OV-22 Osprey Gear Display Case

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 12-30-2014 06:26 PM 1948 views 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being retired Navy and living in a large military area I get some pretty unusual requests. This project was a going away gift from the Officers at a local OV-22 squadron to their Commanding Officer. The gear inside is from one of the transmissions in the aircraft. (The part in the display is a bad part no longer useable.) The story goes that during the CO’s tour he broke a gear like this during a flight. He claims that it was “not a pilot induced error” that caused the gear to fail. Of course his fellow aviators (all in good fun) would not let him live it down. My task was to build a glass display case that would provide 360 degree viewing, allow the owner to open the case at anytime, pick up the gear to show and tell and then put it back and re-install the case with no tools. I was also asked to display 2 squadron challenge coins and cut the USMC Eagle Globe and Anchor (EGA) and a set of pilot wings in 3D. Feedback from the customer was that the CO loved it. This was a fun challenge.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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