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Old 12-14-2014, 11:41 AM
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Default Tanks finished - no leaks! Milestone for me!

Well, after way too long, I have BOTH tanks finished and they are leak free! At my previous job, I worked with a lot of B1/2 sealant, so I got B4 for my tanks. I wanted plenty of working time here. Here is a pic of the left tank, mounted on the wing, taken while starting to rivet on the outboard skin. The balloon has been inflated for over a week at this time, with pretty steady temps and pressures over that week:


And for further progress, I am as far as I can get on the final wing skin by myself, so my buddy Kurt will be back over in a day or two to help my finish it. Only about an hour to go on that skin! So while he was away, I decided to make my first entry for the fuselage kit! I worked on the firewall for a couple hours last night, and got it drilled, clecoed, and started working on the angles behind it:


Was really cool to see a part started on the fuse!

Regards,

Gregg
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Old 12-27-2014, 04:15 PM
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Default Making progress

After a nice Christmas surprise package from the good folks at Cleaveland I have finished dimpling the horizontal stabilizer frame and skin. Getting ready to rivet some skins for good Feeling pretty good about that months of careful work and much figuring is coming to fruition.

Does anyone have some tips for "peeling the skins back enough (and holding them) to allow for bucking the rivets along the forward spar? I fit the skin today and it's quite still, especially towards the tip.

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Old 12-28-2014, 07:59 PM
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Default That's NOT a big wing, but they are finished. (mostly)

Well, FINALLY. The wings are finished, save for a couple hours work on the left wingtip. There are still a few clecoes in it. I moved them to the little shop today, and could not help but lay them out (minus the dihedral) and take a picture:

Time to finish the fuselage jig, and hang the firewall on it! I have LOTS of room now. (2 car attached garage)

Let's keep smashin' rivets folks!

Gregg
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:15 PM
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Default Canopy Complete

Yes, we do have a rollbar. It's just not installed yet.[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:36 PM
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My engine is almost ready to assemble. We decided to overhaul because the camshaft and accessory gears were badly corroded. It's getting 8.5:1 pistons to make it a 160hp.
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:49 PM
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Arlie why is there a linear actuator on your canopy cross member?
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:38 PM
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Default Linear actuator

It's a taxi lock. It will secure to a pin on the roll bar. The picture shows it in the retracted position. The two "ears" are spring loaded so when the actuator is extended it will catch on the pin. There is a hidden button under the canopy frame rail that will retract the actuator so you can leave it cracked on hot days while you are outside. That way your valuables can still be secure.
We thought of all kinds of scenarios where the system might lock you out, but we built it in a way that you could manually override the lock if the electrical failed.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:46 PM
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Looking good Arlie and thanks for sharing. I'm always looking forward to seeing what you've done next on this project.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:16 AM
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Arlie, be sure to remove all the paint on the cylinder attach faces. You don't want paint between any parts held by short cylinder studs.
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:27 AM
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Default Getting started again

Well after a long break it's time to get my RV4 finished.
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