Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Unusual excitement

Maybe its the coffee but I'm more excited than usual about the airplane this morning.  I am sitting here thinking about everything that is going to happen in the next week and realized that a lot of things are coming together.  Let me tell you about some of them.  Yesterday I happened to come across a post on VansAirforce.com from a guy who was selling his RV-7 Classic Aero seat bottoms for $60.  I was lucky enough to be the first person to respond so I now have a set of seat bottoms headed my way.  Whats so exciting about that you ask?  Well let me tell you.  The seats I am planning on purchasing come to a grand total of about $2800.  I just got half of those seats for $60.  You do the math!

Next item up on list is the center console.  I believe this is scheduled to arrive today.  I am really excited about this because its one of my favorite modifications to the plans.  Yep, it will take me some time to install but as I have heard many times before "build the airplane you want, not the one somebody else wants".  As I mentioned before I have already purchased the throttle quadrant for the console which is a non standard configuration.  Jeff mentioned it a couple of times but now I really understand why he enjoyed building the fuselage kit the most.

Friday is another big day for me.  I am getting the final kit from Van's.  This is the finishing kit and includes items such as engine mount, canopy, wheels, brakes, and a ton of other items.  Normally it includes the engine cowling but I deleted that option because I plan on ordering the "Sam James" cowl and plenum very soon.  Hey with the money I saved on the seats maybe I can afford to buy it sooner?

I also just received a bunch of packages with carbon fiber cloth and associated fabrication tools.  I have always wanted to work with carbon fiber so I am going to give it a shot.  Where in the world am I going to find all the time needed to do all this?!?

Finally, in my last post I mentioned the security camera feed that my dad was checking my progress with.  Today I decided to post a snap shot of the view that camera gives, or at least one of the cameras.