Richard Rost
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • United States
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Zenith CH 650
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Less than half
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Engine installed (or plan to install)
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Posted on May 8, 2011 at 10:16pm 0 Comments

If you look at the first picture of the side skin layout you will see what I missed. On one of the skins the rivet line for the front HT bracket is off by 16mm Not sure how it happened, of course I didn't discover this until after I drilled the line. 6 hrs work down the tubes! Ah the joys of scratch building. At least I can use the material for smaller pieces. Got the right side skin clamped up, and will remake a 2nd skin next weekend. Press on from there to the next screw…


Rivit Spacing

Posted on August 2, 2009 at 9:40pm 1 Comment

I'm up to lay out for the rivit line for the elevator hinge. The 40 pitch works out between the ribs. But outside the last rib to the end rib I ended up with 34 pitch to evenly space the last two rivits to the end of the hinge. Then 37 to get even spacing for the 5 from the end of the hinge to end rib. If anyone knows if this is something that will come back to bite me please speak up. I know the 37 is with tolerance set in the construction guide. I'm wondering about the 34. Stopped there for… Continue

Stab Skeleton Rivited

Posted on March 15, 2009 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Boy did it feel good to start pulling some rivits. It made me feel like I'm getting somewhere. Now turn the page in the assembly guide and keep going. Yes I print them out. The computer has all the research for my wife's EED dissertation on here, I don't think I can take it to the hanger and live to tell about it.

priming mobil

Posted on March 7, 2009 at 9:52pm 0 Comments

No paint booth so I got inventive with a spool of bailing wire and some pastic drop clothes.

sorry pics fussy

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 7:14pm 0 Comments

Alot of our workshop photos are pretty bad. We had just picked up the new camera. As you can see we didn't have the hang of it yet. The lady in the "Rosie the Riviter" pose is the CFO around here, and main support for crazy guy building his own plane. My better half Dee.

I'm done cutting wood. Plan to get back to the hanger to drill and cleco up stab ribs this weekend. Clecoes, yah ordered the recomended number the the tail kit. Started working and ordered 100 more 1/8" and 100 more 5/32".… Continue

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At 1:35pm on December 17, 2013, Valerie Westedt said…
I had a replacement and was warned about infections.  You even have to have antibiotics before dental work.  Evidently, any infection heads for the knee.  I am truly sorry to hear about her problem.  It gives me a new heads up as I have become careless about it.  Give her my best and tell her my prayers are with her.
At 9:37am on December 16, 2013, Valerie Westedt said…

Hi Richard,

This is the first time I have been on this site in months.  Glad to see you had Zenith in Sept.  I haven't gotten as much done as I would have liked, do to an 8 week illness of my father and his death.  Sometimes family must come first.

Craig has started his part of the project.  He has completed the canopy and is now starting to put the plane together and install controls.

I am completing the wings.  It should be flying by spring.

Hope you are progressing, too.

Val Westedt

At 11:55am on September 23, 2012, Dave Gardea said…
Hi Richard, it was a pleasure meeting you at the Zenith event. Yep I regretfully had to depart somewhat early .. Good to meet folks and attend the banquet. Regards, Dave
At 8:58pm on June 26, 2011, Richard Jones said…

Picked up my Corvair engine at Festus airport after I left Zenith Aircraft. Got back home (Nixa,MO) around 11:00. Have ordered an engine mount from William Wynne.

Until the engine mount get here will be working on the manual flap system.

"Rubber Side Down - When Landing"

At 7:47am on April 14, 2010, Jake Reyna said…
Rich, I'll post a new Blog with pictures next week. I'm heading back tomorrow to address the discrepancy list, I'll have 7 days, that should be enough.

We decided that the dogs can be home alone when my wife goes to work, so that solves returning for fight testing. Hoping to return in early May, the weather will be the issue, May is the heart of the windy season in Southwestern Idaho.

I like the idea of using the 12' hardwood for a brake, waste not want not.

At 2:31pm on March 1, 2010, Chuck Deiterich said…
Hi Richard,
You are welcome. I really enjoy writing articles about some of my do it yourself projects, like my step stool and nose wheeel steering rod boots, etc.
Chuck D.
At 5:20am on January 13, 2010, Brady McCormick said…
I noticed your question to Dwight about where to find full sheets of veneer for your panel.
you might look into a plastic laminate like Formica, it's little easier to work with and it is much cheaper and it's much more durable.
But if you must have a wood veneer then try an outfit here in WA called EDEN SAW.
They are on of the premier wood suppliers to the yachting industry here and they have all sorts of exotics.
Oh, and by the way... Nice work! Keep it up:)
At 11:15pm on September 1, 2009, Jacob said…
Yeah mine were pre-punched to. Did enlarge a little, hard to remember which direction they restricted me though. Thinking about it i'd say that it may be part of the reason as to why the fold is a tiny bit low. I'd say it probably happens to alot of people then. Did ask zenith about it and they weren't to worried about it.
At 11:32am on August 30, 2009, Mike Sigman said…
I did a LOT of research building the 601XL.......
At 2:11pm on April 11, 2009, Stephen R. Smith said…
Hello Richard,

I sent you an email but in case you don't get it here is the paint information.

My brother Alan's wife Nathalie was our record keeper and had the nickname "inventory control". She found the note below in her file.


White: N0007EA & L0007EB (not sure why I have 2 numbers, maybe it is the same white but for different line of paint Imron 5000 vs. Imron 6000) – I show it at $170/gal

Red: Radiant Fire Effect L3262EB @ $448/gal

Black: Black Effect L2130EB @ ~ $170/gal

PS: I am not sure whether we used Imron 5000 (single stage) or Imron 6000 (2 stage) but I assume the numbers above will be the clue.

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