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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
  16. I liked the video and the blokes qualification seemed impressive.
  17. Hi guys Anyone got an opinion on these engines? Aeromomentum aircraft engines Anyone seen one /got one ? here is the website Aeromomentum Aircraft Engines, LSA, Experimental, Airboats, Aircraft Gearbox, 1500cc, 117hp and here is a youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWOj5_0DoQI. Cheers Rick
  18. Nice. Just watched it in 360 mode, I've got the Samsung S7 and the Gear VR oculus glasses. Don't thing it works in 360 mode without it [properly] . I've taken a few videos in flight with the 360 Gear camera, first video is in a Wirraway up at Cessnock and the other in the Foxbat. keep putting them up! Nice work Cheers Rick
  19. Just found this vid on YouTube started to watch it looks interesting, I'll watch the rest later , thought I'd put in up here and see if anyone else has seen it. "Aircraft Engine Debate, Continental, UL Power, Rotax, Jabiru, Sun N Fun 2016 " Cheers Rick
  20. Thanks for that mate, Very informative for both engines. Cheers
  21. Hi Oz Any reason why ? Maintenance reasons? reliability? cost? Cheers
  22. Thanks for all of the advice, suggestions and comments from everyone:clap:. Very informative! Probably even more confused than when I first asked the question I don't think I could go an auto conversion, I've had zero experience with them but just wouldn't feel right, I think it would had to go with a dedicated/designed aero engine, as for which one, still a while before needing the engine, looking at purchasing the kit this Xmas. { As look as the wife lets me!} It will be interesting to see how the new designed jab goes by the time I need to make my purchase. Cheers guys again for the a
  23. Yes that is right but I am trying to keep an open mind and open to other options. Cheers Rick
  24. So many good points of view and issues raised. No one has mentioned ULPower yet! Any reason? Any opinions?
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