BONDING THE REAR DUCT PARTS – December 1, 2018
The image above shows the father/son team of Brent and Ron Burch (right) who worked intensely to bond the two inner ducted fan side parts to the large central ‘V’ part which houses the engine and transmission.
This has been in the works for a while, but we finally approved all carbon pieces of the duct, and the tube frame itself, so we could move forward with the bonding of the rear body carbon parts. Combined, Ron and Brent have decades of experience doing this kind of work, so it was no surprise that it turned out great.
They’re working with Hysol aircraft adhesive, which starts to set up in only minutes, so they are racing the clock in this assembly process. We captured the action of bonding and finishing these parts in a time-lapse video, which is on our YouTube channel. While the video is only thirty seconds long, the actual work took almost fifteen minutes – with a lot of prep work done ahead of time.
Luckily, you won’t be required to do this when you assemble your Switchblade. This is part of what happens behind the scenes to make sure you have a first-rate kit vehicle ready for final assembly, and you won’t need to become a composites expert to build your Switchblade! You will learn how to do repairs, in case that is needed. Or, bring it back and we will fix it.