Joshua smith
  • North Pole, AK
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Joshua smith posted a status
"Had a 10 day break from building while waiting for thaw..hasn't melted yet. Back to building!"
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Thaw in the way

45 baby chickens showed up yesterday, and its above 30 for the first time. Thaw is here and will be making a mess for the next two weeks. I have to pause on the plane for a few days while we get ready for spring. After 7 weeks of hard building I am ready for a break for a few. And my hands definitely need a few days to heal.See More
Apr 6
Joshua smith posted a blog post

Riveting firewall

riveting the firewall today. To facilitate getting the fuse on gear and off the table. Exciting times!See More
Apr 1
Joshua smith posted a status
"Joining fuse halves today. next step...cut large hole in side of shop to remove fuselage."
Mar 28
Joshua smith posted a status
"Riveting forward fuselage...really getting a feel for the size of this plane. So much bigger than a kitfox."
Mar 26
Joshua smith posted a status
"Finished the rear fuselage today. That's a large piece of the kit done and riveted, which means I get my Clecos back !"
Mar 23
Joshua smith posted a status
"Today I learned how beautiful a large expanse of aluminum can be without any clecos in it !"
Mar 18
Joshua smith posted a blog post

One month in, 160 hrs

so, it's been a month since I picked up the kit. About 160 hrs in.  The rear fuse is in deburring stage.the wings are mocked up with tanks in, but still working on the nose skin,root ends, tips, etc..   the horizon stab, elevator and rudder are done...but need to redo elevator as previous builder had mocked it up badly and so is not perfect.  Landing gear is assembled and holding air.  The firewall is at deburring stage.    It's going well, it is not as hard as I thought it would be and is…See More
Mar 16
Joshua smith posted a status
"Installed all the diagonals on the fuse sides, (oill can mod)took 5 hours and I can't believe the difference. Will make align side so easy."
Mar 13
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Mar 10
STEVEN and TARA SMITH left a comment for Joshua smith
"Hi Joshua I endid up using a lycoming o-320. Here is a reference to a guy who is flying with the yamaha r1 engine ! https://flyingcowboys.com/steve-henry/        very impressive. contacting him and I bet you could get all your…"
Mar 10
Joshua smith posted a status
"10%( maybe 15) of the build time is removing the label and residue from the part to be installed"
Mar 9
Joshua smith posted a status
"Recut a nose skin for right wing. Hopefully goes on better the second time. Went really fast with the template, only lost hours. Not days !"
Mar 5

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Aircraft Model
STOL CH 701
Project Status
Less than half
Building From
Partial kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Other
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Sport Pilot (or Ultralight)
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
Farmer in the summer, builder in the winter...we have a long winter.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)
Backyard

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Thaw in the way

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 10:35am 0 Comments

45 baby chickens showed up yesterday, and its above 30 for the first time. Thaw is here and will be making a mess for the next two weeks. I have to pause on the plane for a few days while we get ready for spring. After 7 weeks of hard building I am ready for a break for a few. And my hands definitely need a few days to heal.

Riveting firewall

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:23pm 0 Comments

riveting the firewall today. To facilitate getting the fuse on gear and off the table. Exciting times!

One month in, 160 hrs

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 9:11am 0 Comments

so, it's been a month since I picked up the kit. About 160 hrs in.

  The rear fuse is in deburring stage.

the wings are mocked up with tanks in, but still working on the nose skin,root ends, tips, etc..

   the horizon stab, elevator and rudder are done...but need to redo elevator as previous builder had mocked it up badly and so is not perfect.

  Landing gear is assembled and holding air.

  The firewall is at deburring stage.

    It's going well, it…

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At 3:00am on March 10, 2018, STEVEN and TARA SMITH said…

Hi Joshua

I endid up using a lycoming o-320. Here is a reference to a guy who is flying with the yamaha r1 engine ! https://flyingcowboys.com/steve-henry/       

very impressive. contacting him and I bet you could get all your questions answered, including adapting a gear box and engine mounting. I hope this helps

Steve

 
 
 

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