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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 772
Posted By ravenstar
While I don't doubt the issue in any way, I'm...

While I don't doubt the issue in any way, I'm simply amazed that such a seemingly small change would have such a noticeable impact on the flight characteristics. I'd really like to understand what...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-30-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 518
Posted By ravenstar
That's right, with the parts separated the rivets...

That's right, with the parts separated the rivets fit easily as expected through the F-1211A bulkhead, but they don't fit the F-1211B holes. I managed to force a couple into the holes using all my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-29-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 518
Posted By ravenstar
Fuselage bulkhead rivets don't fit.

Has anyone else had any issues riveting the rear fuselage bulkhead doubler to the bulkhead? (This is page 4 of section 10, parts F-1211A and F-1211B.) I'm finding that the rivets simply don't fit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,344
Posted By ravenstar
I definitely don't have the experience everyone...

I definitely don't have the experience everyone else has here, but for my order planning I reviewed a number of online build logs to get a rough idea how much time people are spending on each kit,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2021, 07:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By ravenstar
Thank you both. I'll try to relax and not...

Thank you both. I'll try to relax and not overthink it, then.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By ravenstar
Skin deburring (RV-12)

Now that I'm well into my empennage kit, I'd like to get some advice (or really reassurance) about deburring. I'm building an RV-12iS, and I'm having trouble determining when I've done enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,214
Posted By ravenstar
I'm just curious, I have two kits on order, but I...

I'm just curious, I have two kits on order, but I didn't receive any email about the new kit status page although it does show the status of my orders. Am I alone in not getting a notification?

But...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,654
Posted By ravenstar
Thank you all, that is reassuring. The official...

Thank you all, that is reassuring. The official view from Van's was the same. I'm sure you all know the frustration of trying to do things perfectly only to miss such a silly mistake. Thanks for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,654
Posted By ravenstar
VS skin deformed -- how bad is it?

I don't really want to post this, but I've got to know how serious this is: I finished skinning my vertical stabilizer a couple of days ago, and following the directions clecoed everything, made...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 795
Posted By ravenstar
Rust inside rudder horn

I started work on my rudder assembly today and while I was preparing to final drill the rudder horn I noticed some surface rust inside the tube of the assembly. I know Van's directs priming any...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-12-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By ravenstar
Not at all a dumb question. I can stare at the...

Not at all a dumb question. I can stare at the rib drawings and watch them alternate between pointing into and out of the page like some of the optical illusions in my old college psychology...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By ravenstar
I have a similar tool so I popped in the...

I have a similar tool so I popped in the countersink bit and drilled those holes in no time. Thanks! I think I prefer the hand countersinking for the control it gives me. I feel silly for not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By ravenstar
I knew it was something obvious. (What do you...

I knew it was something obvious. (What do you mean a tool can be used for two different purposes?)

Thank you all!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,081
Posted By ravenstar
How to countersink these holes?

Well, I promised lots of questions a few months back and my first RV-12 kit finally arrived and it hasn't taken long for me to run into my first puzzle: I can't figure out how to do countersink a...
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 12:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,951
Posted By ravenstar
I don't know about this. I'm really new to the...

I don't know about this. I'm really new to the RV-12 (8 hours), but on my last cross country I was surprised by how slowly I came down. Completely botched my approach to the first airport by 500+...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-30-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,006
Posted By ravenstar
I certainly understand this statement, but I'd...

I certainly understand this statement, but I'd like to flip it around: What does make someone qualified to do the required testing? Honest question, as I've read many warnings about testing but...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-25-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,103
Posted By ravenstar
I haven't flown with my dog (yet), but I do...

I haven't flown with my dog (yet), but I do suggest considering something to help protect their hearing. If it's loud for you, it's loud for them, too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,752
Posted By ravenstar
My opinion may not be worth much, as I haven't...

My opinion may not be worth much, as I haven't started my build yet, and I'm just coming back to flying after a long layoff, but....

I chose the RV12is because it seems to fit my mission best. Most...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-17-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,498
Posted By ravenstar
Congratulations! Still waiting for my first kit...

Congratulations! Still waiting for my first kit to arrive, but I hope to join your ranks someday.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 881
Posted By ravenstar
A vice and hacksaw worked for me on the toolbox...

A vice and hacksaw worked for me on the toolbox kit, but I didn't have a Dremel at the time.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-29-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,635
Posted By ravenstar
To answer my own question, I just received an...

To answer my own question, I just received an email that Vans is about to start crating my kit!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-28-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,635
Posted By ravenstar
Does anyone have experience with the situation...

Does anyone have experience with the situation improving since June? I ordered my empennage kit only April 1 (uh, oh!) and was given a crating date of next week. Am I being overly optimistic that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,946
Posted By ravenstar
Thanks everyone, I appreciate all the options. ...

Thanks everyone, I appreciate all the options. I'll keep the fairings in the order and make the decision later.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-19-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,946
Posted By ravenstar
Stabilator tip fairings?

My RV-12iS empennage kit is only a few weeks away now, but I've been waffling on whether I want to include the optional stabilator tip fairings. My dilemma is simple: Hangar space is very difficult...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,677
Posted By ravenstar
I posted in another thread what I think are the...

I posted in another thread what I think are the relevant sections of the FARs. It seems pretty clear to me that the LODA requirement has existed in the regs for some time, so it felt to me like the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 19,943
Posted By ravenstar
I'm coming back to flying after a long haitus and...

I'm coming back to flying after a long haitus and I was refamiliarizing myself with the regulations over the weekend and read over the sections relevant to this apparent change of heart at the FAA. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-07-2021, 12:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,288
Posted By ravenstar
Has anyone though about collecting tidbits like...

Has anyone though about collecting tidbits like this for the RV-12 build in a wiki like someone else is doing for the RV-14 (I think)?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 05:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,313
Posted By ravenstar
As a newcomer to this site, and soon to joint the...

As a newcomer to this site, and soon to joint the ranks of first time builders, I'm here to learn from everyone else's experiences. I haven't built an airplane before, but I have enough experience...
Forum: Safety 06-02-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,210
Posted By ravenstar
I'm in the same position as all of you describe,...

I'm in the same position as all of you describe, 124+ hrs 20 years ago. My current plan is to join the local flying club to get my flight review and build some recent time, then go to a flight...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-01-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,382
Posted By ravenstar
I did just what you are proposing. I dimpled...

I did just what you are proposing. I dimpled everything, then squeezed all the rivets I could reach (then drilled them all out and did it again), then I ordered some inexpensive flush blind rivets...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-28-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,855
Posted By ravenstar
Thank you all, this has been very helpful. What...

Thank you all, this has been very helpful. What I'm coming around to thinking is that a quality epoxy primer is the "gold standard" for priming and will probably ensure the plane outlasts me, but...
Forum: Primers 05-27-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,795
Posted By ravenstar
This I think is where I'm going for simplicity...

This I think is where I'm going for simplicity and minimal toxicity. My first experiment with the SEM was very positive. That stuff adheres better and is tougher than any paint I've used on any...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-27-2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,855
Posted By ravenstar
Minimally primed RV-12s?

As I'm waiting for my first kit to arrive I'm agonizing over the decision of whether to prime or not, and how to do it if I choose to go that route. Since the RV-12 has been around for over a decade...
Forum: Primers 05-25-2021, 02:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,795
Posted By ravenstar
Preparation for Priming

Hi everyone, after lurking for months, I'm hoping to begin my own RV-12is project very soon, and I've got many questions. To get the ball rolling, I'm trying to arrive at a decision on interior...
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