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Well I did a welcome thread and was ask to open one with this title. I guess some are considering the Viking engine. I bought my Savannah kit a year ago in January and am about 300 hours into the build. I decided on the Viking 130 at the recommendation of a friend who had previously built a Savannah with a Rotax. He loved the airplane but thought the performance could have been better. He sold that airplane and built a Zenith 750 with a viking 110. So as you can see he has experience with both the Savannah and Viking. Anyway I took his advice and here I am. I'll try to catch the forum up with past pictures of my build up to now. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

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Well I did a welcome thread and was ask to open one with this title. I guess some are considering the Viking engine. I bought my Savannah kit a year ago in January and am about 300 hours into the build. I decided on the Viking 130 at the recommendation of a friend who had previously built a Savannah with a Rotax. He loved the airplane but thought the performance could have been better. He sold that airplane and built a Zenith 750 with a viking 110. So as you can see he has experience with both the Savannah and Viking. Anyway I took his advice and here I am. I'll try to catch the forum up with past pictures of my build up to now. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

I did it backwards and had the engine delivered first.

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Then came the big box.

I'm short on space so I mounted the box on wheels, cut the top in half and put hinges on it to make myself a movable storage space/workbench

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I'm short on space so I mounted the box on wheels, cut the top in half and put hinges on it to make myself a movable storage space/workbench

My son with the first "completed" part.

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Working on tail feathers first.

Sorry I'm going so fast through this but I'm trying to get back in the garage as we speak.

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Sorry I'm going so fast through this but I'm trying to get back in the garage as we speak.

It was nice getting these done. The ends were challenging and the manual wasn't that helpful. I

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It was nice getting these done. The ends were challenging and the manual wasn't that helpful. I

My buddy working on the mixer.

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Flow testing.

Fuel tanks almost done. I went with the aux tanks. I like the idea of more fuel. I'm not sure I'm going to like the extra weight.

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Fuel tanks almost done. I went with the aux tanks. I like the idea of more fuel. I'm not sure I'm going to like the extra weight.

This was a leak test of the full installation. I used cardboard under the test area to quickly show any drips. None found. I hope it works as well with fuel as it did with water.

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This was a leak test of the full installation. I used cardboard under the test area to quickly show any drips. None found. I hope it works as well with fuel as it did with water.

Leading edge work.

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Concentrating hard on that fuselage.

Batteries mounted as far back as I could put them. That motor is a little heavier than the Rotax.

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Batteries mounted as far back as I could put them. That motor is a little heavier than the Rotax.

Rear fuselage basically done.

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