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Airplanes first day outside

Added by John Burns on March 30, 2020 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Work on it daily

It is critical that I work on my airplane every day in order to make progress.  I find that if I have more than 24 hours between sessions it is way too hard to remember where I left the tools !  :-)

Added by John Burns on March 17, 2020 at 6:42pm — 4 Comments

Jabiru Gen4 and Arion Aircraft FFW kit

I just received my generation 4 engine today.  I also received the firewall forward kit provided by Arion aircraft the US Jabiru dealer.  Everything looks great and it seems to be a very complete kit.  I will post more details at a later date, but the Jabiru engine and FWF kit combined seem to be the cheapest combination after the Viking engine and certainly the cheapest for a new engine.

Added by John Burns on January 16, 2020 at 5:56pm — 4 Comments

Hardware Boards

I unpacked the finishing kit this weekend and had to add two more hardware boards to keep it all organized.

Added by John Burns on August 25, 2019 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

90% done, 90% to go

Looking at the completed box makes gives you a sense of progress.  Then I looked at the Home Built help videos and realized I was only working on disc 1 of 4 for the fuselage.  It always feels like you are almost there and you have just begun at the same time.  As they say 90% done and 90% to go.

Added by John Burns on April 13, 2017 at 6:51am — 6 Comments

Filler Neck Trim Ring

Used a simple plumbing gasket for a trim ring on the filler neck.  Almost embarrassing to have something look this good for $2.00

Added by John Burns on November 4, 2015 at 5:17am — 4 Comments

Extra Materials

Some extra products you may need for the build are available in the US from McMaster Carr.  The Loctite 567 thread sealant that is used in the Home Built help videos is available from McMaster Carr ; part number 45855K27 and has worked well on my fuel tanks and fuel sender screws.  The cork for the fuel tanks is also available from McMaster…


Added by John Burns on October 29, 2015 at 4:34am — No Comments


Saw an great Kitplanes article from November 2010 discussing the safety of Zenith aircraft compared to other kit aircraft.…


Added by John Burns on October 14, 2015 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

The first wing is finally taking shape.

Added by John Burns on May 4, 2015 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

One more kit finished

Finished the last of the slats on November 6th.  The wing kit is now here and I hope to start assembly this weekend.

Added by John Burns on December 5, 2014 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

L Brackets for 75S1-1

A jig made bending and attaching the L brackets to the 75S1-1 ribs much easier and only took a few minutes to build.

Added by John Burns on August 11, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

Flaperons Complete

Completed the last of the flaperons on July 29th.  Working on the slats now.

Added by John Burns on August 8, 2014 at 8:46am — No Comments

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