My OTHER airplane

Engine mount in need of repair

posted Jan 12, 2015, 2:45 PM by Brad Payne

The Engine mount I received has some questionable welds and we broke a tab off when removing the engine and mount from the crate.  Below are the pictures.  Click on a picture to see the full size image.

Engine Acquired!

posted Jan 4, 2015, 6:56 PM by Brad Payne

I was able to find a deal on a firewall forward package for a Zenith 701!  It's a VW 2180 engine with a Valley redrive and 3 bladed ground adjustable prop.  The engine has dual ignition and includes everything we need to get going!  It's on it's way here on a truck, but I have some pictures from the original owner.

Fuselage Progress

posted Jan 4, 2015, 6:42 PM by Brad Payne

It's been a while!  in August, I took off a week to see how far along we could get the fuselage.  We did manage to get the entire rear half the fuselage done, but the front half was much more complicated.  See the pictures below.

Rear Fuselage 

Rear Fuselage Bottom Rear Fuselage passenger side and bottomRear fuselage sides together
Completed rear fuselage

Front Fuselage
FirewallFront Fuselage
Front Fuselage

Front and Rear Joined

Moving along quickly

posted Jun 16, 2014, 7:35 PM by Brad Payne

It's been almost 6 months since we got the kit and we have only been working weekends.  At this point, we have completed a Rudder, all SLATS for the wings, the skeleton of the Elevator and Stabilizer, and almost 1 complete wing half.  We made a mistake while skinning the elevator.  Dad measured one side of the skin and I measured the other.  AFTER we drilled all the holes and cleco'ed it all together, one side was right on and the other was 3/4" over!  The skin ended up being too small and we had to order a new one. :(  Lesson learned: when working together, check each others work and make sure you are both measuring from the same place and understand the plans to say the same thing!

I am working on taking a week off so we can try for a "5 day fuselage" and complete enough of the fuselage for it to sit on it's own landing gear.  Probably won't happen for a few weeks.  Keep an eye out for progress and daily postings!

Progress since pickup

posted May 20, 2014, 6:31 PM by Brad Payne

It's been a little over 3 months since we picked up the kit at the factory and even with our limited work schedule, things have been moving along quite quickly.  The Rudder was finished in November prior to buying the kit.  Since then, the Slats, the horizontal stabilizer and elevator have been completed (other then the skin) and 1 half the wing is nearly complete.  It's moving along quickly!  Below is a slide show from the Google+ Photo album I have been saving construction pictures in.

Zenith 701 Construction

I cant believe I just did that..

posted Jan 23, 2014, 6:51 PM by Brad Payne   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 7:00 PM ]

I hadn't finished my First airplane and I bought another!  The next airplane is a Zenith 701.  It's a STOL aircraft (Short TakeOff and Landing) that can takeoff in as little as 100' and land in as little as 300'.  

Why another airplane?  The first airplane is a KR-2S.  It is a very fast airplane that is difficult to fly, difficult to get in and out of, and you cant take much with you.  The 701 couldn't be more different.  It's a high wing, it's Metal, its easy to fly, and has a much higher useful load.  The 701 is the closest thing to the Cessna 172 that I could build for less than $40k.  

We should be able to complete the entire airplane in less time than it would take to complete the KR2S from where it sits now.  Much of the metal aircraft can be built in the garage or basement in sections and be brought to the airport in large sections for final assembly.  Because  there are no fiberglass fumes or temperature restrictions and the plans are much more complete, we can work on it in our spare time, at the house. 


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