More in builder/owner Scott Alperin’s own words and photos:

The theme for today is lines, cables, and wires. Now that all of the components are mostly on the plane it is time to connect them all so that they work. Starting from the front we were installing the fuel lines, oil lines, CHT and EGT probes and wires, and other engine monitoring. The alternator and battery box are now present. The windshield was also being fitted for installation a bit later. Much time was spent rigging most of the flight control cables.  Also the photo will show that many of the electrical lines and cables from the avionics are being routed to antennas and other components on the structure. The nav, strobe and landing lights have all been fitted and are operational. 

During a short break I met with the paint shop folks and decided on my scheme and colors. It will remain a secret till complete;)

We seem to be getting close to making our goal to be able to start the engine and taxi the airplane Friday. It won’t be ready to fly for several days after but the goal for this project is two weeks to taxi! (TWTT.)

Builder Scott Alperin uses a crimper to secure a flap-controlling cable line for a flap. Assembly Tech Dan Holtz ensures it's set right.

Builder Scott Alperin uses a crimper to secure a flap-controlling cable line for a flap. Assembly Tech Dan Holtz ensures it’s set right.

 

Lines connecting avionics to antennas and avionics.

Lines connecting avionics to antennas and avionics.

 

The Lycoming IO-390 engine. Scott intends to fly his Sportsman with amphib floats; ts 210 hp makes it feasible.

The Lycoming IO-390 engine. Scott intends to fly his Sportsman with amphib floats; the 390’s 210 hp makes it feasible.

 

Assembly Tech Tony Hatziliadis gazing back through the Bulkhead A hatch.

Assembly Tech Tony Hatziliadis gazing back through the Bulkhead A hatch.

 

Day 9 photo 3

Assembly Tech Shaun Hunt.

Assembly Tech Casey Stewart.

Assembly Tech Casey Stewart.