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Old 04-10-2016, 11:03 PM
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Default Progress pics from February - Paint prep !

During last February, the big rush was to get my fuselage parts from Firewall up to behind passenger seat ready for primer and paint. I wanted to get as much done as possible, such that I could finalize those sub-assemblies, then move on the the aft fuselage part of the build. Here are some pics from paint prepping....

Scuffing and cleaning parts, then racking...Couldn't do it all without you Mom !

[IMG]DSCN2577 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

I loved the smell of Aluminiprep and Alodine in the Evening....Turning aluminum into gold....

[IMG]DSCN2581 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

Mom contributing to the project by hanging parts in rack after alodine treatment done

[IMG]DSCN2568 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

Seat Rib Assy parts alodined and racked, ready for delivery to paint shop

[IMG]DSCN2583 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

More action pics from the paint shop on next post !
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CPL ME-IFR & CFI Class 3, 1,400+ Flight Hours
Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
RV-8 s/n #80414
Kitlog: http://www.mykitlog.com/MartRV80414/
Empennage: 100%
Fuselage: 95%
Wings: 99% (Flaps remain to attach)
MD-RA Pre-closure inspection completed Dec 27, 2019
Entering Final Assembly Phase !

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Old 04-10-2016, 11:26 PM
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Default Action pics from the paint shop !

There was no way I could prime or paint a massive quantity of parts in the shop where I build my RV-8. Therefore, I asked Ben Forget, owner of Carosserie RMP, a local Body Shop in St-Roch-L'Achigan, Quebec to prime and/or paint my parts. Since I had done all the paint prep work on all my parts, and Ben only had to hang my part racks in his paint booth, then paint, his work was minimal. Ben could do this in between painting two cars. That was very abordable price wise, and I didn't have to handle all the paint fumes in my shop. If you want Ben to paint your parts, he can be reached at 514-774-9932 (or get in touch with me)

For primer, I used Sherwin William CM0724933 Epoxy Chromate Green primer purchased from Aviall.

Here are a few action shots from the paint shop....

Parts in racks hanging in the paint booth, waiting for first coat of primer

[IMG]DSCN2588 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

Overview in the paint booth, with lots of parts getting primed at same time



Ben Forget applying primer to my fuselage parts...A major milestone in my project !

DSCN2601 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr

Mom admiring the first parts coming back from paint shop...Firewall and flight control parts painted epoxy white...

[IMG]DSCN2574 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

Next....It is assembly time in March !
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CPL ME-IFR & CFI Class 3, 1,400+ Flight Hours
Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
RV-8 s/n #80414
Kitlog: http://www.mykitlog.com/MartRV80414/
Empennage: 100%
Fuselage: 95%
Wings: 99% (Flaps remain to attach)
MD-RA Pre-closure inspection completed Dec 27, 2019
Entering Final Assembly Phase !

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Old 04-10-2016, 11:54 PM
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Default March was assembly month...here are the pics

Last March was a very active month at Martin's Aircraft Factory....With at least 75% of all my fuselage parts now primed or painted, and the possibility of starting a new job soon, I launched myself into an assembly blitz. Over a period of about 10 days strait, I was installing rivets after rivets. I couldn't believe how fast I could put together this aircraft after working on it so much in the last few months.

Initially, I feared installing rivets on my RV. I didn't want to fail. I had prepared a number of practice parts with scrap aluminum while my parts where at the paint shop. It turned out, I didn't use any of those practice parts at all. The riveting skills I learned many years ago from aircraft manufacturing school came back very quickly. I was up and running with riveting !

Here are a few pics from last March....

The first and most important picture....The first rivet installed by myself on my RV-8 fuselage

DSCN2604 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr

A proud Dad displaying his son's accomplishment....First sub-assembly completed, the forward baggage floor

[IMG]DSCN2605 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

Thumbs up....Firewall complete and ready for inspection !

[IMG]DSCN2613 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

Nut plate installation...I just love my pneumatic squeezer with foot pedal control and worktable bracket kit from Avery. A great investment !

DSCN2616 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr

Some riveting action...

[IMG]DSCN2620 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

I build a pick-up jig (a PUPJ as we used to call them at Bombardier...) to ease the skin riveting on the seat rib sub assembly

[IMG]DSCN2731 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

Dad, why are you hiding behind the rear passenger seat back ?

[IMG]DSCN2741 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

My Friend Pavel also came for a visit. Every visitor that come to my shop are required to install at least one rivet....Pavel is a former Aircraft Assembler and Production Supervisor at Bombardier. For him, that was easy, just like riding a bicycle again !

[IMG]DSCN2718 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]


That is it for now....More coming end of April !

Thanks for following my thread. Your comments are welcome !

Martin
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CPL ME-IFR & CFI Class 3, 1,400+ Flight Hours
Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
RV-8 s/n #80414
Kitlog: http://www.mykitlog.com/MartRV80414/
Empennage: 100%
Fuselage: 95%
Wings: 99% (Flaps remain to attach)
MD-RA Pre-closure inspection completed Dec 27, 2019
Entering Final Assembly Phase !

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Old 07-20-2016, 02:30 PM
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Default More updates from Martin's Aircraft Factory !

Hello all on VAF !

It has been at least 3 months since I have made an update about my RV-8 s/n 80414 project. It doesn't mean nothing happened during that time ! Actually huge progress was made....

It is true though that I had numerous distraction from the project between May and July. Actually, in both late April and May, most of my time was devoted to finding a new job in aerospace industry, and the many job interviews took a lot of time away from the RV-8 project. Nice Spring and early Summer weather also had an impact on my motivation to spend entire days in the shop. In turn, with the nice summer weather here in Quebec, Canada, my interested turned to getting some R/C scale models completed and ready to fly.

