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Michael Heit Excalibur Build
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Date:  1-11-2009
Number of Hours:  5.00
Manual Reference:  Builders Manual
Brief Description:  Arrival & unpacking of fuselage

The fuselage arrived and took about two hours to unpack as the factory does a GREAT job of packing!!

Photo one is my friends Davis & Peter and myself [center in blue] figuring out all the unpacking tasks. The total package weight was 285 pounds off the truck, but the fuselage package was about 225 pounds. Using a nylon sling two on the front [Peter & my wife Donna] they got the heavy end ... I was on the tail end which is the light end ... we just eased it down to the ground then reshouldered the load and carried it into the shop. We spent the entire day before delivery to clear the drive to the shop of 52 inches of snow ... and the day it arrived it rained and most of the snow melted off... go figure.

Photo two is the fuselage sitting outside after unpacking to make certain everything was in good order. It was; the factory does a marvelous job of protecting the airframe during shipment.

Photo three is a temporary fit of the 13 gallon aux fuel tank [the red tank] into the rear seat area. I am planning a very long journey around the USA & part of Canada next year so extra fuel is a very needful item. It is hopeful that I will be able to get 500 NM of range out of both tanks in one leg. Time will tell.

I am hoping to meet many Excalibur builders & owners along the way so please do email me and lets plan the trip together.

There were three packages delivered, I bought three gallons of paint that Tom packed up & shipped with the fuselage, and the other package was the box with the lift struts in it. I will begin the construction tomorrow, this will include a continuation of the video tape series of the build, and a re- write of the builders manual.
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UNPACKING

UNPACKING

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FUSELAGE SITTING OUTSIDE

FUSELAGE SITTING OUTSIDE

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MAIN FUEL TANK AND AUX TANK

MAIN FUEL TANK AND AUX TANK

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