Being a beta builder for the builder means you get to be the first set of builders for a design. That is great – right? What it also means is you get to work out all of the bugs, figure most of it out on your own and work with little or no plans. It […]
Here are pictures of the fuel tank fuel senders, attach brackets,rudder pedals, fuel tank assembly, and the tail spring.
The fuel tank skins are shown below in the fuel tank jigs. We will be starting on the fuel tanks this week. Pictures will follow along with the build. Usher type fuel caps will be used and are on their way. Our beta builder Tony spicer will be constructing his own fuel tanks as well. […]
The aileron bell-crank assembly details are shown in the pictures below. There will be slight modifications made to the assembly shown, regarding bolts and washers, but the main idea is shown. <a
We have had a few more questions regarding the wing fold mechanisms/assemblies and thought it worthy of more visual aides. Here are some additional pictures below, with a video of the wing fold process at the bottom. Here you can see the aileron paddle joiner plates. This configuration allows the wing to be pulled out […]
Happy Holidays from SPA! We have been working diligently on the prototype and are making good progress while juggling spending time with our dear family and friends through this holiday season. We have had some questions about how the wing fold mechanisms work and how the wing rib gussets are assembled. We also have pictures […]
The brake and rudder pedal combo is coming together. Along with the spar and wing ribs. The spar is bolted and riveted. See pics below. A big shout out this week to Chris Welsh, Rick Koch and Ricky Reubel for your excellent workmanship, enthusiasm and Panther Spirit.
The spar is really coming together. What a shame we are going to have to break this beautiful spar! We have been reaming out holes and deburring, prepping for riveting. Total assembly time to date, including cutting out spar caps and manually cutting/drilling the outer spar web, is about 8 hours. We are pleased with […]
The stiffeners for the test wing arrived, they are amazing! The panther spar is typical in design in many respects. It uses a 6061 T-6 AL angle as caps that are riveted to the spar web. The wing skins rivet into the angle as well. The inner portions of the spar where loads are very […]
THE WING RIBS AND FORM BLOCKS FOR THE TEST WING ARE FINALLY HERE!!!!! The building has begun! We have the fuselage side fixture completed and welding will begin next week. AND – The local county paper, The Clay Today, did a front page piece on the SOLO filming! It is very interesting and we would […]
We have been busy at the Corvair College, setting up websites and working on spar details. In the past weeks we have formed the test ribs and added flute locations to the form blocks. We also “tweaked” the nose of the rib blanks so they form better. I’m […]