New Skirt Pattern?

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New Skirt Pattern?

Post by gone7 » September 11th, 2013, 2:48 pm

Bryan (or John),

Any news about the new skirt pattern yet?
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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by bandit1538 » September 12th, 2013, 3:30 am

What new skirt pattern is that? This is the first time I've heard of it, what model is it for?
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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by gone7 » September 12th, 2013, 6:03 am

I'd heard they were working on making improvements to the geometry that are a little different from the current plans. I guess it would improve the shape and wear life at the corners. I'd imagine it would apply to all of the models. Changes can be fun!

Plus, I thought I should throw a question out here to see if the forum still has a heart beat. Glad to see you're right on top of it Pat. ;) Been so quiet lately I figure either nobody's building right now or we just all know exactly what we're supposed to be doing. :shock:
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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by bandit1538 » September 12th, 2013, 9:14 am

At the hover-in this year I blew out the skirt on the bottom port side about 16 miles up river from the camp ground. Where the skirt makes a 90 corner at the bottom lift fan bay the skirt ripped from that corner all the way to the top, I had forgotten to put a gusset at the corner, the other side has a gusset of skirt material.
After dragging the craft up onto the bank the wife and I walked along the bank until I found some copper wire about 7 foot long and that's what I used to sew the skirt back together. It held nicely all the way back, it took a little over an hour to repair it to get back, I'll be carrying zip ties next time.
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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by dnantha » September 12th, 2013, 12:30 pm

Im listening... I just installed a windshield and wiper/washer set up on my surveyor. I should probably try to put some pics up. Im not good at putting up pics and I have no patience with these damned electrical gadgets, but Ill try....Dan out

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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by gone7 » September 12th, 2013, 8:24 pm

Sounds great Dan! We'd love to see some new pics. I'm anxious for some Sevtec videos too. They just don't show up often enough.

Nice story of survival Pat. That's REALLY pretty cool! I wonder what the odds were of actually finding that piece of copper wire out in the middle of nowhere? I always carry some extra fabric and a can of HH-66. I've managed to travel some pretty long distances with big holes in the skirt too. I once also ran into a tree and crumpled the left front part of my bow pretty good. Still got me back home. Just shows how forgiving these crafts really are. It takes quite a bit to bring these things to a stand still.
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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by jchovernut » September 16th, 2013, 10:45 am

No new skirt pattern for the existing models. What you may be hearing is that when Bryan modeled the new Explorer-22TDI, which is a scaled-up Explorer, he scaled the skirt, too; all done in SolidWorks. That enabled the skirt to be CNC cut to exacting dimensions. The latest hull that was delivered to Idaho also had the hull panels cut & beveled on the CNC.

The 7.5x15 "Super Surveyor" skirt has been modeled in 3D since it is a scale-up of Vanguard. Bryan has templates in the shop for making accurate reproductions of that skirt, too.

I'll leave it to Bryan to titilate y'all with news of digital improvements to the plans & kits!

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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by gone7 » September 16th, 2013, 2:12 pm

Alright, thanks John!!
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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by dbhyslop » September 16th, 2013, 7:53 pm

I'm glad I got to see the CNC when I visited the shop last month. It's a badass piece of equipment!

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Re: New Skirt Pattern?

Post by gone7 » September 18th, 2013, 6:47 pm

The latest hull that was delivered to Idaho also had the hull panels cut & beveled on the CNC.
Nice! Does it cut the panels after they've been fiberglassed or before? If it's cutting finished fiberglassed panels does he maybe plan to sell panels like this?
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