VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

  #1  
Old 01-21-2021, 02:36 PM
Fenderbean Fenderbean is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Huntsville AL
Posts: 78
Default Vans fiberglass parts

I have been looking at a lot of build logs and the quality of the fiberglass parts seems really rough. I know this is a kit a we have to learn some things but what im seeing folks have to do for prep is that a normal?
I am familiar with some of the products people are using but thats about it.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-21-2021, 03:15 PM
9GT's Avatar
9GT 9GT is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Southern Michigan
Posts: 2,076
Default

IMHO, Van’s supplied fiberglass parts are pretty high in quality and require minimal effort to fit and finish. I have no complaints about them.
__________________
David C.
Howell, MI
RV-10: #41686 Under Construction
RV-9A: #90949 Under Construction
RV-10: #40637 Completed/Sold 2016
Cozy MKIV:#656 Completed/Sold 2007
"Donor Exempt" but donated through Dec. 2021
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-21-2021, 03:16 PM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is online now
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 4,364
Default

Mostly, they fit reasonably well, but if you want an Oshkosh level of fit and finish, *everything* takes more work.
__________________
Kyle Boatright
Marietta, GA
2001 RV-6 N46KB
2019(?) RV-10
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-21-2021, 05:08 PM
D Weisgerber's Avatar
D Weisgerber D Weisgerber is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Ionia Michigan
Posts: 212
Default

I found the fiberglass is high quality, it's a lot better than it was 25 years ago when I built my RV6.
__________________
RV6 N7219d
IO-320-B1A
Sam James cowl
first flight May 2, 1997
RV8 #83830 tail done, wing done, fuselage done.
Working on the finish kit.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-21-2021, 06:23 PM
wirejock's Avatar
wirejock wirejock is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Estes Park, CO
Posts: 4,191
Default Vans fiberglass

Some are perfect. Some not so much. Depends on the part. I would say most so far have been pretty good. Rudder bottom cap was the only one that needs parts cut off and new glas.
The gray gel coat is far better to finish.
__________________
Larry Larson
Estes Park, CO
http://wirejockrv7a.blogspot.com
wirejock at yahoo dot com
Donated 01/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (2,000+ hours)
HS SB, empennage, tanks, wings, fuse, working finishing kit
Disclaimer
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-21-2021, 06:45 PM
Jeff Vaughan's Avatar
Jeff Vaughan Jeff Vaughan is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: West Chester, Pa
Posts: 595
Default

Earlier parts were extremely poor. 2001 RV-7 I still have the original emp fairing uninstalled. should you wish to see how poor they were. A friends 14 has very nice FG parts in comparison
__________________
Jeff Vaughan
RV 12 N237VW ELSA
RV 7A N561EV Sold
West Chester Pa

2021 donation current
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-21-2021, 07:52 PM
merlin3 merlin3 is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: ohio
Posts: 192
Default

I would say they are of average quality. I didn't build but i am putting new fairings on after painting my plane. The new tail intersectiom fairing i bought from vans fit so poorly i had to cut off all edges and reglass on new ones.
__________________
Justin
Rv-6, o360, whirlwind cs prop, old paint and panel
Rv-4,o-320,prince prop, mgl avionics screens - sold
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-22-2021, 08:54 AM
Fenderbean Fenderbean is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Huntsville AL
Posts: 78
Default

Okay so it sounds like I may have just seen some older build or just people going over the top quality.
I'm trying to learn and educate myself before I start down the path and it seems like the more I see the more I start second guess my decision. I'm guessing most only post the problems they are having so it makes it seem like a pain in the but process.
Cheers!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-22-2021, 09:40 AM
wirejock's Avatar
wirejock wirejock is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Estes Park, CO
Posts: 4,191
Default Parts

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fenderbean View Post
Okay so it sounds like I may have just seen some older build or just people going over the top quality.
I'm trying to learn and educate myself before I start down the path and it seems like the more I see the more I start second guess my decision. I'm guessing most only post the problems they are having so it makes it seem like a pain in the but process.
Cheers!
There are a few busineses fabricating parts. Usually it's parts that historically don't fit well and upgraded components like the Sam James cowl. Don't be put off by it. Fiberglass work is easy and very forgiving of mistakes. If you don't like a part, cut it off and lay up a new part. Easy peasy.
Compared to other parts of the build, fiberglas is a non issue.
__________________
Larry Larson
Estes Park, CO
http://wirejockrv7a.blogspot.com
wirejock at yahoo dot com
Donated 01/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (2,000+ hours)
HS SB, empennage, tanks, wings, fuse, working finishing kit
Disclaimer
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-22-2021, 10:20 AM
rocketman1988 rocketman1988 is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Sunman, IN
Posts: 2,343
Default Sorry

I have to disagree. I thought the fiberglass work on my -10 cabin top and doors was...well, lacking. I hear they are now better but the pink one I have was adequate at best. The exterior was ok but the interior was not good at all.

Sorry, but for me, that is how it was...YMMV
__________________
Bob
Aerospace Engineer '88

RV-10
Phase I as of 12-02-2020

Dues+ Paid 2020,...Thanks DR+
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:32 PM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.