Timber Tiger Aircraft | 95% scale Ryan ST-A Replica
In 2017 I was searching for an original Ryan ST-A aircraft to restore to flying condition. A quick reality check showed me just how rare and unavailable a Ryan ST-A project actually is. My next step was to see if there were any replica kits or plans on the market. Not a one. My research did however steer me towards rumors of someone in Colorado, Nick Pfannenstiel, who was starting to design a replica that he could offer for sale as a partial kit.
I tracked down Nick and suggested we collaborate on the project. Not knowing me, but in desperate need of help, he guardedly agreed. At the time, he was four tailcone bulkheads into the project.
I quickly helped bring the project to the world of CAD. The construction rate of the prototype grew exponentially as did the completedness of the kit he would be able to offer for sale. I helped create tooling and models that would be directly used for the fabrication of the parts. In addition, I created all of the surface models for the complex shapes. These models would later be used to create tooling for molds and bucks for the challenging compound curved aluminum which defined the beauty of the design.
The airplane has recently completed Phase I flight testing and will be on display at Booth #631 at AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, WI.