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Building your Zenith 601XL/CH650

(with 601XL style canopy)
A step by step video guide for builders of the popular Zenith 601XL/CH650 aircraft kit.

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This DVD is a double disk volume in a series of videos developed to cover the entire build process for the CH601XL / CH650 kit. FUSELAGE Part 3 continues the building sequence where FUSELAGE Part 2 left off. These 3 video volumes were designed to be used in sequence to provide a seamless demonstration of assembling the 601XL / CH650 fuselage. It takes the builder to fuselage completion.  Look to future volumes to add the wings and other components.  These videos will save you TIME and MONEY during the building process as you will make fewer mistakes by watching someone else perform each task.  Our goal is to help you finish your project sooner and also allows you to do a better job building by providing confidence in having another builder work by your side!

One of the components demonstrated in this video is the installation of the 601XL style canopy system.  In the future, we hope to have an alternate FUSELAGE PART 3 video title that features the CH650 style canopy installation.

Note: This production is not associated or endorsed by Zenith Aircraft. It does not replace or supersede the documentation provided with the kit.  It is meant to be an aid in building the aircraft and its methods are presented only as a suggestion to builders.

There are differences between the 601XL and the 650 fuselage construction.  While in many instances these videos will help you with the 650, they were originally filmed building the 601XL version.  You should be aware and review your plans carefully to identify these differences between the two airframes.

This affordable  DVD video is approximately 2.75 hours in length and is divided into various video chapters to make navigation and review of desired sections fast and easy  The $40 price includes handling and first class postage. (International orders welcome)

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Unsolicited Testimonial:

Wow ! Having viewed them, it is difficult to imagine building without them. As a first time builder I clearly will enter into this project with a confidence I would not otherwise have had.

Your production methods have produced a teaching tool that is clear, and easy to understand... the next best thing to having you or Gus standing next to me. Anyone anticipating building a 601xl, would be a fool not to take advantage of your expertise. There is real value, here.

Well done. I anxiously await the rest of the series.

Bennett Scheuer


Gusset installation for front tubes

Preparation for canopy side rail installation

Trial fitting the canopy bubble

Fabricating the latch cables



Axle clamped to gear, preparing for drilling.

Explanation of tool used to notch gear leg

Nose gear bearing assembly completed

Installation of forward top skin

Laying out rivet lines for fuselage skins

Detailed explanation of stabilizer mounting.

Canopy side rail installation and alignment

Assembling the latch mechanism

Drilling the canopy bubble