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Old 04-17-2019, 01:16 AM
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Default RV8 N1986 Mesa, Arizona


Well today is the start. After dithering on a decision, having the plans preview book for 6 years I called today and ordered the tail feathers.

It's been a long time coming. I had just finished my Aerospace engineering degree, I finally got my private, then got distracted with helicopters for a while. Thought I would consider an RV... Took the eaa sheetmetal class... It was good but I thought there should be more so I got my A&P certificate. Now I teach sheetmetal at the part 147 mechanic school!

Should be an interesting ride. Which I could fast forward to see the end of this thread!

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Old 04-29-2019, 02:08 PM
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Finally. Not sure why I had such issue trying to upload pics.
This was a week ago.

Got everything inventoried that night.

Apparently I started another primer war over on the VAF Facebook. Didn't know that was a thing.

I work in aerospace and have never been able to just put a part on an aircraft. It has to have some sort of protection on it.
I'm currently working on aircraft for my day job that have been sitting for 30 years in the arizona desert and it's awful. The system we use at work is like a 4 or 6 step process and was not something I was willing to do.

After researching I just ordered a batch of etch and prime from Stewart Systems. Sounds amazing... waterbased... roughly non toxic. I'll give it a try and go from there.

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Old 04-29-2019, 09:09 PM
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Congrats on taking the plunge... Glad to see another Phoenix area builder! Goodluck!
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:25 PM
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Welcome aboard! Im not too far down that road myself. Im really enjoying the journey so far.
Fly safe,
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:11 AM
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There is something really cool about receiving boxes proudly stating "High Dollar Value Aircraft Parts - Handle with Care" in them!.

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy every second of building
RV-9, Empennage and Wings done minus fibreglass, Fuselage 50% or more, finishing kits and engine taking up space.
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:21 AM
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Sounded like they wanted it primer'ed

Tonights work:

Rear spar asm.

Maybe this weekend...

Got my care package from Stewart Systems in the mail today. Never used a paint gun so I might leave that to the weekend.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:52 PM
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Well... this could be a little clearer.

So per the instructions it says to lay out a line of rivets...
Apparently the image for this is part of a SB 14-01-31?

See how this ends up.

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Old 05-08-2019, 11:45 PM
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Made my first mistake. HS Fwd spar. Match drilled through the HS-810-1 and got that on the other side

Emailed tech... not sure what I did wrong.

EDIT: Put them on opposite. New part ordered.

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Old 05-09-2019, 06:38 PM
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Don't let it bother you. I had to order replacement parts right off the bat too. Next time you screw something up, just have Vans throw in an extra trim tab skin too. You'll probably need it. I went through 3 of them I think
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Old 05-09-2019, 07:50 PM
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My plans showed the doublers very similar but have call outs indicating that the edges where they are connected are the bottoms and the outside edges are the tops which helps you get them oriented on the spar correctly. Looking again, your call outs basically say the same thing but not so clear as day. Just make a note for the future that when you have parts mirror image parts, they aren't always identical. Sometimes there is a left and a right version.
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