1/8/2008 - Started work on the pushrods The instructions say to "assemble the W-917 and W-918 pushrods as shown in DWG 9." Well, I looked all over that drawing and only saw where you assemble the whole thing after the pushrods are assembled ... read more
1/9/2008 - Time for the Inner Primer Oooh, sounds like New Age stuff. "I am one with the Primer!". Anyway.... All the pushrods have to be primed inside and out. I duct taped one end of the larger pushrods and poured in almost a quart of ... read more
1/16/2008 - Laid the large pushrods inside the wings I taped some paper towels to a couple of ribs and layed the pushrod inside wing. I'm pretty much clueless about how this whole thing goes together. I wish the instructions would tell you when to final ... read more
1/17/2008 - Cut the Crank Spacers When I stored the bags from wing inventory in their individual bins, I also wrote the part number and quantity of each part on the outside of each bin. This has really helped me to locate parts like t ... read more
1/26/2008 - Put in the electrical conduit Boring... It took an hour and a half just to put in one line of conduit in one wing. But this is really going to be a cool way to run wires through the wing. ... read more
1/28/2008 - Getting ready to install the Pitot Tube This looks pretty straight forward. I started off by making my first bend with my tube bender from Lowes (aircraft and lumber supply) on the 1/4 inch tube setting. I made some marks on the plans that ... read more
1/29/2008 - Put the flaps on (temporarily) I wanted to see how things line up along the trailing edge. Due to the lack of space in my garage, I decided long ago to assemble the left wing and flap first and then the right. Apparently this line ... read more
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