I had my ACES-II replica already finished a long time ago, but since I have been looking at the real F-16, I
am not any longer happy with my design. The real ACES II has lots of special shapes, which makes it difficult
to build a matching mock-up, but it is not impossible to do. Specially the parachute-container is complicated
to build, as the are no 90° angles at all. Fortunately a good friend, "Pogo" helped me a lot, as he was able
to get two original parachute-containers and sold me one of them :-)))
This way the most difficult part was already done! Now I "only" had to install the container on top of my
seat, but it turned to be out more difficult than I thought, as I didn't know how the base of the container
really was, and my seat turned out to be about 3 cm too wide. L Therefore, get back to drawings and think
about a way how to modify my seat so that the container would fit and the seat still would be looking good.
This is the present stage. Right now I am working with my CAD program and draw designs, and draw, and draw,
and draw... (hope to be ready before the 22nd century ;-)
In order to make the building of your seat a little bit easier, I made a detailed drawing of the container,
which might help you. .By the way a neat copy of the ACES-II can be found at
at Chris "Speedone"'s page.
Well it still looks empty, but so far I have not gone any further for now. Just to make things interesting,
here a picture of the original Aces II without parachute-container. Here you can see, how the chute-container
is fixed at the top of the seat. This is achieved by cables which go along the inside of the seat.
On the other picture a view of the cute-container (from front left). The "ears" on each side of the container
host the chute's strings.
Pictures from the ACES-II
ACES-II without parachute container
my ACES-II Rev. 1.0