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Old 06-17-2021, 07:31 AM
JwWright57 JwWright57 is offline
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Location: Charlotte, NC
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Default Step caps

Hi all, for now iíve got duck tape covering up the tube at the end of the steps, those things are sharp!

Vans sells some bullet caps for those but they are pretty pricey ($28 for some plastic caps).

Any other creative solutions for this? I vaguely remember someone 3d printing these.
Jeff Wright, Charlotte NC
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Old 06-17-2021, 09:03 AM
n74846 n74846 is offline
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I bought a supply of white and black caps at Ace Hardware, they're cheap by comparison. They fit perfectly; take one in to match up correct size. I glue in place but occasionally a foot will kick one out. I just pop a replacement in.
Steve at LNA now after BCT tripled rent!
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Old 06-17-2021, 09:32 AM
DHeal DHeal is offline
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Location: Windsor, California
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To seal-up the ends of the foot steps, I used the following plastic end-plugs:

-- Hillman Round Cap Plugs (Black) 3/4"

I found these plugs at LOWE's. Granted, they are not "bullet-shaped" so you may lose 0.000001 knots due to flat-plate drag.

If you want to fill those somewhat unsightly tooling holes on your RV-12's wing tip bows, stab end ribs, and turnover bow, you might want to use the following finishing caps:

-- Hillman Arrow Clips - Nylon (White) #394150-C (for the 3/16" holes)
-- Hillman Arrow Clips - Nylon (White) #394148-A (for the 1/8" holes)

I found these caps at my local ACE Hardware store.
David Heal - Windsor, CA (near Santa Rosa)
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