Right Elevator
Left Elevator

Spar Prep
More Tanks
Tanks Alot
Final Assembly

F-704 Bulkhead
F-705 Bulkhead
Center Section
Forward Section
Forward Assembly

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Cabin Stuff

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Cabin Plumbing
Panel Install
Firewall Stuff
Misc. Cabin Stuff
Slider Frame
Electrical Part 1
Electrical Part 2
Electrical Part 3
Emp. & Gear
Avionics 1
Avionics 2
More Misc.
Finishing Up

Firewall Forward
Engine Stuff 1
Engine Stuff 2

Final Steps
Moving to the Airport
Attaching the Wings

First Flight
First 10 Hours
Gear Fairings
Test Flying
Sun-N-Fun 2006
Spring 2006
Christmas 2006

Panel Planning
Panel Layout
Misc. Notes


Finishing Kit Delivery and Inventory - 4 hours
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The Finishing Kit contains stuff like the engine mount, the canopy, the tires and brakes, the cowl, and lots of other identifiable parts. There aren't very many pieces of raw aluminum, which at this point is a nice change. As with the other kits, this one involved some decisions, so I will share them briefly here:

* Engine: My engine will be a Lycoming o-320 E2D. It is in need of an overhaul, so I will be figuring out those details soon.

* Propeller: I am going with a Sensenich fixed pitch metal prop. At first I had thought about using a wood prop because of the cost, but after adding up all the "extras" that you need in order to install a wood prop, as well as the ongoing maintenance, I decided on the metal one.
(Update: I have changed my mind on this, I have ordered a three-blade composite prop from Craig Catto)

I also ordered the firewall forward kit at the same time, so it was packed in the same crate for no additional charge.


12/7/04 - Delivery and Unpacking - 4 hours

Almost four months has passed since I inventoried the fuselage kit, and now I am looking forward to "finishing" it. This is a huge box that cost almost $500 for shipping from Oregon to Texas, and another $90 so Roadway Express would bring it to me on a lift-gate truck, since I don't have a loading dock at my house. Maybe I should have thought about that when we built the house. :-)


Upon opening the cover it seems like there isn't that much stuff in here. I opted to have the firewall forward kit shipped in this box as well, and that's probably half of the stuff. The majority of the space is occupied by the canopy and the cowl. I still can't figure out why this box weighs almost 350 pounds! It must be the wood.

Unpacking and inventorying didn't take as long as the fuselage kit took, which was good, but was mainly due to the smaller number of parts. I put the canopy in the house to keep it warm and safe until needed.


The small parts all just about fit on two shelves. You can see here the spinner and wheel fairings. The tires and brakes are on the shelf below.

Upon seeing all this stuff, my wife's comment was "Wow, you're really building an airplane." I think she was just trying to give me a hard time. I guess the empennage, wings and fuselage weren't impressive enough, but those rubber tires finally made it seam real. :-) I can't complain though, because she helped me inventory the parts bags, which was extremely helpful.


Here's the majority of the firewall forward kit. The Odyssey battery was extra that I bought off eBay for $55 bucks brand new. I also figured out that the facet electric fuel pump is not part of the firewall forward kit. Weird.

All this stuff is probably going to sit idle for a couple of weeks because of the holidays.


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