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Old 12-31-2019, 07:13 PM
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I did have to take off about 1.5 inches from the stock length of the sticks which I really didn't want to do. I wanted to keep the sticks as long as possible but there was interference with the controls.
If the -7 stick length is similar to the -6 then I'll bet you won't miss it. I cut my stick off for panel clearance and even then, RV controls are so light and responsive I fly most of the time with my hand on my knee -- so, below where the grip would be if I had one. Maybe if you're into serious aero (and maybe not even then, but I couldn't say for sure) the extra leverage isn't needed and would get in the way more than not.

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Old 12-31-2019, 07:35 PM
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If the -7 stick length is similar to the -6 then I'll bet you won't miss it. I cut my stick off for panel clearance and even then, RV controls are so light and responsive I fly most of the time with my hand on my knee -- so, below where the grip would be if I had one. Maybe if you're into serious aero (and maybe not even then, but I couldn't say for sure) the extra leverage isn't needed and would get in the way more than not.

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Randall that is good to hear! Glad I won't be regretting it.
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Old 01-01-2020, 04:31 PM
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It's been cold in the garage lately but no excuse not to get out there!

Decided to finish up the FlyLEDs kit. Soldering these things together is probably the funnest part of the build to date. Very well thought out kits and I highly recommend.

The classic inside view. Those heat sinks mean business!

20200101_105435 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

I decided to wire up a taxi light which is why the outboard light lens looks different.

20200101_105442 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Oh daaang, the lens even fits still. Now I just need to learn to dust off the part before taking a picture of it. haha

20200101_110007 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr
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Old 01-02-2020, 12:32 PM
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Just back into Beast mode, I see!

Thanks for ALL the help on the wiring I am trying to figure out, still knee-deep but working as diligently as I can.

Here is to a great new year of building and flying!
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Old 01-02-2020, 12:49 PM
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That looks great! I ordered the FlyLeds kit for my 10 several months ago, which was way earlier than I needed it. I've been itching to solder it together ever since so that I could see them light up but I've been holding off since the instructions say to trim the boards to fit the wing tips first. I'm not even close to doing that yet so I'm going to have to wait a while longer.
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Just back into Beast mode, I see!

Thanks for ALL the help on the wiring I am trying to figure out, still knee-deep but working as diligently as I can.

Here is to a great new year of building and flying!
Haha yep just in time for going back to teaching.

No problem man, keep textin away!

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That looks great! I ordered the FlyLeds kit for my 10 several months ago, which was way earlier than I needed it. I've been itching to solder it together ever since so that I could see them light up but I've been holding off since the instructions say to trim the boards to fit the wing tips first. I'm not even close to doing that yet so I'm going to have to wait a while longer.
I found that you can also trim them a bit after soldering. I had to do this to one of my boards. Trimming them isn't a big deal, just bust them tips out and go to town. Then have fun soldering!
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Are we getting close to an update?
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Old 04-04-2020, 09:35 PM
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That looks great! I ordered the FlyLeds kit for my 10 several months ago, which was way earlier than I needed it. I've been itching to solder it together ever since so that I could see them light up but I've been holding off since the instructions say to trim the boards to fit the wing tips first. I'm not even close to doing that yet so I'm going to have to wait a while longer.
I picked my lights up from osh 2019. I put them together last week. There is a thermal adhesive used for the landing lights The tube in my kit was getting hard, but there was still plenty left to do all I needed.
Based on this adhesive, I wouldn't wait too long to assembly the lights.
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Are we getting close to an update?
Thanks for dropping in birddog! I am just in a bit of wait mode right now as I need to order some things and for my wife's business to not be shut down due to COVID. I am getting quite close to hanging the engine. It's also just a tad too cold still to do the cowling work which really needs to come next after I get it hung. I'm still here and itching to get back into the garage!

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I picked my lights up from osh 2019. I put them together last week. There is a thermal adhesive used for the landing lights The tube in my kit was getting hard, but there was still plenty left to do all I needed.
Based on this adhesive, I wouldn't wait too long to assembly the lights.
Good point John, it is great fun too!
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:22 PM
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It sure has been awhile! The wife's business was one that was shut down for over a month so there was no buying airplane parts for a little while. Now that she is back to work and I got my typical spring time itch back in gear it is time to finish this puppy! (Seriously though, I don't know why my motivation to work is so low in February...)

When my Spruce order finally arrived I found a bit of humor on my doorstep. It is still funny to me that batteries designed for use in an aircraft cannot in fact be transported by aircraft. haha

20200507_134435 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

First on the agenda was make a list of everything I need to do before riveting on the forward top skin so that I can finish the canopy in it's entirety. Unfortunately I don't think I am going to be able to test all of my avionics before then because I won't have the money within the next few months for the EFIS and transponder. Also, I don't have a heated garage and therefore I need to finish the windscreen this summer. Luckily I'm pretty anal about double and triple checking my wiring when installing and I also have continuity tested quite a bit of it too.

First item crossed of the list was installing the Dynon autopilot panel. For those that haven't done this yet don't wire it like I did. I have a plan for undoing those connectors if I ever have to replace that thing in the future but daaaaang it's not going to be fun. On the next airplane I am going to focus more on wiring/avionics maintainability.

20200508_193743 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

20200508_192933 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Next up was the ARINC-429 module. Fun fact, there is a ground wire on pin 20 that is not shown on the interconnects to various certified GPS units. I asked the guys on the Dynon forum with one saying he has never used the ground on multiple builds and has never had a problem. I went ahead and installed it anyways per recommendation of others as well as avoiding future bloody hands if I ever had to get into that connector from underneath; no thanks!

20200511_153744 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

The Dynon backup battery was up next. This will be a nice location as I plan on using Van's new forward top skin access panels.

20200511_153735 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

One thing I have been putting off for some time now is installing the G5 connector. I also secured it as I won't have the G5 until I decide to buy it and the certified GPS (couple of years out on that most likely). I will just be using the G5 as a standalone unit for backup flight instruments so it looks like all I needed was power and ground as far as wiring was concerned.

20200511_160359 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Finally, I was on to the ELT. Installing the ELT wasn't something I was looking forward to mainly because of the goofy solder connector it uses but it was a non issue. Installing the ELT has actually been a bit of fun! It also means I finished the last pain the butt antenna in the aft fuselage! TIP: Apparently $565 doesn't buy you any mounting hardware or two goofy batteries that are needed in the panel module and buzzer so plan on having to buy em! I found the batteries at Ace but they were about 10 bucks a piece.

20200511_153752 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

20200511_153805 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Can you spot the mistake in this picture?

20200514_163419 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

How about now that it's fixed?

20200514_165329 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Yep I had to pull the dang rudder cable (that barely fits through the snap bushings!) and move it behind the mounting plate I installed a few months back.
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