Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Widgets? Winglets?

All 40 of the water jet cut pieces have been welded into 20 winglet modules for the construction of the wing. (Thanks Dave for the water jet cutting.) Then they were ground round to accept the conduit pieces. Thanks Ken for the help.
Each winglet is connected to two straight pieces of conduit and 4 curved ones to make a wing section. There are going to be 16 wing sections. Thanks Dan for the help with the curves.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Working with a jig

 Using a crudely made jig we were able to combine all the water jet cut pieces into units that could be used for each spar of the saucer.

Circle gets the square

During a break in the unseasonably bad weather here in California I managed to weld together, and attach, the square metal frame that will allow the wings to fold up. The angle of the photo makes it look a little distorted for some reason.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Passenger cabin done and legs!

It took a lot of wrangling with some pretty heavy duty tools to get the rings into (almost) perfect shape. Many thanks to George and Chris for helping me out. It's on it's side in this picture.

On a shipping note- The truss legs are on their way from China. On the slow boat no less. It's been a lot of work to import them. But definitely a cost saving measure. I can't wait to see them. Here's a pic of them waiting to ship. Could be anything really. But I have my fingers crossed. The money is already gone. (And this pic makes me wish I had ordered curved ones.)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

One Ring Circus

Well shit! It takes a lot of work to adjust a miss-bent 72 inch circle that's actually 73 inches. I'm probably going to have to switch to chain to get it all the way to 72.