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Forum: RV-14 09-15-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,609
Posted By bk1bennett
Lead times are "unknown" in my opinion.

I ordered RV-14 QB Wing and Fuselage kits in May 2020, and I still don't have them yet. Nor do I have an estimated date of when they will arrive. The delay is becoming more and more of a concern to...
Forum: RV-14 09-10-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,167
Posted By bk1bennett
Thanks

Carl,

This is a great post and a perfect example of what makes this forum uniquely valuable. A spare battery is good insurance.

thank you.
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,821
Posted By bk1bennett
74-in. Prop on 14A

Glad to hear that. I just ordered one to go with the IO-390-EXP119 for my RV-14A. I had to make a quick decision and for a 14A I didn't think ground clearance would be an issue. I thought that the...
Forum: RV-14 07-06-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 176,344
Posted By bk1bennett
Congrats! Well done

Congrats!

Well done
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,682
Posted By bk1bennett
Greg, can you say what is the approximate range...

Greg, can you say what is the approximate range of order dates for which orders have been filled? That would help us estimate where we stand.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,682
Posted By bk1bennett
Bummer. I ordered a 14 QB kit in May 2020....

Bummer.

I ordered a 14 QB kit in May 2020. Fall 2021 is a long wait.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,682
Posted By bk1bennett
Unforeseen Delays

I have had RV-14A QB Wings and Fuselage on order since May 2020. Original quote was for delivery in Oct/Nov 2020.

However, Van's has subsequently experienced a COVID-19 outbreak in the QB contract...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,823
Posted By bk1bennett
Thanks, all. Your input is valuable!

Thanks, all. Your input is valuable!
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,823
Posted By bk1bennett
Move directly from Section 10 to Section 11?

Hurray! I finished the riveting of the empennage kit this week. Section 10 is complete. It's been a long haul but the pace is picking up as I get past a lot of difficult times at my full-time job. I...
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,249
Posted By bk1bennett
I believe the small container should suffice! I...

I believe the small container should suffice!

I used the double-sided tape and it worked great. I believe that is what the plans show. Why do you want to use pro-seal?
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 176,344
Posted By bk1bennett
Finally finished the empennage sheet metal work...

Finally finished the empennage sheet metal work with the final rivets in the tail cone assembly.

QB Wings and Fuselage are coming by the end of next month.

Should I do Section 11: Empennage Attach...
Forum: RV-14 09-10-2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,714
Posted By bk1bennett
I put the manufactured heads on the forward side...

I put the manufactured heads on the forward side of the spar. The rivets were difficult for me in this region, as you can see by the smilies.

https://flic.kr/p/2jFopJd
Forum: RV-14 08-06-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,563
Posted By bk1bennett
Yes, it is long and thin and it has some precise,...

Yes, it is long and thin and it has some precise, shallow angles for alignment.

The following link shows the bucking bar you will need for the elevator.

https://flic.kr/p/2jtGREj


Brian
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,563
Posted By bk1bennett
There is a special bucking bar you need for the...

There is a special bucking bar you need for the trailing edges. Buy it or make it, but you must have it to do the job right.

There is some good advice here, but the main thing is to get started....
Forum: RV-14 06-05-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,277
Posted By bk1bennett
Enjoy the build!

Enjoy the build!
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-02-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,042
Posted By bk1bennett
He speaks truth

He speaks truth
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,774
Posted By bk1bennett
Follow the directions provided by Van's

Hello,

I followed the tape and the rivet approach defined by Van's on my rudder trailing edge for the RV-14A and it came out very nicely.

My experience on this, and several other questions posed as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2020, 06:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,838
Posted By bk1bennett
Good Stuff!

I love the stories in this thread!

I am building the RV-14A in my garage. My nephew, I call him the protégé, comes over to help me work on the plane a lot when he has time. He is in college. He...
Forum: RV-14 02-11-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,118
Posted By bk1bennett
You fit!

That?s great!

When do you order the tail kit?
Forum: RV-14 01-24-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,118
Posted By bk1bennett
I am 6’4 with a 34” inseam and very tall sitting...

I am 6’4 with a 34” inseam and very tall sitting height. Had the -14 demo flight at the factory and my size was no factor. Amazingly, I think the -7 had more clearance between the top of my thighs...
Forum: RV-14 01-16-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,678
Posted By bk1bennett
I used a drill press and my calibrated eyeball.

I used a drill press and my calibrated eyeball.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-22-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,393
Posted By bk1bennett
Sweet! I like the design. Wonder if aluminum...

Sweet! I like the design. Wonder if aluminum would be much more as a material cost.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,504
Posted By bk1bennett
Stellar work. Your dedication is inspiring. ...

