I installed a second landing light at the left wing. The picture shows the finalized installation at the end of the wing, just in front of the wing tips. The next pictures show the fabrication of the lights. First step of the installation: The front of the Led Light is unscrewed. Two aluminum sheets […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The installation of the right landing light is done. I fixed the plexi with rivets and sealed it with Sikaflex 295uv.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This picture shows the installation of the landing light inside the wing. The lights I used was an inexpensive part (29 Euro). It contains a high power led and provides more than 900 Lumen with only 10 Watts power consumption. 900 Lumen is the light a typical halogen light with 50 Watts provides.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The plexiglas front of the landing light needs to be bend to match the wing shape. I prepared a special moulded part from wood. Putting the plexiglas into the oven with 170 degree celsius and you can have the plexi in any shape you want. The first companies where I ordered plexiglas from provided different […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I was not sure how to install landing lights. My first idea was to put it into the tips. But after some consideration I decided to install it at the end of the wing.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Our youngest son Christian developed a new design proposal for our rebel. We like this design.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The ELT antenna is mounted near the ELT position. Cable can stay inside the recovery system compartment and the already existing doubler is strong enough to take the antenna root.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Since I am building a german Echo-class airplane, an ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) is mandatory. This ELT has an acceloremeter inside and can detect a crash. After activiation it sends out a signal on 406 MHz as well as on 121,5 MHz. Satellites will detect this signal and a rescue mission is started. I bought […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I considered several positions for the ELT. I decided for a place in the compartment for the recovery system. There I built a special bracket out of 0.040 where the ELT could be mounted. As required this position is strong enough to take the ELT.Continue Reading... No Comments.
To get enough fresh air into the cabin, I installed a NACA inlet in the front. CAT ducting transfers the air flow to the cabin. The inlet I used is the “902 MA-A” from ACS. Inside the cabin the “whisperflo eyeball vents” allow regulating and directing the airflow. Ducting is 2 3/4″. Since the outlet […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The teakwood grip really looks cool inside the cockpit. It was a good idea and is probably much better than any plastic piece. And we are sure to have a unique piece.Continue Reading... No Comments.
My wife wants a nice grip for the steering stick. I preferred a simple plastic version, but in the end (of course) we decided to go for a wooden grip. With the help from a good friend working in a company which produces wooden plinths, I fabricated my own teak wood grip. In the picture […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A fellow builder from the Netherlands recommended this Sikaflex 295 UV adhesive to me. He uses it to fix acrylic windows in the yachts the company he is working for is building. What is good for such top yachts must also be perfect for my airplane. Indeed this is perfect adhesive for the windshield. I […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today I installed the windshield. It was a relatively easy job. I used butyl tape (I still had this tape from building the house), Würth Scheibendicht and Sikaflex 295UV. I am pretty sure the windshield is waterproof and strongly fixed.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Retainer is ready for installation. Surface is clean and smooth. I do not paint the retainer, since I will paint it in the general aircraft color later.Continue Reading... No Comments.
As written in the manual I used Auto Body Filler to get a smooth retainer surface. This Auto Body Filler really works great. After 3 layers of this filler and some time of sanding, it ended up in a clean, nice and smooth surface. It works really quick. After 30 mins of drying you can […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The photo shows the retainer in the raw format. It looks really ugly. You don’t think to get a nice smooth retainer at some point of time.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last layer is this peel ply layer. It helps to get a nice, non waxy surface.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The retainer for the front of the windshield is built from fibreglass (GFK). 4 layers of fibre glued together by epoxy. With the experience in fibreglass work from the wing tips, it worked straight forward.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The windshield and other parts are coated with duct tape. On top if this tape the fibreglass retainer will be built. I used duct tape instead of wax paper. It worked quite well.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Instruments Panel has been installed this weekend. As you can see, there is an EFIS installed (TL-6624). This EFIS includes also motor control, so the panel is not so crowded. Space left in case additional instruments are needed. Besides the EFIS, we installed the following backup instruments: – Altimeter Falcon – Precision Vertical Card […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The top retainer is from aluminum as well. It will be installed with 8-32 screws and additionally glued with PU.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Picture shows the right retainer, fabricated from aluminum. The lower retainer will be created from fibreglass.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The paint is done. I am satisfied with the result, easier than expected.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Everything is ready for the spraying the paint.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Before installing the windshield, the covered parts have to be painted. Since everything is installed, it’s necessary to do it in the garage. Therefore the garage need to be transferred into a paint booth.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Unpainted rivets on the painted cockpit parts give a nice finish. It looks really cool and will stay like this.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Instrument panel is finished. All holes are done, all parts painted. The instruments itself will be installed later. We decided to build removable panels. This way with a lot of screws we can unmount the front panels and easily work behind. Make maintenance and electrical work much easier.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The picture shows the epoxy system we used, all from R&G Faserverbundstoffe. Good stuff, probably much better than necessary for the simple, unstructural parts we had to make.Continue Reading... No Comments.
With the help of some friends the parts for the instrument panel were painted. 2K color from Mipa worked well and give a strong surface.Continue Reading... No Comments.