Friday, November 18, 2005

A little bit of everything

So I started today with... guess what... more fiberglass work. I have learned that I dislike fiberglass work enough to realize that building one from scratch just isn't my cup of tea. I'm glad this one is pretty close to done.

Once I had all the fiberglass work I could stand (which wasn't much) I decided to find something else to do. I got out the Infinity stick grip for the back seat that still needed to have a molex connector installed. This is a good hour worth of work stripping all 15 wires on both ends, crimping on 30 pins and building up the connectors. I wired it to match the front stick so either stick can plug in and work the same. Note that I used a 15 conductor plug instead of the 16 conductor that is specified by Infinity Aerospace. I combined the ground wire on two of the switches that send signals to ground to eliminate one wire. I couldn't find a good 16 pin connector, but 15 pin seemed to be plentiful.

I've got the pitot tube hardware cut to length now and decided to fire it up for the first time today. That thing gets seriously hot! The jury is still out on whether or not it will melt the foam through the phenolic or not. I've got a little bit more machining left in order to create an exit hole for the wiring.

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