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Old 05-13-2014, 11:51 AM
Joness0154 Joness0154 is offline
 
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Default RV-7 #72794 Chicago, IL

Hi all,

Just thought I'd start a thread on my RV-7 build, serial number #72794. It will be my first homebuilt aircraft.

I bought the empennage kit from another gentlemen who was not able to get started approximately 4 years ago. I had aspirations of starting the build then, but I soon bought a house and most of my time was going towards that.

Fast forward to now, and with the encouragement and mentorship of several EAA Chapter 461 members (2 of whom are also building RV-7s), I began my build with the vertical stabilizer. Approximately 25 hours later, a few drilled out rivets and a fun learning curve, I'm very happy with the end product!











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Old 05-13-2014, 01:59 PM
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A great start! Keep clecoing, riveting, deburring and a plane will emerge someday.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:17 PM
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Hi joness, I am a rv14 builder in the Chicago area, SW suburbs. Empenage and wings done waiting for fuse to be available. We'll have to talk and hopefully fly together
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:20 AM
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Well I got started on my HS rear spar yesterday. I broke the edges of the spar doublers and gave the ends the 1/4" radius as called out in the plans. Additionally, I did have to shave off (well, really I gave those edges a larger radius with a vixen file followed by the scotchbrite wheel) a bit more of the doublers where the spar flange bend was causing the doubler to lift and not sit flat.

I got the doublers and hinge brackets match drilled. I was able to prime the elevator hinge bearing and get that riveted in place between the elevator hinge brackets. Of course, Van's was overly confident that the AD4-5's were the correct length. After setting one, I realized they were way too short. Set the rest with AD4-6's and they turned out just fine. Hopefully it's not an issue having 1x -5 and 5x -6 rivets in there.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:09 AM
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Looking great Josh! Give me a holler if you need a hand.
Jim, I'm in Willowbrook building a 7. Just about have the wings done and my fuselage arrives late June. We should all get together for lunch some day.

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:28 PM
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Dave, believe it or not I am in Willowbrook as well. Just west of 83 on bluff road. We should get together real soon. You can reach me at 630-816-2850.
Would love to see your 7
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:46 PM
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Looking good! Finishing up my wings here and waiting for the fuse to arrive. Come on out my way, for the $1000 hamburger ... we have at least 4 great restaurants near my field at KHAF. My Dad hails from south Chicago; great town. OSH will be easy for you, a fun challenge for me!
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:46 AM
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Well I bit the bullet and ordered my first batch of new parts this morning. I'm going to completely redo the horizontal stabilizer front spar.

Between using a unibit to drill the 1/4" relief hole near the bend line (I wouldn't recommend that - the relief hole is on the bend radius between the flange and web), some edge distance funniness with the HS-405/HS-00005 (not a big deal per Vans) and an attempt at drilling those ribs with a 12" long drill bit...enlarging the holes beyond mil-spec maximum for #30 (I believe .135), I just am not happy with the parts.

With this being a critical part of the aircraft, I'll sleep better at night. I'm a little bummed, but I realize this won't be the first time I need to reorder parts. My lesson out of this is to slow down, take my time, browse the forums for techniques and ask questions when I have them.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:48 AM
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Dave, believe it or not I am in Willowbrook as well. Just west of 83 on bluff road. We should get together real soon. You can reach me at 630-816-2850.
Would love to see your 7
Jim, if you're not doing anything Saturday morning, a bunch of us EAA461 members meet at Charlies restaurant at 1C5 at 7am. I'll be there this Saturday and Dave (AcroSmoke) usually is too. We have another -7 builder in the Chapter too that usually joins. Come on out and have breakfast with us!
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:38 AM
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Well I bit the bullet and ordered my first batch of new parts this morning. I'm going to completely redo the horizontal stabilizer front spar.

Between using a unibit to drill the 1/4" relief hole near the bend line (I wouldn't recommend that - the relief hole is on the bend radius between the flange and web), some edge distance funniness with the HS-405/HS-00005 (not a big deal per Vans) and an attempt at drilling those ribs with a 12" long drill bit...enlarging the holes beyond mil-spec maximum for #30 (I believe .135), I just am not happy with the parts.

With this being a critical part of the aircraft, I'll sleep better at night. I'm a little bummed, but I realize this won't be the first time I need to reorder parts. My lesson out of this is to slow down, take my time, browse the forums for techniques and ask questions when I have them.
Hey Joness,

I feel your pain?.take a deep breath and forge on! I botched half the ribs on my horiz. stab because I dimpled them before I match-drilled them. So easy in the early stages to get out of sequence. I have nightmares about putting dimples on the wrong side of a rib or skin!

On a weeknight, I limit myself to a max 3 hours of anything involving assembly/riveting. I simply get too tired to do quality work. If I go an extra hour, it's for something simpler, like deburring, priming or dimpling.
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