Rebecca Anne Shipman
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  • Saint Paul, MN
  • United States
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Space Crunch

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rebecca Anne Shipman Jan 13, 2012. 15 Replies

Okay, finally realized that I have a space / storage problem.  Knocked over my right aileron, big dent in the trailing edge, got plane parts scattered all over the house, can barely walk in the…Continue

Family Fears

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Porter Feb 22, 2012. 20 Replies

My 12 year old daughter is worried that I'm going to make a mistake during building that causes the plane to crash when I test fly it. I told her I'm going to have an EAA person look at it and that…Continue


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Profile Information

Aircraft Model
Zenith CH 650
Project Status
Nearly done
Building From
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Your website (about your aircraft...)
Building Experience
No Experience
Flying Experience
Sport Pilot (or Ultralight)
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
Chemical Engineer, motorcycle rider, experience with working sheet steel and using bucked rivets.
Sport pilot w/ 200 hours.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)

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Picked up the Tailkit,

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 9:42pm 6 Comments

My son and I rented a truck, and picked up the tail kit at the truck terminal - his first time seeing one of those.  We used a couple of furniture dollies to move the crate.  Then, while we had the truck, we picked up an air compressor and some wood for the workbench.  Next is to build the work bench.  

Ordered the tail kit.

Posted on February 24, 2011 at 12:57pm 2 Comments

All right, finally sent the check and ordered the tail kit.  Will be getting air compressor, wood for the work table, and generally setting up a workspace.  Since winter is in full gear here still, it looks like the tail is getting built in the dining room.  Drop cloth on the floor, tunes on the radio, sweet sound of the compressor, and little aluminum bits all over the place.  I getting excited already.

Rudder Workshop and Demo Flight

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 10:06am 5 Comments

After the January workshop I am now the proud parent of a bouncing baby rudder! It may not be cosmetically perfect, but I would be willing to fly with it.  I learned a lot at the workshop, and had a chance to fix some mistakes w/o it being a disaster.  The basic skills were easy to pickup, and it was helpful to have the Zenith folks nearby for questions. I pretty much feel like I can build a Zodiac 650B.  The biggest challenge is probably clearing & heating the garage and setting up a…


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At 10:07pm on December 14, 2016, Garlen Mikolichek said…

Have you been working on your project?  My last message to you was 2015, I hope you are still intrested in completing your plane. Send a message to inform me of your statis, I would like to encourage you if you have stalled. 


At 9:32pm on December 19, 2015, Garlen Mikolichek said…

Rebecca, a long time ago you congradulated me on finishing my 601 xlb, i was looking through my plane page and started wondering if you have completed your project or are close yet? send me a message sometime to inform me on your situation. thank you and happy riveting. Garlen.

At 2:20am on April 27, 2013, Raymond Paul said…

Good news,sure you looking forward to getting back into the building program soon. 

At 6:55am on April 26, 2013, Raymond Paul said…
Hi Rebecca how is the healing process with the burns you not in to much discomfort
At 8:57am on February 22, 2012, David E Savage said…
I think I have gone over the plans several times already, you know dreaming about it setting on the work bench then taking that first flight. If you make it to the factory on the 9th. It would be nice to meet you and your son if you guys make it up.

The problem I have right now is I want to put one of everything in the plane, we all know that that will not work. I'd have a plane over the 1320 weight Limey with no fuel.. Lol
At 1:34am on February 22, 2012, David E Savage said…
Hello I just received my plans and will be attending the factory workshop March 8 & 9. I can't wait. I have a 1973 Cessna 172M, and thought I'd try my hand at building a kit. I just love the zodiac 650B. Talking about a very sweet looking bird.
Did you find it easy to start building? Any pointers.. I'm going to start the build at home then to hanger when I out grow the garage
At 10:02am on December 10, 2011, Chris Craver said…
Hi Rebecca.  I'm new here, just got my plans. 
I was born in Rochester, lived there till I was 10.
You show great determination. Hope Santa brings you that heated work space!
Carry on!
At 2:36pm on May 4, 2011, Andre Levesque said…

Rebecca!!  I  Really have to say :  ...nothing seems to stop you from building your plane!!

and having your kids involved in your project is great to see. It's the best way to combine quality family time  and building perfect harmony. I have a 30' x 30' workshop and I can just imagine the challenge you are faced with in building an aircraft in your dinning room -:) 

Have fun building!  We builders are all virtually supporting you and watching with great interest you progress.



At 1:01am on April 16, 2011, Garlen Mikolichek said…
Looks like you are really getting into the building process, and you have some good help. My 601xl is based at Winsted, Mn. just west of the twin cities if you ever get the urge to look at a similar plane. Best wishes on your project.
At 4:54pm on March 30, 2011, nelson D said…
congratulation Rebecca you are an brave woman we like your building crew

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