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Old 11-05-2015, 03:16 AM
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Arlie I can't wait to hear how it goes! I bet it will fly as good as it looks!
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Old 11-12-2015, 04:49 PM
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I'm not nearly as far along as others but I'm pretty pleased to finally get the trim tab the way I want it. Hoping to finish the empennage (at least as far as I can get without the Canadian pre-close inspection) and be onto the wings by the new year.

LH elevator & trim tab by Jim Soutar, on Flickr

LH elevator & trim tab by Jim Soutar, on Flickr

LH elevator & trim tab by Jim Soutar, on Flickr
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:55 PM
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Looks perfect! Keep up the good work.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:57 PM
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Default Getting closer to flipping the canoe; Riveted up to the back seat.

Well, haven't posted a status report in a while, as Axel and Arlie (among others) have had far more interesting, and important reports to share. Today was a big one for me though. I got a buddy to come by and get in the tube to buck some rivets. The canoe is riveted from the tail, to the back seat. All the forward skins, and the belly skin, are drilled. I can't wait to flip it! I want to get it out of this jig!
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:28 PM
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Patience grasshoper. Yours will be better than ours because you have hopefully learned from our mistakes.

Looks good. Keep pounding rivets.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:32 AM
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Looks real good Gregg! You've come a long way since I saw it.
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:39 PM
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Default Ready to finish riveting!


After a lot of work the last week, the fuse is ready to finish riveting, I just gotta bribe a buddy to come by. (Kurt / Steve / Aaron - beer is in the fridge)

I cut off the jig uprights today after all the skins were clecoed on, and I put a couple alignment pins on the inside to replace them. Now I can access the firewall easier. After all these clecos are removed, I'll flip the canoe.

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Old 12-06-2015, 05:50 AM
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Awesome progress Gregg!
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:53 AM
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An another suggestion, after you flip canoe, fabricate braces (wood) to continue to hold fuselage on jig, and install 6 casters under jig, it become nice height for continueing work and allows moving as needed...Tom
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:03 PM
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Default Flipped the Canoe! Big Milestone for me.

Well, the last week or so, I have been taking care of odds and ends, while waiting for a rivet partner. Steve was able to come by today, and we knocked out the right side of the forward fuse, and a few fasteners on the firewall. Here is a pic after we were done riveting:


The time has come to flip the canoe. So here it goes:


Sure looks neater like this!


My wife took a video of the flip. Pretty neat to watch. Full disclosure, it made my eyes water to see it right side up. I lost my dad 10 years ago, unexpectedly, and this was something we were going to do together. Thanks Vans, and thanks VAF - this is a big day for me.

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