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MadProfessor8138

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I've debated,for quite some time,whether I should document my build for everyone to read.
It seems that a lot of projects go unfinished after a log is started on the site so I'm not wanting to jinx myself into the same fate.
I will document my progress and tell the story LIKE IT IS along the way...some of you may not like my commentary and for those people I highly recommend you read another log for your viewing pleasure.
I will back track a bit and post everything in chronological order the best that I can.......so let's get started.

Kevin
 
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4-21-18

Had the local print shop put the plans on paper....
This was not easy because Roger Mann made no reference as to the scale of the plans.
I had to ask the guys from the Yahoo Group what size to print the plans to be correct.
It turns out that 11x17 is the correct sheet size to print.

Kevin
 
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After doing quite a bit of reading it is apparent that the plans are quite lacking and somewhat confusing.
After talking with a few people on the Yahoo Group I decided to order the build videos to hopefully clarify some information from the plans.
Videos ordered...

Kevin
 
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5-18-18

Today is my birthday .....happy 48th to me.
1. As a present to myself,I bought a Rotax 670 from a guy up north named Bob Zaloski....more on him later.
The Rotax 670 was pulled from a sled and will get sent to Rotax Rick for a conversion as the build progresses.
2. The build videos arrived today...

Kevin
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Watched the build videos today....
While some issues were clarified...I now have more questions,so,back to the Yahoo Group.

Kevin
 
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I've spent a few months trying to find answers to questions that I have pertaining to the plans.....I've had mediocre luck.
I decided to get my shop cleaned out and organized so I could start the build.
Storage shelves were built on a wall and overhead storage in the rafters was also built.
The shop is fairly clean and organized....I have room now.
I also picked up some equipment that I will be needing during the build...bandsaw,router,belt/disc sander...etc.
I decided to make some templates that will be used with the router to make actual parts.

Remember when I said you would be hearing about Bob Zaloski again....well,here it is.
When I found Bob's ad on Barnstormers for the Rotax 670 I contacted him and we agreed upon a price for the engine and parts..he was very attentive at that point.
Once Bob received the payment for the engine and parts....NOT SO MUCH !!!
I had to make several calls to him,mostly unanswered,inquiring why my engine hadn't been shipped yet.
He finally shipped the engine and parts...2 weeks late.
When I received the shipment,the RAVE valve cover was missing and a part for the charging system was broke.
I contacted Bob about this issue,that took several unanswered calls again,and Bob said he would make things right.
I never heard from Bob again.....phone calls aren't answered,texts aren't answered and Facebook messages aren't answered.
The parts are no big deal ...I contacted Rotax Rick and he said not to worry about it and he would take care of the issue when he does the conversion......thanks Rick.
Word of advice......WATCH DEALING WITH BOB ZALOSKI ...YOU'VE BEEN WARNED !!!

Kevin

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Found a few issues with the plans....
1.The stick built rib and plywood rib patterns don't match each other.
2. There is interference with the trailing edge of the wing and the leading edge of the ailerons/flaps.

Back to the Yahoo Group.....

Kevin
 
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So here's the part that I warned you about in the first post...
I'm going to make a comment that may offend some people.
So,for the past few months I've been searching for a few items that I will eventually need and I've posted messages on several sites....HBA,Yahoo Group and several Facebook groups.
I will break the story down the best that I can.

1. Wing tanks....posted on the Yahoo group and had a guy message that he had a set of tanks from a Rans that he wanted to sell in a hurry.
I posted back that I was interested and shoot me a price.
NOTHING.............
A few months later I was talking with a few guys on the Yahoo group and I decided to bring that incident up in the conversation and I made the comment that it was rather childish for someone to go out of their way to post and then Ghost.
The original poster replied and apologized saying that life had been busy and he would get me some info and send it my way.
Over a month later and......NOTHING.