In the last few months, my project outgrew the initial shop space I have been renting. Building owner unhappy to see me "expand" outside my little corner asked me to relocate to another larger room in the building. First, we had to make sure the fuselage could come out of this room after assembly ! Additionally, I had planned to use sturdy office desk as a building surface for the fuselage. It turned out those were sold. I was then without an appropriate assembly surface. Therefore, a lot of time in May was devoted to build a fuselage assembly support/jig.

Following these project (re) organization tasks & distractions, I resumed building the RV-8 fuselage. In mid June, a great milestone was achieved, to everyone disbelieve....We had an aluminum canoe in the shop....Of course, I meant a RV-8 fuselage

Now mid-July, still unemployed and in middle of vacation season, I am taking this opportunity to progress fuselage structure assembly to the final steps. Next July 30, it will be a year since I have received my fuselage kit. A lot of progress was made since this crate arrived....

Next few posts...the pics !
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CPL ME-IFR & CFI Class 3, 1,400+ Flight Hours
Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
RV-8 s/n #80414
Kitlog: http://www.mykitlog.com/MartRV80414/
Empennage: 100%
Fuselage: 95%
Wings: 99% (Flaps remain to attach)
MD-RA Pre-closure inspection completed Dec 27, 2019
Entering Final Assembly Phase !

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Old 07-20-2016, 02:43 PM
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Default Building a fuselage support jig

Building my RV-8 fuselage in a rented space means that at one point in the life of this project, I will have to move it somewhere else, at a maybe moment notice. Without a proper building surface to support the entire fuselage, I decided to combine both the transport dolly I would need later with the building jig.

[IMG]RV-8 Fuselage AJFA 23 avril 2016 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

For this "jig design", I inspired myself with images of RV-8 jigs previous "-0" generation kit builder had to build. My jig being just a support, it doesn't need the accuracy of the "not pre-punched" jig. Knowing how much energy I had to spend to build my support, these older generation kit builder now have my full respect

And no, this aerospace engineer is not dumb....Yes the caster wheel do not touch the ground....Once the fuselage is completed, we will jack up the support, knock off the support legs, bring it down to the ground, and Voilà, we will have a transport dolly! Clever, isn't it !?
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CPL ME-IFR & CFI Class 3, 1,400+ Flight Hours
Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
RV-8 s/n #80414
Kitlog: http://www.mykitlog.com/MartRV80414/
Empennage: 100%
Fuselage: 95%
Wings: 99% (Flaps remain to attach)
MD-RA Pre-closure inspection completed Dec 27, 2019
Entering Final Assembly Phase !

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Old 07-20-2016, 02:56 PM
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Default Starting to join sub-assemblies together

After making the move to my new shop space in May and re-organizing, June was a very active month for fuselage assembly. Objective was to start putting together a number of small sub-assemblies. I had my friend Yves Millette volonteering some of his time. Yves is a Dash 8-Q400 pilot and R/C aircraft modelist. It was really amazing to see how much we can accomplish when two skilled and passionate aviation workers get together !

FWD and MID fuse finalized and ready for joining on the support jig

[IMG]DSCN2797 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

Notice the distraction using some jig space...It is a 1/6 scale Dewoitine D.520 WWII French fighter aircraft

Yves helping out joining FWD and MID fuse

DSCN2799 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr
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CPL ME-IFR & CFI Class 3, 1,400+ Flight Hours
Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
RV-8 s/n #80414
Kitlog: http://www.mykitlog.com/MartRV80414/
Empennage: 100%
Fuselage: 95%
Wings: 99% (Flaps remain to attach)
MD-RA Pre-closure inspection completed Dec 27, 2019
Entering Final Assembly Phase !

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Old 07-20-2016, 03:13 PM
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Default We have an aluminum canoe on cleco !

A month later, I still don't believe I have reached this stage in the project....

Sometime June 16 just before Dinner time, there was an aluminum canoe in my shop

What I really couldn't believe is that Yves and I achieved that in about an afternoon, not more that 5 hours for joining fuselage front, mid and tailcone.

During the evening, My dad and myself sat in awe in front for maybe an hour. Then as usual, my dad started asking question about it, and as he always does, fantasized about transforming my airplane project in some sort of a 3 wheeler hot-rod vehicle. Ah those car guys

Proud RV-8 builders taking a pause in front to their accomplishment
DSCN2802 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr

A few days later, Fuselage position is "lock down" on support jig. Work platforms are added to help when working inside fuselage. Benefit of this support is that I can also work under the fuselage without moving or rotating it per Van's instruction. On the picture, some parts are added for the "glory shot" (roll bars, seat backs, etc...). Blue metal frame attached to firewall is a support for a potential "rotisserie jig" to be build later, maybe.
[IMG]DSCN2810 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]DSCN2807 by Martin Leroux, on Flickr[/IMG]
Dad inspecting the complete fuselage "Canoe 1.0" for the first time.
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CPL ME-IFR & CFI Class 3, 1,400+ Flight Hours
Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
RV-8 s/n #80414
Kitlog: http://www.mykitlog.com/MartRV80414/
Empennage: 100%
Fuselage: 95%
Wings: 99% (Flaps remain to attach)
MD-RA Pre-closure inspection completed Dec 27, 2019
Entering Final Assembly Phase !

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Old 07-20-2016, 06:50 PM
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Love watching craftsmanship! Looks like a nice family build.
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Old 07-21-2016, 08:45 AM
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De toute beauté, félicitations!
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:16 PM
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Your paint racks are genius. They key to paing small stuff is hanging on to it so it doesn't flap around and so u can get at all sides. Yours is cheap, simple and and effective.
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