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Forum: RV-7/7A 09-06-2022, 08:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 356
Posted By dwollen89
Elevator Trim Tab Rivets

I spent all day building and almost got my left elevator done. I bent the elevator trim tabs today, which I was dreading. I made the bending blocks out of oak and I bent the tabs. I think they...
Forum: Safety 09-05-2022, 08:52 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,488
Posted By dwollen89
I'm seriously considering switching to the 8...

I'm seriously considering switching to the 8 rudder for my 7A. I built the rudder that came with my kit, but the whole time I was building it, I didn't think it felt very robust. Then I stumbled on...
Forum: RV-14 09-04-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,223
Posted By dwollen89
I took a builders course and this was the project...

I took a builders course and this was the project we did. The instructor had a tight fit squeezer yoke (the kind without a hole for a die) and had ground it down slightly to fit in this spot.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-30-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By dwollen89
I donít have a video or pics detailing it, but...

I donít have a video or pics detailing it, but what worked for me when bending the reinforcement angles was this. The bends are supposed to be 1/8 inch radius, so I marked the exact bend point. Then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2022, 04:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By dwollen89
Thatís exactly it, JonnyB. Thanks for the...

Thatís exactly it, JonnyB. Thanks for the replies. Iíll just dimple everything. I just havenít run into a spot yet where I had to stack so many dimples, so I just wanted to make sure I wasnít...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By dwollen89
Dimpling Multiple Layers

Question for the crew. I'm getting ready to assemble my right elevator. I just have to dimple and prime. There is one hole that has four overlapping layers between the spar, rib, counterbalance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 883
Posted By dwollen89
That's my fault on the thread title...I was in a...

That's my fault on the thread title...I was in a hurry and probably could have worded it better. I was referring to the RTV used on the ends of the elevator stiffeners prior to closing things up. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 883
Posted By dwollen89
What RTV to use on TE of elevators?

I'm folding the trailing edges on my RV7A elevators. Section 5.7 says to place a wad of RTV where the stiffeners overlap. I'm assuming you squirt a wad about the size of a piece of gum on the TE...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2022, 12:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,553
Posted By dwollen89
I met a guy once that said he built an RV6A in a...

I met a guy once that said he built an RV6A in a one bedroom apt. I was skeptical until he pulled out his iPad and showed me pictures. True story.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2022, 08:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,417
Posted By dwollen89
I stopped at a buddy's house and picked up his...

I stopped at a buddy's house and picked up his back rivet set which is from Planetools. The first row of rivets that I did set perfect! I honestly think it's the concave face on the Cleveland rivet...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2022, 05:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,417
Posted By dwollen89
I'm convinced that it's the Cleveland back rivet...

I'm convinced that it's the Cleveland back rivet set. I don't know what else it could be. I've tried everything, including every suggestion above, and the rivets just will not consistently set...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2022, 05:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,417
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks for the reply. That's a good point and...

Thanks for the reply. That's a good point and I'll give it a try. I'm also wondering if I need a different back rivet set. I have the one from Cleaveland and the face has a slight concave into the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2022, 06:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,417
Posted By dwollen89
Back Riveting Question

I've been charging along on my tail kit. I hope to be done in the next couple weeks. I'm currently back riveting stiffeners into the elevator skins. I'm noticing that some of the rivets, probably...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks for the reply. What causes it and how do...

Thanks for the reply. What causes it and how do I prevent it from happening on my other parts? The part was stamped March 2021, so I'm guessing it was the environment it was in before I got it from...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2022, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By dwollen89
Is this corrosion?

I'm almost done with my 7 emp kit. Finally making some good progress after climbing the learning curve.

I made the extensions on the bottom of the rudder yesterday and when I pulled the blue...
Forum: RV-14 07-31-2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 658
Posted By dwollen89
I will pass along the advice of my tech adviser. ...

I will pass along the advice of my tech adviser. You're building a tractor, not a watch. Smooth it out, prime any bare spots, set a new rivet and build on. Some of the rivets in that vertical stab...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-15-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,477
Posted By dwollen89
I've used Stewart Systems Ekoprime and Ekoetch. ...

I've used Stewart Systems Ekoprime and Ekoetch. My experience with their product was not good. I sprayed some test pieces and it seemed to go well. Then I spent hours prepping my Horizontal Stab...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-12-2022, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,443
Posted By dwollen89
Haha, I feel your pain. My 7 kit had plenty of...

