Fuselage Rotisserie Pics

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Was at the factory and noticed a bare fuselage mounted to a rotisserie. I think they all go through assembly by first being mounted to a rotisserie.

Here are some pics. The upper engine mount attach points at the front of the frame are pretty close to the bottom of the tailwheel attach fitting. There's a pic that shows the offset. Getting it pretty close makes sure there's no pressure/bending being applied to the frame as it's turned in the jig.

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Those rotating stands are obviously used for painting. And of course no reason they couldn't be used for initial systems installation but for my Kitfox I haven't had a day where I wish I could flip it over. I'm likely to change my mind when I begin covering.

There should have been some beast of a fixture around there used for holding all those pieces of tubing so they can weld up a fuselage. Likely that it would not be obvious what its use is for. Just a hot, complicated mess of steel plate/tube/gussets, clamps mounted securely to the floor. Also likely that it's not in that building.
 

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For prep and covering I just bolt four 2x4s to the engine mount attach points, and get the Greek to help rotating. My buddy invented a pretty simple bearing/ stand so he could do it without any cooperation from the fairer sex. They can be uncooperative on occasion.

Doing a Taylorcraft next month. Will get photos.
 

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Was at the factory and noticed a bare fuselage mounted to a rotisserie. I think they all go through assembly by first being mounted to a rotisserie.

Here are some pics. The upper engine mount attach points at the front of the frame are pretty close to the bottom of the tailwheel attach fitting. There's a pic that shows the offset. Getting it pretty close makes sure there's no pressure/bending being applied to the frame as it's turned in the jig.

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Looks like something we can welder up fairly easy and get lots of use out of
 

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i bought two second hand engine stands and will need to extend them up a bit but they should work pretty well. I've been curious where the attach points ought to be so that was why I went looking when I saw the frame mounted up.

@aftCG there's a video clip somewhere of the fuselage frame jig from the 40's that is still cranking out frames. I shot the video the first time I was at the factory to drop off my frame.
 

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i bought two second hand engine stands and will need to extend them up a bit but they should work pretty well. I've been curious where the attach points ought to be so that was why I went looking when I saw the frame mounted up.

@aftCG there's a video clip somewhere of the fuselage frame jig from the 40's that is still cranking out frames. I shot the video the first time I was at the factory to drop off my frame.
You good with a welder? I got you if not
 

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I can gas weld and have a Tig welder but still haven't made friends with it. If you want to come I can have it ready and we can weld it up in the garage. :) maybe in a week or two? and thanks for offering.
 

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I can gas weld and have a Tig welder but still haven't made friends with it. If you want to come I can have it ready and we can weld it up in the garage. :) maybe in a week or two? and thanks for offering.
I can mig with the worst of em. Say when. I just got my tig set up. Gonna need to screw up some welds first for that. Fear not though----i have grinders and paint !!! šŸ˜€