All Years

Date Work
24th March 2008 Ordered Standard Kit from Zenith.
3rd September 2008 Picked up the kit from Port Melbourne.
4th September 2008 Carried out an inventory check. All present and undamaged.
5th September 2008 Organised the parts and tools for rudder assembly.
6th September 2008 Completed the skeleton of the rudder.
7th September 2008 Completed the rudder skins. All primed and rivetted.
8th September 2008 Completed the right hand flap.
9th September 2008 Completed the left hand flap.
10th September 2008 Right hand aileron ready for deburring and primer.
11th September 2008 Left hand aileron ready for deburring and primer.
12th September 2008 Horizontal stabiliser skeleton ready for deburring and primer.
13th September 2008 Started Elevator construction.
14th September 2008 Fitted elevator trim tab and servo. Fitted control horns. Ready to debur and prime.
15th September 2008 Primed and rivetted the right hand aileron.
16th September 2008 Primed and rivetted the left hand aileron and the stabiliser skeleton.
17th September 2008 Drilled and clecoed the bottom of the stabiliser skin
22nd September 2008 Finished assembly and clecoed the horizontal stabiliser.
23rd September 2008 Deburred and primed the stabiliser ready for rivetting.
24th September 2008 Deburred, primed and rivetted the elevator.
25th September 2008 Rivetted the horizontal stabliser and fitted the elevator. Tail all complete.
26th September 2008 Started the fuse floor. Rough cut all Ls and Zs. Drilled millions of holes!!!
27th September 2008 Completed cutting and drilling the Ls and Zs. Started the rudder hinge and messed up the bottom plate. Ordered a new one from Zenith.
28th September 2008 Drilled everything on the fuse floor to rivet size and clecoed.
29th September 2008 Dissasemmbled the fuse floor, deburred, primed and rivetted. Installed the access door and nut plates. Checked out the side panels.
30th September 2008 Cut and fitted the Ls to the rear fuse side skins.
1st October 2008 Fitted the side skins and the HT area. Drilled to size and clecoed.
2nd October 2008 Fitted the HT btacket, top hinge, cable fairings, rear seat channel and the gear channel.All ready to debur and rivet. Started firewall.
3rd October 2008 Firewall ready to drill to size. Laid out parts for front fuse.
4th October 2008 Drilled the firewall to size and clecoed. Drilled and clecoed the front fuselage.
5th October 2008 Fitted the rudder and brakes to the front fuse. Clamped the front and rear fuses, drilled to size and clecoed. Set out the center section spar.
10th October 2008 Spent the last few days getting the engine (O-200) from the docks and sorting out the additional bits I need.
11th October 2008 Fitted the center section spar to the fuse. I need to shift the fuse off the bench on to some trestles to continue.
12th October 2008 Made some wooden trestles. Moved the box with all the parts in outside the garage. I set up the fuse on the trestles. Leveled everything out.
13th October 2008 Re leveled the trestles and fuse (again and again!!!). Fitted the instrument panel and rear seat back. Fitted the rear wing fitting. Need to cut the side skins.
14th October 2008 Fitted the rear wing spar attach brackets to the fuse panel. Cut the rear side skins to match the attach plates.
15th October 2008 Checking out more engine bits.
16th October 2008 Site visit to another 601xl builder.
17th October 2008 Marked and cut the opening for the gear mounting plates. Temporary fitted the aft, middle and baggage tray bulkheads.
18th October 2008 Fitted the gear mounting fittings, uprights and gussetts.
20th October 2008 Fitted the front fuse L angles and clecoed the side skins to shape around the firewall.
24th October 2008 Fitted the rear spar attach channel.
27th October 2008 Started fitting the baggage floor.
28th October 2008 Baggage floor fitted, still need some more holes drilled.
29th October 2008 Painted the engine bits.
1st November 2008 Fitted the nut plates for the spar access panels.
3rd November 2008 Fitted the rear seat back center and torque tube bracket.
7th November 2008 Rear frame completed with flap motor bracket fitted.
8th November 2008 Cut and fitted the upper fuse doublers. Will need more trimming when the clecos are removed.
10th November 2008 Temporary fit of the wing attach uprights.
11th November 2008 Drilled the rest of the holes and fitted the baggage tray.
12th November 2008 Fitted one half of the rear top skin. I need to drill some correct size holes to retrieve some clecos!
13th November 2008 Retrieved some clecos and finished the other side of the rear top skin.
18th November 2008 Having bought some more clecos I managed to get started with the front top skin.
20th November 2008 Waited for a friend to arrive so I could drill out the baggage area for the A4 size rivets. I had to remove the top skins.
22nd November 2008 Refitted the top skins. Fitted the front hoop and rear seat belt fittings.
24th November 2008 Trimmed the front top skin to fit the front hoop. Cut and fitted the L angles for the antenna reinforcment.
1st December 2008 Spent some days working out engine details and researching parts.
2nd December 2008 Drilled the firewall/side skins and clecoed in place. Drilled and clecoed the uppper longeron doubler.
4th December 2008 Fitted the lower side seatbelt attachment brackets. Trial fit of the seat side panels. I found the parts supplied were different from the plans. Emailed Zenith.
6th December 2008 Zenith replied that I should use some L angle along the top of the seat base. Actually shows that in the old photo guides!!! Wonder why the change. Drilled out the top skins for A4 rivets.
10th December 2008 I eventually managed to borrow a set of wing jigs and setup the center section spar. Drilled the holes in the floor for the spar rivets.
12th December 2008 Drilled and fitted the spar uprights. I still need to match drill the spar attachment holes.
14th December 2008 I checked out all the rivet holes to see if everything is to the correct size. The fuse is about ready to dissassemble, debur, prime and reassemble.
