Well the long-awaited day has arrived: the fuselage kit was delivered! That joyous moment was ruined, however, when XPO Logistics delivered this:
Once the ratchet strap was removed the crate basically fell apart and I was left with the task of identifying every part that was damaged:
There was some damage to one of the side skins and several ribs but considering the state of the crate upon arrival I’d say it was about as undamaged as I could’ve hoped for. Van’s, in true Van’s fashion, quickly replaced all damaged parts and handled the shipping claim out-of-band so that I didn’t have to worry about it. What a great company!
With inventory complete and all the small parts put into newly-installed parts bins, it’s time to get to work!