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About Narrabeenrick

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  • Birthday 21/05/1965


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  1. Mate just sign up to https://www.pilotpracticeexams.com/ do all the practice exams on the when you can pass them with 100% or close enough you will kill your real exams with points to spare. that how I passed mine about 6 months ago, I still jump on to stay refreshed. Cheers Rick
  2. Ok it's been a while, but made a bit of progress since last time I posted. I stop posting because they changed this site a bit and couldn't work out how to put pic's up! the kit turned in July I've finished the rudder, tail/ elevator with electric trim, flaps and ailerons with electric trim and half way through my first wing. So what I have learnt so far in this build is if something doesn't feel right or look right STOP ! go on the forums and ask questions and also CHECK FOR PLAN UPDATES!. My first mistake was "assumptions" One would assume that when you buy a brand new kit they
  3. Hi James, I'll email you rather that going through here, look out for an email from katrinaandrick . cheers mate Rick
  4. Congrats mate. My CH 650 turned up about 3 months ago, if had of been a bit quicker you would of had that sale :{ Will any of us with Zenith kits already be able to go through you if we need spare parts or questions? Cheers Rick
  5. Don't know, I think it's just an update with the blown moulded parts. the other parts were just straight aluminium, the moulded plastic gives a nicer rounded finish rather than the straight harsh edge of the old aluminium .
  6. Spray booth built, parts de-burred, scotchbrited { is that a word?} cleaned and wiped down, sprayed with the etch primer and riveted !!! On my way. Two small hiccups. Started to rivet and noticed I had the wrong head in the gun, riveted about 10 rivets so I'll drill them out and replace with the domed head. and second I started to rivet the leading edge skin "under the trailing edge skin, again got about 8 rivets in before I picked up the mistake. So I stopped and will remove those few rivets and install skin correctly tomorrow. At least I pick up the mistakes and rectify them I'd hate to get
  7. So stuffed a bit already ! the top rib reinforcement, You would assume that the planes they sent out with a brand new kit would be the latest plans ? NO !!! on the plans you can see it is just the 65t4-2 top with cap, but that would mean I would have had 2 parts left over, found some other plans on the disk they gave and it shows the 2 parts and how they go on without 65t4-2 . So proceeded to install it that way. WRONG ! I've been in contact with another fellow building on and he found the most up to date plans. So now I've ordered 2 new parts! Also started on the tail, WOW the m
  8. Thanks , I have the wax and grease remover . So scotchbrite with the wax and grease first then wipe down with the 1/2 1/2 mix? cheers
  9. Hi guys So I decided to use the Protec "etch pro 426 " It's an 1k epoxy etch primer. I've just finished building a spray booth in my outdoor shed, just installed the extraction fan today. Picked a small compressor yesterday. All I have to do now is chase up what they recommend to use as the thinner on the etch primer and I'm ready to go. I have a tv and dvd hung on the wall ready to play the "homebuilthelp dvd's " as I build the thing. I've started on the rudder skeleton, just waiting now for all of the final bits for the spraying. Cheers Rick
  10. Hi gents Like I said in the Zenith section my Ch650 has arrived and I'm about to start the build, but I'm still after a few more opinions on corrosion protection for the thing. I've been told about a company called "Protec" the product is "AP-4441 Protec Etch Primer" what's everyone's opinion? Any other types people have used? BUT Like I started in the zenith forum I'd just like to rule out ANY of the to toxic/carcinogenic types please. {Not interested} Cheers Boys Rick
  11. Thanks for that , very informative. Will look at the products Cheers Rick
  12. Hi guys My CH650 kit arrived last week, what a job and a half getting it up my steep curved driveway up to the garage. Luckily a few of my neighbours were home and come over to give me a hand! At the moment I've unpacked the grate, made my bench and working on converting part of my outside storage shed into a spray booth. I've joined the SAAA, spoken to a few of the guys who have been very helpful. I'm probably still a few weeks away from starting the build and trying to learn and ask as many people as I can on their thoughts of corrosion protection. What is everyone's opinion on t
  13. How many hrs have you logged on the build mate? Cheers
  14. Yes but in you words " rebuild them" his words "That is not a rebuilding, that is a brand new long block" Not the same thing, is it ? Cheers
  15. Found another video that explains a bit more And I found this bit from another forum here is the copy /paste "The complete package includes Prop, wiring harness, exhaust, ECU, EIS radiator and mounts. The AM1500 runs $12,599. We can customize the package to delete any of the items you don't need or want to custom build yourself. The engine produces 117HP at 6100 RPM ( 3 blade 72 inch prop) cruises around 5100 rpm depending on prop. It has a conservative 1500 hour TBO, with a replacement cost of $2800. That is not a rebuilding, that is a brand new long block from Suzuki ready to bol
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