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Old 09-27-2006, 10:47 AM
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Default Bottom Wing skins are on!

Finished riveting the bottom wing skins. Probably the toughest riveting so far. I got the bruises to prove it. - Ron

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Old 10-07-2006, 05:11 PM
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Thumbs up One year status report

Well kind of anyway. I had the empennage unpacked and inventoried a little earlier but one year ago today I riveted my first assembly together. Iím sure everyone will recognize this one. I riveted it together 10/07/05.



This morning I finished riveting the bottom skin on the second wing and now have both wings done to the point of just needing to put the nut plates on for the inspection plates. I have the left wing in the cradle and the right one will be there alongside it shortly. My goal when I started was to have the empennage and wings done at the one year mark and I verily made it.

When I logged my time this morning it totaled 500.1 hours. The first year of building has been very rewarding and I have learned a lot. It was a good project for Luke and I to work on his last year here at home before college and provided good experiences that we shared together.

My fuselage kit is on hand and inventoried and I have a little done on the firewall. I am looking forward to the next year of building and the challenges it brings with it.

The main reason for this post is to say thank you to everyone that participates on this board and/or has a web site that I have used as a part of the building process. The information available is invaluable when a question arises. The group of builders and those people who are already flying that I have met in person are great people and I am happy to be involved with such a group.

Thanks to you Doug Reeves for making this resource available. It is one of the best tools I have!

Iíll post some photos sometime this week. Right now Iím going to take my wife out to dinner and celebrate!
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Old 10-07-2006, 08:40 PM
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Default Finally to the point where a photo is decent...

I'm finally to the point, after 4.5 years on a sloooow build where I have a pic. worth posting. The interior is painted, sub-panel installed, and I'm starting to figure out wiring. Paint is SW FetFlex WB and seems to have worked out very well.

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Old 10-09-2006, 08:23 PM
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Hey Jim, Lookin GREAT!

Q. Whatcha gonna do with the F-745-L that attaches to the Panel? I too have noticed how it will get in the way of the EFIS display and am noodling about how to get around this.

Can you post up your ideas for us all to stew over?

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Old 10-09-2006, 09:13 PM
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Default Pesky Panel Ribs

Capt John,

The current plan is to move it to the left between my GRT displays and standby instruments. I'll wait until the panel is close to finished, or at least has all the components temp fitted prior to making the install. In talking with Dave Parsons, if the radio rack if stabilized at the sub-panel, the main panel may be stable enough where I don't need that additional rub. We'll see how that goes.

Jim
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:56 PM
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Smile Canopy finally done (almost)

Started work on the canopy the last week of July and have been working on it daily. I've only got a few minor details left to do. Of course the windshield won't be completed until much later. It's not real pretty, but I'm happy with the fit and glad to be done.
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:16 PM
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I said I would post some photos so here they are. They aren't to exciting but it feels good to have the wings in the cradle.



Now, onto the fuselage!

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Old 10-16-2006, 02:20 PM
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Wow...everything is all very impressive.

Myself, I'm still in the "dreaming" stage. Haven't even ordered plans yet. As much research as I can do, the RV planes seem to be the best thing going for the price (we all can'r afford Lancairs).

Speaking of afford, I'm set to graduate college in 7 months. I hope to get a good job and get my loans squared away and see just how soon and I can do all of this.
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:44 PM
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I finished my ailerons last night!! Nice and straight!



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Old 10-18-2006, 05:53 PM
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Way to go Chad... I have aileron envy!
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