A Stitts Skycoupe Restoration Project

The Stitts Skycoupe is also known as Stitts SA7 D

Monday, September 26, 2011

Work Session 9/24/2011

This past week, the primary focus was constructing a set of sturdy shelves to hold all the airplane parts, engines, tools and materials that the Skunk Works is rapidly acquiring. Joel McLaughlin designed the shelves and led the effort over several long, strenuous days. On 9/24/2011 the final nails were sunk and we were able to start moving some of the material.

In addition, the final composite work was completed on the wings, so that covering can begin on Saturday, October 1st.

Joel "The Laird" McLaughlin led the design and construction of our shelves.

Mike McCann masterfully notched the vertical supports.

Terry and Joel erect the vertical supports.

Terry's lift was an essential "bad boy" tool in the construction.

Terry and Joel celebrate the "topping out", placing the last beams on the structure.

Tim Misegades, Terry Gardner, Andy Thomson, Bruce Edwards and Michael Payne celebrate the end of construction.

Michael, Terry and Bruce start to fill the shelves with airplane parts and tools.

The left wing emerges from the upstairs loft for final work.

Tom Hall sands the wingtip fairing.

Andy Thomson compares the fairings on both wings.

Chapter composite expert Bruce Edwards and Michael Payne admire their work.

Skunk Work members covered the final tail surface earlier last week.

Konrad Schoen disassembled our Delco starter - yuk!

Below: yep, it needs to be rebuilt! Konrad is handling this.

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