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Giles 202 SN 15 Build

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:24 am
by DealsGapCobra
There seems to be some interest in seeing my progress, or possibly watching my pain, as I slowly work on my project.

I was lucky enough to find a mostly unfinished kit (the horizontal stabilizer, elevators and one aileron were closed) and the work that was done was structurally sound. Here are some photos from when we picked it up.

This is the bottom half of the fuselage
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Re: Giles 202 SN 15 Build

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:39 am
by DealsGapCobra
Work that I have completed includes closing the second aileron and both wings (added a smoke oil tank to the right wing). The wings bushings and mounts have been installed setting the incidence and dihedral and now I am working on the fuselage.

The kit was 'complete' when I bough it and, so far I have only found a few missing pieces, all of which were easily manufactured. Two of the parts that I needed to make were the right and left top half for the rear seat shoulder harness brackets. I made a wood mold and vacuum bagged the parts from, if memory serves, 12 plys of carbon fiber on one end tapering to 4 on the other.

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The challenge in this is getting the part to fit the mold and get a good corner...I got lucky!
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Here the new top parts are mated with the existing bottoms and ready to bond in place. The parts I made are the ones towards the inside.
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This is the final product installed in the top half of the fuselage.
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Re: Giles 202 SN 15 Build

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:53 pm
by davevon
Where did you find a kit like that???

How long have you had it?

I have heard rumors of a couple of kits in France. Their s/n would be at the end of production I think.

I had a deposit on a kit back when they were selling kits. A divorce ended that plan...

Dave

Re: Giles 202 SN 15 Build

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:15 pm
by DealsGapCobra
Dave,

I bought it back late 2009 and just got lucky finding one that was complete (all the parts) but mostly unfinished. One evening I was at a friends helping him with his Berkute project thinking "Man I would really would like a Giles" but I had searched a few years earlier with no success. That night (Saturday) I found this kit on Barnstormers, made the deal on Monday and picked it up the following Saturday.

I guess the original builder just lost interest and sold it to two brothers. After getting it home they decided that it was a bigger project than they were interested in tackling.

I have had some delays (typical story for projects like this) such as getting married, moving, etc. I really am enjoying the build but am ready to get it in the air!

Re: Giles 202 SN 15 Build

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:26 pm
by davevon
Incredible find and perfect timing!

I keep an eye on Barnstormers for just such a find. Usually you're too late for the great deals...

Keep up the good work you'll have a great airplane!

Dave

Re: Giles 202 SN 15 Build

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:06 pm
by One Winged Junkie
DealsGapCobra wrote:There seems to be some interest in seeing my progress, or possibly watching my pain, as I slowly work on my project.

I was lucky enough to find a mostly unfinished kit (the horizontal stabilizer, elevators and one aileron were closed) and the work that was done was structurally sound. Here are some photos from when we picked it up.

This is the bottom half of the fuselage
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For someone such as myself that is only familiar with wood and fabric, can you explain what this picture I am seeing is exactly? It this all carbon fiber?

Re: Giles 202 SN 15 Build

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:58 am
by DealsGapCobra
One Winged Junkie wrote:For someone such as myself that is only familiar with wood and fabric, can you explain what this picture I am seeing is exactly? It this all carbon fiber?
Yes, the entire plane is constructed of carbon fiber.