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Hopefully, This Saves The Next Guy

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2016 by mars58

After shrinking the first skin to 250 degrees, everything looked good. So I started to put down the glue for the cement seam for the second skin. The glue is applied to all the areas where the bottom fabric and top fabric will join up, all the edges mostly. After applying the glue to the aileron cove, I noticed the fabric was pulling off the cove, not good. The Stewart System is pretty forgiving, so I was able to pull up the cover fabric, rub the glue off the top, kinda like rubber cement. Then push glue up on top of the cove trailing edge under the fabric, like I should have done, so that takes the shrink stress and not the cove. Reheat then apply top layer of glue again. So needless to say I will be applying glue to the top of aileron coves from here on out.


You can see the fabric pulling up in the cove area.


After pulling up the fabric, surprisingly easy but with some effort, and pushing glue on top of the trailing edge.


Using my fingers I was able to take the top layer of glue off. This was a PIA.


The finished result, the stress from the fabric should now be on the trailing edge/top of cove and the cove should stay put.


Well, Begrudgingly, Kicking and Screaming the Time Has Come

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2013 by mars58

I had to break down and sell my Pitts S2B, N98R. She started this journey and I hated to do it but I was out of choices. She served me well and allowed me to join the ranks of the IAC all while gaining great experience, training and preparation to embark on my Airshow career. All along the way I made great, lasting friendships. The last 7 years have been a true joy for me. I bought the two seater, mainly, so I could share the thrill, I had only dreamt of, with my friends, family and anyone who asked for a ride. I have participated in Parade fly overs with guys like Rob Holland and Kendal Simpson. I trained with Rob and Kendal, Sean Tucker and Sergei Boriak in 98R. But the most rewarding part of owning and flying 98R has been the faces of the many, many people that I have had the pleasure to take up for a ride. For so many it was a once in a lifetime experience and everyone came down with a huge smile, exclaiming their gratitude and appreciation for sharing the aerobatic experience with them. Some have gone on to earn Aeronautical Engineering degrees saying that first flight in the Pitts is what pushed them to go after their dream. Others were just excited to scratch it off their bucket list.

I believe flying and aviation in general is for everyone who has ever dreamt of leaving the ground, I have truly enjoyed my time with 98R and am honored to have flown with so many people. It will always remind me of how lucky and blessed I have been to live my dream and I can only hope to help so many more grounded friends reach theirs.

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2012 in review – Thank You all that are following along.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 by mars58

Some interesting stats from WordPress. When I started this plane I knew it would be an intriguing and fulfilling journey. This blog has been a fun chronological of the project. Thank You all that have been watching along. I hope it is half as interesting as the plane has been to build. If anyone watching would have suggestions that would improve the blog shoot me a note.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 30,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Laying out the Turtle Deck

Posted in Fuselage, Super Stinker X, Uncategorized on March 12, 2012 by mars58

We trimmed the canopy and fit the rear bulkhead and started planing out the turtle deck.  We used masking tape to give us a rough idea of what our rear bulkhead was going to look like.  Once we decided on the dimensions we cut a template which we used to make our formers to hammer form the rear bulkhead, exactly like we did the ends of the fuel tank.

After hammer forming the rear and middle bulkheads we created a template and cut the aluminum for the turtle deck skin. We also cut the wood formers for the side and bottom of the rear fuselage.

Right Wing 80% Done

Posted in Bottom Wing, Leading Edges, Super Stinker X, Uncategorized with tags , on December 16, 2011 by mars58

So the right wing leading edge and wing tip are all glued up, the hinges and bell cranks are all installed and the wing is taking shape nicely. Check out the pics.

S.O.B – Merry Christmas to me!

Posted in Fuselage, Super Stinker X, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2011 by mars58

Last Tuesday 12/6 the Canopy and Cowling arrived. I have been trying not to think to much about it since then, until tonight! OH yeah Ron, buckle in and enjoy the ride cause this MoFo is starting to get good. 😉

Special Thanks to Steve Wolf and Tony Horvath at Specialty Aero. The cowling is awesome, the canopy… Well the pictures don’t do justice to how cool it really was to see. Since the right wing was done, it only made sense to pull the wings off the table and throw the fuse up for a little look. All of a sudden and for the first time you can see some shape to the fuse. The canopy comes with the front panel, from the cabanes back. Under which will sit the instrument panel and what the canopy closes on. So you can see the distance between the Top wing and the top of the fuselage. The B is much taller and feels that way. The 1-11, with top wing right there, it makes it feel like one hot little ride.

Fuselage Is Welded and Seat Is Tacked

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2009 by mars58

Juan finished welding the Fuselage and we tacked in the seat. Now we have to get all the fittings etc. on.

Here is a video of the fuselage

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