Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Headed East

Today I fly out for Wisconsin to spend a couple of days in Milwaukee then on to Oshkosh for five more days.  I'm looking forward to a few days amongst so many airplanes and pilots... but those vendors are going to break me!  Why do they have to have such cool stuff there?  Anyway last night I managed to get a couple of last minute tasks done on the airplane and thought I would post them so I could at least look at my own blog to overcome my builders withdrawal that I know is going to hit me hard!

I didn't take any pictures but I finished up the roll trim servo mount.  This was a necessity so I could install the seat pans and move on to the aux electric fuel pump mounting.  I ran into an issue here that I will have to remedy.  This fuel pump has turned out to be a bit of a bugger...I may have to go back to doing it the way Jeff did and use the standard Vans kit and cover.

I also put the final bead of Sikaflex on my canopy.  This bead was main to fill the spaces where I had the rubber spacers holding the canopy away from the frame.  Sikaflex requires a small gap of about an eighth of an inch to have maximum strength so the spacers were necessary.  I wish I could say that the final bead was perfect but even after repeated attempts there were areas that I just could not get smooth.  I still think it turned out great!  Amy and I put the canopy back on the airplane this morning and I am still amazed at how well it fits.  When I get back it will be time to finish up the canopy by installing the handle, fabricating the skirts and screwing the slider tracks down.

Finally I got my seat belts installed and "tested".

The beginning of the famous "RV Grin"

You can see in this picture that the inside corner will need some work to make it look better.  The rest of the stuff looks ok.

And as a parting gift to myself I am adding this last "as it sits now" picture.  By the way, for those of you that may not know the canopy looks all cracked up and messy because I have the protective plastic still attached to the outside of the glass.