Fuselage and Finishing Kit Delivery - 4/25/2005
Today was delivery day for my QB Fuselage and Finishing Kit. Man
are these crates BIG! For those who are interested, here are the
size specs that are listed on van's current website link here:
QB Fuse: 128" x 60" x 51"
QB Fuse 2: 97" x 49" x
42" 245 lbs.
Finishing: 97" x 49" x 27"
Previously, I had heard that the fuse kits were only 8' long, so I was
a bit surprised to find that one was actually over 10' long!!!
I had them shipped to the ABF Freight dock in town, because the 18
wheeled local delivery trucks would have a heck of a time getting into
my driveway area anyway. Better to just save the hassle and the
cash and pick it up myself. Had 2 of us plus the dock manager
loading, had 2 guys plus a very spectacular wife unloading. No
big problem, if you're willing to work a bit. The smaller two
were light enough to lift. The finishing kit crate fit into the
back of the Suburban, but the doors didn't shut all the way. The
aluminum trailer you see is 10' long. The other is a 5' x 10'
steel trailer. The one behind the Suburban is the QB Fuselage
The one MAJOR disappointment so far (not at all Van's fault) is
that when I arrived at ABF, they had my finishing kit standing on end.
The freight dock people said that's how it came in on the truck
(from Chicago), so they took their own photos of it in case there was a
claim. I didn't have a camera to take my own photos, but it's
nice to know the manager there was at least concerned even before I saw
it. I haven't popped it open yet to see what was affected, if
anything, but I will surely be doing a good inventory and inspection of
that one. Look at the photos of the box in the back of the
truck...that's the one. How many freakin' bright red arrows with
the word "UP", and "$" does it take for those bozos to understand which
side needs to be on the top? Idiots!
I did pop the top and sides on the fuselage. The only thing wrong
there that I saw that was obvious was that the screws that go from the
box sides into the wooden spar inserts had pulled free from the spar
inserts...allowing the fuselage to slightly rotate and slip forward in
the crate. The front of the fuselage was VERY close to the crate
then...maybe 1/4", but I didn't see that it got dented anywhere as of
yet with a quick inspection. If it had, it could have easily
dented the skin on the top front of the fuse, right where it would look
really ugly (unless the cowling would cover it). I popped open
the 2nd fuselage crate with the fiberglass canopy in it and after
taking out about 100,000 sq. ft of packing paper, I saw the shape of my
lid, and saw the windshield. Everthing in there looked like it
rode the trip out pretty well.
After all of this quick inspection, I hopped in to take it for my first
flight. I provided the airplane sounds and stupid faces, while
everyone else wondered how they could be related to me. :)
Also included with the stuff was my replacement left Wing tip. So
now before I really dive into this fuselage, I have to re-arrange the
garages for more parking room, finish the wingtip, install my 2
Duckworks HID light kits that I ordered today, and pack the wings away
in the other garage. This fuselage is going to take up all the
space I have in my building garage. Did I say this thing was Big?