Well – real life has caused much in the way of interruption for OzSimCon preparation. As a result, it looks like I won’t be taking the big pit down. However, as my backup plan, I am building an Akers-Barnes portable cockpit and will be modifying that to take my ACESII. So it will all fit in the scooby and I will have a ninja uber-ABC instead of a crappy half-finished skankpit.
The ABC is a doddle to build – to spec. But in order to fit the ACESII, I need to essentially a) raise the whole thing by 200mm and b) widen the whole thing by 80mm – with associated adjustments to almost every part. Bonzer. So I built a balsa mockup to compare with the 1/10 scale ACESII I built way back in the day.
the ABC mockup (well, half of it) on the left comparing heights. Note pen tube substituting for metal pipe :)
I’ve already ajusted the ABC 80mm (scale) wider so it would fit
this is how far the seat will need to sit below the ABC to put the bum-back interface at the same point
black pen line inside the right side shows you the line of the original ABC seat. This is lined up with the same seat line on the ACESII
200mm higher and it will be fine
a couple of things I noticed about the stock plans – any thoughts on why?
… and as if by magic, a few hours later, a modified version which slots together nicely. At this point I ran out of balsa :(