Haha, I feel your pain. My 7 kit had plenty of it. Plus itís not ordinary duct tape. The black stuff they use is the strongest tape known to man.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2022, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 918
Posted By dwollen89
I wouldnít consider it. I did two builders...

I wouldnít consider it. I did two builders courses, two practice kits and read about everything available before I started. I still found the learning curve is steep. You will make mistakes and like...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-12-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Posted By dwollen89
Iím hoping itíll smooth out some with riveting. ...

Iím hoping itíll smooth out some with riveting. Iíve contemplated replacing the skin, but I do believe perfectionism is the enemy of progress. I want to finish this thing. She may not be the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-11-2022, 10:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks. I did move it closer to the corner of my...

Thanks. I did move it closer to the corner of my table, so that mightíve helped too. Such a learning processÖ
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-11-2022, 08:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Posted By dwollen89
I think I figured it out. At the risk of feeling...

I think I figured it out. At the risk of feeling embarrassed, I’ll post my thoughts if it’ll help someone in the future forum search. I think I was just hitting it too hard. I watched the Cleveland...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-11-2022, 07:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Posted By dwollen89
Yes I am. Iím hearing the sound change, very...

Yes I am. Iím hearing the sound change, very distinct. Wondering if I'm actually hitting it too hard. Iím not over head smashing it, but definitely giving 2 decent whacks with a 16 oz hammer.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-11-2022, 06:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Posted By dwollen89
Dimpling Question

I'm dimpling my HS skins using a Cleaveland C-Frame and dies. I'm getting a lot of distortion between the holes, particularly on the line of holes in the middle of the skins. At first, I thought...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,942
Posted By dwollen89
I agree. I was at an RV fly-in this weekend in...

I agree. I was at an RV fly-in this weekend in Boone, IA. I looked at numerous RVs and most didn't have all the fairing screws called out for in the plans. I think I'm going to just do three...
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,352
Posted By dwollen89
I follow the KISS method. I just take pics on my...

I follow the KISS method. I just take pics on my iPhone as I go and save them to a folder titled Vans RV. Then each day I write down the date and a brief synopsis of what I did in a note book. The...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-17-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,942
Posted By dwollen89
I checked out the Fairings etc website and they...

I checked out the Fairings etc website and they look really good. If I don't use all six fasteners per side, does it matter which ones I rivet and which ones I leave for nut plates?
Forum: Midwest 06-14-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 825
Posted By dwollen89
Same here. I'm planning to go if the weather is...

Same here. I'm planning to go if the weather is decent. I was thinking about flying down. I've never been to this before and don't know how busy it gets. Do you know if they will have a tie down...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-12-2022, 09:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,942
Posted By dwollen89
Awesome, thanks for the reply! You’re right…it’s...

Awesome, thanks for the reply! You’re right…it’s the bottom of the stab I was referring to. I looked through the plans but couldn’t figure out how those were going to attach…but that makes sense.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-12-2022, 09:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,942
Posted By dwollen89
Vertical Stab Fiberglass Rivet Question

I'm currently working on the vertical stab for the RV7A. The plans show to not rivet 6 spots on each side of the bottom of the vertical stab in preparation for the fiberglass. This is probably a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-10-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,545
Posted By dwollen89
This is exactly where I'm at in my build. I...

This is exactly where I'm at in my build. I don't know that there is a way to maintain edge distance on HS00005, HS00001 and the reinforcement angle HS710 at the same time. I predrilled the holes...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-09-2022, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks for the link to your builders log! Great...

Thanks for the link to your builders log! Great stuff! It should be included with the vans kits, lol. Sometimes I feel like the kit instructions might as well just say figure it out on your own.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-09-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks a lot for the replies! I like the idea of...

Thanks a lot for the replies! I like the idea of drilling the center holes on Hs6 and the outer holes on Hs5. Then Iíll cleco the skin on, clamp everything tight and match drill it all. I think my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-08-2022, 12:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By dwollen89
Attaching HS0006 to Spar

This HS is going to be the death of me.

I'm trying to figure out how to attach forward rib HS0006 to the forward spar for an RV7A. I notched the ribs per the plans and marked a centerline on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-01-2022, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks for taking the time to reply. Iíll try to...

