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    I am announcing the start of the Rock Fox Build, this is a joint venture between myself and VictorV (Forum name). We met on this Forum and entered into our joint venture. The name originates from Victor's wine label Rock Jack Wines. We took delivery on October 1st, building started in mid October following inventory.

    Victor and Me opening Box 1 to start inventory.
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    Parts inventoried and stored on shelf.
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    Wings safely stored until needed.
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    That's all for now. I will post more as we make progress.

    Ralph

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    Congratulations with your project. Its a fantastic hobby and the results are.....incredible!

    Take plenty of photos of the building progress, they a great to look at after the airplane is flying.
    What model?
    When engine is planned?

    It looks like you have a nice place to build your dream in.
    All the best.
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    Take plenty of photos of the building progress, they a great to look at after the airplane is flying.
    What model?
    When engine is planned?
    Plenty of photo are being taken.

    We are building an SS7, most all of the options... as most do.

    Rotax 915is.

    So far we are making good progress on the build. More photos will be included in future posts. I am keeping a build journal with photos imbedded I the file, I will be using that to post updates.

    VictorV will also pe posting on our progress.

    Ralph

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    Ralph and Victor, have fun with your project.


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    Congrats on your start! From the surrounds view in your shop, you have an excellent parts organization system and a great complement of tools.

    Enjoy!
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    DesertFox4 (Steve) That we will do.

    From the surrounds view in your shop, you have an excellent parts organization system and a great complement of tools.
    I started an RV9 build in 2000 (hence my Forum label), acquired many tools (and I still get more when needed). Sold the project when I bought my Model 3 Kitfox from family. Organization is important to finding parts and hardware when needed. However, no matter how organized you are, sometimes you will look for an hour for a bushing that is somehow hidden in a subkit.

    When we retired a few years ago, we built our house with attached hangar. It makes a great workshop.

    Ralph

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    I look forward to watching all the boxes turn into an airplane! Its quite a process.
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    Photos show technique used. I ground a square onto the end of the chucking reamer to fit a 1/4 ratchet drive set. For extensions I purchased a set of very long 1/4 drive extensions from HF and used a flexible drive chucked into my drill motor. This made quick work of reaming these holes.

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    I'm just curious, seems everyone when they get a new kit takes inventory and takes all the parts out of the boxes and puts them on various shelves in the shop. I am lazy and believe in the KISS principle, so when I received my new kit I inventoried to make sure all parts were there, but then left them in the boxes they came in, which are all labeled Box C, Box D-1, etc. Just stored the original boxes in the shop in stacks not too high so they were easy to get into. When I needed a part to work on, I just looked on the inventory list where each part is listed along with the Box number it came in, went to that box and pulled out the part with a minimum of rummaging. Easy-peasy. No need to go to HF and buy a bunch of storage boxes/shelves/roll-around carts. Am I the only one to do it this way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jiott View Post
    Am I the only one to do it this way?
    That totally makes sense. I guess there is more than one skin to weigh a cat.
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