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  #2021  
Old 08-01-2022, 12:51 PM
motodave motodave is offline
 
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This little piggy stayed home....from Oshkosh....to prepare for this past weekend. Truthfully, I've never been to Osh! Hmmm...maybe next year will be my year to go!

The big move!
Wings on!

Getting very close now.

Ryan
AWESOME, I also stayed home for OSH working on my 7. My fuse is 99.99% done and wings coming along fine and hope to have them finished in next month then off to the airport for me also. I've been debating on how to transport to the airport (45 miles away), trailer or flatbed tow. Prefer a trailer because I can tow it versus a flatbed with a "pro" driver who likely doesn't appreciate the work we've put into our projects. Your trailer looks just wide enough.
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Old 08-01-2022, 01:28 PM
ryankhallcpa@yahoo.com ryankhallcpa@yahoo.com is offline
 
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Thanks Michael & Dave!

So, I had planned to load the plane onto the trailer nose forward; I thought I measured everything and we even pulled the plane up onto the trailer nose first. However, what I didn't measure was the outside of the axle nuts!!! Haha...I'm such a newb! The rubber would have just fit nicely inside those trailer wheels, but not the axle nuts. So, we rolled it back down and turned the plane around and loaded it tail first. Worked well!

Since my drive was a mere 2 miles through town, I kept it slooooow going! I locked my tail control surfaces too.

High anxiety!

Ryan
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Old 08-01-2022, 09:11 PM
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My 7 was put on a 20' deck-over for a 50 mile trip to the airport. If youre willing to take the prop off or don't mind it overhanging a bit, it'll fit on an 18'. Anything with wheel-wells will be too narrow to let the gear through. If you don't have a winch to help get it on, I recommend the 750 lb drill operated Warn. It was just enough to pull the plane up slowly and safely onto the trailer.

You'll have to pull the prop and cowl if you put it on a tow truck. Our air intake was way to close for comfort, but this was only for a 5 mile ride.
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Old 08-05-2022, 05:39 AM
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Default Ready for Weight and Balance

Just thought I would post a couple of photographs of my aircraft which I have readied so I can do the Weight and Balance on Monday.

When I have completed the weighing I will post the figures.

https://flic.kr/p/2nCuHGd

https://flic.kr/p/2nCtCkN

Cheers,
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Old 08-14-2022, 03:52 PM
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Default Center Section & FWD Side Skins cleco'd for the last time!

Finally, for the last time we reattached the Center Section to the Tail cone and cleco'd the FWD Side Skins for riveting!
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Old 08-14-2022, 04:22 PM
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Finally, for the last time we reattached the Center Section to the Tail cone and cleco'd the FWD Side Skins for riveting!
Looking great, Jeff! And more fun than the model shop I'd guess.

I think you may have told me once and I may have forgotten, but are you putting an RV-8 rudder on your -7?
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Old 08-14-2022, 04:40 PM
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Looking great, Jeff! And more fun than the model shop I'd guess.

I think you may have told me once and I may have forgotten, but are you putting an RV-8 rudder on your -7?
Thanks Carl! -yes, more fun, but I sure do miss our good times in San Diego testing those low speed flutter models at the old Convair Wind Tunnel!

-not yet for me on putting the RV-8 Rudder on the -7 but just last week I learned of such a thing from an EAA Ch84 talk by Stephen Christopher of Undaunted Airshows... got me thinking!
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SB Fuse started 5/21, riveting FWD Side Skins
SB Wings 95%
Flaps & Ailerons 95%
Empennage 95%(no fiberglass), 75% if I decide to go with a -8 rudder
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Old 08-14-2022, 04:57 PM
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Thanks Carl! -yes, more fun, but I sure do miss our good times in San Diego testing those low speed flutter models at the old Convair Wind Tunnel!
Yes, those trips were fun (even the work portion sometimes)! Hard to believe that the only thing left down there from the Convair/General Dynamics facilities is the LSWT.

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-not yet for me on putting the RV-8 Rudder on the -7 but just last week I learned of such a thing from an EAA Ch84 talk by Stephen Christopher of Undaunted Airshows... got me thinking!
Based on the in-depth investigations of two RV-7s coming apart in-flight (by the Canadian and New Zealand safety authorities) and anecdotal evidence of the others that have come apart in-flight, if I had an RV-7/7A it would have an RV-8 rudder on it instead of the RV-9 rudder that came with the kits since mid-2002.

For the reasons given below, the -8 rudder would provide larger strength and flutter margins in case of an inadvertent excursion outside the published flight envelope:
- The -8 rudder has thicker skins (0.020") than the -9/-7 rudder (0.016"), making the -8 rudder stronger and stiffer.

- The -8 rudder has a folded trailing edge, which makes the -8 rudder stiffer than the riveted trailing edge of the -9/-7 rudder.

- The -8 rudder has less area than the -9/-7 rudder, creating smaller unsteady aerodynamic forces than the larger -9/-7 rudder.
The -9 rudder was designed for an airplane that has a Vne of 210 MPH, whereas the -7 has a Vne of 230 MPH. Now, of course, those speeds are designated as TAS values.

More and more folks are putting -8 rudders on their -7s.
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Last edited by RV8JD : 08-14-2022 at 08:04 PM. Reason: Added link to Van's SB 02-6-1, dated 6/8/2002.
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Old 08-14-2022, 05:46 PM
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Yes, those trips were fun (even the work portion sometimes)! Hard to believe that the only thing left down there from the Convair/General Dynamics facilities is the LSWT.





Based on the in-depth investigations of two RV-7s coming apart in-flight (by the Canadian and New Zealand safety authorities) and anecdotal evidence of the others that have come apart in-flight, if I had an RV-7/7A it would have an RV-8 rudder on it instead of the RV-9 rudder that came with the kits since mid-2002.

For the reasons given below, the -8 rudder would provide larger strength and flutter margins in case of an inadvertent excursion outside the published flight envelope:
- The -8 rudder has thicker skins (0.020") than the -9/-7 rudder (0.016"), making the -8 rudder stronger and stiffer.

- The -8 rudder has a folded trailing edge, which makes the -8 rudder stiffer than the riveted trailing edge of the -9/-7 rudder.

- The -8 rudder has less area than the -9/-7 rudder, creating smaller unsteady aerodynamic forces than the larger -9/-7 rudder.
The -9 rudder was designed for an airplane that has a Vne of 210 MPH, whereas the -7 has a Vne of 230 MPH. Now, of course, those speeds are designated as TAS values.

More and more folks are putting -8 rudders on their -7s.
-yes, the work was very fun, never knew for sure if a catastrophic flutter or Q-door failure would send us home early ...and hard to believe so many cars would be parked when the factory buildings came down -can't believe we needed a place to park so darn many cars!

-wow, thanks for the background primer on the rudder issue Carl! -I had no idea the details, only knew it was favored for aerobatics... Thanks! -I've got some homework ahead of me, and maybe a -8 rudder kit order.
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SB Fuse started 5/21, riveting FWD Side Skins
SB Wings 95%
Flaps & Ailerons 95%
Empennage 95%(no fiberglass), 75% if I decide to go with a -8 rudder
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Old 08-18-2022, 01:43 PM
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