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Old 07-07-2020, 11:51 PM
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Default RV-7A #74583 N12VD

Thought it would be fun to start one of these threads and take a trip down memory lane. I'll post a few major milestones from my RV-7A build and see if I can keep it up to date!

2016-11-12: Obligatory first rivets:



2016-12-10: First complete assembly (HS):



2017-02-19: First mod of many: trim tab riblets:



2017-10-29: First job finished that I never want to do again:



2017-12-22: First time I wanted to quit building:



2018-07-08: Wings done (with witness dog):



2019-01-01: First panicked call to Van's thinking I ruined the whole project

2019-03-09: Canoe flip:



2019-03-30: First airplane noises with copilot:

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Old 07-07-2020, 11:52 PM
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2019-05-19: Plumbing fun:



2019-06-25: Most interesting side project (courtesy baggage lights):



2019-07-16: First time it started looking like an airplane:



2019-12-29: First electronic gizmos:



2020-02-22: Fiberfrax firewall insulation applied:



2020-05-16: Panel complete:



2020-06-19: The Big Cut:



2020-07-07 [today!]: Tipper canopy bonded:

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Old 07-08-2020, 10:39 AM
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Thumbs up Great Post, Great Photos

It's incredible how much work these projects are.

I think the greatest satisfaction is getting from OMG I reached my level of incompetence, too, OK, that worked out pretty well
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Started 11/2016
Empennage completed 11/2016
Ailerons and flaps completed 3/2017.
Wings completed 12/2017
Started on QB fuselage 01/2018
Sliding canopy mostly completed 10/2020
Wiring and Avionics harness completed 9/2/2021
FWF Started 9/3/2021

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Old 07-09-2020, 08:08 AM
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2019-05-19: Plumbing fun:



2019-06-25: Most interesting side project (courtesy baggage lights):



2019-07-16: First time it started looking like an airplane:



2019-12-29: First electronic gizmos:



2020-02-22: Fiberfrax firewall insulation applied:



2020-05-16: Panel complete:



2020-06-19: The Big Cut:



2020-07-07 [today!]: Tipper canopy bonded:

Does the plastic still peel off the canopy easily ?. I spent 2 weeks getting it off mine after it had literally welded itself on. My advice would be to check it's OK and keep an eye on it until it's time for the big reveal.

If it is stuck (or leaving adhesive behind) I found that I could get it off by "waxing" it with gorrila tape - stuck it on then sharply rip it off (no scratching or solvent exposure)
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:53 AM
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Does the plastic still peel off the canopy easily ?. I spent 2 weeks getting it off mine after it had literally welded itself on. My advice would be to check it's OK and keep an eye on it until it's time for the big reveal.

If it is stuck (or leaving adhesive behind) I found that I could get it off by "waxing" it with gorrila tape - stuck it on then sharply rip it off (no scratching or solvent exposure)
I peeled back about an inch of plastic before taping and bonding. I made the mistake of taping over the plastic, and the electrical tape i used was STRONG! It pulled a lot of plastic up when I un-taped. I'm trying to keep as much plastic in place now until the end of the build, to protect the canopy.
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Old 09-02-2020, 10:42 PM
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2020-08-29: Riveted aft top skin and bonded rear window:



2020-09-02: First avionics power-on:

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So exciting to power on for the first time! I have powered everything on but my EFIS will be here Tuesday so I can really get things going! Keep up the work and she will be flying in no time.
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Old 09-26-2020, 05:30 PM
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2020-09-26: On gear

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Old 09-26-2020, 07:46 PM
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Nice! Such a great milestone to get the plane on its legs!
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Fantastic Work! I also love seeing a future pilot seated next to you.

Impressive.
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