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MERLIN QUICK BUILD KITS UPDATE

MERLIN QUICK BUILD KITS UPDATE

The flow of Merlins has started and just in time for the start of the airshow and flying season! From the previous post readers know that outside the USA we can ship 100% assembled kits and that 4 kits, all even painted, recently shipped to customers in the UK. In the USA the customer must comply with the 51% E-AB rule however we are allowed to offer quick-build kits as long as the kits comply with the rules. So we can prepare the kits for quicker and easier final assembly by using temporary rivets. Every assembly of the Merlin QBK can be opened up, systems installed, then closed up with the permanent rivets. The customer gets to know the Merlin inside and out and is educated in every system and component. Yet the assembly goes very fast and without the need for jigs and tooling.

The photos above show the next 4 QBKs being prepared for USA-based customers. If you look closely you can see on the vertical stabilizer colored decals which mark the temporary rivets. Those rivets are soft all-aluminum and can be easily removed without damaging the skins with a battery drill.

Above is a Merlin getting final orange top coat plus the interior paint.

Proper painting jigs make the painting job much easier and the results much better. Base primer is completed here.

The next post I expect will show the packing and shipping as these 5 kits near completion.

Cheers,

CHIP

1 Comment
  1. Really happy to see your kits taking shape. Good luck in 2017 and many more sales. Cool little plane.

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Chip W. Erwin
South Lakeland Airport
Lakeland, FL
262-408-0124

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