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AMM Sopwith Camel 07/20/12 Update

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012

Student, Ben-Joel Ndjami drilling wire tabs

Bending, shaping and cutting remaining spar clips (5). Bending and shaping spar box ends, and drilling holes in wire tabs for clips.

AMM Sopwith Camel 7/13/12 Update

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012

Metal fabrication continues as students and faculty work together to complete the Aileron Hinges. The Sopwitch Camel project continues to stay on schedule, as we prepare to begin cabling the spars and brackets of the upper wing.

AMM Sopwith Camel 6/29/12 Update

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012

Aileron Hinges: The Aileron hinges are near completion, including sanding to the final dimensions, drilling through the aileron, and adding lightening holes.

Spars: The Spars are near completion; which includes hand carving the routing to final dimensions, shaping the ends to meet spar box dimensions, and completing the spar boxes for connection.

Sopwith Camel Project is moving ahead

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012

After a too long period of little to no work done on this project, we are now back in gear and moving ahead.  Just to bring the readers up to date, the team estimates that that the steel tube fuselage is 90% complete, the tail feathers are ready for cover, and the landing gear is about halfway done.  The engine sits off in the corner, ready for installation.

Nearly complete, the fuselage sits waiting for the wings to be done.

Completed parts awaiting installation

The current effort has moved to the wings and ailerons.  This means a lot of wood work, and some steel fabrication (aileron hinges).  Lots of gluing, routing, cutting, sanding and fitting.  A new group of dedicated students have emerged and we have seen them logging more and more hours on this projects.  We have a new “blogmeister” in Camron Staples, our Student Advisor.  That should mean much more regular updates to let the world know what is going on in Manassas.


Avro 504K

Posted by on Mar 29, 2007

It looks like our budget is getting ironed out, so we are putting things on the fast track. Making space in the shop setting up our work area and equipment. I am looking foward to getting started and working with the FAA. Arch and I have been going over the prints, working out some of the detailes and figering out the best way to start.