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  • For the past few days I've been working on the Ka-3 storage box. The outside is not finished yet and the interior for wings and fuselage needs to be fitted and finished, but at least it's a box. Once finished covering can start.

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    • ARUP
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      That box is really nice! Can you 'pack' (as we say in Kentucky which means 'carry' lol) it by yourself?

    • Gene C
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      When I was younger it would have been a simple matter to rest it on one shoulder and haul it off. Atlas it has come to just sliding off the end of the PU truck tailgate and lowering the other end to the ground. There seems to be someone handy to lift it if needed, just to have a look inside.

  • Now that the transport box is finished the Ka-3 fuselage is first to be fitted. Seeing that there are very few hard points on a Ka-3 fuselage, a page was taken from the Cherokee box, with the fuselage being supported by the wing mount. Captured side to side and bottom to top (with the lid closed) the front of the fuselage is securely held. The tail will rest in a foam cradle to be finished with thin ply sides for strength.

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    • ARUP
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      Well... if I happen to be nearby and see you pull up.... I'm gonna run... lol FWIW, put some felt on the foam that touches the model. 3M spray mount adhesive works well. Make sure the felt anchors to the sides of the foam, too, to get more grip with the adhesive!

  • Finished up fitting the Ka-3 into the transport box. The fuselage bar required some aileron clearance, but otherwise it all worked out well. The wings rear mount rests over a pin to keep the wing from sliding in the cradles. A slide keeper holds the tail in its cradle while in transport. At least the Ka-3 will now stay at mostly free of hanger rash until painting weather arrives. Now that the airframe is protected one can turn to thoughts of covering.

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    • ARUP
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      The box is nice! I love peeking in the box and seeing the happy sailplane all safe and sound! I've got five so far, lol.

  • Started the covering process on the Ka-3 with Solartex Neutral. Stabs first as thy are the smallest and easiest to handle. 98% pleased with the application, 100% thrilled with the effect. When you haven't covered in awhile you forget just how much time it takes , ailerons tomorrow.

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    • Looks Good!

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