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Old 02-28-2012, 03:01 AM   #26
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Looks good, I use my secondary lap belt to hold my stick back to start ,some times even taxi out that way.



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Old 02-28-2012, 03:19 AM   #27
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Here is a revised one..

http://www.biplaneforum.com/panelcompare.jpg


John. Maybe I am missing something...You have two notches cut out at the ends of your panel, for longerons?Where would the cross tube be, in reference, that is behind the panel?It looks like you have a couple of instruments in the way.Maybe I am not thinking correctly!



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Old 02-28-2012, 09:52 PM   #28
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That cross tube u refer to would be the back of the PAX, that's about 6 inches away...

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That cross tube u refer to would be the back of the PAX, that's about 6 inches away...
Quizzical!!Looking at the plans you are correct. The cross tube is at station 51"Looking at my project...I adopted.I also have a cross tube at 57.5 inches (with two diagonal braces).It's amazing that the end results can deviate from the plan.I never noticed this before. So' I could not have an extended deep instrument panel.That's the thing with "plans built" as compared to a kit. Every one of 'em slightly different.
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I don't have a cross tube like that, but I do have diag' braces that are part of the additional PAX shoulder tubes I made...it is those diags' that are limiting me. Still, I think I have weathered the storm.....

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With my cross tube at 57.5 inches, I welded on two tabs. these tabs are used to support the instrument panel (screws and nut plates)How are you going to support the panel. Or is it hanging from the top combing?
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:41 AM   #32
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The ends of the panel are screwed to steel tabs welded to the longeron. The upper part is not fixed to anything, once the top combing goes on and that is attached to the front pax panel, it all ends up being one solid entity.

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Yes.It is pretty solid when all the screws are in. I have mocked up my panel and combings (had to to make the canopy and windshields). Solid enough to be able to sit on. Which the pax will do.It must be a very nice feeling to start installing stuff for the last time (excluding panel). In a couple of weeks I should get all the welding inspected and send her off for powdercoat.Cheers.
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Here is the final:
panelcompareFINAL.jpg
I had to move the radio way down so the back end of it passed under the PAX cross tube (it's pretty deep), because of this, I moved the oil pressure on the right to match for aesthetics sake. I decided to nix the MGL G-meter for another vendor, since that one also has a cool clock feature. I also decided to nix the VSI. I may mount the momentary smoke switch on the throttle quadrant fascia plate.







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