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Old 09-07-2023, 08:00 AM
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Default Nut plate jig

For those currently building a newer RV-12 kit, can you tell me if the areas for nut plates are predrilled or do I need a few sizes of nut plate jigs. I know I could use a nut plate and screw to do the same but prefer the tool.

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-Tom
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Old 09-07-2023, 08:17 AM
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No need for a nutplate jig on the latest kits. They are all pre-drilled and in some cases, pre-dimpled.
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Old 09-07-2023, 08:19 AM
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Thanks Phil. Looks like I will finally save some money on tools.

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Old 09-07-2023, 08:22 AM
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But for future necessity: run a screw backward through a nutplate and drill it that way....
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Old 09-07-2023, 08:23 AM
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But for future necessity: run a screw backward through a nutplate and drill it that way....
Gotcha, thanks.

-Tom
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Old 09-09-2023, 10:39 AM
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I should have added… there are a few places that aren’t pre-punched for nut plates. The fiberglass tailcone fairing and wheels pants are the first to my mind. Not enough to where a nut plate jig is a must have tool. It would be nice but you can get by without.
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Old 09-09-2023, 11:25 AM
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I should have added… there are a few places that aren’t pre-punched for nut plates. The fiberglass tailcone fairing and wheels pants are the first to my mind. Not enough to where a nut plate jig is a must have tool. It would be nice but you can get by without.
I bought a nut plate jig seven or eight airplanes ago. I've used it maybe a 1/2 dozen times.
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Old 09-09-2023, 11:53 AM
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Yeah, unless you're doing a LOT of nutplates without pre-punched holes, a bolt and a cleco work just fine.
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Keep one around by cutting the head of the bolt off and leaving it in the nut plate.
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Old 09-09-2023, 03:34 PM
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Phil, Mel, Joe and Webb,

Thanks for the input. So, I guess with a dozen or so where I have to drill, the nut plate with bolt option is the solution.

Thanks to all,

-Tom
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Received June 16th (damaged) but replaced
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