Archive for Home Built

First Wing Skinned!

Posted in Bottom Wing, Covering, Stewart System, Super Stinker X with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2016 by mars58

Well, the top layer went on nicely, put the initial shrink on it to 250 degrees, cove looks good so far. Feels pretty good to see this wing shaping up. Next, I will wrap the aileron and if my clearances are good then it’s time for a stitching party!  🙂

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.

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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.

Finishing Up Elevator Controls System

Posted in Empennage, Super Stinker X with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2012 by mars58

With the majority of the plumbing done it was time to finish up the control system to the elevators. This took a great attention to detail to make sure everything was level, even and square before we tacked in the control horns to the elevators. With that said we have a total travel of 40 degrees up and 40 degrees down.

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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.

Lower Wing Attach Points are Tacked

Posted in Bottom Wing, Fuselage, Super Stinker X with tags , , , , , , , on May 9, 2010 by mars58

Well Today – 5/8/10 – was a good day. We have had the lower wings at Dave’s shop and we have been working on getting them nice and strait with the fuselage. The first fit showed about 1/8th of an inch tight on the rear left side and an 1/8th of an inch loose on the right rear wing attach fitting. So we tacked the front fittings and started looking for the 1/8th of an inch. Finally we noticed the one bay on the fuselage is about an 1/8th off center to the left. Thus making up our discrepancy. So we decided to widen the bend on the left side attach bracket slightly to take up the 1/8th. On the right side we cut out a new lower attach fitting that would give us the extra 1/8th once bent up. So today we finally got everything fitting perfectly. Wing strait up front and even distance from tail post to wing tip.

We also drilled the lower wings for the landing wire attach pin, and cut and drilled the 1/2 inch solid stock for the aileron hinges. So after about a month off, due to work and things we have made some good progress.

The Cabanes Are All Tacked Up

Posted in Fuselage, Super Stinker X with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by mars58

Some Picks of the cabanes and sizing up the fuel tank…

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