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You may have noticed how I updated my web pages when I got a real online server and the domain name www.n2prise.org recently. Now that I am home from my business travels for the Labor Day weekend, I have had a chance to put in some work on the airplane. I have a NEW page 52 for you guys with a pair of new pictures on it. I should have more pictures for you by late tonight.http://www.n2prise.org/rv9a052.htmI also had a chance to stop by for a brief visit with another RV builder this past Thursday. There are two new pictures on the bottom of my page for Rich Nadig. http://www.n2prise.org/RichNadig.htmJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Page 52 is now completed (again) with FIVE new pictures for you discernment. It is another landmark day now that the fuselage is up on the main landing gear and tires. Check it out here.http://www.n2prise.org/rv9a052.htmLuis, as usual, I have tried to keep the number of pictures per page under 10 to give you and others a reasonable page loading time on dial-up internet access.I almost forgot, my oldest son (age 34) finally took his first flying lesson in Texas this past Saturday. He told the flight instructor of his passion for computer flight simulators and was allowed to make the take off. After about half an hour, the instructor was satisfied that he was good enough to make the approach to land, but bounced it on touch down. The instructor powered up to stop the bounce and set the plane down. Not too bad for his first time in a real airplane.There is something about flight simulators posted on this forum for today after all!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I have two new pictures of today's boring stuff. Not much to show, but progress is being made. The engine was tested today and should ship tomorrow by FEDEX Ground. The "Devil is in the Details" is an understatement. I found myself recalling the skills developed when I installed the fuel lines and vent lines so many months ago when I added a short new fuel line to the inside of the firewall.http://www.n2prise.org/rv9a053.htmJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I got a call from Roadway freight lines telling me they will deliver my Hartzell constant speed propeller tomorrow by noon. The engine shipped from Penn Yann Aero Services today on schedule for a Friday arrival.http://www.n2prise.org/rv9a053.htmJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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That engine is going to be a big box! Where are you going to put that thing?I assume it's coming in a wood crate anyway. That's how we'd get Continentals when we picked them up in Mobile.Hey, I was doing some research on silk-screening today and came across a place that does panels.I've cleaned up a few panels along the way and always wished I could silk-screen labels back like the original. Ended up having to use one of stinkin' Brother label makers.Anyway, looking ahead, are any of the RV builders passing around a silk-screen for doing the panels?Here's the link to the page where they are screening the panel... http://roderickmann.org/aviation/panelmaking/If you work your way up this directory, you'll see more of this fellow's Arrow panel project.The images are clickable and reveal more details of the work. http://myweb.cableone.net/joesumralliii/hook5.gif

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There are so many details to making an airplane, Jerry. Very impressive the amount of work that you have put into this project.Just curious - the precise type of engine that you are getting has slipped my mind. I seem to remember that it was some sort of IO-360. Could you please tell me exactly what model you are getting?Best regards.Luis

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The engine is a "Lycoming type" aftermarket version made by a company in Texas. Their name is Engine Components, Inc. You can learn about them here: http://www.eci2fly.com/Products/TITANKitEngine/suppliers.htmThe company that actually built and tested the engine is Penn Yan Aero Services in the Finger Lake district of New York state. The actual engine I purchased is equivalent to a Lycoming O-320-D1A and produces 160 horsepower at rated RPM.http://www.pennyanaero.com/xe.aspThe ECI certified engine parts are interchangeable with factory original parts from Lycoming engines. The only difference with my engine is that it is built entirely from ECI parts and contains no Lycoming parts. For practical purposes, it is a clone of the Lycoming design with several improvements in areas that do not affect the FAA approval for use on certificated factory-built aircraft.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Nice site and good photos. Since I have built everything else, the panel lettering is something that I will have to keep an eye on.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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http://roderickmann.org/aviation/radioinstall/p9080543.htmlI've been here before. Drop a needed wrench, nut, screw or screwdriver back behind your head and you have to climb out of the hole to find it. Centersection spar poking you in the back, never enough light and generally too much stuff behind the panel to see what you're doing, all combine to make this a frustrating place to be.Sure is fun, though. Isn't it? http://myweb.cableone.net/joesumralliii/hook5.gif

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Yes it is! Today was another priming day out on the driveway in the sun. I am in the middle of this procedure with my back to the street when an old high-school classmate drives up, gets out and comes up behind me. I quickly tell him to move upwind of the spray, etc. and finish the job to talk with him without my respirator. After the fumes clear out of the garage, I give the tour of the fuselage. We were inside looking at other parts while the garage aired out.I have been on the phone for the past hour or so doing my "day job" business with my boss and one of our sales guys. I have to go down to do some riveting before the night is over. I should have some more milestone pix to add when the session is over tonight.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Monday morning is coming and I am going again to Florida before Hurricane Ivan crosses my path. South Florida will miss this one and I have to get to work down there this week. I am off to Washington state again after a week down south. I will be checking in here while I am away and may have some travel pix to post for you all to see while I am gone. No visit to Van's this time, just business as usual and some sights to see along the way.You all can see the latest three pictures I added to page 55 on the engine plumbing done today. http://www.n2prise.org/rv9a055.htmJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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