- Completed within an eight-week production schedule
- Team of 80, consisting of engineers, graphic artists, painters, and fabricators
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland (September 19, 2017) – PacMin, a world leader in custom scale models and visually dynamic large scale displays, joins Boeing Defense, Space & Security in unveiling a full-size T-X Trainer mock-up at the annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference hosted by the Air Force Association (AFA). The proposed Boeing T-X Trainer is a collaboration between Boeing and Saab. It is competing against three other teams in a major U.S. Air Force procurement effort to replace the U.S. Air Force’s T-38 Talon jet trainer.
The full-size mock-up is derived from Boeing’s first T-X jet, the T1, which made its debut flight in 2016. Typical projects of this magnitude require over nine months to ideate, engineer, and fabricate. The display, installation and transportation of PacMin models are evaluated at the onset of each design project.
“The Boeing T-X Trainer mock-up is one of the largest and most fast-paced projects for PacMin to date. It is a testament to PacMin’s level of commitment to our customers and the trust they have in us,” said Tom Toomey, Director of Business Development, Special Projects. “From the beginning of the project, we worked closely with Boeing to ensure their expectations were met and that the mock-up was an accurate representation.”
The Boeing T-X Trainer mock-up was produced on an accelerated eight-week timeline involving teams working around-the-clock. It is constructed from a combination of the latest technologies and traditional model-making techniques, which PacMin’s team has developed over its 71-year history.
“We were given a very tight deadline so it was crucial each phase of the project was completed on time. It required immense coordination and cooperation across all our departments from engineering to customizing and finishing,” said Tracy Campbell, Operations Executive.
Throughout the production process, a total of 80 engineers, graphic artists, painters, and fabricators worked on the full-size replica.
“Strong vendor partnerships are also key in making projects like this possible,” said Toomey. “We relied on TWI’s logistics expertise to transport the Boeing T-X Trainer as quickly and as safely as possible.”
In collaboration with TWI Group, PacMin freighted the model over 2,670 miles (4,300 km) across the country in six days to arrive at its destination.
The model is on display at the Boeing Defense, Space & Security booth 433 from September 18 through September 20, when the conference closes. Photos from the event can also be viewed online at: http://www.pacmin.com/