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OS2U Kingfisher Wing

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OS2U Kingfisher Wing

Postby Craig » Fri May 19, 2017 3:26 pm

I was very honored when the Battleship Iowa museum staff asked me to build a Kingfisher wing as part of a new Naval aviation exhibit but also a little nervous when they told me I had only a month. The exhibit also goes with the Piasecki HUP2 helicopter we just refurbished.
http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/showth ... 023&page=3

I really thought this would be relatively easy given I had already drawn the wing for this project:
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Boy I could not have been more wrong. I gained a great respect for anyone who works with sheet metals.
The skin of the wing is 1100 aluminum it had the lowest ductile number I could find. Most of the wing is .06 thick but I, had to use .02 at the wing tips and it still was hard to work. In fact I nicked up my fingers so much my smartphone fingerprint reader does not recognize my index finger anymore and it forced me to register my pinkies.
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Re: OS2U Kingfisher Wing

Postby abmetal » Fri May 19, 2017 6:45 pm

Craig, you're amazing!!!

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Re: OS2U Kingfisher Wing

Postby Gamelord » Fri May 19, 2017 7:50 pm

Mind blown.................

Awesome work my friend. You continue to push the envelope.
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Re: OS2U Kingfisher Wing

Postby little blue choo » Fri May 19, 2017 9:25 pm

Awesome!

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Re: OS2U Kingfisher Wing

Postby Craig » Sun May 21, 2017 6:17 pm

Thanks guys, to be honest the positive feedback I get from all of you motivates me to "Push the envelop".
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Re: OS2U Kingfisher Wing

Postby MadMetal2000 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:43 pm

Way cool Craig, any picture of the installed?

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Re: OS2U Kingfisher Wing

Postby Craig » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:41 pm

MadMetal2000 wrote:Way cool Craig, any picture of the installed?

Thanks, it's a little embarrassing but the Iowa museum staff decided my wing was not good enough and used the one in the pictures. I don't know about you but I think my wing looks much nicer, but I don't get to decide. Craig
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Re: OS2U Kingfisher Wing

Postby djreiswig » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:49 am

The display is called Heavy Metal. It looks like the wing is wood with a picture glued to it. I agree, yours would have been much more authentic looking.


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