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Old 02-11-2014, 01:11 PM
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Hi Everyone!

The journey begins for me, but in a uniquely frustrating way! A small delay to the ship meant that the kit got caught up in the Christmas traffic, and then the complete shutdown of almost all industry and transport that paralyses Southern Africa every January. I had arranged vacation so I could get started, but in the end I had to leave on a three week trip just 4 days before it arrived. So the pictures here were taken by my wife, and are still all I have seen of it. But its time to start getting excited again as I'm starting on the way home and should be cracking open the crates on Friday!

There is of course a silver lining to this delay. If it had arrived on time I might just have finished the HS by now, and then face having to rebuild it to comply with the SB!

Anyway, here are the photos of the arrival and unloading, African style! Never any shortage of labour to carry heavy stuff around here 1978862_10151912123891302_631259404_n by Ed Fleming, on Flickr1978862_10151912123891302_631259404_n by Ed Fleming, on Flickr1978862_10151912123891302_631259404_n by Ed Fleming, on Flickr

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Old 02-11-2014, 01:32 PM
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Default Welcome to VAF!

Ed, welcome aboard the good ship VAF
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

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Old 02-11-2014, 01:40 PM
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Great shop!!
Congratulations and all the success in your build!
Considering building... In Brazil
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:47 PM
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Way cool...
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:10 PM
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Congrats Ed! The shop looks like it has plenty of distractions (toys) to try to knock you off course. Enjoy the journey. Slow and steady wins the race. Good luck.
RV-9A N525XC
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:59 AM
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Thanks guys. Yes a few distractions, but the E-flight RV-9 is pure inspiration, flies just as well as its big cousins. Hope one day to build new wings and tail to convert it to a-7, but then that would make it a distraction again... Oh dear, here we go, so many toys, so little time
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:12 AM
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Hi an ex-pat Rhodesian myself, a big congratulations.

Is Zim pretty stable these days?

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46 years ag pilot/CFI
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Building RV-12, Wings, fuse, emp complete. FWF in progress.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:57 AM
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Default Congratulations

Congratulations Ed.
Enjoy the build.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:19 AM
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Default Congrats

Nice looking shop Ed! Welcome aboard. We look forward to watching your progress. Keep banging those rivets and before you know it the pile of parts will be an airplane.

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:20 AM
Johnny Be Good Johnny Be Good is offline
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Hi Ed. I am here in Harare too and have got a partially completed 7 kit waiting to ship from Mesa, AZ in the next few weeks. Hopefully it will be going into the same container that Isaac Levy is bringing out his completed aircraft in. Really looking forward to getting stuck into the build and boosting the RV population in Zim. If you don't mind send me your details and we can get together and talk RV's. I currently fly a bush baby (kit fox) that I built and a sonex out at Komani. Regards, John Sharples 0772 274 372
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