On May 19, I finally started to open the box containing the fuselage and finish kits. The photo below left shows the first box that I opened while it was still in the trailer. It contains all of the fuselage parts, or at least I thought it did. The longerons and some other desperately needed "L" angle stock was with the wing kit as was the elevator push/pull tube (*&^$#%@^&^*!!!). The box below right contains the finish kit.
There are a lot of pieces that are relatively large to store with this kit. In the following photos you will see that I put them in every nook and cranny in my garage.
The next box I opened was the finish kit (below right).
The photo below left shows how tight everything is packed in the boxes. The canopy frame was rubbing on the canopy. Fortunately I did not see any damage. The protective coating was worn through but it did its job.
When I purchased this kit in 2002, a nice young lady at Van's Aircraft talked me into buying the entire kit all at once. I hope she got a reward of some kind because at this very moment I wish that I did not have the finish kit yet. Oh well. It's too late now. After every thing was unpacked, I made a storage shelf (on wheels, no less) to store things on. See the Tools section for details on this shelf. After the shelf was made, I continued the inventory. I purchased a plastic drawer storage unit for some of the parts that came in the bags (photo below right).
I purchase several of these red storage boxes to keep parts in from Lowe's (of course, below left). I labeled each compartment of each box as to what it contains (below right). I also wrote the bag number on each compartment as a reference.
The inventory is now complete on all four kits. The wings and empennage were done previously. Even though I did not like the way some things were packed, I will say that I was not missing a single piece of this kit, not even so much as a washer. That is pretty amazing when you think of how many different types of items there are and how many different places they had to come from. All I have to do is assemble it now. I will start with the firewall and bulkheads.