Stellar work. Your dedication is inspiring. Beautiful plane!
Forum: RV-14 10-14-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 176,344
Posted By bk1bennett
https://flic.kr/p/NhCpGF Finished the sheet...

https://flic.kr/p/NhCpGF

Finished the sheet metal work on th RV-14A elevator today. On to the tail cone.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,350
Posted By bk1bennett
Schlitz appears to carry a lot of memories for...

Schlitz appears to carry a lot of memories for some of us. I was in a band in high school, and we were on a road trip to New Orleans during my sophomore year. One of the other, older, members decided...
Forum: Primers 09-15-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,505
Posted By bk1bennett
I have used both rattle cans and Stewart Systems....

I have used both rattle cans and Stewart Systems. I am very happy with Stewart Systems. It was much easier than I thought it would be. Adhesion ad durability are very good. Cleanup is a snap. And...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,950
Posted By bk1bennett
Congratulations. You worked expeditiously!

Congratulations. You worked expeditiously!
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,052
Posted By bk1bennett
For me the section with the trim tab hinge was...

For me the section with the trim tab hinge was the hardest. Used a steel bucking bar and got acceptable results, but they are the ugliest rivets I have bucked so far. You have to buck by feel. I...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-15-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 19,315
Posted By bk1bennett
I really enjoyed the write-up, too. It is fun and...

I really enjoyed the write-up, too. It is fun and inspiring. Thanks!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 19,315
Posted By bk1bennett
GREAT STORY! And what a fantastic father-son...

GREAT STORY! And what a fantastic father-son memory! Congratulations and thanks for the nice write-up.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,674
Posted By bk1bennett
All?s Well that Ends Well

Great attitude! Thanks for posting your experience. As others have said, you are not the only one who learned from it. Obviously, you have an honesty about dealing with situations like this that is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-12-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 22,546
Posted By bk1bennett
Personally, I think you did fantastic work. I...

Personally, I think you did fantastic work. I would wager that if you did a tuft test of the original design, you would find significant improvement. The part you added is probably light, and you may...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 22,546
Posted By bk1bennett
I too am an aero engineer and I agree with Steve...

I too am an aero engineer and I agree with Steve Smith's take that your aft-facing surface is too steep to keep the flow attached. However, based on my experience, you have done a pretty good job of...
Forum: RV-14 02-14-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,296
Posted By bk1bennett
Why?

Those of you who are omitting the stall warning kit from your build: Why? What benefits are you getting from making that change?

I understand that you may have AOA sensing, but having an...
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 176,344
Posted By bk1bennett
Horizontal Stabilizer Complete

Hi all. I am a little late with this post on VAF: We finished the Horizontal Stabilizer on 9 January 2018. I am growing increasingly pleased with the Van's RV-14A kit. Documentation is fantastic....
Forum: RV-14 12-30-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,106
Posted By bk1bennett
Riveting Confidence

For first-time builders: At what point in your build did you gain the sense of confidence that you were going to get flush riveting accomplished without dinging a skin?
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,565
Posted By bk1bennett
I'll bet you have a thousand great stories to...

I'll bet you have a thousand great stories to tell! Wow, that's quite a set of accomplishments in the homebuilding world. Thanks for sharing your "resume." Do you ever wish you had all those planes...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-28-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 44,718
Posted By bk1bennett
We've all been there

Isn't that the way it goes? You really have to focus on the task at hand and be thinking constantly about each step. I creased my rudder skin because I ran off the back rivet plate. It sounds so...
Forum: RV-14 09-24-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 176,344
Posted By bk1bennett
RV-14A Rudder (Section 7) Complete

On Friday night, 9/22/17, I finished the Rudder (Section 7). It took me over 40 hours.I had to patch an area on the right skin because I creased it during back riveting (ran off the end of the plate...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-14-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 169,604
Posted By bk1bennett
"I beheld the wide sweep of granite near...

"I beheld the wide sweep of granite near America?s fallen warriors buried there, and I felt within me the quickening surge of God?s presence with a message to go---to go deeper and deeper into the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,479
Posted By bk1bennett
What a great story. Thanks for the heads up. I...

What a great story. Thanks for the heads up. I appreciate the link. I didn't know that Dick came from an aviation family that bought an airplane (Piper J5, I believe) for $750. He was in the Air...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2017, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,370
Posted By bk1bennett
Thanks so much for the advice. I followed the...

Thanks so much for the advice. I followed the Section 5.8 instructions and it came together nicely! My initial idea for the thru-hole worked great, and I did countersinking following the section...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,370
Posted By bk1bennett
Thumbs up Yes, thanks!

Yes, thanks!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-08-2017, 01:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,576
Posted By bk1bennett
Conterminous. That's a new one for me. Great...

Conterminous. That's a new one for me.

Great concept and fun reading!

