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Old 12-19-2012, 03:45 PM
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That is a huge milestone! You almost got yourself an airplane there mister!

Congrats!!
Thanks, It sure is cool watching it come together at last. Going from a collection of parts to a complete airplane.
I thought that would be the coolest x-mas present in the world to test fly it on Christmas morning.
That wasn't going to work, so I hoped for New Years, alas....
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:56 PM
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Default Congratulations !!1

...it is quite the moment, isn't it? "It's A-L-I-V-E !!!!" From a static lump of metal in your garage to a snorting, breathing, lumbering beast ...all in the push of a button.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:36 PM
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Default It's no engine start, but...

Finished my rudder trailing edge today. After all the stressing, it was actually cake. I followed Vans' directions verbatim, and after letting it cure for two days while cleco'd to an aluminum angle, it came off nice and straight today. I sprayed both the angle and clecos with Boeshield T-9 spray and they all came out like butter. Also, my inside rudder skins were primed, but that didn't seem to cause an issue at all, I just scuffed them up and cleaned with MEK.

Gently back riveted halfway as instructed on the lowest air pressure setting, then flipped it over and had to turn up the air to finish them off with the flush set. Really happy with the results, the shop heads are almost identical to the factory flush heads, and zero twist or waves. Also, the gap at the edge seemed to close up a bit so it's a nice clean edge now.

Not a huge milestone, but this is two components I've completed now without botching anything major...I'm learning!

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Old 12-20-2012, 08:42 PM
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Have fun with your build Chris. I can tell you will enjoy every minute of it.
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:07 PM
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Default Build update

Some recent milestones.

Panel wired and done: GRT 8.4 sport EFIS w/ auto pilot, Garmin Aera 510, Icom a200, Garmin Transpnder, Flightcom stereo intercom w/ipod and XM.
Have the EIS behind the panel with an oil pressure light on the panel. Also a dummy light for the fuel boost pump.



Fuse: Rebuilt 0320 E2D 160 upgrade. Sterba prop. Working on firewall forward, cowling 80%, canopy needs the fiberglass done. Decided to leave the gear off for ease of working. Still lots to do: Need to finish wings. Baffling, Emp still needs the fiberglass. Getting there, slow but sure.
Im sure this is the part you think your 80% done, yet 80% to go.

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Old 12-31-2012, 06:02 PM
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Default back in the garage again

Feels good to be back to working on the 9A again!

The avionics wiring is done and tested, and just today I bonded on the windshield. Next is the fiberglass fairing around the windscreen. Then the cowl.



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Old 12-31-2012, 08:25 PM
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Looking good Dave! Don't dread the fiberglassing - that part is easy. Lay the strips down and let it set up. The worst part is the sanding/filling/sanding/filling/etc. and repeat 5 or 6 times as needed.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:12 PM
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Thanks Bruce. I have zero experience with fiberglass. I'm looking for the best builder site to follow for a basic windshield fairing. Lots of the ones I've found seem to do more complex stuff...
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:10 AM
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Default Not as bad as I feared ....

The front fillet for the canopy was not near as bad as I expected. Like Bruce said, it is a very "iterative" process. Just take it slow, always thinking ahead to the next step. There were a ffew things I did that made the job a little easier:
- painted a flat black contour on the inside that matched my eventual fairing line
- used West 407, the barn red filler material that's purportedly easier to sand than plain micro
- peel ply after each glass layer (that's huge in reducing the sanding time)
I'm sure others have even better tips ...
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:11 PM
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Dave,
Looks great. I will be bonding my front canopy this week. I remember the fiberglassing from the last plane. fill and sand, repeat many times. The scariest was the fairing between the front and back canopies, would it separate? I also interspersed carbon fiber on the fairing so that it would not break (as easily) when passengers accidentally grabbed to exit.
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