Getting the kitset home

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Birthday present

Today we are camping at Okains bay near Akaroa as my 50 year birthday present. I started talking about the Bleriot and Nicki and I decided that I should build and fly Robert’s full scale Bleriot. Wow I can’t believe that it might be happening, this is just unreal !!!  :-).

Transferred the money

Finally after a few problems, I managed to transfer the money for the kit set into Robert’s bank account in Holden Missouri. I have been talking with him in the weeks before this, so he started the preparations for the kit set early.

Kitset boxed up

Today I got an email from Robert on my Phone when I woke up. YES he has finished packing the kit set, and send it by truck, train and ship to Christchurch New Zealand. More waiting now, but ah well its going to take me 1 or 2 years to build the plane so that doesn’t matter.

Kitset in Auckland NZ

Just yesterday I said to Nicki, that there could be a letter in the mail that the kit set had arrived, and would you believe it, i got a call on our answering machine from a shipping company that the box had arrived in Auckland !!!!!

Picked up the kitset !!!!! 🙂

Today I am taking the trailer into work. Picking up the kit set from Hilton Transport Ltd in Heathcote in Christchurch. This was very exciting to finally have that 4m long box on the trailer. At home I quickly took the lid off, that was secured with 100 or more screws.

This is so unreal to finally see all the bits and have them in my hands.


In the last few months I have been studying 1400 photos of Pascal Kremer’s Bleriot when he was building Roberts first Bleriot kit set with Robert. This is going to be GREAT. I quickly emailed all my “plane friends” the good news !

Unloaded the Kitset

Just unloaded the box. Lots of tubes, fuel tank, 2 wheels, bags with gusset plates rivets and lots of other goodies. Looks great !!!!

If I get the time tomorrow I might start with the Rudder, that will be interesting.

You can see my work bench here. 3 Saw horses, 3 bits of 2 x 6 to support 2 sheets of ply 1.2m x 2.4m. Against the wall on the left you see one more piece of ply with  bits of 2 x 6 screwed onto. When I am working on the fuselage, I can then extend the workbench to 7.2m!