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Old 02-22-2016, 07:12 AM
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I don't get to see my kids that much since they are all grown, I made arrangements with my son and his busy schedule being a Paramedic and SWAT in Reno to come down and help me buck the top skin, did a great job! notice the Tungsten BB, best tool ever! skin on, windshield Sika on this week end!

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Old 02-22-2016, 09:17 AM
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That's awesome. Doesn't look like fun though.
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:27 PM
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That's awesome. Doesn't look like fun though.
The fun part is the rear side part of the top skin, couldent get a bucking bar there with the front roll bar bolts, after coming this far, there are 3 cherry pull rivets here on each side.....O well, won't see it with paint ;-)
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:27 PM
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Howdy all!

My finishing kit arrived this week and I had to be a bit creative about how to store all the big goodies ... the canopy especially ... in my rapidly filling up shop/garage.



I was surprised by the lack of blue-plastic-covered parts, especially after the wing and fuse kits. The cowl is a pretty pink (Hey, family, it's a girl!), and probably has more surface area than the blue plastic covered aluminum in this kit by at least a factor of two.

After a bit of creative shelving, recycling the shipping crate, I have a place to park the canopy.

I needed a new, lower, carriage for the fuse, so I used the top of the crate plus some extra 2x4's to make a stable base. Height to the bottom of the fuse ~17 inches.



The under area is a nice shelf to store the seat back, panel, and any other big flat items.

This is the last "cheap" purchase before the engine and avionics .. it feels like I'm getting a bit closer to the end of the tunnel. Happy to see that the this instruction manual has "flight test" as the final chapter.

And, hey, the engine mount fits!



Keep poundin!

Thanks to you all for the never ending help and motivation.
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:27 AM
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I'm not far from placing that order myself. Pretty cool.
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:48 PM
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I'm not far from placing that order myself. Pretty cool.
Thanks Larry! It's really beginning to look like a plane. Keep up your good work, too.
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:07 AM
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So glad I'm building an aluminum air O plane.....Ugg, canopy windshield skirt 5% done. I did a test of epoxy on acrylic and aluminum, and even after a prep with 60 grit and cleaning, I was able to pull the test fiberglass off Fairley easy. So I will sit in this chair for a month or so sanding on this skirt, then paint and finally Sika on to the plane.

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Old 03-10-2016, 12:41 PM
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Default Interior panels painted

Finally. All the interior parts are painted and test fit. I still plan to rub the overspray out with medium clay bar to make everyting nice and smooth.
On to fitting gear towers, wings and empennage. Finish kit is due late April.

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Old 03-10-2016, 10:49 PM
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Larry, I see you painted first and then riveted. Me, too. I like the contrast of the rivets against the paint.

Very nice color combo.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:26 AM
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Larry, I see you painted first and then riveted. Me, too. I like the contrast of the rivets against the paint.

Very nice color combo.
Thanks Bill.
I think it's the way to go. It gives so much more control over the paint process.
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