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Old 10-31-2017, 08:06 PM
J_Turner J_Turner is offline
 
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I think I'm in the 90% there and 90% to go stage. Here is access to my build pictures... https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0W5oqs3qGwQXLs Need all of the critique I can get. I'm using two G3X touch screens, A GTN750, and a VPX pro. Remote mounted 2nd radio and transponder. Engine is a Superior IO400 and prop is a 3 blade MT. I'm working on fiberglassing in the tips on the elevator and rudder now. Let me know what you think...

Jamie
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Old 10-31-2017, 10:07 PM
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Looks real nice Jamie. We're at about the same point (the I hate fiberglass stage). I started with the dual G3X and stayed with it instead of moving to the "touch" model. Looks as though you have an 'army' working on it so you should be done and flying soon. Keep up the good work.
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:29 PM
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Smile I kinda like the fiberglass part of it......

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Looks real nice Jamie. We're at about the same point (the I hate fiberglass stage). I started with the dual G3X and stayed with it instead of moving to the "touch" model. Looks as though you have an 'army' working on it so you should be done and flying soon. Keep up the good work.
Thanks Carl, The fiberglassing really isnt that bad. Yesterday, I got both horizontal stabilizer tips and the vertical stab glassed in. Today I put a bunch of epoxy and 410 fairing filler on it. I'll sand it out tomorrow and see how it looks. As for the "army" of people working on it, that was just one day when my brother and a friend helped me. 99% of the time its me, myself, and I.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:40 AM
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Thanks Carl, The fiberglassing really isnt that bad. Yesterday, I got both horizontal stabilizer tips and the vertical stab glassed in. Today I put a bunch of epoxy and 410 fairing filler on it. I'll sand it out tomorrow and see how it looks. As for the "army" of people working on it, that was just one day when my brother and a friend helped me. 99% of the time its me, myself, and I.
Nice work mate..
Your canopy skirt looks like mine..1 piece fibreglass
The problem i find with 410 filler is when you feather it out you will keep chasing pin holes.
Once i got mine flat with 410 i put it in the sun and brushed a 2k epoxy primer on it using the paint brush to fill the pin holes applying several coats.
It will look crappy but spray a black guide coat and block sand and try not to hit the fibreglass again .Spray one or two coats of epoxy primer again and its done.
I do all my fibreglass parts this way

Joe
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:43 PM
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Thanks for the tip Joe. I'll have to give it a try.
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Old 11-27-2017, 05:08 PM
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Default Empennage Fairing

Last Friday I decided to try and get a nice finish on the empennage fairing. I started with this:

Next I trimmed it and added some filler:


Today I sanded everything down and sprayed a coat of primer:

Didn't get a pic of it but it had so many pinholes that I knew this was going to be a challenge. Waited for primer to dry and went to town with the glazing putty:

Waited for that to dry and spent about an hour and a half sanding it down to 220 grit.

Another coat of primer and theres about 7 or 8 more pin holes to fix but it's 99% there.


The inside of my homemade canopy skirts will be slightly visible so I decided to go ahead and make them look better. Sanded it down with 80 grit and added a layer of filler.


Hopefully tomorrow I can sand it all down and finally get it ready to bond to the slider.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:16 AM
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I think I'm in the 90% there and 90% to go stage. Let me know what you think...
Jamie
Jamie,
Not quite. When you get it flying, that's the REAL 90% done, 90% to go stage...trust me
Looks good so far. My 2 cents after 25 years, 2 RV's and an HR2, keep it simple, cheap and light.

The lighter they are, the better they fly...
And...the less stuff to break, the happier you (and your wallet) will be.
V/R
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:06 PM
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You are about where I was 2 years ago. I built almost every weekend and vacation day available. First flight was 27 January this year and I still have a large list of things to get done, as Smoky eluded.
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:10 PM
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Default Not sure why the 750

With 2 G3X screens you will not likely need the big screen on the 750; I have the 650 feeding the G3X and really never need to look at the GTN. Save some $...
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:36 PM
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You are about where I was 2 years ago. I built almost every weekend and vacation day available. First flight was 27 January this year and I still have a large list of things to get done, as Smoky eluded.
I can usually spend 3-4 hours a day on it, quite a bit more sometimes. I really hope I can fly it this coming spring but, we'll see what happens. No need to rush anything at this point of the build.
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