Click on Terry Fielden's Youngster to learn more about FFP's Youngster
Why A Youngster!
Project to Airplane!
It is time to fly!
This page is to relate the experiences of bringing the project, painfully described in the pages below,
to its logical completion. It's first flight, and subsequent test flights
Here, the Project began
I have broke down the building process to
major components to allow logical navigation. After the beginning
comments below, I'll link you to different pages that deal with the
components of this, and any aircraft building projects. All
seem to start with the wings and end up with the engine, so that's they
way I'll attempt to lay it out. Wish me luck!
You may notice that there are areas that may seem to be slower in progress on the aircraft. This can be deceptive if one is not familiar with the construction of an aircraft. This is mainly at the point where the gross construction is completed. From this point, any work that is done, is being done to the final configuration. Proper and final fit, bolts, alignment, lock nuts, etc must be determined and found, to make everything right for the safety of the project, and to get the nod from the FAA.. All the super structure is finished now, so everything not involved in systems (flight controls, fuel, rigging) is cosmetic in nature. After working all day, sitting at my desk trying to add something of interest, would become frustrating, seeing and feeling no sense of real progress, and I'm in the middle of it!? Sometimes the biggest achievement, is a decision. Not everything in building an aircraft, even from a kit, is totally laid out for you in the plans. Those diligent would see the activity again increase once I started the fabric covering.
The building table
War of the Wings!
Just over 100 hours and three months finished the wings
The work on the fuselage began 8/24/2000
Work being done here pertains to the fuselage and tail feather assembly
Here I cover the entire landing gear, rigging, and flight control systems.
At the completion of this section I've logged about
hours building the project!
A rule of thumb should say that at this point, you are about 1/2 way through the man hours to be put in a project.
It's a cover up!
This page covers the covering and painting process!
At long last, a final product of the labor
There are some pretty big picture files here, but hope they are worth the wait
contact me, Jim Hardy