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June, 2005

June 10, 2005 - 1 hours
Tonight I was getting ready for doing the fiberglass layup around the windsheid where it meets the canopy. I got a long piece of cardboard and layed it out on the table and then cut three pieces of 8oz BID cloth for the layup.

June 11, 2005 - 3 hours
Vern finished sanding the fiberglass transition from the windshield to the fuse and we got the glass layed up between the windshield and the canopy. I got a call from West Houston Airport today and I am getting a T-hangar the first of the month.

The windsheild fairing turned out really nice. Vern did a better job than I could have ever hoped for.

We put the cloth down on some cardboard and wetted it then brought the whole thing over to the plane and put it on the canopy. It really helped keep the dripping down to a minimum.

June 11, 2005 - 1 hours
Riveted the fire extinguisher bracket down to the floor right behind the passenger seat. It'll be hard to get to but I think I'll be able to push the seat forward and reach it.

I riveted the fire extinquisher bracket down behind the passenger seat.

June 12, 2005 - 4 hours
I installed all the nutplates on the wings for the inspection covers and the fuselage fairing.

Nutplates on the wing inspection covers

Nutplates on the inboard edge of the wing skins for the wing / fuselage fairing

June 12, 2005 - 1.5 hours
Put the nutplates on the tanks where the fuselage fairing connects.

Nutplates on the inboard edge of the tank skin for the fuselage / wing fairing.

June 13, 2005 - 2 hours
Filled and attempted to bleed the brakes. I have them pretty well bled but there is a little air in them that still needs to come out. My problem was the silly little pump that I used to fill the system. The idea is to use some kind of pump to fill the brakes from the bottom up but I think the one that I used was putting air in the line. I'll try again with a better pump.

June 14, 2005 - 2 hours
Finished riveting the last of the fiberglass empennage tips. It feels good to be finished with that chore.

Vertical stabilzer tip is on permanently.

The horizontal stabilzer tips and the elevator tips are done.

June 17, 2005 - 2 hours
I started fixing the filtered air inlet. I installed the split ring on the AFP fuel controller upside down and that moved the whole thing down a half inch. Now it's right so I have to cut the inlet duct off and re-fiberglass it.

This is what the FAB is supposed to look like. The split ring is now under that plate. This raised the whole thing up about a half inch which made the inlet duct on the cowling fit poorly.

June 18, 2005 - 0.75 hours
I glassed the new inlet duct for the FAB.

Take two on the inlet duct. It's not as difficult the second time. Especially when things fit the way they are supposed too.

June 18, 2005 - 1.5 hours
Sanded on the fiberglass roll bar fairing.

June 19, 2005 - 1 hours
I put another couple of layers of glass on the inlet duct. I sanded off the foam and then put two more layers around the two layers that I put on yesterday.

This time I only put two layers of cloth inside the foam. Now I'll put two more around it from this end.

June 19, 2005 - 3 hours
Cut the roll bar fairing back to the proper width. I sanded and shaped the fairing as best I could and then mixed up a batch of Epoxy / Microballons and smeared it all over the thing, to try and make the transitions smooth.

June 20, 2005 - 2.2 hours
Sanded the filler off of the roll bar fairing and then put some more filler on it. How do people build plastic airplanes?

June 21, 2005 - 1.2 hours
Sanded and sanded on the roll bar fairing. I think I just about have it. It needed just a touch up of filler so I put some of that on it and hopefully I can call it good tomorrow.

June 21, 2005 - 0.75 hours
Trimmed and sanded the new induction air inlet on the cowling. I added some filler to get it all nice and smooth. There is still some sanding in my future.

June 25, 2005 - 1.2 hours
I decided that I didn't like the cork gaskets, so I took the access covers off and pro-sealed them in place instead.

I hope that I never need to get into these tanks because I've sealed 'em up good.

June 25, 2005 - 1.5 hours
I've been meaning to put a spring on the parking brake valve since I installed it. I finally figured out how to do it. I wanted to drill a hole in the arm of the valve but I couldn't get the drill in there without removing the valve or the rudder pedals. So I took a piece of stainless and made sortof an elongated washer with an extra hole and put it behind the control cable end nut, then put the spring through the little hole.

You can almost see how I put the spring on the parking brake valve. I could barely get in there to take a picture. Imagine how hard it was to work back there. If you are going to do this, do it before you put all this stuff in the way.

June 26, 2005 - 1.3 hours
I borrowed a regulator and a gauge from work this weeked to check my Oil and Fuel pressure senders. I assembled a small test right with it and used shop air to test them. They both worked perfectly. I also boiled some water and checked my oil temperature transducer.

This is the regulator and guage that I borrowed from work to test the oil and fuel pressure senders.

June 26, 2005 - 4.5 hours
Installed the ELT behind the baggage compartment on the lower rib that the elevator bellcrank is mounted on. I put the antenna under the emp fairing.

The ELT is behind the baggage compartment, right behind the mount that might have an autopilot pitch servo on it someday.

Here's a close up of the ELT.

The ELT antenna is under the emp fairing at the back of the plane.

June 27, 2005 - 1.1 hours
It took entirely too long for me to run that wire for the ELT but I finally got the little remote installed on the right side of the panel.

I made a little sub-panel for the ELT remote. I just really didn't want to cut a hole in my panel for it.

June 27, 2005 - 0.9 hours
Installed the rest of the little #8 screws and nuts that hold the canopy rails down.

By putting some electrical tape on a wrench I was able to hold the nut and washer well enough to get them started up under the canopy rail.

June 28, 2005 - 1.6 hours
Installed the fuel pump / filter assembly, and fuel selector valve for what I hope is the last time.

June 30, 2005 - 1.5 hours
Put the nutplates around the bottom of the Vertical Stabilizer for the emp fairing attach points. Cleaned up and started getting ready to move airplane parts out of the garage. Tomorrow it starts heading to the hangar.

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