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- Horizontal Stabilizer (49:40)
- Vertical Stabilizer (21:15)
- Rudder (32:15)
- Right Elevator (35:45)
- Left Elevator (30:50)
- Inventory & Setup (9:30)
- Left Wing Prep (54:30)
- Left Fuel Tank (45:20)
- Left Wing Skins (46:10)
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- Inventory and Setup (7:15)
- FireWall (14:30)
- F-704 Bulkhead (13:25)
- F-705 Bulkhead (14:20)
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- Tailcone (29:30)
- Center Section (35:15)
- Forward Section (52:40)
- Forward Assembly (24:30)
- Skins/Baggage Area (46:30)
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- Flaps & Gear Mounts (18:15)
- Fuselage Plumbing (14:0)
- Tail Feathers (16:35)
- Front Deck/Firewall (58:50)
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- Electrical (57:30)
- Electrical Part 2 (24:0)
- Canopy (22:30)
- Landing Gear (18:35)
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Started work on all the aft bulkheads 6/2/2008 - Started work on all the aft bulkheads
These were pretty easy to find. I pulled out my Unibit and drilled of the rudder cable holes called for in the plans.
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Bought a new laptop 6/8/2008 - Bought a new laptop
This dude will really come in handy. All of my parts are in separate Rubbermaid containers according the sub-kit number. I scanned the parts list into my website database so I can do a search on it. H ... read more
Started putting the F-706 bulkhead together 6/13/2008 - Started putting the F-706 bulkhead together
I assembled the bulkhead by drilling the F-730 plate, F-728, F-729C and F-729 rib to the F-706B Bulkhead Bottom, and then riveting everything together except for the F-728 channel, which gets clecoed ... read more
Drove out to the my hangar in North East Texas 6/17/2008 - Drove out to the my hangar in North East Texas
This weekend was grass cuttin' time at my hangar. On the way, we skirted around this giant storm that had just pounded the interstate we were on. The air was crystal clear and the sun was shining on t ... read more
Started working on the F-711 Bulkhead 6/28/2008 - Started working on the F-711 Bulkhead
I started off by fluting the flanges of the F-711A and F-711B bulkhead halves to make them sit flat on the work bench top. Then it came time for the F-711 C bars. These guys were real head-scratchers, ... read more
Finished the F-712 bulkhead 7/1/2008 - Finished the F-712 bulkhead
I had some really nice pictures of the building of this bulkhead, but my camera ate them. So I will show what I have left. Here's the F-712A and F-712B cleoced together along with the tie-down bar (wh ... read more
Worked on the last bulkheads 7/2/2008 - Worked on the last bulkheads
I pulled out the F-709 bulkhead and sanded the edges and fluted the flanges. Ready for priming!
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Started working on the Longerons 7/10/2008 - Started working on the Longerons
I think I've procrastinated enough now, so now I'm going to tackle these dudes. First item on the menu is to cut the longerons to length. I measured 173 7/16 inches for the cuts. I remeasured again an ... read more
Time for the bends again 7/12/2008 - Time for the bends again
The front ends of the F-718 longerons have to have a bend down and a twist (sounds like a drink). Here I mounted the right longeron in the vise. I put 2 clamps on top of it to make sure it doesn't mov ... read more

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