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Old 11-15-2013, 11:01 AM
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Doh? looks like my QC is lacking a bit? middle of one of the bottom skins.



The funny thing is I was just talking about this exact situation and how to recover to a fellow EAA member at this months meeting.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:46 PM
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Default Hinged Wingtips on RV-8

Time to get those wingtips done!

First I read up on all the great tips about how to do the wingtips. I decided on using hinges as something different as I used #6 screws on my 9A last time. Here are some links to read if you are interested.

First step is to add additional holes between the existing screw locations to double the rivets holding on the hinge.



Then you need some hinge. Neat trick to use one side wider than the other to move the seam line underneath the tip fiberglass. This eliminates the hinge from being seen between the seam line.



Then you drill the hinge to the wingtip, both sides of the hinge attached in place, because we are going to cut the hinge flange off and use it as the spacer next.



I cut the flange off with a hack saw blade handheld. Was not the easiest thing to do, but worked fine. I tried my jig saw but it was too brutal and wanted to chip the gelcoat.





I find it useful to keep the hinge halves attached together while riveting in place to help keep the eyelets straight and bend free. Worked just fine here.



All that's left is to bond the hinge half to the tip and rivet it in place. Stand by...
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:53 PM
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Default Wings done

Oh ya, and got the bottom skins done this last weekend! We were able to get to all the rivets with the wings still hanging from the wing jig. Made it easy to have them stable and in place. I did the 9A with them flat on the bench, which didn't seem any easier...



Then it was time to take them down from the jig and clear out the space for the next steps.



Like mounting the flaps and ailerons! Again I found it best to keep the hinge assembled while fitting, drilling, and riveting in place. Unlike some I didn't have any trouble with the hinge size and edge distance, the normal hinge worked just fine and everything lined up nicely on the TE with the Aileron.



Aligning the Ailerons using the tooling holes.

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Old 12-08-2013, 08:00 PM
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I needed to do some priming inside with winter here in Seattle. It was 14F last night! I posted the details to another thread on downdraft tables.



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Old 12-08-2013, 08:16 PM
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Well, on to the next kit. Some assembly required?



Got my wife out in the garage to help with the inventory. Lots of parts in the Fuselage box.



Bending the firewall using a digital smart level.



and here's the first mistake made on the kit that I couldn't find a way around and had to order new parts. I ignored the ample warnings in the instructions and countersinked too many holes in the under floor angles that support the gear towers. I put in the order on my mobile phone at 11pm and had new parts a few days later to keep working. Using tape over the holes now to remind me not to mess with them.



Gear towers coming together.




Firewall angles and parts. I was able to back rivet all the firewall rivets using my 12x12x1/4 steel plate.



Front baggage area coming together.



My version of the rear panel trap door. I just followed a number of others that have gone before. I believe it was called the "Jay mod" on a video Doug had posted.


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Starting on the spar carry through center section next.

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I know this is your fourth build and all, but if you pick up the pace only slightly, you might be finished before New Years!

As with your -9 site, I learn much from your posts. Thanks Andy, and have fun.

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Old 12-10-2013, 01:27 PM
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I know this is your fourth build and all, but if you pick up the pace only slightly, you might be finished before New Years!

As with your -9 site, I learn much from your posts. Thanks Andy, and have fun.

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I'll get right on that! Thanks for the kind words.

I really have to say that it's VAF that gives the edge to keeping up the build speed. I must spend hundreds of hours in the deep archives before I ever go into the garage (during times when I can't build) so I'm ready to go when I get there.

What continues to amaze me is almost anything you can think of has lots of posts about it already, you just have to sleuth them out of the archives. There is so much good knowledge here it's just fantastic.
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Default Fuselage center section

Moving along with the center section of the fuselage.

First the structure goes together.


Then the skins go on. (maybe not quite in this order)


Then they get joined up with the front fuselage section.


and finally the tail cone goes on.


All this was fairly easy work, just following the instructions. This new RV-8 Kit sure is nicely put together!
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Default Cleco love

After building the fuel tanks I had a bucket of clecos covered in proseal. While they sort of worked, they were hard to get into the punched holes. So I took a wire wheel to them, and a bit of light oil. WOW, they are like new? Should have done this awhile ago.

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