“XP-82 Restoration Project”
#44 83887 Twin Mustang Progress Report
|Horizontal stabilizer subcomponent|
We have initiated the sub-assembly of the two aft fuselage sections, the two engine mounts and the set-up for the high shear riveting of both sets of fuselage longerons after receiving all of these parts back from heat treating.
|Center section flap subcomponent|
Beautiful jobs as usual from everyone.
The new heat treating company we are using, because they have a huge oven and quench tank, is Ayres Company, a part of Thrush Aviation Agricultural Aircraft Manufacturing Company in Albany, GA. The first batch of 28 parts, longerons and bulkheads I carried to them came back without a bill. I called and asked why there was no charge and the owner said “Merry Christmas.” He had heard of our project and wanted to help. Thanks to Ayres.
|Rudders and ailerons|
Our elusive investor that had never seen his project finally came down from the cold North to take a look. Needless to say, he was blown away by what has been accomplished since he last saw it in Soplata’s yard. He was also amazed at the extent of the work being done to the parts he helped recover in Alaska. Our investor stayed the majority of January helping to detail the four trim tab actuators and the acme screw jack mechanisms. He also assisted on the horizontal stabilizer spar caps, along with a multitude of other jobs. Many thanks to all of our investors who have contributed their time working on our XP project!
|Vertical to aft fuselage set up|
The set-up of the aft fuselage sections, where they connect to the vertical and horizontal stabilizers, will be a challenge, but it’s nothing we can’t do. (See attached picture of the initial setup of the aft lower fuselage section to the vertical stabilizer.)
The final fit of the aft fuselage sections to the forward fuselages cannot be accomplished until the center section has been completed and both fuselages are mounted. Then the two aft fuselage sections--with verticals and horizontal attached as an assembly--will be aligned to the aft fuselage bulkheads. This alignment is critical in six different dimensions. If not correct, the airplane will not fly straight.
Bumps in the Road
In the picture of our XP-82 in flight, look at the LH fuselage. Behind the canopy you can see a mounted round ring . It’s an ADF (Automatic Direction Finder) loop, representative of the old radio equipment technology discarded in the 40s by everybody. Larry Kelley, B-25 Panchito owner, found one and contributed it to our project. Thanks Larry!
They are doing fine! Lazy! Can’t get much work out of them.
Come see your XP-82!
|Trim tab actuators|