I am building a VANS RV-4 aircraft. If your not involved in homebuilt aircraft it wont be too interesting, but if you are a part of that elite group it just might be. My intention is to include ONLY the interesting details, so the rate of change will be quite slow!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Engine cowling continued.

I am probably past the worst of this job. I need to tidy up the joints and fit the fore and aft hinges.
There are some more pictures on the 'Finish Kit' section of the blog.
(As usual if you want a better view of any picture just double click it.)

Monday, July 23, 2007


Engine cowling

I have started on the engine cowling. Suddenly you can really see her shape.

Because of the shape change due to the cowl cheek the -4 cowl is a much more robust structure than the -9a cowl with I worked with last time.

For more details of the engine cowl work go to 'Finish Kit'.

Friday, July 13, 2007


Hanging the Engine

We hung the engine today. You can see a little more information and pictures in the 'Firewall Forward' section of the blog.
At first the part numbers of the 'donuts' did not appear to correspond to those in VANS plans. If you run into this problem, turn the 'donut' over. Different numbers, corresponding to VANS plans, are stamped on the opposite end, to the one you are probably least likely to look at!

Monday, July 09, 2007


3 greens!

Finally she is on three wheels! It feels like a major step forward, and that I have passed the half way point.

I have minor details to do to the fuselage; rudder cable exits/fairing, rudder stops, elevator stops and then its on to the engine and systems. I much prefer that.

The last few weeks have been spent fitting the canopy. I fixed it with Sikaflex rather than rivets. If you are interested go too the 'Finish Kit' section of the blog.

I sat in it for the first time a few days ago with the canopy on. The seating position is reminiscent of my Supercub.

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