Vans RV-7a #73391, N511RV

Her name is Lucy and that's her serial number and "N" number.
Sweetie is so supportive. We are going to travel and see this wonderful country. For those who don't know about Vans Aircraft, check out the Vans Aircraft link. It will take you to the manufacturer's web page where you can read all about the airplane.
Let's get started. Feel free to browse around and return often to keep up with the progress. If you have a comment or question, please use the form at the bottom of the page.
On to the Blog. The cover page is just daily ramblings. If you want to read the assembly details, click on one of the page links. Enjoy.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Finder's Fee Award

I recently received a most appreciated compliment. Vans has a Finder's Fee Award program where one builder recommends another.  I am truly humbled. You know who you are and thank you so much for the recognition.

"When I ordered my wings, I wanted to pay it forward in some way for all the help you've given me on the forums, and from the countless times I have read over your blog. I figured the least I could do was fill out the little form for the finders fee for you when I ordered my wings."

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kitplanes Tips

I've had a few "Tips" published in Kitplanes and decided to make them available on my Blogger page. Look for the links on the right side. Also, if you only subscribe to one magazine, Kitplanes should be the one. There's so much to learn in every issue. Thanks Kitplanes.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentine's Day. Also Happy Birthday to our GrandManSon. He's 21. Sweetie wears my hat sometimes. She's a looker! I married well.
I just blew through 2,000 man/hours on Lucy. This adventure started March, 2013. Closing in on four years.

Friday, February 10, 2017

New Engine!

This was a big day. Lucy's engine arrived and is safely stored in the hangar. Thanks to my Mentor, Dave for his assistance. Weather was horrible and I dreaded hauling the trailer in the snow. Dave volunteered his help and truck. Thank you so much. Engine page finally has something to post. Lots done on the Finishing page as well.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Finishing Kit

Work is slow. Our new puppy Amelia (Mia) is taking up most of my time. Yes, she's named after the great aviatrix because she will be riding with us in Lucy. She's doing great on training and loves riding in the car. Soon we will take her to the airport to introduce her to the sounds of airplanes then allow her to sit in a plane with the engine running, short taxi then if all goes well, airborne! We need to make a set of puppy muffs for those little ears.
So, when I get work in the factory, I've started the Finishing Kit.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Long summer

Finally back in the shop. All summer was spent driving a shuttle in Rocky Mountain National Park. Money is too good so most weeks were at least five days and often six or seven. Hopefully the funds will put a small dent in the building costs.
Today seemed like a good day to remember where I left off plus update some blog entries.
One notable day was 05/21/2016. Seven hours training my Grand-man-son Dominic and friend Josh on building techniques. They both built a tool box. Came out really nice.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Flaps work!

I know, WHATEVER! That's what most people would say, but for a builder this is pretty cool stuff. The flaps were installed and rigged today. Watch the video.