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  • Kevin K's Aviation Concepts Cessna 185 Build

    Well, you knew it was coming eventually, so here we go.

    I'll be putting a DA 150 in mine for towing. I also ordered the droop tip, vortex generators, stall fences and the tow release package. I absolutley fell in love with flying the prototype and can't wait to have mine in the air.

    Got started on the kit yesterday. First thing was to unpack and sort all the parts, which was pretty intimidating, theres A LOT of wood in those boxes! But every single sheet and stick is labeled, along with a map of all the parts in the back of the manual. Made it a breeze to figure out what everything was and get organized. Fuselage is up first, so gluing some formers together. Nothing fancy, but hey, I can say I started it.















    Kevin K

    Kremer Aerotowing Team

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    awesome what a bird Kevin! Love seeing this progress from Gunny and all the new versions...looking forward to the build and many many tows!

    Matt

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    • #3
      wow big project there but worthy the time.. also just so you know your vortex gen for the wing are the same as the ones i passed on to your dad they share the same basic wing profile...as per gunny.......hope the bidule is treating you well. see you either at winamac or cumberland soon

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      • #4
        A little bit more time at home, formers assembled, tow release package installed, tailwheel mount going together. 1/2 size plans of the shop wall for reference.















        Kevin K

        Kremer Aerotowing Team

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        • #5
          So what do you need from me Kevin, Matched Paint for the covering, Servos, Receiver, I can even hook you up with the DA!

          Jeremy
          SCC AAA TT TN

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        • #6
          Finished the fuselage bottom sub assembly.





          Kevin K

          Kremer Aerotowing Team

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          • #7
            Fuse top sub assembly finished.

            Kevin K

            Kremer Aerotowing Team

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          • #8
            Fuse sides with doublers.





            Kevin K

            Kremer Aerotowing Team

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            • #9
              Been a while since my last update.

              Finishing up the fuse sides



              Kevin K

              Kremer Aerotowing Team

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              • #10
                Then test fitting all the formers on the sides





                Then bringing them all together.





                Kevin K

                Kremer Aerotowing Team

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                • #11
                  It's starting to look like an aircraft! Awesome!

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                  • #12
                    Wow, I can't believe it had been nearly 3 months since I worked on this! Back at it while I was home this week. Got the last of the front formers glued in and mounted the firewall.





                    Kevin K

                    Kremer Aerotowing Team

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                    • #13
                      Landing gear block built and installed, this included and amendment from Gunny that increased the size of the bolts for the struts.



                      Kevin K

                      Kremer Aerotowing Team

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                      • #14
                        I really liked how Len painted the inside of the cockpit on his 185, but I really wanted to do something different. I had this carbon fiber vinyl from another project and decided to add some bling!







                        Kevin K

                        Kremer Aerotowing Team

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                      • #15
                        My dad and I have both lost tow planes to snagging the tow line on obstalces. Wasn't really feasible to have a winder in the Pawnees with the bridle set up, but the 185 will have one. So before I got the floor installed, I decided to get the tow line winder installed. Reinforced the floor, added blind nuts and some angle stock to mount it. I think it turned out pretty good. Plus the winder is just damn cool.







                        Kevin K

                        Kremer Aerotowing Team

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