I'm very close to first flight after 5 years of building. I wish Zenith would have had this site up and running 5 years ago. I have learned alot from other builders. But scratch building has its own world so I'm creating this blog for scratch builders (701), such as myself, to have an avenue to share ideas (and frustrations). The feeling of success in your building is well worth the frustrations that are mostly unavoidable. So just share what your going through right now and don't be afraid to ask questions of other 701 scratch builders or vent your frustrations. Although mainly for 701 scratch builders everyone is invited! Keep it clean and on subject. Best of luck and success in COMPLETING your plane.

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Comment by Chad Haring on October 14, 2010 at 11:58am
Scratch builders impress me a lot! -- Best regards, Chad
Comment by Chris Aysen on April 1, 2009 at 7:29am
Robert - You are right. Like Kevin my elevator gave me some challenges but I succeeded. A 701 AND a 750??? WOW. Now thats a challenge!! I believe you hit it right as a plans builder you come to appreciate and respect the design, the user friendly plans, and the out right satisfaction of knowing YOU built the plane. Good luck and keep us informed of your progress.
Comment by Robert Pelland on April 1, 2009 at 6:50am
Count me in fellows, I am in the process of building two Zenith aircraft 701 & 750 , and I am always interested in the exchange of idea's and information. As for being a world of it's own Chris, you are absolutuly correct. As for having to make a few parts over and over until we get it right, I believe it's an advantage over the kit builders, since they are obliged to re=order the damaged part from the factory, with the associated delays, and costs.

Robert Pelland
Trois Rivieres, Quebec

Chris, good luck with your first flight.
Comment by Chris Aysen on April 1, 2009 at 6:45am
Kevin - I scraped a couple of parts also. The kit would have been nice but I guess I'm a little thrifty. But its worth the effort when its done. Keep at it and best of luck.
Comment by Kevin McCune on April 1, 2009 at 6:22am
Hey good idea for the blog, like you said some days. The first time I tried to bend the elevator skin was one of those days. I learned that day, that my teen aged daughters are more interested in watching House then building an airplane! But back on topic it is a very cool thing to make all/most of the parts and I am learning a lot as well. Though I could soon be avoiding the Eurofox rental if I'd bought a kit by now!



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