Visit to Bob’s Again

Today I made a trip up to Fincastle to Bob’s. We’re going to be taking over the Bearhawk logo shirts and hats and the trip was to pick up Bill’s inventory. While I was there I asked Bob a few questions and took some pictures of his airplanes.

Bob's hard brake line attached to caliper.  I asked him about this and he said that a flex hose of some type might be better.

Bob's hard brake line attached to caliper. I asked him about this and he said that a flex hose of some type might be better.

Here's the top of Bob's instrument panel.  I was wondering about how he addressed the sharp edge that the top piece makes if you let it overhang.

Here's the top of Bob's instrument panel. I was wondering about how he addressed the sharp edge that the top piece makes if you let it overhang.

I took this picture so I could put the ends on the tail struts, which I'm going to have to make.

I took this picture so I could put the ends on the tail struts, which I'm going to have to make.

Here's the top end of the strut

Here's the top end of the strut

This picture is to document the location of the latch that holds the window open

This picture is to document the location of the latch that holds the window open

This picture is to document Bob's rivet spacing on the wing tip.

This picture is to document Bob's rivet spacing on the wing tip.

These pictures are for documenting the access panels in the tail.

These pictures are for documenting the access panels in the tail.

Here Bob is assembling the crankcase halves on a 360, not unlike ours.

Here Bob is assembling the crankcase halves on a 360, not unlike ours.

Lycoming 360 Crankcase Half

Lycoming 360 Crankcase Half

Bob just recently added this wing strut fairing to his Patrol.  He said that he could see the skin vibrating just aft of the attach point because of the turbulence.

Bob just recently added this wing strut fairing to his Patrol. He said that he could see the skin vibrating just aft of the attach point because of the turbulence.

Here is the front view of the faring.  Bob made it by forming a modeling clay shape on the airplane and then adding fiberglass around that.

Here is the front view of the faring. Bob made it by forming a modeling clay shape on the airplane and then adding fiberglass around that.

After the fiberglass was cured he removed the modeling clay.

After the fiberglass was cured he removed the modeling clay.



I’m glad to live within a 3-hour drive so that I can make it up to visit every now and then.