Text, photos, and website
Copyright Nick Pfannenstiel (303) 725-5439
to start? So much has been going on lately...most of it small and not
update-worthy, but we have a few things for you. First, the interior has been
painted a light gray...almost white. Hopefully it'll balance well with the dark
The instrument panels were painted with black wrinkle paint,
like the factory plane. The front panel now has three segments, just like the
factory ST. A Belite 3-in-one gauge (airspeed, altimeter, and VSI) fits very
nicely in the left segment, the right is blank, and the center is still the
baggage door. So clean a look!
In addition, the controls are now
installed, as are seat harnesses. There are two baggage locations. One is
MASSIVE and sits above the finally-installed fuel tank (hardware needs
finalized). The other baggage location is similar to the factory location behind
the front seat.
Notice the transponder case and paper tray ahead of the
We also started cutting aluminum on the CNC. It cuts so
well! But that is a post for a different day.
Also, by request, here are
photos of the instrument panels installed. To hold the radio, voltmeter, and
other things, there will be a smaller, less visible panel tucked under the rear
panel. The front baggage door will eventually be sealed with weatherstrip for a
cleaner look. Notice the large size of the forward baggage. Also note the
instrument access hole on the rear wall of the rear baggage (baggage door behind
the front seat, access panel removed). The photo is at a bad angle, but this
access hole allows easy instrument maintenance. For kits, the suggested location
of the rear panel will be 2" forward of what is shown here. That'll give a
roomier feel with easier entry/exit for people with longer legs.
rubber strip around the cockpit opening will eventually be covered by the
distressed brown cockpit combing.