Ok, I have the CH 650  on order and am preparing the workspace.  I hope to construct the bulk of the aircraft in my single car garage. Last Sunday I built two 4x6' workbenches that will be clamped together.  The height is 2.5' and I am still contemplating using castors.  So far the wood and screws for the workbench cost about $200 from Home Depot.  I had the plywood top and shelf pieces cut at the store. The garage is joined to the house, so I can keep the door to the house open for heat and AC.  I also bought a small milk house heater to help supplement (aprox $30 Amazon).  I also bought a small 5.5 Gallon California Air Tools compressor from Amazon ($189).  It's quite quiet but heavy for it's size. 

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Comment by David Warner on February 22, 2016 at 3:10pm

Still working on the rudder (test fitting skins).  Rudder tip reinforcement does not appear in the plans.  Drilled mine in position that is shown for the 601.  But I believe it actually should be upside down on the CH650.  The photo shows the tip in position but I will have to re-order a new tip rib reinforcement (65T4-100 and the Bent Strip (65T4-11) as I have now miss-drilled them and have two sets of holes too close to each other. 

Comment by David Warner on February 18, 2016 at 9:05am

Picked up my kit from ZAC last Saturday. The kit included the Complete Kit, Finishing Kit, Lights, Tow Bar, Extended Range Tanks, and Wing Lockers. Been busy trying to find places to store all the pieces. I'm trying to inventory as I go along. So far so good. It may be worth noting that my son also bought a kit and they both fit in a 16' Penske truck no problem. The most difficult thing to handle and store is the canopy.

I have made a start on the rudder. However then plans are not clear on how to mount the rudder tip reinforcement and plastic cap. So several hours spent trying to research and figure that out. I have all the rudder skeleton parts drilled and cortec treated and riveted. Next step will be to install the skins on the rudder skeleton..

Comment by David Warner on January 31, 2016 at 10:43am

Yesterday Bought the 601/650 Homebuilthelp DVD set from Amazon ($202, including shipping).

Comment by David Warner on January 27, 2016 at 12:39pm

Thanks Norm!  I certainly appreciate the encouragement.  I ordered the tool kit with the aircraft so hopefully I will be ready to go.

Comment by Normand Lambert on January 27, 2016 at 8:24am

Hi David,

Add a good rivet gun (air driven) and a small air driven drill and you're all set to start.. Lots of Clecos and a good deburring tool wont hurt either.

You CAN do this, lots of us did and I still cant beleive I did !



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