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Lower Wing Aileron Coves

Posted in Bottom Wing, Super Stinker X with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by mars58

I’ve been working on the lower wing aileron coves. I decided to go with wood coves instead of aluminum. It’s been a lot of detail work sanding out the correct radius and getting the correct clearances that will allow for paint and covering. Here are a few pics. The first is the drawing for the aluminum coves. Main takeaway is the 2.38 radius and the 1.77 height of the top and bottom of the cove.

Cove and Aileron Dimensions

Cove and Aileron Dimensions

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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

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Top Ailerons Installed

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Top Ailerons Installed

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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

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.

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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Brake Pedals, Master Cylinders, Header Tank and Smoke System.

Posted in Fuselage, Pedals, Super Stinker X, Tanks with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by mars58

Sorry it’s been quiet on the blog front, as usual we are still plugging away!! So the last month and a half or so, we have been planning the smoke system and header tank geometry, fit and ergonomics. The main concern would be the width and throw of the pedals. With the smoke tank residing behind the pedals we wanted to make sure there would be no surprises later on. So I ordered the brake cylinders from Grove to complete the brake system and the complete smoke system less tank from Smoking Airplanes. Both companies I highly recommend for superior product and customer service.

Once we installed the pedals and master cylinders, we put the tail on and calculated the throw. Then we built the pedal stop to test the actual throw and confirmed our calcs so we are confident we have the geometry for the smoke tank and the pedals correct.

The next thing we needed to tackle was the header tank. For those following along that are asking, what is a header tank? Good question. The header tank is a small fuel tank that sits below the main tank and feeds the engine. Some tanks, like the S2B, have a flop tube in the main tank so that when the plane is upside down, or tumbling the engine is still getting it’s required fuel. The S2B does not use a header tank. Many of the S1’s have a header tank with the flop tube in that. One of the reasons I can think of is in the S2B the flop tube only works when the tanks are over 6 gals, it’s a little less, but under 6 gals I sometimes hear the engine cough due to fuel starvation. I’m not a big fan of that sound. So with a header tank. As long as it has gas in it, the engine will run. And at about 3 gals I have easily 10 mins to fly upside down continuously. LOL thats should be plenty. When ever I am right side up the header tank refills thanks to gravity.

So we built the header, that is a pretty simple tube with bowel ends on it. Well Dave makes it look simple. Next we hammered out the ends for the smoke tank. This should be pretty interesting due to it’s shape. Have a look.

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