Here the wing is lifted and moved adjacent to the canard:
One pair of bottom cross pieces is held with wing-nut secured bolts so the two "A" frames collapse like a folding ladder, for storage. Now I can move anything in the workshed to where ever it needs to go at any time.
The work shed, left side is free for a 16" by 24' work table:
The hydraulic lift table is a dandy bench seat. Adding the blue pads makes it almost a recliner. Also, you'll notice the lights are now mounted facing down where the table will go to improve evening productivity.
Here we see the Prius that powers the lights and hand tools:
I still need to figure out how I'll store 'stuff' and in particular, nuts, bolts and various hardware bits. But now I have a trash can, broom and pan . . . the key to making a place to work.
Not shown, lateral bracing between the two bridge-like, "A" frames will keep them from colapsing either way. They will also have two bottom width settings:
The operational scenario is each "A" frame will be permanetly assembled but the inter-connecting struts and wires between the "A" frames will be removable. This allows the two frames to collapse for easy storage or rapidly built into a rigid structure to hold a wing/canard.
The top ends will support webbing to serve as the bed holding the wing/canard. This should distribute the load and not cause paint or structural issues. The lower, horizontal, compression strut will be high enough the lift table can fit in when low. Raising the table will raise the wing lift frame and load to the table limit. The lower compression strut is high enough that the scale can be slipped under both "A" frame lower struts.
I've started documenting key elements including some of the engine mounts:
Lessons learned, use the tripod and 'timed' snap to make a clear photo. The mounts must be throughly cleaned so we're seeing the bare metal and all defects. A drill bit shank will provide a reference for hole roundness. We'll get a dye test kit to use for the next set of photos.
part,net lbs, net lbs original prop,4.9, seat back,3.0, new prop,,3.9 seat cushions,6.3, spinner hw,2.5, elliison EFS2 throttle body,1.3, right gear+wheel,11.9, left gear+wheel,11.8, exhaust manifolld+carb heat,7.0, cowling,7.1, elevators,15.1, wheel pants,3.8, tail wheel,53.2, right caster,103.7, left caster,98.7,231.8 canard-mount dolly,-23.8, ,306.5,352.5
I plan to treat N19WT as a 'kit' that first I will disassemble, document, and then rebuild using all of the 'lessons learned' since 1980 about the Dragonfly. Fortuantely, the FAA has new procedures used to quantify how much work of what type was done on the airplane. It is also my roadmap for how to rebuild N19WT.
The canard-fitting, dolly makes moving the fuselage easy so I was able to rearrange the shed:
I've decided to use the 'Tarzan' method to move the wing and canard from side to side. A new loop is put around the wing and the old strap is loosened. The old loop is relocated to the new location and tightened with the wing/canard lifted to move it under the new loop.
Using Google, I found a copy of the FAA checklist, excel workbook. Thanks to Rick at "EAA Chapter 774" who entered the checklist into an excel spreadsheet. I've reworked it to put each subassembly into separate worksheets.
As the FAA pointed out, if a kit provider sells completed wing, fuselage, engine and only requires the buyer to 'bolt them together,' the kit provider has become an uncertified, airplane manufacturer. A manufacturer who is by-passing the requirements a certified airplane maker must comply with.
My plan is to transcribe the checklist into an Excel spreadsheet. Then I will test exporting and importing the spreadsheet into my Dragonfly pages. This allows me to document my rework making sure every part I touch and the work done is properly documented.
There is some FAA documentation requirement that I have yet to find that covers how to handle modifications to an Experimental/Amateur built airplane. I need to know what this is and make sure I provide enough documentation for the rework N19WT needs.
The dolly shown below has the canard, drag-spar, stand-in, 1/2" plywood:
The fully castering wheels are each rated at 450 lbs. Not shown, the canard lift-spar, stand-in, another 1/2" plywood sheet. Both drag and lift spars stand-ins have exact bolt holes matching the fuselage bulkheads.
date,model,empty wt.,engine 1981/12/29,1,590,1600 1981/12/29,1,605,1835
Moved the 'to be cut' canard template to the hanger / workshop / storage shed. I'll use this to cut two webs to prevent the stand-in, plywood, lift and drag, stand-in spars from collapsing onto the wheel mount sections and wheels. This keeps the dolly lift and drag spars in just compression relative to the fuselage bulkheads to avoid application of torque.