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Project Log
Aircraft Construction - Pitts 14 Prototype

Sheet Metal Work, AirVenture
Pitts 14 Prototype
Created: 04/05/2005
Updated: 11/18/2005
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Article by Mike Whaley
The last part of June got busy as we got to the point that we had to get the airframe cleaned up and ready to roll to Oshkosh.

Barrett added some additional reinforcements to the inside of the side panels, using special adhesives to bond the aluminum braces to the inside of the aluminum side panels without marring the outside surface with rivets. We also tweaked the fit of the top panels so that they would clear the cabane attach points.

We also fitted the three separate panels to the instrument panel. It's starting to feel more like a real live airplane now! (Should we decide to alter the layout of the instruments later, this will be quite simple... our in-house waterjet cutter can quickly cut a perfect panel based on a CAD drawing.) We will offer these panels to builders, either with or without instrument and mounting holes cut out (we've actually been offering this service for a long time.)

In July, we loaded the plane onto a trailer, covered it with plastic wrap, and hooked it up to Paul's RV for the long ride up to Oshkosh. It was quite a sight to see! It made it there and back with no problem... the procession did attract quite a bit of attention wherever it went.

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Barrett Brummett roughens the surface to ensure a good bond between the side panel and the reinforcement stringers.  
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The cockpit area has a neat appearance, even without the internal fairings installed.  
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Inside of the cockpit area.  
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The instrument panel area.  
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The instrument panel area.  
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There are three separate panels.  
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Instrument panel.  
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The cabane attach point.  
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The cabane attach bracket on the underside of the center wing section.  
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Loaded up and ready to roll!  
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The Model 14 shouldn't be too difficult to transport on the ground if need be.  

Other entries in this series:
     Construction Begins    May 2003
     Fuselage Basic Structure    June 2003
     Fuselage Basic Structure Completed, Engine Arrives, Steve Culp Helps Out    July 2003
     Pitts Model 14 Introduced at Oshkosh    4th week of July 2003
     Curtis Visits to Continue the Design, Wing Construction Begins    August 2003
     Wing Construction Underway    September 2003
     Lower Wing Basic Construction    October 2003
     Lower Wing Details and First Fuselage Formers    November 2003
     Fuselage Formers, Skin and Wing Details    December 2003
     Fuselage Side Panels and Upper Wing Construction    January 2004
     Wing-Root Fairings, Fuselage Skin Panels, and Upper Wing    February 2004
     Fuselage Side Panels, Wing Rigging, Engine Arrives    March 2004
     Sun N 'Fun 2004    April 2004
     Summer 2004 Status Update    May 2004
     Aluminum Turtledeck    1st week of June 2004
      » Sheet Metal Work, AirVenture    4th week of June 2004
     Adjustable Seats, Part 1    August 2004
     Adjustable Seats, Part 2    December 2004
     Wings    December 2004
     Throttle Quadrant    December 2004
     Spring 2005    March 2005

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