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Bolted on the Engine Mount 9/16/2013 - Bolted on the Engine Mount
I checked the torque value for the bolt that is used for the engine mount, then added enough washers to get the cotter key hole at the best position for putting in the cotter key. I also read on a for ... read more
Time to put the gear on 10/5/2013 - Time to put the gear on
All three gear legs are powder coated to prevent rust. There are two unprotected areas where the metal of the gear meets the metal of the engine and main gear mounts. In order to prevent rust, I'm put ... read more
Gear Parts 10/6/2013 - Gear Parts
Here are some of the parts that make up the brakes and the wheels of the landing gear. Some parts are self-evident as to what they are, but some aren't. Luckily I have ... read more
Trial fit of the U-403 Brake Mounting Flange - Left Gear Leg 11/24/2013 - Trial fit of the U-403 Brake Mounting Flange - Left Gear Leg
You don't really have to do this, but I wanted to see how hard it is to get this flange on to the left gear leg. I had to a little oil on it to get it on. NOTE: All the entries on this page are ... read more
Time to put the tires on the rims 12/16/2013 - Time to put the tires on the rims
Here's all parts and tools, plus some dishwashing liquid and baby powder.
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Mounting the tires on the main gear legs 12/31/2013 - Mounting the tires on the main gear legs
Here's one of the tires, mounted on the left gear leg. I used a large crescent wrench that I bought from Lowes Home and Aircraft Supply to tighten the VA-106 wheel nut on the axle. I tightened the whe ... read more
Assembled the Nose Gear Tire 1/2/2014 - Assembled the Nose Gear Tire
Once again, I forgot to take pictures. The assembly process is very similar to the main tires, except for the fact that the innertube tends to get caught between the rim halves when getting bolted tog ... read more
Built my own homemade weighted GoPro Hero pole mount 3/17/2014 - Built my own homemade weighted GoPro Hero pole mount
I've been wanting to use my GoPro to shoot video around the airport and around my RV as I'm building it, but there doesn't seem to be any stable mounts on the market that keep the GoPro steady while m ... read more
Bolted the Front Wheel to the Nose Fork 3/30/2014 - Bolted the Front Wheel to the Nose Fork
This is looking good. I'm hoping to have the RV sitting on it's wheels sometime this next coming week.
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She's standing on her own! 4/21/2014 - She's standing on her own!
Finally! I invited my neighbor over to help lift the fuselage off the work bench and put her on her feet. While my son, my neighbor and I lifted, my wife pulled the workbench out from under the fusela ... read more
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