Total hours to date - 205
January 16, 2005 - Drilled and clecoed the rudder tip.
January 15, 2005 - Started working on rudder tip.
December 31, 2004 - Epoxied the tip to the right elevator.
December 30, 2004 - Glued the metal strips to the elevator tip, drilled #40 holes.
December 29, 2004 - Sanded left elevator tip, started on right elevator.
December 28, 2004 - Installed nutplates, riveted on end of left elevator.
December 24, 2004 - Trimmed fiberglass to fit end of elevator tip.
December 23, 2004 - Epoxy/Fiberglass work.
December 22, 2004 - Bought Epoxy.
December 21, 2004 - More fiberglass tip work.
December 20, 2004 - Started attaching the fiberglass tips.
December 18, 2004 - Attached left elevator to Horizontal Stabilizer.
December 17, 2004 - Installed the trim servo.
December 16, 2004 - Installed the trim servo.
December 15, 2004 - Attached trim tab to elevator.
December 14, 2004 - Built the trim tab.
December 13, 2004 - Attached trim spar, attached counterweight.
December 12, 2004 - Bent the trim tab, started assembling the left elevator.
December 9, 2004 - Balanced right elevator, Got new trim tab in the mail.
December 8, 2004 - Finished right elevator, attached to horizontal stabilizer.
December 7, 2004 - Finished bending the leading edges of the elevators.
December 6, 2004 - Started bending the leading edges of the elevators.
December 5, 2004 - Built a tool to install Heim joints.
November 30, 2004 - Got trim servo back.
November 29, 2004 - Ordered new trim tab, a look at rivets.
November 26, 2004 - Problems countersinking trim access, Problems bending trim tab.
November 25, 2004 - Happy Thanksgiving.
November 24, 2004 - Finished right elevator, worked a little on left, problem with trim servo.
November 23, 2004 - Worked on Electric Trim, Primed the elevator parts, built right elevator.
November 22, 2004 - Disassembled left elevator, prepared all structural parts.
November 21, 2004 - Assembled left elevator.
November 20, 2004 - Finished all right elevator edges, trimmed counterweight, started left.
November 19, 2004 - Drilled the counterweight, assembled right elevator structure, drilled skin.
November 18, 2004 - Built the bending brake. Bent elevators. Started fabricating right.
November 17, 2004 - Smoothed all of the remaining elevator edges, drilled out 43 rivets. :(
November 16, 2004 - Primed elevator stiffeners, backriveted them to elevators.
November 15, 2004 - Backriveted trailing edge, Finished the rudder.
November 14, 2004 - Rolled the leading edge of the rudder.
November 13, 2004 - Prosealed trailing edge of rudder, riveted skins to frame.
November 12, 2004 - More edge smoothing, Left elevator.
November 11, 2004 - More edge smoothing.
November 10, 2004 - More edge smoothing, EAA meeting.
November 9, 2004 - Another 15 minutes on the right elevator skin.
November 8, 2004 - Smoothing the edges of the right elevator skin.
November 7, 2004 - Dimpled right elevator skin.
November 6, 2004 - Metal prepped and alodined the elevator stiffeners.
November 5, 2004 - Dimpled left elevator skin.
November 4, 2004 - Finished removing plastic, deburred the elevator skins.
November 3, 2004 - Removed the plastic from the outside of the left elevator.
November 2, 2004 - Removed some of the plastic from the elevator skins.
November 1, 2004 - Really Finished the edges of the rudder skins.
October 31, 2004 - Finished the edges of the rudder skins.
October 30, 2004 - Back on the rudder, getting ready to Pro-Seal.
October 29, 2004 - Dimpled the nutplates, countersunk them with deburr tool.
October 28, 2004 - Finished the LH stiffeners, ready for paint.
October 27, 2004 - Clecoed all of the stiffeners to the elevator, prepared E-615PP.
October 26, 2004 - Started working on left elevator.
October 25, 2004 - Match drilled RH stiffeners, deburred and dimpled.
October 24, 2004 - Shortened left side stiffeners, clecoed stiffeners to Right Side.
October 23, 2004 - Finished with the stiffeners.
October 22, 2004 - Even more stiffeners.
October 21, 2004 - 2 more stiffeners. Panel mockup.
October 20, 2004 - Continued preparing the elevator stiffeners.
October 19, 2004 - Started preparing the elevator stiffeners.
October 18, 2004 - Cut out elevator stiffeners.
October 17, 2004 - Riveted counterbalance skin to rib, Installed counterbalance weight.
