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    I've more or less finished the dashboard now, and here's a couple of pics of it.

    IMG_20190927_170916.jpgIMG_20190927_170938.jpg

    In the second pic you can see the starter button a bit more easily than you can in the first one. It's to the right of the ignition switch and directly below where the mags switch will be. The switch that's there at the moment isn't the actual mags switch, that's still on the plane, complete with big red cover, but when I fit the dashboard to the plane I'll fit the proper switch in the mounting hole.

    To the right of the dials you can see the two other switches. The left one of these will be the fuel pump, and the right one will be the strobes.

    In the large area beneath the two central dials I'm going to fit a Tiny Tach and beneath that I'll put the slip ball. This will still leave room on either side and I may fit a small fuse box on the ignition side.
    XL's forever! Well, one of them anyway. It's all I can afford, not to mention the Raven and the Mini-Max. Oh, and I almost forgot the Spectrum as well


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    To be honest Gentreau, I didn't know that RS had a reputation to uphold. It just never occurred to me that they were anything other than a shop that sold all sorts of electronic stuff.
    Oh yes Bob. I first used Radio Spares in 1980 when I started work in a radio repair workshop.
    We only ever bought spares from them, and I would always trust the quality of their products, even if they are sourced in the far east.
    The three most useless things in aviation:
    • The air above you.
    • The runway behind you.
    • The fuel in the bowser.


    Rule #1: Always tie your aircraft to the largest heaviest object available. The planet Earth meets these requirements and is readily available in all locations.
    Rule #2: The great thing about twin engined aircraft is, if one engine fails, the other engine always has just enough power to get you to the scene of the crash.

    Semper specto in clara parte vitae.

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    Yes, they have branches across Europe Bob mainly aimed at the business market. I had to use my old RS UK trade account to open one here in France so I could get trade rather than private individual prices.


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    Hello,

    Not much to report I'm afraid. The weather has been against me the last two weeks, and I've not been feeling 100% either, so everything's been on the back burner. However, I went up to the field today to carry on where I left off, and although there's nothing to see, I did get some stuff done. I removed all the staples that I'd used to keep the side and bottom panels in place while the epoxy dried. I then sanded the surfaces and tried to round off the edges all round. I then applied two coats of 'No Nonsense Water Repellent for Wood', which is about as thick as water, and when brushed on soaks straight in.

    I've now left everything to dry and cure, and if the weather's up to it, and I'm up to it as well, I'll go up tomorrow and smooth all the edges, cover the panels with fabric, and leave it for another day or so to dry and harden. After that I'll be able to start reassembling everything, and fit the tail spring with its three bolts into place. After that it's a case of giving it a couple of coats of silver to match the rest of the plane, then I can put the tail feathers back on and start to close up the front of the fuselage as well, as I'll be connecting the rudder cables back up.

    The next step will be wiring the dashboard in to the system. This means fitting the new reg/rec, the starter solenoid, the fuse box, and the Li Ion battery. Then I can finish off the front by refitting the prop and the nice red fibreglass upper and lower shrouds, after which I should be able to test the M5 to make sure it's working.

    So, not much to do then? Only about a week's worth of work at the speed I do things nowadays. I must say I've been a bit disappointed that I've not been feeling up to much lately. I ache all over every morning, and it seems to be taking longer and longer for the drugs to kick in and reduce the discomfort levels to something I can cope with, before I can load up the car and drive up to the airfield. One of the disadvantages of old age I suppose, although the PMR doesn't help.

    Anyway, I'll keep you posted as I progress, and as soon as there's something to show you I'll take some photos and post them up here.
    XL's forever! Well, one of them anyway. It's all I can afford, not to mention the Raven and the Mini-Max. Oh, and I almost forgot the Spectrum as well


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    Coming on nicely, then Bob. Best time of year to be able to take your time.
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