“XP-82 Restoration Project”
#44 83887 Twin Mustang Progress Report
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
What a fabulous year it has been for our XP-82 project! The progress has been outstanding; no one drilled any holes through their fingers--in fact, there were zero injuries for the entire year, almost unheard of considering the sheet metal shop environment we work in.
|Tom and Paul with center section flap|
We have just completed both rudders and the majority of the fourth aileron through subassembly. The center section flap is also almost complete. The next projects the team will be starting are both engine mounts. This leaves only the horizontal stabilizer and both aft fuselage extensions to complete prior to our starting the reskinning of all the completed sub-components, i.e., flaps, ailerons, verticals, rudders, both fuselages and the horizontal. I project that the majority of the skinning will be completed by mid-spring to early summer.
We have completed the extremely difficult forward induction trunk inlet duct housing. We were quoted a little over $10K to have a subcontractor build the piece for us. We completed it in-house for a little less than $2K. Boy our XP workforce team members are good!
|2 Rudders and 1 aileron|
I have finally finished most of my other hanging projects and have spent the majority of December doing set up work on the XP center section flap. What a pleasure it has been to work continuously on a “new” project, not a B-25, B-17 or P-40 aircraft. It is refreshing and rewarding to work on a component that I have never worked on before. Even though it is a North American manufacture style, it is dramatically different engineering from earlier NAA types, i.e., P-51, B-25 and T-6. Working on the same type of warbird year after year starts to get old.
|The other rudder|
Bumps in the Road
Thankx for your confidence in all of us!
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