Chapter 132

Elkhart, IN

Pietenpol Projects


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We're on a roll

Posted on July 6, 2018 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Discovered the sitka is 3/4" which is great for a vast majority of the project but need 1" for the fuselage.

After discussing with wife and receiving her blessing Fuselage kit has been ordered from Aircraft Spruce. 

Several of the chapter members are helping and while awaiting the fuselage materials will be ripping some of the 3/4" stock for ribs. 

Moving slowly, but moving.  Having fun and learning a lot.  I look forward to working with the chapter membrers.

Jim B


May / June

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Some nice sicka spruce purchased with the (BIG) help of Dr. Bob, it is now located at our Chapter Hanger.  Ripping these long boards to size is something I've never done so I put out a plea to our membership for help.  Several have stepped forward and said they will help so we are off to the races.  Will be working two days a week at the hanger and then at home on the ribs as time permits.  Excited for the help.  Chapter 132 is a great Chapter with a great membership.  Jim B


April 2018

Posted on April 25, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Have finished 5 ribs and started on #6

Wood for fuselage purchased and will be moving / starting in Chapter hanger early May.


Winter 2017-18

Posted on February 24, 2018 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Both Phil and I are new Grandparents.  Both of us have new Grandsons.  This along with work seems to take up a vast majority of our time. However both rib jigs are finished and we are working on rib #5.  May not seem like much but all things considered, it's ok.


What happened to the summer?

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My how time flys.  Seemed to take forever but Rib #1 was finally finished on October 14.

Rib #2 is almost finished and #3 is started.

Hey, we're on a roll.  I would project things will start to move along but the holiday's are right around the corner so really?  We'll see.


April & May 2017

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

April / May sees us back at it slowly but surely.  Phil rips some capstrip material,builds the bending jig and laser cuts gromments.  Jim makes the blocks for the rib jigs, bends some capstrips and starts to assemble a jig. Jig assembled and first set of capstrips cut.  Goal for June: Make at least one rib and assemble second rib jig.



In the beginning

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)


(then) Chapter President Phil and Jim - Secertary are chatting after the Feb board meeting when Phil mentions how much he likes Pietenpol's.  Me too Jim exclaims.  "We ought to build two, together and make them Chapter projects" Phil says.  "Great idea" Jim says and so it begins.  Plans are ordered and at the February meeting they announce the idea / plan.  Late February, early March plans are studied, questions asked and start to build the rib jigs when two setbacks happen at the same time.  Phil receives a large order at his business which takes up his free time and Jim has a retina tear / detach.  Both are out for the entire month of March.  But not to worry...



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