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Old 06-28-2015, 11:37 AM
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@Bevan, use Imgur. By far the best free image hosting service.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:42 PM
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Default Reached a build milestone -- 1,000 hours build time

I don't know how much of a milestone it really is other than a nice round number. I crossed the thousand-hours build mark. I thought I'd post a pic of my build log for proof. I've even tracked the help from my wife and 2 daughters. I'm supposedly half-way through the build...but looking at all the work still to do, seems like I just got started.

Building RV-7 since June 2012
Emp Complete (Including tips!!)
Wings Complete
Fuse/Canopy Complete
Engine mounted...ready for the other 90%

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Old 08-06-2015, 09:21 AM
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Default Canopy Riveted.... time to move on

As echoed by many in this forum, the slider canopy on a 7 or 9 is one of the toughest sections of the build. Many methods, lots of "fixes", a plethora of great ideas!.

Well,, thanks to the help of my good friend Bill Funk, some ideas from Matt Burch's builder blog, and some encouragement when I saw David Boeshaar's entry in the RV-9/9A section (Canopy Skirts)..... my canopy is ready to store until final installation.

For me, the most difficult task was the rear skirts. The were numerous times when I nearly gave up with the aluminium skirts in favor of fiberglass.....but Bill insisted we continue with aluminium.... and David's post, talking about all the same frustrations, but showing a great method to get the skirts tight, helped keep me on the straight and narrow.

Here are some pictures of the canopy as of this morning:

Nice, tight seal around the rear skirt!

Thanks Matt Burch for your handle idea. Looks fast!

Glamour shot!

Again... thanks Matt for your idea for stainless acorn nuts. I think it looks great!
CJB3 (Steinbach, MB Canada)
Van's RV-7A (C-FIJT)
You can do anything!...but you can't do everything.

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Old 08-06-2015, 07:49 PM
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Looks pretty good...hands down my most frustrating memory during my 7 build.
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:33 PM
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Default Wrestling with the canopy...

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Old 09-19-2015, 11:54 PM
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Default Another step closer

I started the canopy of my RV-7 in late June. The temps here in AZ can be unbearable at times. For instance I took a month off from the project. Not because I wanted to, because no matter how many fans blowing air I had they could not ease the uncomfortable working conditions of relentless 115+ degree days in July. I was able to sneak in an hour here and an hour there to feel I was not completely at a halt.

I had left off with the canopy bubble being split in two. I was able to finish the canopy edges and locate and drill the canopy to the roll bar frame before I couldn?t take working in the garage anymore. Well the fall is approaching and this third weekend of Sept the temps were in the high 90?s so it was at least tolerable to get back into builder mode. My first chore was finish fitting the canopy to the canopy frame. A few hours later that was completed. Both the front and rear canopy sections are now located to be secured into their final position. I also installed the canopy struts for the first time and now I have a fully functioning RV7 tip-up canopy.

I also ordered and received my interior seats for the RV7. It?s the first splash of color for the plane. I choose Classic Aero Designs. I went with their all leather Sportsman seats with heaters. I'll order the complete interior package at a later date.

Carlos in Arizona
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Wittman Tailwind W8 N53CH (built & sold)
Pazmany PL-1 N2029 (bought & sold)
RV7 - N537TC (reserved & building)
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:48 AM
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I'll take a frozen hangar of Minnesota over the heat of one in Arizona anyday. I don't know how you do it.
Bob Collins
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:23 PM
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Default Wow I thought you had to have the engine and cowling on?

Great to see, i have my finishing kit here and thought I would need to do all other work before attempting to install the Canopy.

Maybe i will do that start the canopy and get it out of harms way in the other storage shed.

Thanks for post.
Dave Cobb
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Empennage RV 7 - Tipper
Wings complete

Dynon installed and running
Fuse closer to completion, Canopy complete
AME reviewed and repaired O-320-Lyc installed
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Old 10-30-2015, 06:56 PM
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Default Rudders and brakes

I'm not a big fan of the Vans white powder coat.
Changed to black with red anodized brakes.

Larry Larson
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Donated 01/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (2,000+ hours)
Empennage, wings, fuse, finishing kit, now FWF
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
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Old 11-15-2015, 04:24 PM
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This is what happens when you have more time than money, free battery box.....made this from scraps laying around the garage, got the dimensions for the pc680 and added a little depth just incase I want to install the earth X battery later. extra nut plates to hold cables and stuff. 1.4 LBS and 302 HOLES!

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