This update is going to bounce around a bit – I’m presenting the pictures in the order in which they were taken…
Here are the two SFS box shells right off the ShopBot:
Each one as mentioned before is made from four layers of 1/2″ Baltic Birch plywood.
Space cut out for the Nose Wheel Steering and Auto Pilot disconnect paddle:
The “real” SFS box is a one piece casting that includes a 2″ mounting post that fits into the stick base in the cockpit. For this version, I had to turn my own post:
The post blank is a 4″ long section of 1.5″ diameter Delrin. Delrin is a very easy to machine material and is quite strong.
After turning it down to 1.4375″, it’s time to see if it fits…
Insert Happy Dance Here.
I then cut it down to the 2″ length needed and then drilled & tapped it for 3 #10-24 screws.
…and just one more test fit…
One word. Muahahahahahahaha!
The box sides came next. The sides are .062″ aluminum and I’m using #8-32 brass inserts to allow me to use machine screws with the plywood.
The box to the right is the one that will be in the ’109F/X.
On a completely unrelated note…
For the poor girl in danger of loosing her Chick License:
BTW, I do need to find a left-hand pitot tube. This one is for the right side only.
Thanks for reading!