2.EIS 2000....I posted on HBA,Facebook and Yahoo group...I received 4 replies.
First reply was from HBA but the system would need to be sent back to the factory for an update....I could buy a new one cheaper.
I appreciate his effort though...thank you.
2nd reply was from Facebook.....he wanted more for the display than for a brand new unit with all the senders from the factory.
3rd reply was from Facebook....he wanted to sell me an engine with the EIS thrown in free.
4th reply.....was from Facebook and he wanted to sell an EIS 6000 package for as much as a new one...and 3 times the price of an EIS 2000 unit.
Way overkill for what I need and overpriced.

3. Rotax C-box....posted on HBA,Yahoo group and Facebook and I received 4 replies.
First reply was from HBA....he wanted as much for the gearbox ,with 400-500 hours,as a new one.
2nd reply from Facebook....he wanted to sell an engine with the gearbox....way overpriced for the set up.
3rd reply......he wanted to sell a plane that had a C-box on it.
4th reply was from Facebook.....he had a C-box but it wasn't the gear ratio that I posted in my ad.

So I guess the question that I have pertaining to this very long and drawn out post is this......
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE NOW DAYS ??!!
Can people not read what is posted on an ad ?
Do they think that even though you are looking for "this" that you will buy "the other" instead ??!!
I remember the days when people involved in flying tried to help each other and were pretty decent folks.
But it seems that social media and the internet has influenced even these good people into becoming swindlers,shallow and time wasters......

I'm off my soapbox now.....

Kevin
 
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I've spent this time pricing materials and trying to source items that will be needed during the build.
Information is your friend....research everything possible.
A lot of reading has occured at this point.

Kevin
 
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I've been talking with a member on the Yahoo Group and we have come to an agreement on materials for the RW19 Stork.
Gary is going to cut me a kit and deliver it to me when he is in my area next month.

Kevin
 
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Gary had a very long day and a very long trip today.
The original plan was for him to meet me at my work in Louisville where we would unload the materials but it didn't work out that way.
He had a flat on his trailer and was running several hours behind now.
He was going to get a motel room in Louisville overnight and meet me at work the next day but things worked out differently.
When I found out which direction he was coming from,I met up with him at about midnight and we headed to my house.
It actually saved him about 75 miles and the cost of a motel room.
We got everything unloaded from the trailer and into my shop about 1:30 am.
By that time,we were both tired and called it a night.
I wish there had been more time for us to talk but the next morning Gary needed to get on the road to his next destination and I needed to head into work.
Gary and I still talk from time to time and he is a great guy.
Thanks for all your effort Gary....it's much appreciated.

Kevin
 
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1. I mounted all of the blocks to the table for the fuselage layout.
2. Sorted through all of the wood that Gary delivered and laid them in position.
3. I cut,scarfed and glued lower longerons.
The plans call for 18' lower longerons but Gary only had 16' stock so I had to extend the lower longerons by 24"s with the material he supplied.

Kevin

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1. Cleaned up lower longerons.
2. Started cutting and fitting fuselage members.
Two identical sides were cut and stacked on each other.
3. Watched construction videos again to clarify door assembly.

Kevin

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So I had to figure out how to keep the temp. up so that the T88 would cure.
Heating the whole shop isn't practical so I came up with an idea of just heating the table.
I picked up some pvc fittings,pvc pipe,role of plastic and a small electric heater from the local hardware store.
I screwed fittings onto the side of the table,cut my pipe to length with fittings,ran plastic over the table and set up the heater at one end.
I made a little greenhouse that keeps the table nice and warm without having to heat the entire shop.

Kevin

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Built the horizontal and vertical stabs today.
Now 3 days for the glue to cure in the tent with the heat blowing on them.
The reinforcing corner blocks were added a few days later...time was running short that day.

Kevin

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12-22-18

Put wax paper over the first fuselage side in the jig and started gluing the second side on top of the first.
3 days in the tent with heat for the T88 to cure.

Kevin

This is my heat source....keeps the tent very warm.
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