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Build chronology milestones
30th. Received back-ordered rear wing spar
material from Sonex.
26th, 27th. Purchased and installed
larger bench vice needed to bend 1/4" aluminum
parts. Unpacked formed metal box, arranged
parts by part number in storage bin. Started layout and
planning for rudder detail.
23rd, 24th. Put up shelf brackets over
workbench, unpacked formed angles and u-channel, stacked on
19th, 20th. Converted the shipping pallet
containing the laser-cut parts into a 4-foot by 10-foot
assembly table. Because of the small workshop space, weight
of the loaded pallet, and freezing weather, I built the
table in place. I attached outer rails and legs to the
bottom of the pallet, then lowered the assembly to the
floor, attached the top rails, and raised the top, sliding
it back and forth while attaching the cross-braces. I
leveled the top frame with plane and sander and attached
the top. I left the 12-foot top rails uncut, and attached a
2-foot by 4-foot scrap of plywood to the bottom to make a
small parts workbench on the outside end of the table. The
table top is 40 inches high, leaving ample space below for
storage of the cowling and canopy boxes, stacked on dunnage
on top of the aluminum sheet tray, as well as the heavy
angle and channel stock. In the background: our home computer
network server farm and existing workbench with grinder and
11th. Unpacked boxes, redistributed storage
surface skins on shelf, still finding places for
existing garage detritus.
10th. Formed wing and tail parts stowed
overhead, ran breakin cycle on air compressor. Inserted
packing list and instruction sheets into project
9th. The spar cap tube arrives, kit
The kit arrives, November 8, at sunset,
minus the wing spars (box 10), which missed a transfer at
Butte on its journey from Oshkosh to Hamilton, Montana.
The entire IT support crew from the Rocky Mountain
Laboratories turned out to help pack the kit into Larye's
tiny workshop. Thanks to Mike, Mike, Kristi, and Kelly for
much needed assistance.
Larye, Mike M., and Mike Z. wait as delivery driver Chris cuts the pallet bands.
Kelly start unloading the U-channel box.
Some of the
boxes are a three-person lift
Boxes and more
crew walks the important and heavy pallet base to the
Finally, the inspection
and inventory. The box with the cowling and fuel tank was
battered, but the contents are undamaged. At this time,
the spar tube was discovered to be missing.
Last minute workshop clearing, interrupted by
home remodeling tasks. Kit departed Oshkosh 3 November, expected
delivery on Tuesday, November 8.