4th January 2009 Dissassembled the fuse ready for deburring and primimg.
14th January 2009 Deburred and primed the fuse. Rebuilt to same stage as disassembled. My Tech Councillor suggested that as we live near the sea, I prime the whole inside surface that will be inaccessable after construction. Now a pretty green all over!!
16th January 2009 Drilled the flap tube holes. Fitted the rudder and elevator fairleads.
18th January 2009 Fitted the seat bottoms and generally tidied up the inside of the fuse.
19th January 2009 Cut the notches in the main gear. Assembled all the tubes/tyres and wheels.
20th January 2009 Fitted the axles and brakes to the main gear. Fitted the main gear to the fuse. Only a slight file needed for a perfect fit.
21st January 2009 Fitted the nose gear. Still needs a prime and paint.
23rd January 2009 Fitted the center console and panel top skin.
24th January 2009 Started the canopy fit. Fitted the side rails and front and rear hoops.
25th January 2009 Trial fit of the canopy. It was a hot day too!
27th January 2009 Fitted the canopy side flashings, both inside and out.
28th January 2009 Dissassembled the canopy for deburring and priming.
29th January 2009 Finished trimming the rear skin for the stabilizer. Test fitted the stabilizer and rudder. I need to change the rudder hinge placement
1st February 2009 Trimmed the top skins and fitted in place. Rivetted in place.
2nd February 2009 Retrimmed the front top skin for better fit around the front hoop.
3rd February 2009 Modified the top rudder hinge to allow full deflection. I need to order a new top hinge.
5th February 2009 Primed and painted the canopy top rails and hoops. Fitted the latching mechanism.
7th February 2009 Re fitted the canopy to check for the dimple positions of the side flashing. Trimmed the outside flashing to size.
7th March 2009 I spent most of the month building the engine, something I really enjoy. The weather has been very hot as well and kept me out of the workshop. The engine is nearly finished. I just need a few more parts from Aircraft Spruce to complete the carb Air
8th March 2009 I fitted the rudder pedals, control column and torque tubes today. I decided to use a nylon bearing at the ends of the rudders/tubes instead of bearing directly on the ally angles. Looks and feels much better.
8th April 2009 I spent most of the last month building the starboard wing. No major dramas but a lot of time checking that things were all square before drilling and clecoing. I have full size fiberglass wing tips which looked pretty rough but turned out quite good
9th April 2009 I picked up the engine mount and cowling today. The cowling looks very nice too.
13th April 2009 Fitted the engine mount to the fuse. I needed to trim the firewall a bit to make things fit but it fitted perfectly. Some net talk was about strengthening the mount. The top mounts are just straight out from the firewall.
15th April 2009 Fitted the engine to the mount. I need some shorter bolts. It is a temporary fit but will allow me to work out control runs and fuel lines etc.
17th April 2009 Fitted the cables to the rudder and elevators. I have placed all the turnbuckles inside the fuse. They are accessible from the access door.
20th April 2009 Spent a couple of days just finishing off the starboard wing. The control tube is now in place together with the balance cable. Strobes and wing lights are all working.
25th April 2009 I spent some time designing and testing an aileron balance weight system. Its fits inside the wing. I have changed the design a couple of times so its getting better.
30th April 2009 Started the port wing. Finished the skeleton with all ribs and nose ribs fitted.
3rd May 2009 Re-drilled all the skeleton holes to the correct size. Fitted the top skin in place and also fitted the anti oil canning strips.
4th May 2009 Drilled the top skin to the correct size.
7th May 2009 Turned the wing over and fitted the bottom skin. The pitot head is installed. A little milestone today. I took the last piece (the nose skin) out of the box today. It is now empty and can be taken to bits.
8th May 2009 Fitted the nose skin to the bottom of the wing and nose ribs. Drilled out the pilot holes to size.
10th May 2009 Turned the wing over again and fitted the nose skin to the top of the wing.
11th May 2009 Removed the nose skin again so I could check out the fuel tank. Cut the hole for the filler cap.
12th May 2009 Disassembled the whole wing to debur and prime.
15th May 2009 Spent a couple of days deburring and priming the wing skeleton.
16th May 2009 Assembled the skeleton. Drilled the holes for the grommets for the electricals.
17th May 2009 Deburred and primed the bottom skin. Fitted to skeleton and rivetted. Fitted the nose skin to the bottom.
18th May 2009 Turned the wing over and fitted the deburred and primed top skin. Fitted the fuel tank and installed the wiring for the strobes and landing/taxi lights.
19th May 2009 Fitted the nose skin, landing light and wing tip. Finished rivetting all over. Major construction is now finished. I just need to fit it all out!!! (90 percent to go)
20th July 2009 Over the last couple of months I have worked from the tail forward. All the control cables are in. The empenage is all attached. The step fairings are all in an rivetted. I am presently installing the instrumentation and the engine controls.
7th November 2009 At the recommendation of my AP I have decided to Sikaflex the hoops rather than drill and screw. I will post some pictures shortly.
5th November 2009 Not much in the way of log entires but I have finished the instruments and wiring. The cowling is fitted, needs some baffelling sorted. I managed to crack the canopy on installation so had to get a new one from Todds.
10th January 2010 Well after a long delay, I am now expecting delivery of the upgrade parts. Been a long time on hold and I am looking forward to progress again.
4th April 2010 Well, I have finally finished the upgrades and have the wings, ailerons and flaps on. Polishing is near complete and I am looking forward to a first flight soon.
16th April 2010 Had the FIRST FLIGHT today, what a buzz. A few minor issues to sort out before the next flight. Definitley worth all the effort.