Corsair spaghetti

The mechanics and model plane builders among you will be able to relate to this the most, I bet. I have seen model planes hooked up backwards or the servo turning the wrong direction as well. Never ended well. Rigging cables in a real plane can be a huge task sometimes. To get all the tension right and everything hooked up an routed properly is a lot of work. And a lot of times it involves climbing into really tight places inside the airplane which for some reason I was always volunteered for.

This kind of work is better done by anyone but Chuck. Yet I have to say, he’s been coming along over the years. Maybe he will get the hang of it one of these days after all?


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6 comments on “Corsair spaghetti
  1. ThisGuy says:

    I’m surprised Chucks made enough progress on the Corsair to be ready to put rudder cables in. Is he actually going to be able to fly the thing at some point? Now there’s a scary thought…

    My only experience in working on aircraft is with gliders but the same issues exist. Same sort of fun with rudder and trim cables exists there too. And some additional stupidity like a TE hose hooked to a simple hose barb on the inside of the tail, meaning that if for some reason the hose ever blows off (because someone is trying to clear a blockage or something) you need to make a hole in the glass fiber composite of the vertical tail to hook it back up and then repair that hole…

  2. Mo Davies says:

    I have only replaced control cables in fabric covered aircraft.
    A “Cut and Paste” approach to the fabric make the job comparatively easy, and done properly, the patches are not too obtrusive.

  3. rwill says:

    I was working alone when I momentarily got stuck in the tail cone of a C-150, that was the only time tight spaces bothered me.

    Two instances of control cable/rigging I found in annual inspections that stand out to me was, a Piper PA-28 had it’s elevator cables twisted around each other twice. And a Cessna 140 that the owner had bought after learning to fly in it, where the elevator trim tab was rigged in reverse. I made sure to explicitly tell them that it was now backwards to how they had been using it, but it still bothered me for a long time, hopefully it didn’t cause them problems.

  4. Robert Horton says:

    Wow, Chuck has made real progress on his project!

    Me, not so much. I had a 3d printing project (Chuck) I was going to do. Then I took a bad fall. Nothing like lying in plain view, in a cold rain, for half an hour, waving at every car, till one stopped. I’ve been some time recuperating. Hopefully next Spring when my shop warms up…

  5. DeanRW says:

    This pretty much sums up, quite nicely, the spirit of Roost Air’s operations.

  6. L says:

    Now hold on just a gosh-darn minute!
    Chuck actually uses the rudder???

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