Friday, August 16, 2013

Wings getting attached

It's kind of hard to see what's going on in these pictures, because of the trees. But it's two of the four finished wings attached and getting their final adjustments to clear the legs. You might also notice that the legs are in the process of being painted black, along with everything else.

Generator and storage boxes

This is one of the two boxes mounted on the front wheels of the vehicle. These were made from off the shelf trailer tongue boxes. Because of the height requirements of the generator they had to be sliced in half horizontally, then inserts were welded in to make them taller. This one, with the open mesh, if for the generator. One the other side is another, without the open mesh, for storing random stuff. They can also be used as seats by passengers.

Night welding

 Dan working on the lighting frame under the passenger cabin. Go Dan!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Working late

Dan showed up this evening after work to put in some quality work time. He's setting up the frame work for the lights under the center section.

Skinning begins

My sister Kristen stepped in to help with skinning the saucer. Lots of shiny Lycra. Silver on top and pearl white below.

It's standing!

All the legs have been bolted on and the wood structure removed. Standing on it's own for the first time. I'm all teary. 11 days to go.

Electronics wiring

The electronics are moving in. Touch screen monitor mounted on the dash will control the lights. Stereo under the seat will provide the music when we're cruising the Playa solo.

Welding the leg tops

 My good friend Joel helped me out by welding all the new parts and angles at the top of each leg. These are the critical connection points for the structure.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Just a cool shot

Cutting the top off of one of the mount pods with a grinder. I took the shot with one hand and held the grinder with the other. A selfie.

Latest crazy video test by Bobsicle

Car mount progress

It took me a long time to figure out this design and implement it. I needed three mounting points on the car for the rear leg. But I also wanted to be able to get at the engine if it needed maintenance. AND I didn't want the hood to look like Swiss cheese. The solution is that the triangle has three round mounting plates that bolt to the three round pods that are bolted to the car.

Getting by with a little help from my friends

 Chris adding flashing to the perimeter of the saucer.
 Amber taping and painting the car black.
 Eran helping set the mounting plates for the legs.
Ken in the isolation garage making a racket grinding down leg pieces.

Car locked in position.

 Man, what a mess.

Friday, August 2, 2013