So, homebuilders...who are we and where do we stand?

Discussion in 'Home Builders and Sport Pilots' started by Sam D, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Stewartb

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    My last Cub used Ceconite and dope with Imron color trim. I wanted the Ceconite with Ranthane on the new one but the time-proven green Dacproofer is impossible to get in Alaska now so I switched to Stits with Aerothane. I thought about Superflight VII but nobody I know has any Alaska experience with it. Stewarts System is gaining popularity but nobody knows how it'll hold up over time so I stayed with what I know works.
     
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  2. korben88

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    @yakdriver

    I realize the rv9 isn't a backcountry steed, but it would fulfil a mission. I initially wanted to build one, but decided that it was much easier to rent for the "visit the family" mission than it is to rent something that I can land next to a river and go fish.

    I'll likely take you up that offer to come up. I haven't been to Twin since college. Just let me know what a good weekend would be.
     
  3. Craig

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    Korben: It's worth the time and the money to go take the SportAir workshop on fabric if you decide to go with a tube and rag airplane. It won't cover every type of covering issue or style, but it's enough of the basics to get you going.
     
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  4. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

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    Quite honestly, my first thought when I read this was "I want some of what he is smoking." :)

    But, I see you have a kit with pre-molded big bits which can significantly reduce the fill / sand / fill / sand /fill /sand... cycle.
    [​IMG]

    But even so, congratulations on finishing a really big job. Very few (including myself) have the persistence to actually finish a complete aircraft (I sold a partly done Skybolt kit years ago and ended up buying an already flying E-AB).

    I think a lot comes down to what you enjoy working with the most. I've worked on all aluminum (T-18) homebuilts and my rag and tube ride (Merlin GT) - each has it's advantages, each takes a whole lot of time, and in the end, each gets the job done. But having worked on an extensive restoration of a fiberglass boat, just the idea of a composite aircraft makes me itch. Really.
     
  5. Anymouse

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    Thanks!!

    After I finished the Tango, I swore I would never build another plane. A few years later I got the itch again. I'm currently, kinda, sorta, working on a plans built wood plane. I might have to start working on it again next year. If I get this one done, I might consider doing an aluminum plane. Maybe an RV or something. Just to keep me busy.

    BTW... That's the Foxtrot kit. But the Tango pretty much comes the same way.
     
  6. Bill Watson

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    RV-10 builder/flyer here. After glider racing and driving a tailwheel Maule around I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted but it didn't exist at the time. While doing due diligence on RV-7, the RV-10 came on the scene and there it was; a fast homebuilt cruiser for 2 and all the stuff we ever want to carry. And most important, something we could afford to fly in retirement.

    Five years to build and five years flying (800 hours), it exceeded all of our expectations. But I only have one build in me. Now it's all about maintenance and IFR proficiency
     
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    Only a year and a half into my build but I have a strong feeling this won't be my last.
     
  8. tsts4

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    Hang in there. It took me 8 years to get from first kit to first flight--a year and a half later and 140 hrs and it's still not complete.
     
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    Hey Mouse;
    Did you ever finish the Mitchell B-10?

    While I have the Hiperbipe myself I am privileged to work on and do the CI's on an RV6, RV9, RV10, helping on an RV-14 build. In the non RV camp I work an Velocity XLRG and a Glasair II. Whew!
    Just to keep myself reminded of WHY I like the Experimental's I'm rebuilding a 1946 Aeronca 7AC...god I hate the FAA...
     
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    I'm just finishing up a certified Supercub. 27 STCs and all the paperwork to go with it. I also hate the FAA. I have the experimental Supercub I built that got bent up next in line, then I can finally work on My Nanchang CJ-6 project that is Experimental Exhibition. I figure if I have enough projects to last a few years I won't be able to die and just keep living to finish them all. Don
     
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    Actually, I was doing the U-2, but no. I had to put the project on hold when the pieces I needed to make were too big to ship through the APO mail system or take as checked baggage.

    Now that I have a workshop in the States, I might start it up again.
     
  12. AdamB

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    I'm just finishing up the final touches on the empennage kit of my RV-10 that I started back in March of 2016.
    Quickbuild Wings should be here in a couple of weeks. Just made my final payment to Van's today for those.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Sam D

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    Don -- can you talk a little more about this? I definitely fall in the inexperienced first time builder category but am also looking at the Javron Cub. I've spoken with Jay and he's offering a one week "kick start" in Brainerd which seems like a great way to get started (of course that's just the start though...)
    Thanks
     
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    Go ahead and install the empennage tips while you're at it. You'll be surprised at the amount of work needed. Also, is the top front skin on the tailcone already riveted? You'll need to de-rivet that if it is...
     
  15. AdamB

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    Yeah I'm working on the tips now.
    No the forward top skin isn't riveted.
    Clecos are on the inside.
     
  16. Stewartb

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    Today's project- build insulating shrouds for the mechanical and electric fuel pumps. Both will be force-cooled by blast tubes. Build them, install them, remove them to take to the powder coater. More fun with home building.
     

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    Wow, you made some good progress. Your empennage also looks really nice.
    We are currently working on a RV-10 empennage kit as well, albeit at a slower paceā€¦ :rolleyes: