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Old 07-13-2021, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by BillL View Post
Building a plane is like baseball - 90% is mental, the other half is physical.

It doesn't matter he finishes it, someone will.
I couldn't agree more...I did the 2 practice kits mainly to see if I could stay focused and be meticulous enough to do it right.
I now have to see if I can duplicate that x1000...I actually found it peaceful and therapeutic.
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Old 07-15-2021, 10:46 AM
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Yes, I did finish the wings, and the second time building the flaps went more quickly and easily too. I'm just about to finish the fuselage kit (would have been done by now if the roll bar parts weren't defective). My finishing kit is expected to arrive in September, my prop has already arrived, my firewall forward kit is on order, as is my engine. I expect to have first flight completed sometime in 2022. Building the wings was really tedious. The fuselage has been far more rewarding, and now that I'm in my 5th year of building I'm finding I am enjoying it more now than in the early years. My build quality keeps improving too.

Oh, and I recently also just replaced the RG-400 coax cable I installed in the fuselage and wing. I discovered that if you want to put the transponder antenna in the tailcone (Garmin's preferred location) rather than the baggage area, that the attenuation loss is almost 3db, and unacceptable to me, so I replaced it with LMR400. And since I was in the tailcone anyway, I replaced the ELT coax cable with the LMR400 as well. Then I replaced the RG-400 I put in the wing for the VOR/ILS antenna with LMR240. There is less loss at the VOR/ILS frequencies, but now that I'm smarter about these things I thought I would go the trouble and expense of making sure my antennas work as well as they possibly can by using better coax.
Empennage Complete
Wings Complete
Fuselage Complete
Finishing Kit Complete
Engine and Prop Installed.
Installing Avionics
Interior on order
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OK Lets see I bought my RV-6 kit in 1990 and picked it up in May of 1991. We were in a recession and not supposed to have any work for a while. WRONG I contracted a bunch of houses to build.
Made an agreement that I would not work on it till I had a bunch of time to do the job right. Remember this was an old school you jig it, drill it, bend it , cut it and do it again plane.
Didn't get to start work on it till 2000. Spent two winters and 1005 hours building most parts till I hung motor and fit the cowl.
Work got in the way for another two years, built on it for another 120 hours and work/life got in the way again. People just kept shoving money my way.
Fast forward to today and I just started back working on it again last week.
My other plane "RV-6A" is in the avionics shop getting an new panel of glass. With a couple weeks to go. I'm having RV withdrawals.
Yes I had another plane to fly in the mean time.
So, am I discouraged about the lack of progress on my dust bunny. Ya I supposed I am.
Oh ya I built just over 300 custom houses while not working on my dust bunny and put money in the bank
But now I am retired with a conditioned hanger and lovin it.
My three cents worth enjoy the ride Art
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Old 02-17-2023, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by BillL View Post
Building a plane is like baseball - 90% is mental, the other half is physical.

It doesn't matter he finishes it, someone will.
hahahaha. love it.
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