The moment you’ve all been waiting for: The unboxing

Photo of a tall, thin box with the top lid removed, showing packing paper. Oh, and the electric screwdriver used to remove the box's top lid.

The rudder kit was nicely packed, and the inventory was complete.

  • Manual
  • Ribs
  • Spar
  • Skins
  • Doublers
  • Hinge
  • Rudder horn
  • Top cap

Photo of the contents of the tall, thin box, showing laid out across the packaging paper a half-dozen or so  formed, aluminum airplane parts; rivets; a plastic streamlined top cap; and a plastic-bound manual. Oh, and the electric screwdriver used to remove the box's top cover.

And best of all, 300 rivets to pull!

The next step will be studying the very detailed manual over the weekend and making a list of a few new tools I’ll need.

X-STOL in a Zenith 750

This plane is similar to the Cruzer I’m toying with. Some key differences from where I’m at:

  • The Cruzer is the “fast” version of the 750 series
  • The aircraft in the video is the short-takeoff-and-landing version, which is slower in flight but has amazing performance
  • Bush pilots in New Zealand are very talented