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    Thread: Well, there goes all my "spare" time!

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      05-06-2011 10:49 PM #151
      any updates ?
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      05-09-2011 04:07 PM #152
      Not much, just prepping and priming a few parts (fuselage side stiffeners and floorpans)- about 6 hours of work in the past month and a half I'll be prepping and priming one side of the fuselage here hopefully soon though

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      05-09-2011 04:17 PM #153
      Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid VW View Post
      Not much, just prepping and priming a few parts (fuselage side stiffeners and floorpans)- about 6 hours of work in the past month and a half I'll be prepping and priming one side of the fuselage here hopefully soon though
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      05-15-2011 10:03 PM #154
      A couple of pictures I took while working on it on Friday.

      Forward fuselage side skin removed, exposing the structure underneath:


      With the seat and baggage floor in place:


      And a sample of how I plan to paint the interior with silver Rustoleum "Hammered" paint:


      A little progress here and a little there isn't exactly the speed I'd like to be going, but at least it's progress

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      05-15-2011 10:22 PM #155
      Thanks for showing. Very cool.
      If it's not foggy
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      10-24-2011 01:39 AM #156
      6ish month update! It's only taken me all summer to get to the point that I thought I'd be at sometime in July, but that's the way things go sometimes....

      I've basically got the lower portion of the fuselage all riveted up, and I have the place to myself all next weekend, so there SHOULD be some good progress made

      Rivets in the fuselage side:


      A smooth belly:


      Look ma! (almost) NO CLECOS!


      This aft deck sets whatever twist there is in the fuselage, so after clecoing on the aft turtledeck, it came in an 0.0 degrees of twist, so I drilled it!



      The turtledeck needs to come off to install some brackets and the shoulder harness anchors, but it looks good up there

    7. 10-24-2011 02:44 AM #157
      This is awesome. I built a plane once. Out of legos. That is the extent of my mechanical/engineering prowess.


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      10-24-2011 11:17 AM #158
      Legos.... clecos..... They both end in O's, you can doooo eeet!!!

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      10-25-2011 02:11 PM #159
      I just found this thread. Wow, talk about awesome. My dad is an aviation nut, I'll have to forward it to him.
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      10-27-2011 07:05 PM #160
      I knew I remember seeing this thread somewhere! I saw the first few pages and then lost it and couldn't find it.

      Great progress! A coworker at an old job built a kit plane. Took me for a spin. let me do some barrel rolls. What a blast!

      Looking forward to seeing this completed.

      P.S. I'm subscribing this time so I don't lose it.
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      10-31-2011 12:26 AM #161
      Got 17.5 hours in this weekend! Started off match drilling the shoulder harness anchors to the longerons, then some gusstes for the bulkheads:



      Then assembled and drilled the elevator bellcrank:


      Then fit and drilled the aft and forward top skins on:





      Then I got to move on to the baggage compartment! First installed the ridder cables, then the aft side baggage covers, followed by the floors:





      Then I had to cut the corners of the top portion of the rear bulkhead, plot all the screw holes, and drill them to the bulkhead they get attached to:



      Then screwed the forwrad side covers in place and the tunnel cover and called it a day:





      It's really starting to come together, but it's all going to have to come apart again for deburring and dimpling

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      10-31-2011 11:26 AM #162
      I look at some of these pictures and think "hell raiser"
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      05-21-2012 05:37 PM #163
      Long time no updates I've made a little progress since my last post, butnothing major, and I haven't updated my build log yet. What I HAVE been doing though is trading aluminum and rivets for wood and glue. Now I have two unfinished airplane projects, but I think this one will get done first:



      I can't wait to see his response when it's on all three wheels and painted!

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      05-21-2012 05:47 PM #164
      Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid VW View Post



      I can't wait to see his response when it's on all three wheels and painted!
      holy ****! is this a custom job? i see $$

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      05-21-2012 06:50 PM #165
      Quote Originally Posted by WeenerBoy View Post
      holy ****! is this a custom job? i see $$
      Pedal planes The plans are pretty cheap, but if you opt for all the kits (precut wood, etc.), you're looking at several hundred $'s. For me, the time saved with the kits is WAY worth it though- all the wood is cnc cut, metal parts fabbed and welded, etc. Still PLENTY of work left to be done to finish one though I've got a solid day just in shaping the wheel pants, for example.

