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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)
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- Tailcone (29:30)
- Center Section (35:15)
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- Forward Assembly (24:30)
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- Fuselage Plumbing (14:0)
- Tail Feathers (16:35)
- Front Deck/Firewall (58:50)
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- Electrical Part 2 (24:0)
- Canopy (22:30)
- Landing Gear (18:35)
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Time to start on the Canopy 7/24/2012 - Time to start on the Canopy
We'll see if the horror stories about the canopy are true. Here I temporarily put the roll in place just to see what it will look like.
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Time to drill the first holes for the Roll Bar 7/30/2012 - Time to drill the first holes for the Roll Bar
The drawing explains the exact placement of these holes into the F-721B Canopy Deck. It's a little confusing, but I managed to figure it out. The Aft #40 hole goes through the top of the F-721B flange ... read more
Time to fit the WD-643-SS Canopy Brace 8/12/2012 - Time to fit the WD-643-SS Canopy Brace
I say "fit" because the canopy brace will receive it's final tightening in place when the forward top skin is riveted on. This was a little bit of head scratcher. After looking at the plans, I determi ... read more
Started work on the Canopy Rollers 1/1/2013 - Started work on the Canopy Rollers
Here are the parts for putting the WD-644/C-658 roller assemblies together.
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Time to get back at it 3/24/2013 - Time to get back at it
I started working today on some of the canopy components, mainly the canopy tracks and the rear slider block. ... read more
Started work on the C-763 Slide Spacer 6/2/2013 - Started work on the C-763 Slide Spacer
I've heard stories about the canopy and how confusing it can be. Here's a head scratcher... trying to figure out where to put the holes in the slide spacer for the rivets and screws.
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Ready to trimmed the canopy frame tubing for a better fit. 7/7/2013 - Ready to trimmed the canopy frame tubing for a better fit.
The canopy frame sticks up way over the top of the roll bar. You have to trim the tubes on each side of the frame where the rollers are placed, in order to lower the frame to the right position behind ... read more
More work on the Canopy 7/15/2013 - More work on the Canopy
I decided to drill the 3/32" pilot holes into the slider track after reading "With the canopy frame moved fully forward, re-adjust and re-clamp the tracks so that the canopy frame side bows are ins ... read more
First attempt at cutting the canopy 9/9/2013 - First attempt at cutting the canopy
I decided to get familiar with cutting the canopy after reading "Cut the bottom molding flange off of the canopy using a cutting disk in a die grinder. Use these early trim cuts to build your canopy c ... read more

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