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Very Excited to Join the Whirl Wind Aviation Family

Posted in Cowling, Fuselage, Super Stinker X, Whirl Wind Aviation with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2013 by mars58

I want to thank Tonya and everyone at Whirl Wind Aviation for my beautiful prop. Great people to work with and very sexy looking prop. I can’t wait to fly it. And it looks great on the 1-11.

Pictures don’t do it justice, but here are a few.
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Bit by Bit

Posted in Ailerons, Cowling, Cowling, Super Stinker X, Top Wing with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by mars58

Last post I had just installed the aluminum piano hinges that hold the Two cowling halves together. Not Two days later Dave gives me a call and says he found a guy that makes carbon fiber piano hinges, Carbinge. So last week I was able to swap out the aluminum hinges and install the new carbon ones. I have a few pics below. This weekend I cut and notched the top ailerons and was able too get them hung. It was nice to see all the major components coming together. The top ailerons really complete the picture.

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Top Ailerons Installed

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge Lower Cowling

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge Lower Cowling

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge Lower Cowling

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge Lower Cowling

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge above Aluminum Hinge

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge above Aluminum Hinge

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge above Aluminum Hinge

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge above Aluminum Hinge

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge above Aluminum Hinge

Carbinge, Carbon Fiber Piano Hinge above Aluminum Hinge

Grunt Work on The Cowling is Done

Posted in Cowling, Cowling, Super Stinker X with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by mars58

Fitting and mounting the cowling has been quite a fulfilling experience. It was my first time really working with a finished carbon piece. I am amazed at how hard it is. Steve Wolf’s instructions are great! Nice diagrams that make it a piece of cake to understand what you need to do. Getting it done took a lot of patience and focus. Tony from Specialty Aero builds and sells the kit and was great clearing up questions. The last two efforts had been mounting the top hinge that holds the top seam together and drilling the holes on the back where it screws to the fuselage. Today’s work was drilling and mounting the bottom piano hinge which will hold the bottom seam together. Here are some pics.

Strap Keeps Two halves Nice and Tight

Strap Keeps Two halves Nice and Tight

Cutting Out  Front Inside Lip for Bottom Hinge

Cutting Out Front Inside Lip for Bottom Hinge

Inside Front Lip of Cowling.

Inside Front Lip of Cowling.

Front Bottom Hinge Installed

Front Bottom Hinge Installed

Left Side Close Up

Left Side

Front Bottom Hinge Installed

Front Bottom Hinge Installed

Right Side

Right Side

Right Side

Right Side

Right Side

Right Side

Finishing up Fitting the Cowling

Posted in Cowling, Cowling, Super Stinker X with tags , , , , , , on October 7, 2013 by mars58

I finished fitting the Specialty Aero cowling, installing the top piano hinge and angle support as well as drilling the holes to fasten it to the firewall. I must have taken each half off 1000 times. I still have to fit the lower hinge and bottom of the cowling, bond and rivet the top hinge, but she is pretty much where she is gonna stay.

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The Doldrums…

Posted in Cowling, Super Stinker X with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by mars58

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IMAG0467So, I am knee deep into the details. Building sub components were one thing and “Aircraft Assembly” is daunting at times. Thankfully, just like everything else, getting my private pilots license, competing in the IAC, heck building this plane, the deeper you get, the more you learn and more importantly (the most fun part), the more you do, the easier it gets.

Most of July and August, I have been practically memorizing Aircraft Assembly, putting together order lists down to the nut, washer and bolt, finalizing the last bits and pieces to get the complete control system hooked up and working. We also started fitting the cowl and completing the upper ailerons.

I have met with our local DAR, Joe Gauthier, who will be inspecting and ultimately giving me my airworthiness certificate. He has helped me to start thinking about the mountain of paperwork that I am going to need to satisfy the FAA.

And on Two high notes I have ordered my Prop, thanks to Whirl Wind Aviation and should be receiving my Sky Dynamics light weight sump, intake as well as the 6 into 1 exhaust soon.

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