Building the fuselage

Gerald W. Gay RJ.03 IBIS experimental aircraft builder in the USA

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The IBIS fuselage is a lattice truss structure built out of wood. Multiple wood species can be used, with Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir being the most popular.
After all internal components are built in, the fuselage truss structure is covered on the outside with thin birch plywood.
The main gear is built up of an ash laminate.

RJ.03 IBIS on the workbench The fuselage is built upside down. Main gear and canard wing attached temporarily. View from the port aft quarter.

RJ.03 IBIS fuselage on the workbench Another view.

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