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    FRED #528 construction log

    Fuselage rear section cover: The bottom cloth is a certified 2.7 OZ to take all the abuse from stones and weeds and it is done first. The 1.7 OZ sides follow and top covering comes last and its also the non-certified 1.7 OZ superflight. The tapes are either 3" wide or 1" wide-depends on the...
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    FRED #528 construction log

    Rear Wheel assembly: Took some time off covering to "go metal" for a nice change of pace... FRED plan calls for either sledge type or wheel assembly and originally I prefered the simplicity of the sledge- until some nasty ground loop in the Youtube convinced me that the least I can do for...
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    FRED #528 construction log

    On the twelfth day of Christmas My true love gave to me Sonex Aerovee Matching stainless muffs Custom air filter 62” prop Oil pressure unit Oil temp set Rear 4” wheel Special VW tools External oil cool AN pipe set Oil changing set And a partridge in a pear tree!
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    FRED #528 construction log

    Covering- stabiliser is next after rudder & elevetor were rib stitched and covered. Have to double the work pace since Aero-Vee is crossing the Atlantic and due to arrive mid-December to IsraeI.
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    I've ordered my engine from Sonex, receive attention to all my requests AND changes in the cart, I feel secure to send them $K from 4000 miles. The oversea phone calls I had to make to GPSA cost me $120...there was no reply from the mail for weeks. CD package follow up number was TOTALY wrong,-...
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    Sorry-nothing that has to do with $500 deposit. Its common and acceptable practice around the world. I've posted a fair warning to proceed with EXTREME CAUTION (good advise to any other businees where you pay $8000 prior to shipping) and thats all I can contribute at this point on the GPAS...
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    Sorry for the non-happy end here- after placing the engine order- things did NOT improve. Before sending him $500 advance- I've asked the $80 CD to be send to IsraeI. This turned out to be a bigger fiasco then the engine order. To make long story short- I've cancelled GPSA and ordered 2100cc...
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    FRED #528 construction log

    Rib Stitching-- pure fun. I spray very light coat of 3M glue spray on the rib to support the reinforcing tape which has a slight sticky surface-but not enough to hold in a hot summer and measure 4 times the rib length for the cord. FRED does not need stiching since its VNA is below 100 KT- but...
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    FRED #528 construction log

    Anti Chaff taping- Best in wood structure to cover all ply gussets and wood members that will be rib stiched. The Ekobond will penetrate the tape to form a smooth surface bed -for the dacron cloth.
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    Wooden Ultralight covering with Ceconite light

    Im covering FRED 470Kg TOW all wood with Superflite light and Stewart System Ekobond. Super glue indeed. Needs plenty of brushes-I could not figure how to wash the brush so..30-40 1-2" disposables... Im also doing rib stiching- its under 100VNE and not required but fun to apply..
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    I'll keep you all posted on cost of shipping by sea to IsraeI as soon as I get the bill. VAT is waiting too-you know- 17% in israeI..:mad2:
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    Got Don this morning. All's well- he is selling vw motors same as steve- the business is fine and Don is happy. To show him my appreciation I even placed him an order for 1925cc flywheel type 1 and added firewall forward full package.... I've made his morning:ban:
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    This a real Monty Pyton Parrot scatch.... They will charge me -in my opinion $1000 for this stunt .. Thanks anyway.
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    I just called- 19:50 PM IsraeI time- 13:58 Nebraska- No dice. Recorded message. This reminds me "this parrot is dead" scatch by Montey Pyton.www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE I will call Monday again- but this will be my very last effort to do business with him.
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    Thanks Mike! Yes- I know exactly what I need down to the carb selection and have Steve's Catalog which I think is just a piece of wall paper by now. Steve had many Pre-Assembled section like- ready made exhusts with heat, balanced crackshaft, Flywheel bed type engine mount, Pre weld intake...
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    In order to get a waiver and get self maintenence without A&P- I need to construct the engine myself. So..its either Sonex Aero 2100 cc or GPAS 1835 cc. The single seat light FRED needs 60 Hp or 55 Hp cont. and Sonex is 80 hp since its 2100cc and build for twin seaters type (not to mention 30%...
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    Would anyone here shove $7000 to a hole-waiting for a trap door to open with an engine? and if nothing happends call Valley Engineering to fix it? Don sounds nice and relaxed- but answering an email? get a 12 year old -pay him $20 a week and dictate the answers- we are giving you life saving man!
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    Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

    I had a chance to talk to the new owner-Don about a week ago- but was unable to send him Emails. He does not answer them. I'm using the address: info@greatplainsas.com is there a different email address? Has anyone receive goods from GP new owner from OK lately? Thanks Abe
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    I've lost 3 likes- was 600 before the mishap- now its 597. mmmm.. somebody out there is enjoing my likes....and he keeps radio silence- I'll get you buddy!! :devious:
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    FRED #528 construction log

    Fixing rejects: One big demeret was the proximity of the aileron wires at their intersection point. Good chance that they will rube against each other sooner or later. so-DRW14 provides the construction plan for a nylon bridge to be used to raise the upper wire thus preventing contact: I've...
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