Kitplanes Photo Contest Winner

Aircraft-Spruce_gift_cardIt was a close one, but "Gray beauty" edged out the RV-4 Stingray panel and "Black beauty" by a hair.

The winner is Hans Bissig from Switzerland with this photo of the panel from HB-YNJ, Lancair Legacy 2000 RG, and for sending in the winning photo, Hans will receive a $25 gift certificate from Aircraft Spruce. Congratulations, Hans!

 

Gray beauty
Winner: Gray beauty

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The Best of… Panels - Cast Your Vote

Pietenpol panel
Pietenpol panel

Thanks for the many entries that were sent in for this month's photo contest! It's clear that lots of you are proud of your panels, and whittling them down to the traditional four was tough - but here they are! Sadly, no one sent in a truly traditional choice, like the Editor in Chief's favorite, the Pietenpol above (from a Kitplanes file photo). But, he's not eligible to nominate or vote - so take your pick of the four modern pictures below and vote here.

This month's selection of photos:

 

Gray beauty
Gray beauty

 

Black beauty
Black beauty

 

RV-4 Stingray panel
RV-4 Stingray panel

 

Shiny veneer
Shiny veneer

Cast your vote here.

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Best Workshop Photo Contest Winner

Winner of Best of... Workshops: Shawn Edwards of Atlanta, Georgia. This is Shawn's RV-14A vertical stabilizer in the shop. Apparently, Shawn has mastered a method for producing airplane parts without contaminating the workbench and floor with dust and aluminum shavings. Surely that's what's shown in this photo. 🙂

 

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Next Best of... Experimental Panels Photo Contest

Aircraft-Spruce_gift_cardNo matter what you built and fly, it probably has an instrument panel. Even the Wright Flyer had a few instruments - simple as they were - and while Experimental aircraft in the US are't really required to have anything, most builders lavish a great deal of time and attention on the part of their airplane they look at the most. We'd like to see your best panel pictures - and remember that best picture is not the same as best panel. Who can really say what the best panel is anyway? For some it is the one that cost the most money. For others, it is one that is laid out for the easiest operation. Many think that symmetry is essential in a panel - and others just love anything with a wood grain, a leather combing, and a little brass that is typical of an old-timey biplane reproduction. Be proud of your work, no matter if it is VFR or IFR - we hope to see as many Peitenpol and Baby Ace panels as we see those from Lancairs, Sportsmen and RVs.

 

Instrument Panel

So let's see those panel pictures! Submit your photo today - the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Aircraft Spruce.

Vote for the Best Workshop

As homebuilders, we're partial to well organized shops - they help us keep the project on track and it's no secret that many award winning airplanes came from shops that reflect the builder's desire to impress.

We need your votes! Visit the voting page and choose your favorite.

My wife agreed to let me build a RV but not in our garage! So after a year long battle with the local township, I built a pole barn just behind my house. Not as big as I wanted but good enough. The photo attached does not show how nice it turned out and there are dozens of features designed into it for the purpose of building the RV, but I wanted to point out the most amazing feature of all. I built a three dimentional overhead crane system that just about allowed me to build this project single handed! It is built from surplus and used steel and hoist from my business that had been setting around for years. The only parts I had to purchase were the end trucks. All in all, it helped to make the build very enjoyable. Some other features are radiant heat, air-conditioning, lots of electrical, enough light to make you want to wear sun glasses, all season insulation, metal walls for sticking magnets to with documents, a built in paint booth, storage, music, etc. A great place to hang out in.
My wife agreed to let me build a RV but not in our garage! So after a year long battle with the local township, I built a pole barn just behind my house. Not as big as I wanted but good enough. The photo does not show how nice it turned out and there are dozens of features designed into it for the purpose of building the RV, but I wanted to point out the most amazing feature of all. I built a three-dimensional overhead crane system that just about allowed me to build this project single handed! It is built from surplus and used steel and a hoist from my business that had been sitting around for years. The only parts I had to purchase were the end trucks. All in all, it helped to make the build very enjoyable. Some other features are radiant heat, air-conditioning, lots of electrical, enough light to make you want to wear sun glasses, all season insulation, metal walls for sticking magnets to with documents, a built in paint booth, storage, music, etc. A great place to hang out.

 

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Camping With Your Airplane Photo Contest Winner Announced

Camping at Cavanugh Bay, Idaho. Photo by Nicholas Blanck.

Nicholas Blanck from San Francisco, CA is the winner of the "Camping with your airplane" photo contest with his shot from Cavanaugh Bay, ID before heading to Oshkosh. As the prize, Nicholas will receive a $25 gift certificate from Aircraft Spruce.

Camping at Cavanugh Bay, Idaho. Photo by Nicholas Blanck.
Camping at Cavanugh Bay, Idaho. Photo by Nicholas Blanck.

Our next photo contest topic requires you to show off your workshop. As homebuilders, we're partial to well organized shops - they help us keep the project on track and it's no secret that many award winning airplanes came from shops that reflect the builder's desire to impress. Send us your photos of a workshop you're proud of! 

In the meantime, check out Matt Johnson's article on his Garage Mahal in the June 2010 issue of Kitplanes.

Garage Mahal by Matt Johnson.
Garage Mahal by Matt Johnson.

Vote For the Best Camping Photo

What's more fun than airplane camping? Let us know which photo you like best and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Aircraft Spruce.

We need your votes! Visit the voting page and choose your favorite.

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