Education

What it takes to build a Murphy Kit


Now, when we talk about building an airplane, we’re talking about something that might seem like a significant undertaking for many folks out there, especially when it comes to the required skills. But here’s the thing, a lot of Murphys are being assembled by individuals who’ve never ventured into airplane construction before. I want you to understand, many of these extraordinary individuals have never even tried their hands at construction projects before. Building a Murphy doesn’t demand any specialized skills; it simply requires focus, commitment, and a never-give-up attitude. It’s akin to assembling the most substantial IKEA bookshelf you’ve ever laid eyes on, my friends.

We craft all our kits from aluminum, a material that has been the star player in aircraft construction for seven decades. It’s lightweight, strong, adaptable, and cost-effective. Working with aluminum is a breeze, with no need for a sophisticated climate or exposure to toxic chemicals. Sure, you might find yourself a bit fatigued, but that’s just part of the process. And here’s the remarkable part – you can pick up the skills to assemble an aluminum aircraft in less than an hour, and I’m not kidding.

These kits, they’ve got it all – all the aluminum forming and welding, done at the factory. Molded windscreens, fiberglass components – the whole package. Murphy stands as a pioneer, leading the way in building kits with match holes. The inclusion of pre-punched rivets and bolts? It’s about saving a considerable amount of work and making the whole process so much more accessible. Ensuring precise alignment of those parts during hole alignment, that’s what it all boils down to.

Now, having a spacious workshop is fantastic, but let me tell you, many successful Murphy builders are making it happen in spaces like a two-car garage or even smaller. The key components for workspace quality include good lighting, climate control, ventilation, and organization.

When it comes to estimating build time, it gets a bit tricky. We’re looking at a range from 800 to 4000 hours here, depending on how efficient and dedicated you are. QuickBuild Kits, optional enhancements – they’re the game-changers, significantly reducing the time investment.

Keeping it simple, establishing a routine, creating a comfortable workspace – that’s the recipe for efficient Murphy construction, my friends. Believe me, thousands have undertaken this journey and describe it as one of the most gratifying things they’ve ever done.

Now, the cost – it’s contingent on what you want, your choice of engine, propeller, avionic. Costs vary significantly, and you, as builders, hold the power to make your own choices within reasonable limits.

Building an aircraft takes time, hard work, and commitment. But let me tell you, for many builders, reaching the end – a fantastic, high-performance aircraft – stands as a tremendous triumph, truly the best.

TOOLS

The build process takes ordinary people and delivers extraordinary results. You won’t just feel like a rockstar when you have completed your first kit, you will join giants on the mountaintop. But to get there, you will need the proper tools.

DIMPLE TOOL1
EXPANDABLE HOLE SPACE1
SAFETY WIRE PLIER1
HAND RIVETER1
PNEUMATIC HOLE RIVETER1
1/8″ CLECO400
3/16″ CLECO50
3/32″ CLECO400
CLECO PLIER1
DEBURRING TOOL1
#11 DRILL BIT4
12″ Long #11 DRILL BIT1
#30 DRILL BIT8
12″ Long #30 DRILL BIT2
#40 DRILL BIT4
12″ Long #40 DRILL BIT1
#11 DRILL STOP1
#30 DRILL STOP1
#40 DRILL STOP1
FLUTING PLIER1
METAL SHRINK / STRETCHER TOOL1