Panther wing spar kits have shipped!
We are running behind our projected schedule, but the quality of the parts is top notch and we are hoping the builders think it was worth the wait. We shall see!
We ship our wing spar kits along with the upper and lower longerons, the wing slider tubes, and elevator push rod tubes together to keep all the really long pieces together in one crate. The wing spar crate is made of wood and is 12.5′ long, by 14″ wide, by 8″ tall, and weighs in around 170 lbs. It contains all the spar plates, caps and webs, along with the rear spar channels and stiffeners, and the wing spar bushings and spacers.
Dan has designed a slightly different version of the rivet squeezer that Tony Spicer developed. Tony’s design was ingenious – so Dan took it one step further! This one is designed to withhold multiple usage and shipping from builder to builder. This version also requires less height adjustment from plate to plate. Tony’s is a great DIY for the individual – but this one is designed for production, and also costs more to build.
Here are some photos of Panther Builder Buddy Henson and how he did an expert job at marking his spars for assembly.
Here is a video of the rivet squeezer in action with Panther builder Buddy Henson at his hangar. We apologize for the constant auto focus squeaky sounds – Santa has Rachel’s request for a new lens. (The cat knocked it off her desk and left it noisy.)