LOL: "A gregarious man in his seventies, he seemed very interested in our trip across America. I learned that he was very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,700
Posted By bk1bennett
Beautiful aircraft! I am envious -- a long way...

Beautiful aircraft! I am envious -- a long way away from that for me.

Happy flying.
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,370
Posted By bk1bennett
Yikes. OK. Looks like I'll be redoing this...

Yikes. OK. Looks like I'll be redoing this operation to get the right countersinks. I think I was shallow enough so far that it should not be a problem.

The elevator instructions are much more...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,370
Posted By bk1bennett
RV-14 Rudder trailing edge drilling and countersinking

Problem: find a simple solution to drilling the trailing edge. I was looking at the cross-section of the R-916-1 trailing edge and concluded that a scrap piece would make a great drill guide because...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2017, 08:58 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 176,344
Posted By bk1bennett
Vertical stabilizer is complete as of 8/24/17. ...

Vertical stabilizer is complete as of 8/24/17. Took about 26 hours. My Efficiency and quality are improving. This is a great kit. I have benefitted immensely from this community. Hopefully I will...
Forum: RV-14 08-23-2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,620
Posted By bk1bennett
I am with bkervaski. The photos make it look as...

I am with bkervaski. The photos make it look as if the dimple (die) is too big in diameter. The witness marks from riveting I have seen before, but the final rivets and the dimple don't look right to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-23-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 169,604
Posted By bk1bennett
What a great day for you!

What a great day for you!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2017, 06:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 30,199
Posted By bk1bennett
Bruce: Thanks for the photos. Beautiful! I...

Bruce:

Thanks for the photos. Beautiful! I looked at each one. It is mesmerizing. I love the great American West, and you showed us a lot of it.
Forum: Interiors 08-05-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,686
Posted By bk1bennett
Very nice! When I get to the seating stage I...

Very nice! When I get to the seating stage I will give you all a ring.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2017, 04:49 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 138,932
Posted By bk1bennett
Just when I think I've seen the most stunning...

Just when I think I've seen the most stunning photo, a new one crops up. Just when I've think I've heard it all, another new adventure unfolds. Epic is generally an overused word, but this trip is...
Forum: RV-14 07-22-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,905
Posted By bk1bennett
Congratulations! You built it fast!

Congratulations!

You built it fast!
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,874
Posted By bk1bennett
Well done, sir! Congratulations on your...

Well done, sir! Congratulations on your outstanding achievement. Thanks for the encouragement and information you have contributed. I like your build blog a lot!

What are your plans after you get...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,616
Posted By bk1bennett
You are an inspiration, sir. I don't know how...

You are an inspiration, sir. I don't know how you found a helper/girlfriend who loves working on an airplane and does a good job, but I hope you know how special it is.

Just wanted to let you know...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-26-2017, 08:28 AM
Replies: 707
Views: 291,157
Posted By bk1bennett
Beautiful looking product! Congratulations....

Beautiful looking product! Congratulations.

P.S. I don't know how you craftsmen get that blue film to stay on. My tail kit came with so much duct tape that it was impossible to salvage all of the...
Forum: RV-14 06-20-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,369
Posted By bk1bennett
Good luck, bkervaski. Thanks for sharing the ups...

Good luck, bkervaski. Thanks for sharing the ups and downs. It's good to know we all battle the same problems. Stay with it!
Forum: RV-14 06-20-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,369
Posted By bk1bennett
Sorry to hear about that. I will try to learn...

Sorry to hear about that. I will try to learn from your "event" and prepare for the inevitable tool drop when I get to that stage.

Did you consider alternative repair methods? For example, using...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2017, 06:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,045
Posted By bk1bennett
Epilogue Returned from vacation yesterday. ...

Epilogue

Returned from vacation yesterday. Finished inventory today. All parts present. 100%!!! No damage to the kit despite the abuse endured by the crate. Thank you, Van's. That's great...
Forum: RV-14 06-09-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 113,258
Posted By bk1bennett
#140396. Empennage received 5-26-17.

#140396. Empennage received 5-26-17.
Forum: RV-14 06-07-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,616
Posted By bk1bennett
It is not the load on the beam that would concern...

It is not the load on the beam that would concern me but, rather, the loads on the joint. Joints are far more complex to analyze than a beam. The design loads are based on intimate contact between...
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2017, 08:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,045
Posted By bk1bennett
Thanks for the help and comments on this thread....

Thanks for the help and comments on this thread. I now realize how very common it is to get a damaged crate.

I hope that the situation will improve someday. Freight companies are losing the...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,045
Posted By bk1bennett
Maybe I've made my first mistake -- I could have...

Maybe I've made my first mistake -- I could have have refused to accept the shipment, too. I am disappointed in myself that I didn't even think about calling Van's when the shipment arrived in a...
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