Airplane II

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Proposed paint scheme

This project is being built in memory of my late mother, Maxine. She always liked the autumn colors which explains the bold selections. I tried doing my own scheme but could not come up with anything I liked, so I enlisted the help of Scheme Designers and they came up with this. The registration number will be N14MX - One for Maxine and I got Jerri Bergen of Victory Girl to do a nose art (the rough sketch is on the above rendering) based on a picture of Mom. Below is the top-down view.

Proposed paint scheme, top view

02/04/2009 - I have just ordered the wing and tail kit for my next project, a Vans RV-10.

02/12/2009 - The tail kit arrived today. However, the end of the crate and about 1/3 of the top were missing. I did not bother examining the contents; I just told FedEx Freight to take it back. Vans says they will get another one to me as soon as they can. Bummer.

02/26/2009 - The tail kit arrived again. This time the crate was in one piece. Spent the day getting the parts inventoried and put away. Since I have some other projects to see to, this may be the last progress for awhile excepting the arrival next month of the wing kit.

03/23/2009 - The wing kit arrived. It was intact and only the wingtip lenses were on back order. I actually mostly assembled the vertical stabilizer over spring break; all I have left to do is dimple and prime and then I can rivet it. However, I really did not intend to work on it; first I have to get the truck out of the hangar.

08/16/2009 - Finally made the decision to start construction; looks like the truck will have to wait until I find someone willing to take on the restoration.

08/04/2009 - Finished the rudder after the vertical stabilizer. Both look awesome and I can hardly wait to see them polished and assembled. A picture of the rudder is below.

10/10/2009 - Finished the horizontal stabilizer and began fabricating the ribs for the elevators.

2/13/2010 - Heavy snow and school has slowed the project greatly but the elevators are largely done, the tail cone is assembled and several major pieces (air conditioning, oxygen system, autopilot servos, etc.) have been ordered so that they can be installed as the tail cone is finished. I am about a month behind where I wanted to be but some of that represents work that I had not anticipated doing until later so I am not as far behind as it looks.

Summer 2010 - Ah, the schedule gets completely messed up. I got to do some work on getting the tail cone systems located. I finally began getting the fuselage sections together, which has continued through the Winter months.

Spring 2011 - Getting ready to graduate but also lining up the rest of the wiring harness now that the fuselage sections are almost ready to be skinned. I have also gotten a wing cradle, so I am starting to work on the wings while I wait to be able to close up the tail cone and begin working forward.

Also, for the VAF forums, I am putting together some pictures and write-ups of my shop setup.

5/17/2011 - The hangar is cleaned and the project progresses. Currently working on the wings to the point I can install wiring when it arrives.

6/15/2011 - I have been getting a lot done. The left wing had the top and leading edge skinned and is in the cradle while I have also finished skinning the bottom of the mid-fuselage. Starting on the left fuel tank and more harness planning in the fuselage area. Because it came up on the VAF forums, here is how I did the fuel filler flange.

10/18/2011 - With the fuselage getting joined and the gear legs going on, the time has come to assemble the wheels. I made a nice write-up with photos of this common task.

01/04/2012 - Starting the new year by planning where the boxes go under the panel. Here's a link to some tentative panel planning

04/09/2012 - In planning the equipment installation, TruTrak sent me some pictures of a yaw servo installation.

05/17/2012 - Finally getting back to building. I got some parts machined to make a custom step installation.

09/07/2012 - It's getting difficult to find time to work on the project now that I'm pursuing a Masters at NAU, but I am about to get the completed panel to install. There's a picture of the panel courtesy of Aerotronics below and also the delivered panel (09/16/2012).

06/10/2013 - Finally back at it! The cabin top is on the airframe and the panel is in place ... Let the wiring begin!

06/19/2013 - While installing antenna cables, I decided to make a page about how to install RG 400 BNC connectors. Enjoy.

06/22/2013 - Powered up the panel for the first time! (See image below)

Construction Links

And so the project begins...

Rudder ready for polishing,

Horizontal stabilizer ready for polishing,

Hangar full of assemblies; lots going on.

The working panel photographed at Aerotronics.

The delivered panel sitting on my dining room table.

The panel at first startup.

The revised panel sitting on my dining room table a year later.

I am keeping a log using KitLog Pro and you can see the web version

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