as doublers or re-enforcements that screws ultimately penetrate.  They’re meant to set flush, instead of portrude as I initially thought in videos 6 through 8.  In video 9, I discovered my mistake and quickly corrected it before the glue dried.  Fortunately my mistakes didn’t cost me in the end.

In addition to the doublers, the directions call for sanding several parts.  I initially started using a vibrating sander, but eventually bought a belt sander which was ulitmately required for several other items on this project.  Sanding the fuselage sides was a judgement call, in terms of width and depth.  I started off conservatively, but looked at pictures of completed pedal planes and discovered that I could taper quite a bit more, which I did.  Again, pictures and videos posted by others of completed projects helped me determine how much to sand.

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