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Old 07-24-2019, 03:08 PM
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Thanks Kent. It has been about 95F as a high which translates to about 105-106F in the garage with doors open. I use a fan that helps a bit but it's still freakin hot! I keep a thermometer in the garage so I know those numbers on spot on.
So, it's -40F in the winter and over 100F in the summer...sounds like a paradise! That was sarcasm Jereme, haha.

The RV looks great all the same!
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:52 PM
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So, it's -40F in the winter and over 100F in the summer...sounds like a paradise! That was sarcasm Jereme, haha.

The RV looks great all the same!
Haha I hear ya man, I wonder why I live here in the summers and winters but nothing beats good ole Wyoming!
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:59 PM
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Ok here are the final pics of the rear skirt. It came out great, just need to drill the side skirts to the skirt braces, rivet and Sika the skirts on and the canopy is done!

20190724_190008 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

20190724_190017 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

The wingtip work continues. These are taking forever! After the epoxy cured that helps secure the hinges it was time for some countersinking and riveting.

20190724_110249 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

I also got one of the lenses fit how I like. I had to do quite a bit of sanding of the gel coat to get these to fit just right. I notice I will also have to do quite a bit of sanding on the tips to get rid of them seams from the factory. Anyways I'll try and do most of that tomorrow so I can hopefully get these primed this weekend.

20190724_185959 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:18 AM
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Carne!

That work looks, Awesome brother! Really good and finely finished.
I bet that glass went off super fast!

So, the wingtips are Bullock style applique, was that a lot of work? Did you use the .020 filler piece? Do you have any process photos?

Just a few questions
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Carne!

That work looks, Awesome brother! Really good and finely finished.
I bet that glass went off super fast!

So, the wingtips are Bullock style applique, was that a lot of work? Did you use the .020 filler piece? Do you have any process photos?

Just a few questions
Ya I followed the document that Mike B posted on his site. See if this link takes you there. No 0.020 filler, just used the fiberglass flange that I cut off, seems to work well.

The only thing I did different is I did not take the top hinge all the way to the forward most hole and I'm glad I didn't. It is a bear to get that top hinge in! On the last hole I installed a nutplate instead. I'll have to undo a screw that holds the pins anyway so what is one more?
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Well I got the skirts all attached with rivets and Sika. It came out pretty good and I even got the latch handle pretty much done.

I'm calling the canopy done at this point.

20190731_111541 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Yesterday I even finished cutting and polishing the windscreen edges. The fit is pretty good and I'm almost done making the little clips. I will put this puppy in a safe place for when I'm ready to attach it.

20190731_145623 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

After I modify the front top skin for some defrost fans I think I will start on some electrical work while I wait for the new engine mount.
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Jereme,
You are going to go with the new mount? I talked to them, Vans, about it and there seems to be many changes to the stuff on the firewall and its locations for the new mount. Is this your understanding?

Great work by the way!
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on the chance to sound like a broken record... you go man! you are going to be done soon and from the pics it really looks like a show plane in the making! keep it up and thanks for taking the time to share.
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You are going to go with the new mount? I talked to them, Vans, about it and there seems to be many changes to the stuff on the firewall and its locations for the new mount. Is this your understanding?

Great work by the way!
Well when I look at the pics it doesn't seem like too much will change. The only things I see maybe being an issue is the fuel supply fitting and the throttle cable. The big rubber isolator seems to be a couple inches away from the firewall. So, there is enough room to use 90 degree or maybe even a 45 degree fuel hose. The throttle cable may be an issue but time will tell, if that's the only thing I have to move I would be happy, although I still think there is enough room to snake it around the isolator. The only other thing in this area (center of firewall) is the cabin heat box and it looks like it will clear it no problem if you count the rivets on the firewall.

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on the chance to sound like a broken record... you go man! you are going to be done soon and from the pics it really looks like a show plane in the making! keep it up and thanks for taking the time to share.
No problem and thanks for the kind words! Broken records sound good sometimes too.

I don't know about the showplane capability though. haha
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Man it's been awhile since I posted an update. Probably due to the back to school grind. Gotta educate the people of tomorrow!

I have spent quite a lot of time over the last month working on getting my SolidWorks model situated as best I can and finishing up electrical planning. I recently also started some wiring. I just ordered my radio center stack so it should be getting fun real soon!

After finalizing my design with the helpful input of many on VAF I decided to go ahead and start cutting the panel. It's going great so far, only a few holes left. I am mainly doing this when I get burnt out on something else, no rush.

20190825_202846 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

I also ran most of the wires through the wings. I still need to run the coax out to the Archer nav antenna in the right wing. No big deal, fishing wires through this conduit is a piece of cake.

20190825_170603 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

I also ran the wires to the flap motor and position sensor (that is still in the mail as of me writing this) and did up a molex connector. Them open barrel pins definitely take a little more care and patients than the rest. I did not take a picture of it but I also used the same connector for the fuel pump.

20190825_170625 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

I crimped on some sockets for a D-sub that goes to the roll servo. Making sure that the insulation is ever so slightly off from contacting the pin.

20190824_161335 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Then assembled the dsub and made sure to double up the heat shrink where the wires exit the conduit.

Not gonna lie, this was one of the funnest tasked I have done this entire build. I'm looking forward to more of this.

20190825_170556 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Installed these bad boys on the panel with nutplates. Panel wiring begins!

20190825_170538 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Soldered up the mic and headset jacks per the GMA 245 installation manual. Nice to be soldering and wiring things again. Takes me back to my HVAC days.

20190825_120716 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

I also installed a little tray underneath the passenger seat pan for wing root connections. Many argue that this is not necessary and I agree. However, I also agree with many others that it keeps the ball rolling while the plane is in the garage and not the hangar. Finally, I personally have never heard of this every causing problems, especially if well crafted.

The right side has 8 screw terminals, 7 for the autopilot servo and 1 for the landing and taxi light ground. All the other lighting wires go to the FlyLEDs controller which will be mounted later in the same area. (probably the outer bay)

On a side note: I should probably replace that horrific rivet! lol

20190825_170513 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Installed a 5 terminal version on the left side for pitot heat, fuel cap, and stall warning.

20190825_170531 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Stay tuned for my 3 day weekend. haha Hoping to get a lot more done.
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