Saturday, March 29, 2014
The past week or so I have been putting he finishing touches on the cx4. I've done numerous things like installing the stops on the ailerons, verifying proper deflection, labels, replacing airspeed indicator and verifying accurate readings with a water manifold, and lots of other small tasks. I'm just about ready for my FAA inspection which happens next week. I'm kind of curious how many people are following my blog so if your a follower could you please comment and let me know. I plan on continuing to enter on here after the first flight with flight testing info and any changes that are made
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Yesterday I worked on final assembly. I did several things. I put the wingtips and tips on the tail. I mounted and rigged the trim tab. I mounted and safety wired the aileron hinges. I installed the cowling. I put my seat in and did some touch up painting inside
Today I loaded the CX4 on the trailer and hauled it to the airport. What a big day! My friend Daniel and my Dad helped me take it to the airport. I am lucky that my airport is only 1 mile from the house with no turns. Once I got it to the airport, I put the wings on and hooked the ailerons up. I the taxied it and found out that I had a brake caliper rubbing on a tire. I took the caliper off and ground a little material off of the dead side of the puck. Then I taxied again and all was well. I rigged the ailerons per the plans.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Today we sanded the silver down and repainted it. Looks good now! I also installed the tank cover, hooked up the rudder and tailwheel. I installed the cotter pins in the rudder bolts and rudder cable bolts. I installed the canopy and hooked up the brakes.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Today I taped off the red that was painted yesterday, and painted the silver on the wings. There were some issues with the metallic on the silver. We will sand them down tomorrow and repaint the silver stripes. We also repainted a couple of the white parts I that I wasn't happy with.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tonight I took a break from painting to assemble the painted parts onto the fuselage. This way instead of moving a bunch of parts outside the shop to avoid overspray, I can just move the fuselage out, and everything is safe from overspray. I have the stripes left to paint on my wings and rep ain't a couple of parts. I got the horizontal stabilizer mounted to the fuselage with the elevator. I connected the push tube to the elevator horn and tourqued the bolt. I torqued the horizontal stab bolts. Then I mounted the vertical stabilizer and the rudder. I also peeled some more tape
Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
The past two days I've been painting. I got a good painter finally. This guy makes it look so easy. I am doing all of the prep work and he is doing he spraying. On Saturday we painted one of the wings white and the fuselage. Today we painted the red on the tail and the fuselage. I am so excited. It looks really good!
For 3 days I have been stripping the wing because the paint was rough and had fish eyes in the primer. I hired a painter who didn't know what he was doing and I am paying for it. Not much to show here, but a lot of scraping, sanding, and scrubbing. :-(
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
More paint prep today. Ughhhh. Lots of parts and pieces. My son and I got the rest of the rivets filled and I cleaned cleaned cleaned parts. I picked up my paint today and got two boxes of stuff for a whole lotta money. I am using ppg concept paint and a ppg dp50 epoxy primer. Whoa. Expensive stuff. I also got a free ppg sticker that says, "I just got screwed at the paint store".
Monday, March 3, 2014
Today I did more paint prep. More rivet filling and cleaning and sanding. Boring. I also filled my fuel tank all the way up to check for any leaks. No leaks noted. I sanded the cowling rough spots don't on the cowling and taped off several things that I don't want paint on.