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Old 01-04-2022, 09:09 PM
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I just finished fitting my baggage door about 6 months ago. I had the newer kit so the baggage door structure wasn't too difficult. The trick was to get the latch blocks and the structure to fit precisely and don't bind as you turn the key to lock the door, and everything to line up square and flush. This is the part of your airplane all RV8 builders will scrutinize when they look at it. No pressure eh. What I learned was it took me all the various different building skills from the 2 1/2 years of building to ensure everything fitted correctly. I had to redo a few parts, a few re-orders from Vans, at least one customized part to finish it off. My one advice is don't rush it, you can do this part toward the end. Your building skills will be much improved before tackling the baggage door.
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If you have not yet installed the top-forward skin (the one the door is cut out of) it might be realistic to tackle this.
I've told this story on myself before.

Look close at 5551, and compared to others you'll see a bit more space between door edge and opening edge, all around the door perimeter. The door closes against a flange, so it's not obvious.

That's because I carefully cut that section from the door opening in the top skin...then built the door with it, not realizing there was a real door skin in the bottom of the shipping box.

I don't know, but it may be easier to get a great fit by working with an unpunched door skin. For sure, it proves even an idiot like me can build a decent door. Don't let a mouse become a monster in your head.
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Old 01-05-2022, 08:24 AM
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Don't let a mouse become a monster in your head.
Pretty much the best airplane building advice ever!
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