Is this just a test?

Eager to start reading the builder’s manual, I went to assemble the binder and insert the stack of pages from the huge 11×17 envelope it came in. As I often do, without reading the instructions, I tried to figure it out on my own. How does this binder work? It didn’t look intuitive, so after messing with it for a bit, I had to resort to the instructions.

Look at these instructions … they look like a copy of a copy of a copy, and the pictures are half faded away. I wasn’t able to make any sense out of the instructions. So, I did some digging on the web and found a similar type of binder and figured it out from there. I’m pretty sure this was a test to see if I had what it takes to follow complex and unclear instructions … maybe Van’s figures if you can figure out the binder, then you’ve got what it takes to build an airplane 🙂


Here are some pictures of the binder assembly steps that will help the next guy figure it out a little quicker. Maybe this will help at least one person someday!