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Empennage
- Horizontal Stabilizer (49:40)
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- Left Wing Prep (54:30)
- Left Fuel Tank (45:20)
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- Right Wing Prep (34:15)
- Right Fuel Tank (47:50)
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- F-704 Bulkhead (13:25)
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   and Longerons
(17:30)

- Tailcone (29:30)
- Center Section (35:15)
- Forward Section (52:40)
- Forward Assembly (24:30)
- Skins/Baggage Area (46:30)
- Seats & Seat Floors (30:15)
- Flaps & Gear Mounts (18:15)
- Fuselage Plumbing (14:0)
- Tail Feathers (16:35)
- Front Deck/Firewall (58:50)
Finish Kit
- Electrical (57:30)
- Electrical Part 2 (24:0)
- Canopy (22:30)
- Landing Gear (18:35)
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Left Fuel Tank

Finished final drilling the Leading Edge assembly 4/29/2006 - Finished final drilling the Leading Edge assembly
My kiddo helped finish this part off. He moved clecos while I drilled away. Now it's tank time! ... read more
Cut out the T-911 and T-911-INBD stiffeners 4/30/2006 - Cut out the T-911 and T-911-INBD stiffeners
Alrighty! This I know how to do! I drew the lines on the striffeners as indicated by the drawing and rough cut the stiffeners out with my band saw. Then I finished them off with the bench sander. The ... read more
Started work on the Left Tank T-902 baffle and T-912 attach angles 5/1/2006 - Started work on the Left Tank T-902 baffle and T-912 attach angles
The T-912 attach angles are "Z" shaped parts that attach the back of the tanks to the main spar. I noticed on the plans that these angles don't all attach to the main spar the same way. The attach poi ... read more
Used the W-932DG Drill Guide(s) to drill the holes on the flanges of T-912 Attach Angles 5/3/2006 - Used the W-932DG Drill Guide(s) to drill the holes on the flanges of T-912 Attach Angles
6 of the 7 T-912 attach angles get holes in both the flanges. The 7th angle only gets one hole. There are 4 W-932DG Drill Guides in the kit. I supposed that's because they tend to wear out during the ... read more
Clecoed the tank on to the wing spar 5/4/2006 - Clecoed the tank on to the wing spar
This is looking good! When I put the tank on the wing spar I immediately noticed that there was a huge gap between the tank skin and large top skin. Time for head scratchin' again. ... read more
Bought a drill guide from Averys 5/12/2006 - Bought a drill guide from Averys
I was ready to drill the #19 holes in the spar attachment holes of the left tank, when I noticed that my parts bin that held my #19 drill bits had 2 different sized drill bits in it. Both of these dri ... read more
Installed fuel tank platenuts for inboard tank bracket 5/17/2006 - Installed fuel tank platenuts for inboard tank bracket
I installed the three platenuts that the inboard fuel tank bracket screws into on the main spar. These were a little tough to "buck in the blind", but turned out nice. ... read more
Final drilled the T-905 tank attach angle to inboard tank rib 5/24/2006 - Final drilled the T-905 tank attach angle to inboard tank rib
A regular #30 bit wasn't longer enough so I used one of my 12 inch bits from Averys. ... read more
Cut the hole in the inboard rib for the access plate cover 5/26/2006 - Cut the hole in the inboard rib for the access plate cover
I used the T-407 ring as a pattern to draw a circle on the rib with a blue sharpie. The instructions say to use a fly cutter for this large hole. My fly cutter needs a new blade, so I decided to use m ... read more
Countersunk the rivet holes in the T-407 5/29/2006 - Countersunk the rivet holes in the T-407
No, the level is not for checking the work table for levelness. The cutout areas in the level allow the countersink bit to do it's job better by not hitting the work bench below. You'll noticed that I ... read more
Final drilled the gas cap flange 6/4/2006 - Final drilled the gas cap flange
I final drilled the T-406B fuel cap flange, using the cap in the cap flange as a guide for centering the flange in the tank skin opening. The cap flange has two slight bends in it to help it to confor ... read more
Time for dimpliní! 6/16/2006 - Time for dimpliní!
Before I took this puppy apart, I made sure that I had everything marked with my blue sharpie so I would be able to put this thing back together. Then I marked all the holes that donít get dimpled wit ... read more
Roughed up the interior of the left tank skin 6/17/2006 - Roughed up the interior of the left tank skin
I used some ... read more
Getting ready to Proseal and rivet the left tank stiffeners 6/19/2006 - Getting ready to Proseal and rivet the left tank stiffeners
I used lacquer thinner and paper towels to clean the tank skin and individual stiffeners. I was surprised at how much stuff came off during the cleaning. Then I put 3M painters tape around in between ... read more
Riveted on the VA-112 drain flange 6/23/2006 - Riveted on the VA-112 drain flange
What a mess, or I guess I should have said "you should have seen the mess!". I mixed up another 22 cc batch of the black goo and applied a layer of it on to the back of the drain flange. Then I clecoe ... read more
Started getting the left tank skin ready for pro-sealing the ribs in 7/3/2006 - Started getting the left tank skin ready for pro-sealing the ribs in
I put 3M Painters tape around where the ribs will go. Boy, this tape really has a strong odor to it, when you pull a lot of it off the roll. ... read more
Finished riveting in the inner ribs on the left fuel tank 7/18/2006 - Finished riveting in the inner ribs on the left fuel tank
Finally got back to work on the old RV. I took my family on vacation to Colorado last week. My kiddo really loves the mountains. He's never seen them before. We stayed in Colorado Springs for several ... read more
Prosealed and riveted in the inboard rib 7/26/2006 - Prosealed and riveted in the inboard rib
This wasn't so bad. I kinda' have the hang of putting on the right amount (for me) of proseal on the rib and the clecoing process. Since the ribs fit so tight, the holes have a tendency to not line u ... read more
Just to dang hot to work! 8/7/2006 - Just to dang hot to work!
Even after insulating the garage and putting in a portable air conditioner, it's just too hot to get anything done in the evenings after work. This is as low as I could get the temperature inside the ... read more
Time to start work on the fuel pick-up tube 8/14/2006 - Time to start work on the fuel pick-up tube
I pulled the parts and temporary put them together (hand tight) just see how things fit together. This picture also shows the recommended torque setting for the fitting. I put this shot in here so I w ... read more
Doing things with a flare! 8/17/2006 - Doing things with a flare!
Flare tool that is. I are a flare tool guy now. After reading the instructions and setting the flare tool for the 1/4 inch tubing, I was able to create a decent flare on the vent tube. ... read more
Safety wired the fuel pickup fitting 8/18/2006 - Safety wired the fuel pickup fitting
I didnít have one of those fancy wire twisters, so I used my electrical pliers to twist and tie this dude down. What you see here is my second (and successful) attempt. I feel really lucky that the Ma ... read more
Getting ready to rivet on the Left Tank Rear Baffle 9/5/2006 - Getting ready to rivet on the Left Tank Rear Baffle
First, I swiped a couple of freezer bags from the kitchen. ... read more
Allrighty! It's time for the tank balloon leak test! 9/14/2006 - Allrighty! It's time for the tank balloon leak test!
This is reminiscent of the old rabbit test. I'm hoping for the best. I went to Target and bought a bag of balloons and laid out everything in preparation. Here's the air intake thingy that goes into i ... read more
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