Thanks for taking the time to reply. Iíll try to bend the flange a little more and see if I can tighten up the gap before riveting. Looking at the picture again, Iím wondering if the flutes on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-31-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By dwollen89
vertical stab skin fitment question

I'm working on the vertical stab and just clecoed on the skin. I'm having a hard time with the point of the lower nose rib fitting into the wedge of the skin (if that makes sense). It's very tight...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-27-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By dwollen89
Awesome! Thanks!

Awesome! Thanks!
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-26-2022, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By dwollen89
That's good to know. I'm surprised at how many...

That's good to know. I'm surprised at how many things are conflicting in the plans vs. pictures. Or when they tell you to look at figure 6-6...which apparently doesn't exist :cool:
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-26-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By dwollen89
That would be great! I saw that in the plans...

That would be great! I saw that in the plans when I was looking ahead. Those are the things that I spend huge amounts of time pondering, measuring and remeasuring before I actually pull the trigger...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-25-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By dwollen89
You were right. I ended up calling Vans and...

You were right. I ended up calling Vans and chatting with them about it, along with a couple other things. Very helpful gentleman I spoke with. He said to go ahead and drill the holes out. He...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-25-2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks for the reply! I added a picture for...

Thanks for the reply! I added a picture for clarity, but looking at your spar pic, you must've drilled it out. You're building a 7 correct?

I really really hope some of the directions and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-25-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By dwollen89
Front spar assembly question

Well I'm off and running. Wishing I would've started at the vertical stab instead of the horizontal as others indicated. I have a question for the group of 7 builders.

On the front spar assembly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2022, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,401
Posted By dwollen89
I'm building the 7a. I'm guessing the above...

I'm building the 7a. I'm guessing the above posts are correct that it was done at the factory. I looked at them again and it seems the deburring/scuffing and dimpling are in the locations that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,401
Posted By dwollen89
Kit Question

Question for the group. I'm new to building and after a looooong wait, I just received my first kit yesterday from Vans! I am very excited to get going! I'm inventorying my tail kit and I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 18,405
Posted By dwollen89
I totally understand your frustrations. I also...

I totally understand your frustrations. I also ordered my tail kit in July, followed shortly thereafter I ordered the wing kit. I setup shop, ordered tools, took two builders courses and have spent...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-13-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,594
Posted By dwollen89
I ordered my 7A tail kit on July 14 and haven't...

I ordered my 7A tail kit on July 14 and haven't heard anything yet. Hopefully it'll be soon. I know what you mean about being excited. I have everything ready to go...just need a kit now! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,043
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks again everyone for the responses! You are...

Thanks again everyone for the responses! You are an amazing bunch. I think the basement is the best option for me at this point. My basement is unfinished and as long as I don't assemble things to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,043
Posted By dwollen89
Oh you have no idea! I have 11 years left in my...

Oh you have no idea! I have 11 years left in my job and then I'm pulling up stakes and heading to Florida or possibly Texas. Aside from the ridiculous cold, the high taxes and political environment...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,043
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks everyone for the responses! The support...

Thanks everyone for the responses! The support of the Vans family is largely why I chose Vans instead of one of the other kit planes available.

I like the idea of doing the deburring and such in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,043
Posted By dwollen89
Building in Cold Weather

Good morning all! Iím just starting my build on an RV 7a. Iím wondering about building in the cold weather. My shop is a two stall garage attached to my house. Itís insulated and heated with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,014
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks for the replies!

Thanks for the replies!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,014
Posted By dwollen89
Fuel Tank Sending Units

I'm going order my RV7 slow build wing kit next week. Wondering about the optional fuel sending units. It says they work with resistance gauges. Will these work with a glass panel unit, or does...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 859
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks for the reply. I'm getting close to...

Thanks for the reply. I'm getting close to ordering my tail kit. Still doing some research before I pull the trigger.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 859
Posted By dwollen89
Final Sized Holes

I read that the RV 10 and 14 were being produced with mostly final sized holes. I also recall reading that this is going to become the standard on the RV7, 9 and such. Does anyone know if the 7 has...
Forum: Autopilots 01-26-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,325
Posted By dwollen89
Thanks for the info everyone! Definitely will be...

Thanks for the info everyone! Definitely will be getting electric trim. I read the complete thread on the gentleman with the runaway trim on his Rv8. The replies helped to put my mind at ease. ...
Forum: Autopilots 01-24-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,325
Posted By dwollen89
Trim and Auto Pilot

After about two years of researching and recently taking a builder's course, I'm ready to pull the trigger on a 7A. I initially thought that I wanted electric trim, but after lots of thought, I...
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