June 28, 2018 Build time – 10.0 Total time – 297.0

Tanks are fitted to the spar as well as the leading edges. ‘Z’ bracket drilling to the tank baffle was a no-brainer, just pay attention. Ready to match drill the leading edge and tanks. Then next week starts the Pro-seal marathon. Should be ready to pressure test next Monday the 9th!

June 27, 2018 Build time 20.0 Total time 287.0

Skins hung and drilled. Leading edges are mounted and drilled. Tank skins are ribbed up and starting “Z” brackets tomorrow.

June 18, 2018 – Building time – 8 hrs, Total time – 267.0

Final sanding and priming of wing ribs.

June 19, 2018 – Building time – 10 hrs, Total time – 277.0

Marathon riveting day. All wing ribs riveted to main spars and rear spars on both wings. Just a handful of drill outs. A very productive day. Skins tomorrow.

June 15 2018, Build time – 45.0 Total time – 259.0

Missing parts arrived Tuesday morning, and work progressed on the spars. Nutplates installed in the main spars that will hold the fuel tank skin. Ribs are all cleaned and hung on the spars. What a mundane and boring job! Nose ribs next then prep for primer.


June 6 2018 – Build time 5 hrs, Total time 214.0

Inventory complete, I’m short a main hardware bag, a rib and aileron bracket. Not a huge deal, but can’t start building in the plan order. So I started with the rear spar and main spar prep.

June 7, 2018

Moved wing rack I constructed in to the shop so I can build both wings at the same time.

June 5, 2018 Build time 25.5 Total time 209.0

So it’s been kind of slow the past month, building wise. Most everything with the tail was done, except the fiberglass work. But with the Alaska trip in May (great time!) I used the remaining time waiting on the wing arrival to teach myself fiberglass work and install an AC unit for the shop. So the fiberglass work is done on the tail pieces. Yesterday wrapped up the rudder and elevator and took them to storage at the airport. Because today, the wing arrives!

May 1, 2018 – Build time 48 hrs – Total time 183.5

Empennage is complete! Minus the fiberglass work. It’s 11:30 am and I’m out of parts.

Waiting on the wings. Here’s the tail of N393RV …

April 20, 2018 – Build time 35.0 hrs. Total time 135.5 hrs

Elevators are almost done. Waiting for their trailing edges. Them elevators have more stiffeners than a bottle of viagra! Another 5 hrs or so, plus the trim tab. I’m out of parts! The wings are due in the first of June. So this kit took roughly a month to complete, wonder how long the wings will take?

April 16, 2018 – Build time 24 hrs Total time 100.5

Rudder complete, but not without injury – ouch! Now on to the elevators.