Monthly Archives : December 2020

Last work day of 2020


Short day today. Adjusted the Elevator push/pull tubes which was a good exercise as I disassembled the front tube to check the thread length on each end. With the Tosten stick grips I cut down the sticks as low as possible and then set the best Elevator Up/Down to the best range. Installed Tosten stick grips and tightend all hardware…

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Spar Tunnel Done?


For real, I think the spar tunnel is done until the wings go on… Started off adding connectors and drilling brackets made by fellow builder Leo for a set screw need to keep the Tosten stick grips from spinning. Then moved back into wiring mode to work on the connectors that stick grips plug into. That took awhile… Also soldered…

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Wiring part 2??? Tunnel work continues


The tunnel is beginning to feel like an onion, peeling the layers to reveal one more item that needs to be completed before the tunnel can be called complete. Mounted the bracket I made yesterday for the scat tube. Before securing it I took on drilling the holes for the three engine cable firewall pass-thrus. I cut the gap in…

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Trying to button up the tunnel


Back from winter break. Crazy but the build was at a standstill while I was gone. Huh. Guess I better get cracking. Started the day riveting the second rear seat back and then made the hinge pins. I set them aside until after I’m able to test the avionics, just in case there is an issue and I need to…

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Wheel Pants make the plane go fast


I failed to do a good job taking photos of this process. Brackets were already on so this was a day of drilling, cutting, grinding, epoxying, sanding, and repeating. Overall I’m pleased with how they turned out and the painter will hopefully not have a huge job smoothing out the seems.

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Finally able to move on to something other than wiring!


I started the day finishing up the wiring – well there is still wiring to do once the wings are on and the control sticks are in. Oh and once the carbon fiber panel comes back from the painter (respraying due to poor adhesion) I can connect the wires to the switches. But other than that is is done. Whew…

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The electrical finish line is in sight


More work on the wiring. Began with the fun time installing not one but two Adel clamps on the same screw on different side of the support. That was fun. Then back to the VPX. I’m down to 7 or 8 switches, and about 7 or 8 power circuits. Then it will be time for testing and troubleshooting. I sure…

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No more wires left


Overnight I realized I missed the wires for the doors unlatched switches, oops. Along with pulling a new Com1 antenna wire I finished off running the wires. I still have a bunch of terminations to do on the VPX but then I should be done. Fingers crossed the avionics works when I flip the switch. A fellow RV-10 builder has…

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Do you enjoy watching paint dry?


Yep, wiring is a slow process. With no way to take exciting pictures, you will have to settle for a couple boring ones. Today was running the last of the wiring (I think) for the control sticks and for the light controller. Both will be located under the front seats. I did work on two of the VPX connectors but…

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Making progress


It might not look like it but today was a good day with good progress. Two of the three power connectors on the VPX are wired, one of the alterantor voltage regulators is wired, the fuel pump is wired, and the lower wires are organized. Yep, wiring doesn’t look like a lot but it sure takes time.

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One of those days…


I came into the hanger this morning to find brake fluid under the fuselage. No bueno. Seems the tunnel brake fittings were not tightened, ugh. Shame on me for not double checking. My penance, 90 minutes of cleaning. Fluid leaked between ribs and skin, spar and skin, into every crack and crevice. Fuck me. Oh the day didn’t stop there.…

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I suppose it was a productive day


Started off running the 8awg wire for the alternators, shunt, and ESS (essential bus). Lots of lugs to crimp and heat shrink to heat. Then closed off the firewall through hull. It was time to rivet up to forward cockpit. It took some serious contortion under the panel but I managed the bucking bar pretty well – of course a…

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