Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wings attached

Even though it's technically a saucer. And saucers are round. I've taken to calling the two sections of the saucer that fold up wings. In my last post was a picture of the first wing. I then built a mirror image of that one. Today I lifted them up and mounted them to the hinges on the passenger cabin. Ta-da,  we now have two folding wings. And I'm running out of back yard.
George drilling out plated for the wing hinges.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The legs have arrived!

The best China has to offer. Loaded up at the Port of Oakland and heading to the launch pad.

Monday, July 1, 2013

My careful calculations

What could go wrong?

Wing taking shape

 Kind of a busy picture. But you can make out the first wing section being born.
 I was fighting between rain and, just a few days later, 100+ temps during the day. Definitely slowing progress. It's a radial pattern made with 1/2 electrical conduit. It's made extra complicated by slicing across it with a  straight piece of 2x2 box steel to provide strength and a pivot point for the hinges. The wings have the ability to fold so the width can be reduced to 12 feet. This allows it to be driven on Burning Man's streets.