Tuesday August 16th, 2005|
Finish Kit Arrived; Inventoried Finish Kit
Today I worked at home so I could be there when the finish kit arrived. A little before noon I could hear the rumbling of a diesel engine. Looked out the door and yep...it was the ABF truck pulling up. It was sort of interesting watching the poor driver trying to get this monster of a crate onto the lift-gate using nothing but a pallet jack. He was very careful, professional and personable, which is much more than I can say for the drivers that delivered my other kits.
This is exactly what you see when you pull the top off. As usual, everything packed in an amazingly confined space.
I unloaded everything into the garage and then got back to work.
When Jaime got home she helped me move the big pieces upstairs to join the empennage. Getting the canopy up there was an...hmm...interesting experience. We have a 90-degree turn in our stairs and the canopy is much bigger than I thought it was going to be.
In the back left of this picture you can see the tip-up canopy frame, the nose-gear fork, all three tires, the main gear wheels in the brown box with the nose gear wheel sitting on top, etc.
The nose gear leg joins the two main legs.
Here's the nose wheel fork. This thing is supposed to be the new design. I need to check it against some pictures I've seen the ensure that I have the new design. This thing seems like it's steel but I'm not sure that it's heavy enough...not really sure what it is, but it looks like it should be primed as soon as possible. I'll ask around.
Here are the wheel pants, etc. The top-left of the picture has one set of wheel pants stuck together...the bottom left is a main set separated and just to the right is the nose gear pant.
Here's the engine mount. Note the nose wheel socket. They have welded gussets all over these things. This sort of part is what makes the kit a really great deal over scratch-building an aircraft. This would take a month to make by an amateur like me working part-time.
Here's the nose-wheel and bearings. I was surprised at the relative size-difference of the mains and the nose gear.
One of the brake assemblies.
One of the main wheels.
This is the tip-up canopy brace kit. This used to be an optional item but now it's a standard item. The purpose of this thing is to strengthen the tip-up kit to keep it from flexing so much.
Speaking of the canopy, here it is. It's a little darker shade than I was expecting, which is a good thing.
And here's also another instrument panel that I ordered. I'm fairly sure I'm not going to use the pre-punched panel, so I bought another one. I'm thinking that I *may* take the pre-punched and cut it into sort of a frame that I can use to create a modular panel. This would definately be cheaper than ordering the affordable panels kit which costs in excess of $300.00. I'll mull over that.
Whew...inventory on this is done. This kit is much smaller than the other three kits (including the empennage, in my opinion), it's just that the parts are bigger and have considerably higher dollar values. As I inventoried, I separated all the hardware into the drawers I've been using thus far. Back to the fuselage tomorrow!
Wow...I know have everything to build an entire airframe! I remember looking at the costs of the kits and being a bit overwhelmed by it. Now if I can just get over the cost of an engine, prop and avionics I'll be OK!