Carden 43% Extra Engine Box Replacement

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    Hey guys,
    I noticed Bunky was replacing the motor box in his Extra. I happened to just perform the same surgery for Jason Cohen's Carden 43%er. J got in an argument with his brain and thumbs down at the Hot Springs Huckfest. I don't have a bunch of pictures but something is better than nothing. This one was pretty bad but she is good as new now.
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    You fixed that thing?? Normally when planes hit solid objects when they are still ten feet in the air they don't get rebuilt.. Amazing. How did you get every piece of hardware out of the motor box?
     
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    Pics of the carnage. I had to completely strip the yellow covering off the right side of the fuse. This was because the right wing tip hit and broke loose some of the fuse sheeting and upright supports. As you can see from the pics this sucker hit nose first:censored:
     

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    Yeah I fixed it. Still need a new cowl. I supose you want to see the repaired pics?
     
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    Wait,, I spoke to soon that is NOT the same plane that hit the big sign board..
     
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    Hell ya
     
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    Yeah that one is done. This was a classic down elevator when he should have yanked the stick back!! Didn't have enough altitude to perform a 1/4 waterfall
     
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    Man..You have done a great job with that one. But if you thought about repairing the sign plane you had a project.. I was thinking just get a new fuse kit then I thought man those wings and stabs had to suffer damage with that hit.. that one is not a rebuild but a rekit..

    OK, back to a repair that can be done..
     
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    Agreed hitting a wooden sign made out of timber at 60+ MPH will have a rekit effect! I was on the other end of the field and heard that sucker hit with guys hovering over the runway.
    Still wondering why Brian elected to head that direction? He flew right into the sucker.
     
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    I remember somebody knocking off a tail wheel on a very low knife edge pass... :)

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    He was wheels down at one point. but man way to much speed. That thing hit with some serious steam and the bounce back was earth shattering.. Pilot took it well. My kind of guy.. If he could get a do over he would have made the turn no problem.
     
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    Bob that was not a brain fade. Just cutting it a little close!
    At least I kept that sucker in KE and didn't get the big pussy call like someone elses KE loop attempt with a Compy Yak :boxing:
     
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    I guess a few pics of the finished repairs would help. The right wing tip and bottom of the rudder was smashed all to H#!!. I don't have any shots of the before but here are the after pics.
     

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    I must have missed the full speed touch and go.
     
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    Here are the pictures of the repaired fuse. I cut the damged box out all the way back to the F3 former. Left the landing gear mounting rails in tact and tied the new box into the LG rails with L shaped doublers. Also made T shaped doublers for the top rail. By going back to F3 I was able to make a pretty clean uniform splicing of the new box. Had to add about 2 1/2 to 3 ounces of extra wood to make it all work. Thats not to bad. His fuel tank setup I carved out of there has 3 oz that could be lost just going to a water bottle. The sheeting and broken uprights were just glued back with thin ca. Re MonoKoted the right side of the fuse and she is good as new :thumbs:
     

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    Damn, nice clean work JD
     
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    Is that the plane that Cam built for Jason C?

    Awesome repair work. Looks as good as new!
     
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    You guys are giving me th irrational desire to patch up this 126" slick...

    Nice work bigbird- We don't usually see much of this around here! You and Bunky make it look easy!

    I'm gonna go work on my little project ;-)
     
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    Cool.. nice work there shorty. Last time I seen you around a bare fuse you were.....

    RIPPING WOOD OUT OF IT !
     

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