If your waiting for pictures of my finished CH750...? So am I ...the graphics installer messed up the lower nose cowl decals so I had to drive home yesterday. The graphics are supposed to be finished today and Mark Townsend will send me a picture or post it on Zenith-Aero. The graphics were designed by James Cameron, who I met while he & his wife were building a CH650 rudder at Can-Zac. James has a flair to paint design. I have about 100 more picks from the last 2 weeks... thought I would space the posts so as not take over the site. I painted the aircraft entirely "Artic White"...and Red leading edge slats. The rest is vynl graphics.
I wish it could be my landing strip but I do not believe my neighbors would be to keen on the idea. It would also require ALOT of practice on my part; 600 feet with 50 ft. obstacles on both ends. Unfortunately from what see the wings will have to be removed and everything brought to the airport. But I still have 2 or 3 weeks of building and another 2-3 of taxi testing on the property you see (approx. 2 acres). However, the compliment is very much appreciated.
I’ve completed all my panel wiring without a hassle - I am not a dummy, have done a bit of house wiring without getting too many shocks or blowing fuses- but I have never attempted to do anything like this before. I first bought Jon Croke's video on wiring aircraft, it covers the basics and gave me the confidence to draw up a rough wiring plan which my son who is an electrical engineer (in Canada) put through his computer and provided me with professional schematic plan(s) (and way easier to follow than the rotax manual plan for engine only!) - he also cross checked the wire / fuse sizes which I had initially predetermined after reading the manufacturer's instruction for all components (and with the knowledge gained from the video). Every wire was labelled in the plans and I listed each one with its fittings on a speadsheet from which I could order everything I needed in one hit from aircraft spruce.
To make it easier, I bought fully made-up wiring harnesses for the radio and transponder.
From there it has been plain sailing and everything tested so far has worked first time, as it should, (no smoke, sparks or bangs!)
If you watch Jon Crokes video and still feel a dummy - then maybe you will need to talk to an electrician - it will be too painful to walk you through it in full detail by email! Do your homework. I haven't seen the recommended book, but if necessary get that too. You need to understand, not just follow instructions. It will be easier for people to help you then.
You asked about how much paint it took to paint a 701. It all depends on the paint you use, some of it requires a lot of thinning and some doesn't. I used polyuethane paint that required activating but no thinner. We used one gallon of primer, 1.5 gallons of white, 2 qts of blue and just a splash of silver. The brand was Utech made by Akzo Nobel. A friend who used to paint airplanes had this paint leftover and gave it to me and I think it turned out really well.
Hi Patrick, thanks for the compliments. I just got back home from vacation for the long weekend. I'll get started tomoroww on a 701 scheme for you tomorrow. I'll give you some black and lime green you'll be sure to love.
Nice photo of the rottweiler. We have 2 mutts, Tess and Chief. Hopefully, they'll come flying too someday.
Will try and get in touch with Can Zac about the Rotax engines.
As you might have read, Nita and me live in Jakarta. We are both trike pilots. The 701 will be our little adventure transport, to take us to a little beach hut that we have on the south coast...about 59nm from Jakarta. Flying the trike there is a little tiring and cold at 4000ft. Looking forward to a more relaxed flight in the 701.
Thanks for appreciating the cowling, lights, etc. Some people here mean that my 701 looks somewhat like the Cessna Caravan... The only disadvantage of a FRP cowling is the weight (aluminum would be lighter). The cables for the landing light run within the lower part and have a joint (plug + coupling) to allow for removal of this part.
Thanks for the info on 912s. Much appreciated. I managed to get a pretty decent price from Rotax Australia for the 912S but the 912 (80hp) is only about 1000 USD cheaper once you add the slipper clutch.
love this site. Its great to be in this large 'family'.
Thanks for the pictures! They are inspiring me to start my fuselage.
I need to get the slats done and the horizontals done first but I can feel it coming on fast. I really want to get it on the gear! Then it will feel like a real airplane and not just a collection of parts. :)
You need a Corvair to help keep the nose down. :)
Custom instrument panels are now available directly from Zenith Aircraft Company exclusively for Zenith builders and owners. Pre-cut panel, power distribution panel, Approach Fast Stack harnesses, Dynon and Garmin avionics, and more.
Developed specifically for Zenith builders (by a builder) these videos on DVD are a great help in building your own kit plane by providing practical hands-on construction information. Visit HomebuiltHelp.com for the latest DVD titles.