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Old 10-23-2015, 09:43 AM
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Martin, your work is too nice to cover up with paint, start polishing to a mirror finish! But do it outside to keep your perfect shop clean.
Cheers!
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:03 PM
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Martin, your work is too nice to cover up with paint, start polishing to a mirror finish! But do it outside to keep your perfect shop clean.
Cheers!
I may be crazy... but I'm not THAT crazy! As for the clean shop, well... it's not always that way... but I find if I'm working in a very cluttered space, it tends to amplify any confusion I may be keeping at bay in my cluttered mind. When I clean up between stages, I enjoy it... it's a good time to relax, have a beer and admire my work. When I start the next stage, I find I'm less likely to make mistakes when things are organized.
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Old 10-25-2015, 08:55 PM
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that's artwork! beautiful.

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Old 10-27-2015, 10:10 AM
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Well, the empennage is (mostly) complete, and I did my first test-fit of all control surfaces this morning. Still lots more work to do... install six missing blind rivets and nutplate enroute from Vans; drill bolt holes in elevator horns: trim bottom of HS rear spar flange; trim HS skin for counterweight clearance; balancing... and the fiberglass work. But the main structure is essentially done, and the dropped left elevator lives on. Phew... break time.



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Old 10-31-2015, 08:14 PM
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I'll be updating my blogspot blog soon... but in the meantime, I thought I'd post this and say Happy Halloween...
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:44 PM
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My empennage metalwork is done, and my blogspot blog is current. Here's a link:
http://goatflieg.blogspot.com/
The kitlog is also caught up... but I'm waiting for Matt to delete the obsolete posts. He'll get to it sometime, I'm sure.
Now for a long winter's nap. Yeah, right... like that's gonna happen. I'll probably be fiddling with fiberglass before too long. Still can't afford the big parts until next summer.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:02 AM
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Test-fitting my elevators revealed that I wasn't as accurate drilling the center bearing bolt holes in the elevator horns as I had hoped. I had to get the holes welded closed, improve my bushing and jigging, and re-drill the holes. That was a nightmare. I found out just how hard it can be to drill through a TIG weld... but I got it done. I cleaned the parts up and primed over the butchered powdercoat. It was worth the effort. The holes are now accurate, and the travel is smooth.



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Old 06-02-2016, 02:46 AM
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A quick status update:
During this building hiatus I attended the Synergy Air Quickbuilding Class in Oregon... see my blogspot blog for details, as well as comments in the VAF reviews section.
Yesterday was a big step. After a phone call to Van's to sort out some details, I placed my order for my RV-8 quickbuild wings and fuselage. My hands were almost trembling as I hit "send" to place the order. I also got on the build list for a set of Grove airfoil landing gear legs... and I'm told I was just in time to get in on the next batch. So things are on the move again. While waiting for the kits to arrive, I'll be talking with engine, prop and avionics guys at AirVenture, attending the Sherwin-Williams training program in September (the April class was cancelled), visiting the Barrett shop in Tulsa, building wing stands, getting heat installed in the main shop and starting the fiberglass work on the empennage. As Oat Willie would say, "Onward, into the fog..."
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RV-8 #83507 - empennage complete (except fiberglass)
QB wings & fuselage work continues
N657AR reserved
Builder websites:
http://goatflieg.blogspot.com/
http://www.mykitlog.com/goatflieg/
YouTube Channel:
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:53 AM
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A few weeks ago I got my wing stand built. It was based on the design shown, with some modifications. Purchased materials include two 10' 2x6s, six 8' 2x4s, 12' length of rug runner and large casters. The carpet strip section is wider to accomodate the common rug runner width of 26". It seemed easier to get the rug runner material while I was buying the wood rather than having to hunt down carpet remnants. It was all assembled with wood glue and screws... a very quick & easy build.




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Clarkston, MI
RV-8 #83507 - empennage complete (except fiberglass)
QB wings & fuselage work continues
N657AR reserved
Builder websites:
http://goatflieg.blogspot.com/
http://www.mykitlog.com/goatflieg/
YouTube Channel:
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Dues paid for 2018... extra payment included for psychological therapeutic services rendered.

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Old 08-30-2016, 06:54 AM
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I also added some essential furniture to the main shop this morning...
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RV-8 #83507 - empennage complete (except fiberglass)
QB wings & fuselage work continues
N657AR reserved
Builder websites:
http://goatflieg.blogspot.com/
http://www.mykitlog.com/goatflieg/
YouTube Channel:
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