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Current project progress

      12/09 more progress pictures

Progress photos (click photo for full size version)
 

Elevators being fitted to the tailplane - 12/09

Check for travel and clearances - 12/09

Aileron attach brackets - 2/2010

Elevator Bellcrank weldments and spacer - 2/2010

Elevator Bellcrank Assembly pinned in place - 2/2010

Aileron fitted to wing - 2/2010

Inboard Aileron Attach Bracket, in place - 2/2010

Aileron Bellcrank Aligned with Aileron, ready for Attach Bracket and Push-Pull rod placement - 2/2010

Outboard Aileron Attach Bracket, in place - 2/2010

First layer of plywood on right hand aileron. May 2010

First coats of brown camoflauge paint on the elevators. May 2010

First coats of brown camoflauge paint on the elevators. May 2010

Right hand aileron with first layer of skin glued-on the bottom and spruce strips to capture the balsa, which is next. May 2010

Right hand aileron with first layer of skin glued-on the bottom and spruce strips to capture the balsa, which is next. May 2010

Balsa glued on the bottom. May 2010

Ready for sanding and final ply. May 2010

Elevator, done except for the dope codes. July 2010

Elevator, done except for the dope codes. July 2010

Bottom of the elevators, dope codes and part numbers applied - ready to be installed on the airplane. July 2010

Bottom of the elevators, dope codes and part numbers applied - ready to be installed on the airplane. July 2010
 
 

11/29/2010 - It has been quite some time since my last update and I will try to explain what has been happening around here. First, I took on a job to restore, recover a Taylorcraft and put it on floats. Not a problem, I have been doing restorations for over thirty years. Well, we get into the project and the customer says that it is costing too much. so, the whole thing is loaded and returned . I am not independently wealthy and I need to work to pay the bills and keep after the prototype. So, then comes an answer to prayers in the form of a new builder that wants to build from kits. Now, money to complete sections of the prototype isn't an issue. So, things have been happening here at SAC and to bring everyone up to date, the tail group, ie: tailplane, elevators, & rudder and finished, wrapped in plastic and stored, awaiting final installation. I have allocated enough time per week to get some progress done and I intend to keep update pictures coming on a regular basis. Starting with the next few pictures...


Right hand aileron, inner skin glued in place, ready for layer of balsa to be applied. November 2010

Another view of aileron with ply skin glued in place. November 2010

Balsa wood, ready for sanding and final plywood skin. December 2010

Balsa wood, ready for sanding and final plywood skin. December 2010

Engine test stand for the Allison - April 2011

Engine test stand for the Allison - April 2011

Engine test stand for the Allison - April 2011

Engine test stand for the Allison - April 2011

Gear leg & trunnions in place for fitting - July 2011

Outer leg hanging in wing - July 2011

Another view of attach point - retract arms to be added soon - July 2011

The gear leg strut with new retract arm installed. February 2012

New Scissors - February 2012

Retract Ram - February 2012
A few more items need to be addressed before installation and cycle tests. There are several brackets made for the ram and up and down locks, but main gear legs are nearly complete.
 
June 13, 2012 - I have had a "pause" in production as I recently underwent back surgery for degenerative arthritis. I had 3 vertebrae fused, screwed & glued and I am just now starting to get back into the shop to finish on the gear legs - up & down locks. Sorry for not many progress pictures, but more will be following as I get into tackling the coolant rads and more in the wings !!
 

The gear legs are fitted and checked for alignment, retract cylinders have been fitted and lower gear knuckles are on order with axles to fit Cessna 411 wheels and brakes. June 2012

Up lock bracket and attach for the retract arm. June 2012

The gear leg in the up, retracted position. June 2012

Gear leg in the up position and the retract cylinder.
 June 2012

Inner and outer flaps, plywood side is ready for balsa and final layer. November 2012

Upper surface of the flaps. November 2012

Up / down lock welded unit. November 2012

Up / down lock welded unit. November 2012

The bracket that gets bolted on the gear leg and is the "up" lock.  November 2012

The flap and aileron in position on the wing for fitting. January 2013

The steel fittings that will be bolted inside and will attach the aileron to the wing. January 2013

The fittings showing how they will line up with the rod end. January 2013

Another view of the aileron and flap. January 2013

A view of the inner & outer flap with the other aileron(uncovered) in the background. January 2013

A close - up of the inside structure of the flap. January 2013

Coolant Radiator being fitted into the wing. March 2014

March 2014

What appears to be up is actually the bottom of the wing. March 2014

 March 2014

March 2014

Mounting Brackets for the radiator. April 2014

 April 2014

April 2014

 April 2014

 April 2014

 April 2014

 April 2014

 April 2014

 Plumbing for the engine coolant radiator - June 2014

 June 2014

 Checking the gear leg travel and clearance in front of the radiator - June 2014

 When the new scissors are installed, full extended travel will be done on the lower strut - June 2014

 All the plywood skins and bracing installed next before fabricating the radiator fairing and install - June 2014

 Gear legs - June 2014

 Radiator Inlet Fairing - Inner Fairings with the leading edges riveted - October 2014

 Radiator Inlet Fairing - Inner Fairings with the leading edges riveted - October 2014

 Radiator Inlet Fairing - Entire Unit screwed into place - October 2014

 Radiator Inlet Fairing - Entire Unit screwed into place - October 2014

 Access panel will screw in here to cover the plumbing and for inspection - November 2014

 Access panel will screw in here to cover the plumbing and for inspection - November 2014

 Outside fairing, ready for top sheet panel- November 2014

 Outside fairing, ready for top sheet panel- November 2014

 Outboard fairing, from the front - November 2014

 Inboard fairing and inspection panel, from the front - November 2014

 Inboard fairing and inspection panel, from the rear - November 2014

 Outboard fairing, from the rear - November 2014

For details on any part of the assembly, please email with request.


 
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