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  #121  
Old 11-01-2017, 11:02 AM
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Default Finally an update

This is the first update in over six months. The main reason is that Photobucket decided to hold all my photos to ransom. Its taken a while to figure out what to do about it, a lot of time was invested in this thread and I want it to last. So I finally got around to opening a free Flickr account. Although there is still a risk of them pulling the same trick I think it is less likely.

It is also night and day in ease of use. The pages and images load quicker, no obtrusive pop ups, easy resizing and, best of all, a direct upload function from the photos app on my Mac, iPhone and iPad! I think I would pay these guys if I had to.

There seemed little point in updating progress unless I first resurrected the photos in the rest of the thread which I managed to get finished tonight. It wasn't too bad but I sure hope I don't have to do it again.

Anyway, I intend to update details on whats happened but here is a taster of where I am.
IMG_1324 by Ed Fleming, on Flickr
IMG_1324 by Ed Fleming, on FlickrIMG_1324 by Ed Fleming, on FlickrIMG_0080 by Ed Fleming, on FlickrIMG_0080 by Ed Fleming, on Flickr
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Old 12-27-2020, 10:56 AM
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First flight December 23rd 2020! She fly's beautifully, hardly any problems.

A big thank you to all on VAF who have posted over the years, it is the most incredible resource, could not have done this without the great community :
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Old 12-27-2020, 11:01 AM
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First flight December 23rd 2020! She fly's beautifully, hardly any problems.

A big thank you to all on VAF who have posted over the years, it is the most incredible resource, could not have done this without the great community :
Ed, big congrats on the new fledgling
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Old 12-27-2020, 01:27 PM
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Ed
That is a beautiful aircraft. You must be very proud.
Well done that man!
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Old 12-27-2020, 03:15 PM
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Perseverance...gentlemen....under difficult circumstances! A big congratulations from another Rhodesian expat.

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Old 12-27-2020, 04:08 PM
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Very, very cool! Great paint job, did you do it yourself?
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Old 12-27-2020, 05:51 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
A very nice six year journey congratulations Ed on a job well done 👍
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Old 12-27-2020, 06:57 PM
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Good job. And the rest of us complain about waiting for parts. Proud of your accomplishment. Let the well earned fun begin.
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Old 12-28-2020, 12:43 PM
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Ed, what a Beauty!!! Congratulations and Best Wishes to Africa. :-)
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Old 12-29-2020, 12:38 PM
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Thanks for the kind words everyone. 7 hours on the hobbs already but it still feels awesome! Can't wait to share the experience.

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Very, very cool! Great paint job, did you do it yourself?
Unfortunately I can't claim that. I did help lay out the masking which was WAY harder than I thought, took 3 whole days and I'm still not completely happy, but it still looks good.
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