Germany I (Mar-Oct 2012)

I arrived in Germany in late July 2011.  I spent the first 5 weeks looking for a place to live and then was deployed shortly afterwards to Vicenza, Italy for another 5 weeks.  By the time I moved into my place in October 2011, the weather was getting much cooler and my garage was unheated and had no power.  So I decided to hold off on the build and enjoy the holidays build-free.

I shipped most of my shop to Germany thinking that I would add more weight to the project and to my return household goods shipment by building the airplane bits ‘n pieces (epoxy adds weight), and then getting rid of a bunch of shop stuff.  By ridding myself of all the shop table frames, foldaway glass-cutting table, raw particle board (for center section spar jig), etc., I hope it all would equalize out as a zero sum weight gain.  We’ll see!

I spent March & April 2012 prepping the garage and a utility room as the two primary workshops.  I had to outfit (read: buy) the shops with 220V lights and extension cords.  For the garage, I ran extensions cords from the back of the house and my front kitchen window.  Also, any specialized US-spec tool had to be run through a transformer… as you can see, a lot of plugging/unplugging just to finish the simplest tasks.  And since Germany is cold/cool most of the year, I had 2-3 heaters that I ran A LOT (electric bill was HIGH!).

In Germany I, the chapter build order does NOT follow the plans since I was prioritizing the build based on which sections would use the most epoxy (more on that in the posts).

• Feather Lite Order – Inventory

• Shop Preparation – “Chapter 3 Prep Round 2”

• Chapter 6 Part 2 – Fuselage Repair & Assembly

• Chapter 7 – Fuselage Exterior

• Chapter 8 – Rollover Structure & Seat Belts

• Section VI – Landing Brake

• Chapter 9 – Main Gear

• Chapter 16 & 24 – Covers, Fairings & Consoles

• Chapter 19 – Wings Build Prep

.                        Right Wing Build

.                        Left Wing Build

• Chapter 20 – Winglets

• Chapter 14 – Center Section Spar: Spar Box

.                        Center Section Spar: Shear Web & Spar Caps

.                        Center Section Spar: Final Steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project Update

Hey Guys,

I am still currently working the bottom cowling install to ensure its interface with the lower aft fuselage/hell hole is dialed in. The convergence of bottom cowling and bottom fuselage is slowly in progress and I figure both should be completed shortly.

I’ll then focus on the Hell Hole area to create a functional and usable hatch as well as install the belly RAM air scoop. 

While the fuselage is inverted I’ll also press forward to knock out a number of other things, including bottom strake-to-bottom wing intersection finishing and main gear leg-to-fuselage interface. 

I expect this bird to be inverted for a few more weeks before it gets flipped back upright to close out the strakes with the top skin install.

At that point it will be on to the winglet/rudder install (Chapter 20).  Then engine and top cowling install, finish and prime/paint.

 

  1. Chapter 23/24 – Bottom cowl flange Leave a reply
  2. Chapter 23/24 – Balancing the egg Leave a reply
  3. Chapter 23/24 – Better than expected… Leave a reply
  4. Chapter 23/24 – Close . . . but? Leave a reply
  5. Chapter 23 – Bottom cowl bling Leave a reply
  6. Chapter 23 – Fiddle-dee-cowling! Leave a reply
  7. Chapter 24 – Aft fuselage glassed Leave a reply
  8. Chapter 24 – Datsa Hard Shell!! Leave a reply
  9. Chapter 13/23/24 – Firewall re-trim Leave a reply