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  1. Hi Rodr. I have the adjustable seats in my plane and can say that they are bloody marvellous. There's four separate positions, with a total of four inches of travel. (100mm) Very easy to adjust, although this cannot be done in-flight. Only on the ground. As far as building them goes, the seats were probably the most enjoyable components to construct. All pre-drilled and the holes aligned absolutely spot on, which is amazing considering the final shape. Height wise, I'm almost six feet tall and there is plenty of head room, and that includes me having a 50mm thick foam pad fitted under the ICP supplied upholstery. (The supplied upholstery is very thin and uncomfortable when used by itself) I fly with the seat in the aft most position, and my (long) legs are almost straight. My partner is a shorty at 5'2", and she can "just" touch the pedals when the seat is in it's forward most position. She could probably do with a back cushion if she actually needed to fly the aircraft. Another point to note is that as the seats are moved forward, they actually rise up by probably an inch. (25mm) Cheers. Perry
  2. Well done Bob. I'll have to pop up for a look at some stage, rather than just flying over your house! Perry
  3. After two years almost full time construction, and 1600hrs later, my Savannah S is ready to feel the wind beneath its wings.
  4. Eightyknots. I hope you have some Devine intervention, or are ageless. If your current building rate of two hours every 3 months continues, your build will take 192.5 years! LOL. Perry.
  5. Hey MT. Do you sleep at night, or just keep building your aircraft? I can't believe how quickly you have got to this stage. Well done. Here's a pic of mine. First engine runs last Friday. I've spent 1540 hours building mine to date, and yet to paint the cowlings, and make some better seat cushions, as the factory supplied ones aren't comfortable. We may be in the air around the same time.
  6. Hey Bob. My screen doesn't touch the upper diagonals. It's riveted with 6 or 8 rivets on the bottom half only. (ie: below the bend) Perry
  7. That pilot is a crazy bathtard.
  8. Hi Mark. I'm between Featherston and Martinborough. Nearly finished my build. Pete flies in here occasionally too when he's not working. We have accomodation if you wish. My mobile number: +64 211845791. Cheers. Perry
  9. Hey Mark, are you still coming over to NZ Feb?
  10. Hi Eric. I'm building a Savannah S. I didn't really like the cable set up either. It would probably work better if the cables were attached one on the LH side, and the other on the RH side, which is quite doable, but I really like the push/pull rod arrangement. It remains to be seen if there is enough engine movement to inadvertently affect the throttle operation, but by all accounts, with the "ring engine mount" system, it works well. Just last week I finished making the throttle set up using push/pull rods. As far as the hardware part numbers goes, I used what Rick posted regarding the rod-end bearings. (There's a RH threaded one and a LH threaded one for each push rod, which enables very accurate adjustment) Having access to a lathe is very helpful. You also need to purchase a LH thread tap. I purchased all of the hardware, including the LH tap, from Aircraft Spruce in USA. In addition to the rod-end bearings, you will need four "check nuts", that lock the bearings in place. (2x RH, 2x LH) For my rods, I used aluminium tube 0.500" x 0.058" 6061-T6, and turned up on the lathe the threaded inserts for the bearings to screw into. The inserts are held in place with rivets. I fitted my rods to the outside of the "fingers". It would be better to fit them to the inside though. To do this on the RH side is easy. In order to do this on the LH side requires removal of the throttle cable bracket. I didn't wish to do this just in case I need to revert back to the original cable throttle arrangement. Here's a couple of pics of my set up. I am very happy with the finished product, BUT PLEASE NOTE, I have just posted this to show what I have done. It is intended for information only. If you don't have the technical know how and access to machinery, then you are better off to stick with ICP's cable system.
  11. The gap looks about normal. I did away with the "patch" piece that (in your photo) is clecoed behind the cabin frame. Instead I made a "patch/cover" that neatly fitted over the gap forward of the cabin frame. The windscreen rubber seal then tidily sits on top of that.
  12. Hey MT. Before you "match" drill the two holes in the front of the cabin frame (the steel structure) through the firewall, you must FIRST fit the cabin frame very accurately. You will need the instrument panel pinned in place, but not necessarily the upper skin. The cabin frame is fitted using the supplied jigs that position the forward wing mount. Those two fwd holes will be the final task in fitting this structure, using the engine mount as a guide, as Kyle Communications mentioned. As a precautionary note, my manual (and probably yours too) states that there is a 5mm tolerance in the diagonal measurement when setting up the cabin frame. That tolerance seems awfully large to me. There is a possibility that the measurement should read 0.5mm. Either way though, the more accurate you drill that diagonal measurement into the frame, the straighter the wings will be when attached to your fuselage. Kyle Communications has some good pictures of how he measured the diagonal, by using nails accurately clamped to the fwd wing mount holes, which are used as a datum for sitting one end of your ruler of tape measure onto.
  13. Hey MT. There's no stupid questions. I'm sure every builder has scratched their head trying to find info in the manual. Everything seems to be in there, just sometimes not in a logical place. I'm still working through it also.