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Old 01-29-2015, 05:23 AM
sabswbc sabswbc is offline
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Location: Granbury, Tx
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Tom, when you put the halves together, did you have any trouble. The plans call for leaving the last 8 rivets out until the two are mated. Since only the last two are common, i assume they feel you will need to pull the skins back to join the two.

Is it just me, or is everyone wondering how the gear and step will attach. not much room in those areas.

I am finishing the brakes, flaps, fuel lines, and flight controls this week and plan on doing the front fuselage section next.

I am air conditioning the plane and will run the hoses and mount the scoop before joining the halves.

Sam Butler
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:35 AM
Tom Martin Tom Martin is offline
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No problems, it was a non event. I use two picnic tables and did the job by myself. Slide the tables together with a couple of feet between them and then slide the respective halves together. I raised and lowered the front of the fuse and the back of the tail until the bottom skins lined up, put a few clecoes in and then raised the tail until the sides lined up, half an hour at the most. Using the picnic tables allows for a nice open area below the two halves for riveting.
Today I will start the riveting process doing as much as I can by myself before calling on my rivet buddies.
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:24 AM
jerry sparks jerry sparks is offline
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congratulations. This must be a big day seeing the final parts come together. Jerry
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:46 PM
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Default Love seeing that Canuck Banner on the wall

My plane is getting along as well but the new -14 looks great! loved the Canada plug in the background
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