Vertical Stabilizer
Horizontal Stabilizer
AirVenture 2006
Horizontal Stab. Cont.
Elevators Part 2

Main Spar
Main Ribs
Rear Spar/Top Skins
Leading Edges
Fuel Tanks
Fuel Tanks continued

25-26:Getting Started
28:Forward Ribs/Skins
29:Fuse Side Skins
30-31:Steps, Fwd Fuse
32-33:Tailcone, Baggage
34-35:Baggage Door, Etc.
36-37:Brake & Fuel Lines

Finishing Kit
38-39:Brake/Rudder Pedals
40-41:Flaps/Fwd Fuse
42:Cabin Top
Instrument Panel
43:Cabin Cover
Overhead Console
45:Doors (cont)
Door Latch
More Door Work
Landing Gear
Misc. Stuff
Panel Work
Wingtip Lights
Cowl Work
Wing Work
Empennage Tips
Empennage Attach
Wing Attach
Final Prep Work
More Final Prep
Gear Fairings
Inspection and First Flight

Firewall Forward
Engine Installation


Previous: Section 34-35


Revisiting Section 31


11/26/08 - Forward Fuse - 4 hours

I have been meaning to finish up this section for a while. In order to do so I had to make the rib modifications so my avionics will fit. So I cut the ribs and formed angle to reinforce them.


Another thing I did was to cut a new panel so I could get rid of the row of screws along the lower part of the panel. I used the original panel as a template to cut the shape and to drill the screw holes. I took the lower piece and cut it down and then re-drilled the screw holes along the bottom edge.



12/1/08 - Priming - 3 hours


12/28/08 - More Assembly - 3 hours

Before getting to section 34 I have a few other things I need to take care of. So I finally assembled the forward fuselage.


12/29/08 - More Assembly - 3 hours



12/30/08 - Painting the Interior - 8 hours

Finally I am at a point where I can tape everything off and spray the interior with paint. So I went down to Lowes and bought a bunch of plastic tarps and masking tape. Then I spent the rest of the day getting everything prepped.

Finally I was able to shoot a coat of paint on the interior before dinner. Then after about 15 minutes I put a second coat.

The paint I used is Sherwin Williams JetFlex. I got it from TexAir. This is the same paint I used for the RV-9A.


1/9/09 - Section 36 - 2 hours

Happy New Year. Time to get busy on this airplane.

Now that the paint has cured I can finally install some of the systems, starting with the brake lines.


1/10/09 - Brakes, Fuel lines - 8 hours

The brake lines are pretty easy as they are made from easily bendable 1/4" soft aluminum tubing.


I made the mistake of riveting the front vents to the sides of the tunnel. I now know why they have you wait to rivet these. It's because it would be easier to install the brake lines. So, since I already riveted them, I had to do a bit of juggling to make the brake lines.



I am installing a parking brake valve. At this point I realized that I don't have all the fittings I need to complete the installation, so I guess Monday I will place yet anoter order to Van's.

I need three more AN816-4D nipple fittings. I also need to get a push-pull cable.


This is the Andair fuel selector, along with the F-Swivel Tee that I bought from Vans. Some builders have put the valve at the bottom of the tunnel and attached an extension to the switch that extends up to the tunnel cover. I am installing mine in much the same way as the stock fuel selector, so I am preparing to make my fuel lines in such a way to still allow the SCAT tubing to pass through without interfering with the fuel lines.



Here are the fuel lines that come from the wing tanks. This took a long time...probably two hours or more.

NOTE: this install was incorrect. Another builder caught my mistake and emailed to tell me that if I set it up this way, the Andair valve would operate backwards. So go see my note on section 41 for the new installation.


Here is one of a couple really short fuel lines that I made. They go between the filter and the pump, and between the pump and the fuel flow sensor...



...like this



Here is the most difficult fuel line of all. I needed this one to be offset to allow the SCAT tubing to pass through.



Here I have done the initial fitting of the fuel filter and pump.



I have one fuel line left to make...it attaches right there in the middle.

Next: Brakes & Rudder Pedals