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Thread: Geek's STi Build

  1. #221
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    I have heard that fitting the tail inspection panels is a pain - there is truth to that rumor. Took two days to get them in the way I like them and fit. Lots of putting them in, checking the fit of the horizontal stab and elevator in the full trim range, seeing where the panels interfered with the stab and elevator, removing the panel, trimming and re-installing. Just to do it again when it still wasn't right. It's not a flat surface to this panel so that complicates it a bit. I found that once I had it pretty close, I started making reference lines on the panel and the fuselage so that I could come back after trimming and place the panel exactly where it was when I pulled it out. Lots of clamps and clecos but they are fitted to the fuselage now.

    Lft Insp Panel Fit 1.jpgRt Insp Panel Fitting 4.jpgRt Insp Panel Fitting 5.jpgRt Insp Panel Fitting 8.jpgLft Insp Panel Fit 2.jpgBoth Insp Panels 1.jpg
    Gary (Geek) Phenning
    Leavenworth (Not the Prison), WA
    Kitfox STi in Building Stage

  2. #222
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    Finishing up some stuff today that I had started on earlier but didn't totally complete. I had installed the rack for the transponder, built the ground plane for the antenna and then never installed the antenna and the antenna cable. (removed the antenna so I can skin the fuselage but left the ground plane well grounded to the fuselage) So that was first on today's list. I had built some close outs for the horizontal stab braces using an older Kitfox version as a model. (I liked it better than the current one) Installed the bracket on the stab and made the plates to close them out but never opened up the space to pass through the brace. That hole has to clear the brace during the whole trim range of motion. So that was second on the list and got both side completed and ran the trim through the full range to verify the clearance. The third thing on the list required beer. I successfully completed that as well.

    IFF 1.jpgIFF 3.jpgIFF 7.jpgIFF 9.jpgHor Stab Brace Cover 2.jpgHor Stab Brace Cover 4.jpg
    Gary (Geek) Phenning
    Leavenworth (Not the Prison), WA
    Kitfox STi in Building Stage

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    Finally got home and was able to work on the plane again. Still working things that get me ready to start the skinning. I wired and installed the bracket for the ELT, painted the inboard section of my wings and tail section inspection panels silver to match the skin. I also mortgaged my house to buy two sheets of plywood to set up a table to layout and cut my larger pieces of Oratex. I unpacked the roll of Oratex so the actual start of skinning is now truly in sight.

    Looking forward to meeting some of you all at the Fly In!!

    Gary

    ELT 2.jpgELT 1.jpgInbrd Stbd Wing.jpgOratex table 1.jpgOratex Table 2.jpg
    Gary (Geek) Phenning
    Leavenworth (Not the Prison), WA
    Kitfox STi in Building Stage

  4. #224
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    Default Re: Geek's STi Build

    Great progress. Maybe when you're done you can sell the plywood and buy a gallon of gas.
    Kitfox 5 (under construction)
    Citabria (sold)
    Commercial SE/ME, CFII

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    Default Re: Geek's STi Build

    Quote Originally Posted by alexM View Post
    Great progress. Maybe when you're done you can sell the plywood and buy a gallon of gas.
    I like your thinking!!! But it'll have to a half gallon since I have a diesel.

    G
    Gary (Geek) Phenning
    Leavenworth (Not the Prison), WA
    Kitfox STi in Building Stage

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