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Old 11-25-2018, 09:19 PM
Bavafa Bavafa is offline
 
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Default Thirteen months and three weeks and she chubby but beautiful

It has been eleven months of pure joy building and two months of anxiety for paint process but she finally got done and after three weeks of transport, final assembly and sign off, today was the first good weather day for the first flight.

I want to take this time to thank first and foremost, my wife for being absolutely wonderful and supportive in this project and never hesitate to come to the garage to give a helping hand. Second, I like to thank VANs team for creating such wonderful kit that is just a joy to build, they have outdone themselves. Lastly, I like to thank Doug and this great community for always providing good support, friendly feedback and ideas.

Today I made two flights, one 30 minute and one nearly two hours. The aim of second flight was to break-in the engine. She flew without any issues, all temps were good and she was fast.

I do realize I still have lots of work and tweaking, calibration and configuration of the avionics. I do have a bit of right wing heavy which not sure how to go about resolving as my rigging seem to be spot on. One flap sits about 0.6 degree higher than the other but I am not sure if that is enough to cause a heavy wing. For those before me and if they had a heavy wing (RV14) would appreciate any feedback as how you resolved it.
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:37 PM
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Congratulations. And good work on your build schedule. You make me feel slow when I had felt fast. But it has to be said...

Pictures or it didn?t happen.
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:38 PM
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Great news!

Those-14's must be really easy to put together!

How about some pictures?
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:29 PM
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Thank you guys, I don't have any decent pix yet but here are a few that I took in the hanger.









Once I get some better pictures out of the hanger, I will post them.
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:58 PM
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WOW! Care to share some of those paint color names, and how you accomplished that incredible glare shield? It looks stunning.
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:07 PM
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Default Congratulations

Mehrdad, congrats on the new fledgling

Have fun, fly safe.
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:19 PM
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Default Start over...

That is way too pretty for an airplane. You should start over and screw it up a bit this time. It will make the rest of us feel better...

Wow! Just friggen gorgeous!
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:46 AM
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Default Beautiful job!

Is that cherry wood? I may have to pay you the ultimate compliment in copying it! Beautiful!
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:45 AM
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Is that cherry wood? I may have to pay you the ultimate compliment in copying it! Beautiful!
Hi Don,
It is actually Walnut and if you have also made one, then let me compliment you on your work, it did take a bit to bend it to shape and do the rest of required work.
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:49 AM
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Totally awesome, congrats!!! (love the polished pedals)
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