Elevator fairing installed

Had to remove the lead weight to get access to dimple but apart from that hassle it was a simple task.
Nest is the vertical stabilizer fairing (I have already started) I also laid out the big back fairing, it sits on very well even before doing any adjustments!


Deja vu

Same same but very different, the stabilizers and the rudder are back on the empennage. This time on a complete airframe, now it looks like an airplane without wings :)

It is really crowded in the shop now but it looks like I do not have to remove the back wall that leads into the smaller storage area!


A pruductive lunch break, chapter 10 is done!

Working from home today, had a productive lunch break. For some reason i never scuffed and dimpled the cover plates for the tail, nor did I rivet the 16 nutplates in the tail to attach them. Today it was done :)


Starting from the beginning

First I wired up some switches for the MGL ECB.

Then I started from chapter 6 and verified that all tasks have been done. I am now at chapter 9, so far it has only been some clearly marked "final torque" task to do.

The third picture is just for me as it popped out to me, clearly showing that I have lost 6,6Kg (14.5 pounds) in January by a rather strict LCHF diet. Another month of this and I will be back in reasonable shape again :)


ELT just about done

So the ELT is as installed as it can be before attaching the horizontal and vertical stabilizer.

Finished Sunday by putting on the top cowl and cleaning up the shop in preparation for the upcoming work on the fiberglass tips on the stabilizers and control surfaces.



Trial fit of the ELT. As most of the wiring is already in place I expect the entire chapter to be done after the next session.


A great week

The EFIS and the GPS 470/625 are speaking with each other :) I have heard some overhead aircrafts in the headset, connected to the radio. More switches are connected. Last task was to try and repair the trailing edge of one of the lower intersection fairings.


Radio in the panel

I need to enlarge the opening, I can fit the radio or the GPS now, not both at the same time.
If I ever do this again, I will not rivet the top skin behind the panel and I will not buy a ready made harness! This would have been so much easier to do and the result would be much better looking if I had known what I know now.


Installing the radio ICOM 220

Spent the last evening with working out how to wire the radio. Almost done now.


Redone the 625 harness

I looked at my previous 625 wiring and I was not happy with the wire to socket crimps on all pins. I decided to do a complete makeover.

The new harness:


46b more sanding

After lots of sanding, the fairings were once again separated. I then measured and enlarged the openings for the wheels to get the right clearance.


46b second time

It did not come out good enough the first time so I have done another session for getting a good transition between the wheel fairings and the lower intersection fairings. This time with with a more sanding friendly mixture.


46b edges, success

The plastic bit trick worked! The fairing halves separated without any hassle and squaring the edges took seconds :)


46b separation

After lots of sanding I cheated a little at the end with the dremmel.
Final "sanding"

No problem getting the tape out and no! poxy under the fairing :)

HAd to do some sanding to get the tape of the intersection fairings but all removed within 5 minutes

Time to attach them again and do more sanding


Wheel fairings, more dust!

Sorry about the camera placement. I could do a lot with the machine on one side. Still lots of sanding to do. I could get the plastic pieces out, the fairings are not separated yet but I bet this was a success :)


46b another epoxy session

I put small strips of plastic between the wheel fairing halves, hopefully I can separate them as I will not cut them with a razor as instructed... crazy or smart, in a few days we will know ;)