Fuselage

Landing Gear Fitment – Part 1

It’s time to align the landing gear and final drill for installation! This big milestone takes a lot of measuring, double checking, and just a bit of nerve. Read on for part 1 of the landing gear fitment adventure!

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Wings

Wing Flaps Installed

Time to get the wings completed and out of the hangar! Last step before the go on the shelf for a while was the flaps, so it was time to get it done!

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Finish Kit

Finish Kit Arrives!

Last of the Van’s kits arrived and a “quick” inventory diversion was in order. A few pics and comments on the last of my inventory tasks.

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Fuselage

Fuselage Skin Riveting Complete!

Continuing with the great momentum on the fuselage, we were able to wrap up the “Skin Riveting” section of the plans over a few sessions this weekend. The crew helped move it along, and in this post you’ll catch up on a few challenges we had to overcome.

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Fuselage

Fuselage Riveting Part 2

Much of building a plane is a solo endeavour, but it is fun when I have to bring others together to get something done. Read on for all the riveting fun! Get to the bottom for a bonus update on Nico’s goKart project.

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Fuselage

Fuselage Fwd Skin Riveting

Although the posts have been quiet, there has been quite a bit of activity on the fuselage. From the title you can probably guess it was forward skin riveting. Here’s a quick update on the progress.

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Fuselage

Flipped Fuselage!

The past week has been a whirlwind of fuselage activity with no less than 3 build crew participants including one new member! And all the activity has netted us an upside down fuselage. Why, you ask, is the fuselage flipped? Read on for all the gory details…:). Enjoy!

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Fuselage

Fuselage Final Assembly Starts!

Time to Dimple and Rivet! This is the fun part of building, when you know you are putting something together for the final time. With the big priming session behind us, it was time to focus on dimpling and riveting the fuselage together. It’s exciting as the last time the fuselage was together was over 9 months ago right before we left for Oshkosh. Read on for the detail.

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