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      05-21-2012 07:47 PM #166
      Nice!!
      If it's not foggy
      and you have your fog |ights on
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      05-23-2012 10:47 AM #167
      When are you gonna cross the bumps and take me flyin', Gern?

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      05-23-2012 11:24 AM #168
      Say when. We get a little good weather goin' steady and no trips, let's do it.
      If it's not foggy
      and you have your fog |ights on
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      05-24-2012 11:40 AM #169
      Cool! Probably headed to McMinville with the family this weekend. Can't wait to see the kid's expression when he sees all those planes

    20. 08-20-2012 03:22 PM #170
      Any updates?

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      08-21-2012 11:49 AM #171
      I haven't touched the RV all year But I did start the Flintstone mod on the Stinson on Sunday


      Have you done much with your tail kit yet?

    22. 08-21-2012 11:54 AM #172
      Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid VW View Post
      I haven't touched the RV all year But I did start the Flintstone mod on the Stinson on Sunday


      Have you done much with your tail kit yet?
      Not really. Between moving and getting my new house fixed up (house > airplane at the moment) I haven't had any time. And now that the -14 has been announced I'm seriously rethinking the -7.

      I did build the EAA1000 workbenches a few weeks ago so one of the kits (be it the 7 or 14) will be starting this winter

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      08-22-2012 11:37 AM #173
      My first reaction to the -14 was "sonofabitch, my plane is obsolete already!" But the more I read about it, the better I feel about having the -7. The improvements in the kit and instructions for the -14 would sure be nice, but for me, that's about where the benefits end. The -14 is a little bit slower, uses a more expensive engine (not sure if there will be other options at this point), and while it can carry more weight, it's still limited to 100lbs. in the baggage area. It also carries more fuel, but with the extra tanks I installed, I have 51 gallons vs. 50 for the -14.

      Overall, it seems to be a nice plane for the larger crowd with some mission overlap with the -7. It seems that Van's is trying to address some of the issues with experimental safety by making kits that are more standardized to eliminate builder discrepancies. I look at the -12 and -14 as being production line airplanes that individuals build at their own shop

    24. 08-23-2012 08:56 AM #174
      Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid VW View Post
      My first reaction to the -14 was "sonofabitch, my plane is obsolete already!" But the more I read about it, the better I feel about having the -7. The improvements in the kit and instructions for the -14 would sure be nice, but for me, that's about where the benefits end. The -14 is a little bit slower, uses a more expensive engine (not sure if there will be other options at this point), and while it can carry more weight, it's still limited to 100lbs. in the baggage area. It also carries more fuel, but with the extra tanks I installed, I have 51 gallons vs. 50 for the -14.

      Overall, it seems to be a nice plane for the larger crowd with some mission overlap with the -7. It seems that Van's is trying to address some of the issues with experimental safety by making kits that are more standardized to eliminate builder discrepancies. I look at the -12 and -14 as being production line airplanes that individuals build at their own shop
      Yeah I hear ya. I sat in the 7 and 14 up at Oshkosh with my girlfriend and even though she's tiny, with my shoulders it was much more comfortable in the 14. I couldn't imagine getting me and one of my pals in the 7 without wanting to land after an hour. Haha

      I'm still on the fence but the guys at my local EAA chapter have convinced me to build the 7 empennage anyway. That way I can get some build experience first and either continue on with the build or sell it to start the 14. As for the engine, someone on VAF stated the 390 is only a few hundred dollars more expensive than the angle valve 360 (which Vans stated may end up working in the 14 anyway). But the 390, at the moment, is not certified for auto fuel which would be a big hit for me too.

      Decisions, decisions!

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      08-25-2012 12:36 PM #175
      Yeah, I don't think you'll lose much by building the -7 empennage. You'd be looking at 5-6 weeks if you put in about 20 hours a week. Just look at it as an oversized practice kit

      I honestly haven't priced new engines recently, but I'm under the impression that the 390 is going to be a $40k engine in short order. As time goes by, it'll be easier to find used ones, but still a lot harder than for the 180-200hp. Maybe I'm just a cheap ass...

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