The end of this month will mark two years since I made the decision to purchase a Sling 4 kit plane. I thought it would be a fitting time to start putting up a regular progress report, in additional to my blog posts. At 628 hours (as of 11 Feb 2020), I’m nearing the halfway mark, assuming 1400 hours of total build time.
So, on to my progress report: I am deep into building the center fuselage, which has so far been the most detailed and labor-intensive part of the build. The base structure went together pretty quickly, but since then I’ve spent the last two months focusing on details, namely the control linkages, wiring and plumbing.
I’ve proud of several modifications I’ve designed and built, including:
I’m very pleased with how the kit is coming along, but I admit the photos don’t really reflect the amount of work. I haven’t done too much structure work lately (no skins, ribs, or rivets getting installed in recent weeks), so that’s why it doesn’t look like much has been done. But, getting all the wiring and plumbing done now will make subsequent completion of the fuselage go much faster, allowing me to attach the side sides, marry up the center and rear fuselage, and then proceed to installing the canopy.
I have the interior finishings (leather, carpeting) on order and they are due to arrive to TAF in California any day now; it will take a few days to clear customs, then they’ll be on the way to me, so I’m expecting sometime in early March. I’ve also let TAF know that I would like to order the undercarriage kit. I expect the plane will start looking much more plane-like this spring once it’s on wheels!
At the same time I’ve been doing all of the above, I’ve also been working on a related project, creating custom electronics that will be used throughout the plane. I’m excited to share more details of this soon!