The biggest miscalculation is the space you need to assemble and spray the parts/ aircraft. Had to build a temporary enclosure to house the assembly/painting. You need a lot os space, preferably close to home.
Aluminum riveted structures require learning how to prep aluminum prior to riveting. Drilling, deburring, alodine, clean/rinse, prime and rivet. My partner insisted that each rivet be wet installed ie 2 part epoxy primer in each hole prior to riveting. That is the way Boeing does it. I bet we could get dunked in salt water and there would be no corrosion.
Fabric work we did strictly Stitts PolyFiber. Workshops helped a lot. You need a place to spray. 11 coats of various sealer/silver UV protection and base paint. Then trim colors. Not hard/ very forgiving with an HVLP gun.
The engine installation requires following good instructions in the manual. The need to tie off various hoses to make sure they do not flap and rub was new to me. Lots of waxed line and time consuming tying.
The electrical/ instruments did not have a lot of guidance from the manual. We rolled our own. My partner was invaluable.
The flying is unbelievable. Low and slow. Just watch out for towers and wires. A great way to see the country. With my partner we have put 1200 hrs on her since completion 5 years ago. Been to Sebring, to Minnesota, and to Oshkosh 5 times. Always an attraction. Once in White Plains, the field was full of corporate jets of many million $ each. It was the AirCam that everyone came to inspect.
Minimum maintenance in 1200 hrs.
Thank you very much. I am familiar with your AirCam through the great article in AOPA magazine a few years ago. I saved the issue and occasionally read it for inspiration. Did you build the fuselage yourself or utilize the Quick Build option and why? I have a heated/cooled three car garage that I am planning to use for building (once I get it cleaned out). I haven’t yet decided upon how to accomplish the painting.
Thanks again for the information.
Thanks for the reply. Is this your second AirCam or your second plane? You and Claudius both mentioned the need for adequate workspace. How much are we talking about? Can you give me an idea of what you think would be the minimum dimensions for a decent area? I want to do the bulk of the building at home if at all possible.
I’m in Dothan, AL. The next time I head up to Atlanta I’ll send you a message. I would love to see your AirCam in person if it’s OK.
Thanks for the info and the invite to see your current plane. I’ll send you a message next time I get to Atlanta.
I have had the pleasure of seeing Russ's latest AirCam first-hand and I can assure you that he is being VERY modest in describing his construction abilities!
Russ is at a minimum a "craftsman", but I would say a better description is that he is an AirCam "artisan". His latest AirCam is beautifully built and a joy to look at. I hope to start building mine soon and Russ's bird will be the benchmark I hope to equal.
Anyways...Im a little lost when it comes to getting what i need. And i dont want to over buy, things i dont need ether.
I plan to buy a brand New kit this Dec or Jan after i sell off a barn ill be owning. Theres a 2 Car garage on the land and had a good look at the space inside as well.
After i get the Airfield built and set up Ill let you guys know where its at so if your ever this way stop on by. Id love to see an aircam up close. I plan to Rotatile the Field, Roll it and seed it with Fine Golf Course grass like at my buddys Field.