October 16, 2004 - Riveted counterbalance rib, installed counterbalance skin.
October 15, 2004 - Backriveted the skins, Started construction of the rudder skeleton.
October 14, 2004 - Painted the rudder pieces
October 13, 2004 - EAA Meeting, Dimpled rudder skins
October 12, 2004 - Etched and Alodined the rudder skeleton
October 11, 2004 - Deburred, dimpled and prepared all rudder skeleton
October 10, 2004 - Deburred and dimpled other side, Assembled frame, attached skin
October 9, 2004 - Finished the stiffeners, deburred and dimpled one side
October 8, 2004 - Continued working on stiffeners.
October 7, 2004 - Started rudder. Began working on stiffeners.
October 6, 2004 - Finished Vertical Stabilizer.
October 5, 2004 - Riveted ribs to front spar of VS.
October 4, 2004 - Deburred skin, dimpled, smoothed edges, riveted rear spar.
October 3, 2004 - Match drilled skin, Deburred, countersunk, dimpled, primed...
October 2, 2004 - Vertical Stabilizer stuff. Prepared understructure.
October 1, 2004 - Assembled Vertical Stabilizer, Cut lightening holes.
September 30, 2004 - Finished HS, On the the Vertical Stabilizer.
September 29, 2004 - Forgot to remove the plastic, finished left HS started right.
September 28, 2004 - Started riveting on the left skin.
September 27, 2004 - Riveted together the rear spar and the front spar..
September 26, 2004 - Primed all of the understructure.
September 25, 2004 - DeGreased, Metal-prepped and Alodined all of the parts.
September 24, 2004 - Finished deburring, dimpling and edging the HS parts.
September 23, 2004 - Finished fabrication of HS, started deburring
September 22, 2004 - Got the spray gun, Tom Zelie came over, worked a little on the Right HS
September 21, 2004 - Completed fabrication of left HS, Started on Right HS
September 20, 2004 - Marked rib flanges, fluted some ribs.
September 19, 2004 - Deburred, fluted and polished all of the ribs, assembled left HS.
September 18, 2004 - Bent the Front Spar. Started on the ribs.
September 17, 2004 - Bent the Spar reinforcement angles, notched the front spar.
September 16, 2004 - Rear spar ready for primer, started Front spar
September 15, 2004 - Back working on the rear spar
September 14, 2004 - More wooden tool chest stuff
September 13, 2004 - Refinishing wooden tool chest
September 12, 2004 - I got the new HS-411APP in the mail
September 11, 2004 - Went to Oswego for the annual RV Forum
September 10, 2004 - Got the Empennage Tool Kit from Cleveland Tool today
September 9, 2004 - Cut angles into one end of HS-714
September 8, 2004 - Deburred one front spar
September 7, 2004 - Started laying up front spar
September 6, 2004 - Deburred edges of HS-603
September 5, 2004 - Rounded one edge of HS-609PP
September 4, 2004 - Built 2nd bench, Messed up drilling HS-411
September 3, 2004 - Started preparing the Rear Spar Reinforcement Bars
September 2, 2004
The Empennage has arrived!
August 27, 2004
OK, OK ~I KNOW~ It's been 8 months since I've updated the site. I've learned a lot in these past months. For one thing, things are never as they seem. I've read a couple of very good articles about how to save up enough money to get started building the plane. Most notably, Doug Reeve's article. Still, around our house, once money starts accumulating in any account anywhere, SOMETHING ALWAYS COMES UP TO USE IT UP!!! Christmas, birthdays, you name it. To top it off, Liz and I decided that it would be better if we paid off the credit cards before we spent any more money on stuff. Good Grief.
Anyway, the good news is that the cards are all paid off and (drum roll) I've ordered the empennage!!!!
I guess it takes about a week to get here so in the mean time I'm cleaning the shop.
November 15, 2003
Not quite enough to place the order because of the electric trim option. Still, it's very close.
November 13, 2003
According to the Save-O-Meter, we have enough to order the empennage! Liz and I will be placing the order soon!
November 3, 2003
We should be ordering in about mid-November. My wife and I are currently trying to decide between Electric vs. Manual trim. I have only flown Cessna's with Manual trim and it seems OK. I kind of like the idea of a hat switch on the stick for trim but like I said, have never flown it. I also am not sure if you need Electric if you plan to have altitude hold.
If you have any comments or opinions on the subject I would be happy to hear from you. bill at kane-king.com
Refer to the Save-O-Meter to see how close to ordering we are.
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