Fiberglass Parts Holder


Photo 1. Fiberglass parts sitting on the hangar floor are easily damaged by wind gusts.

Photo 1 shows how I used to deal with various fiberglass parts that I would remove from my Van’s Aircraft RV-6A for maintenance chores. I found this temporary storage inconvenient and somewhat tenuous in the event a wind gust would catch the parts, leading to some hangar rash.

Photo 2. Made from a crate, this holder keeps everything safe and organized.

Photo 2 shows my solution for storing and protecting those same parts. I had acquired a very nice wooden crate, (30 inches high x 27 inches wide x 31 inches deep), attached full-swivel casters, fashioned two uprights (78 inches high) out of 2×6 lumber, and four 2×4 arms (each 38 inches long). These arms hold and support the upper and lower cowling pieces.

Photo 3. Side view of the fiberglass parts holder.

Photo 3 is a side view of the fiberglass parts holder. Photo 4 is a front view. It also shows the solution for storing hardware (screws, washers, etc.) that gets removed from various airframe assemblies and keeps the parts separate. It also aids in inspecting the items to determine which need to be replaced and where they go. The bottom shelf holds the wheelpant halves and can slide out. (In retrospect, the sliding feature is not needed). The white plugs seen on this shelf are what I used to hold the wheelpant parts when I painted them. They are now screwed to the shelf to hold the wheelpants in an upright position and keep them from falling over.

Photo 4. The white plugs screwed to the bottom shelf securely hold the wheelpants.

Photo 5 shows additional details of the small storage cups and shows the cutout for storing the spinner. This cutout was cut with a bevel to keep the plug from falling through the top of the cabinet. The entire top was covered with some scraps of indoor-outdoor carpet I had left over from a home project.

Photo 5. Hardware is stored in the small storage cups with labels. The cutout holds the spinner.

Photo 6 shows the backside of the fiberglass parts holder. This is where I store the various piano-hinge wires from the aircraft. Not shown are several small nails on the two 2×6-inch uprights that hold the different inspection panels and covers found on the aircraft.

Photo 6. The backside is used to store piano-hinge wires from the aircraft.

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Noel Fallwell
Noel is retired from IBM after 36 years as a Senior Engineer where he was one of the founding engineers of the IBM Personal Computer. Noel served in the United States Navy during the late 60s and early 70s flying as a Radar Operator and Air Intercept Controller in the Grumman E2-A Hawkeye Early Warning Aircraft. Noel made two deployment tours flying off of the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and USS Saratoga (CVA-60). He presently flies a Van’s Aircraft RV-6A that he built himself.


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