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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

Looking Like an Pitts

Posted in Bottom Wing, Empennage, Fuselage, Super Stinker X, Top Wing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2013 by mars58

You have to forgive me, the words are overcome by excitement. Since this project started I have been holstering my excitement knowing just how long of a haul it was going to be. But looking at her standing on her own for the first time, power plant in place, tail, wings, etc. I am left kinda speechless. We still have a long way to go; electronics, firewall forward, covering and paint, etc. But I can’t help to take a breath and enjoy this stage for a few seconds. I hope you enjoy the pics as much.

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Looks Whats Coming Home

Posted in Bottom Wing, Leading Edges, Super Stinker X, Top Wing with tags , , , , , , on February 1, 2013 by mars58

So tonight we finished up the work on the wings and their time at Daves shop has come to an end. Soon they will be making their trip home where we can do the final prep, cover and paint. There is still a lot of work to do but I am excited to have them a few steps away and to start the long walk down the final stretch that will result in a flying airplane.

Top Wing Leading Edges

Posted in Leading Edges, Super Stinker X, Top Wing with tags , , on January 21, 2013 by mars58

This week we glued the leading edges and center section on the top wing. Were on the final stretches will be covering pretty soon.

Measure Thrice, Cut Once

Posted in Bottom Wing, first rigging, Fuselage, Super Stinker X, Top Wing on October 11, 2011 by mars58

This old adage always rings true. It has been Two months and the best way to describe them would be slow and calculating. There is no replacement for experience but when lacking it the only way forward is cautiously and meticulous. When we initially rigged the wings, we leveled the fuselage. Then hung the top wing, and I struts, then brought the lower wings up to them. Right off the bat our alignment was precarious. The I struts would not fit. From that point we measured everything again. We checked the cabane struts again. We went through the components. Then we reached out to Steve and Tony. And it was with their advice that we were able to zero in on our problem.

You have to start with the top wing. We created two jigs for the top and bottom wings so we could properly level the wings along the chord line not the fuselage. As soon as we leveled the top wing, and we hung the I struts, then once again brought the lower wings up, all of a sudden everything fit like a glove. It was like one of those “A-Duh” moments and only the kind you can really appreciate once you experience it.

You could imagine our relief. I mean you spend all this time building these major components, you think you have done a fine job. You think your attention to detail will pay off and everything will go to plan. So when they don’t you can only imagine our trepidation. What did we screw up, where did we go wrong. So we were very relieved to see everything fall into place.

The next few months should prove to be very exciting. Now with a strait pair of wings we can install the control system and hardware and then apply the leading edges. We have to build the upper ailerons, do a final fit with everything in place on the wings and at that point we will be ready for sealing the wood and covering the wings. That would make a great Christmas present to myself. 🙂

Stay tuned, hopefully we are rounding second base and are well on our way to third.

Two Wings Are Better Than One :)

Posted in Bottom Wing, Fuselage, Super Stinker X, Top Wing on July 24, 2011 by mars58

Where is this summer going? I can’t believe August is only a week away. Today was a good day. We threw the top wing on with the bottom wings and placed the I Struts between the wings. Took some measurements and got the tip to tail of both wings within 1/8 of an inch. We have some tweaking to do here and there but overall she is looking good. It takes some imagination, but she actually is shaping up. I can’t believe it has been 2 1/2 years and counting but we keep pushing forward. Here are the latest pictures.

Top Wing Drag Wires Drilled

Posted in Super Stinker X, Top Wing with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by mars58

Tonight Dave and I went over to Wayne’s and we drilled the drag wire holes. Dave had built a nice jig for drilling the holes the works nicely and guarantees you gonna have good strait holes from spar to spar.

Here are a few pictures of the Jig. We marked the blocks where we wanted the wires to come through, then we tap a pin in to hold the jig. Next we slide the jig onto the pins, tighten them in place and drill the first holes from the inside of the spars with the attachment as our guide. After drilling the inside hole we push a small piece of left over drag wire through to hold the jig from the inside. We remove the pins from the outside and drill the holes from that side. Remove the jig and run the holes all the way through.

Drag Wire Drilling Jig

Drag Wire Drilling Jig Pinned

Drag Wire Drilling Jig Pinned

Dave Drilling Drag Wire Hole

Drag Wire Drilling Jig

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