“Free” Inspire Work Stand
This just in from a customer who likes to do his own repairs and keeps several Inspire 1 aircraft.
Anyone who works on crashed Inspire 1s, or indeed just wants to replace a landing leg or motor knows that it is not the most convenient thing to do on a workbench. It would be much better if the aircraft body was supported and did not rely on the landing gear to do so while procedures are being done.
It’s natural that one who is frugal enough to do his own repairs is also very inventive where any special or normally expensive jigs or fixtures may be wanted. To this end, we present the FREE Inspire Work Stand. All you have to do is drink coffee or know someone that does.
The stand is made from a regular metal coffee can. It’s about 6” tall, 6.25” diameter, and the top opening is about 5.125” wide. The Inspire’s body sits on this round ring‐type area. The plastic lid of the coffee can was saved and cut out so that it prevents scratching the bottom of the Inspire.
So, lest this look like some discarded can and get pitched out by the janitorial staff, it can be covered with white paper and labeled, so that no one can make that mistake.
In this case, the paper that was already printed on one side was re‐used. Two 8.5×11 sheets were used for the cover and part of another sheet was used to print the labels on. The two first sheets were cut to 5.5×11 so as to fit the side of the can properly. The hardest part was just lining them up and using some tape to hold them to the can.
So there is the result, a free fixture for working on the Inspire. It may be wise to put a couple pounds of something heavy in the can (sand, concrete, plaster of Paris, potting compound, gravel, etc. avoiding metal that could mess with the compass.) so it’s not prone to tip, but it’s never tipped yet. There is always room to improve it and some ingenious person probably will.
Revel in the free stuff!