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Old 04-16-2020, 06:40 PM
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The 2001 Oshkosh grand champion kit-built was an RV8 that was painted outside in Iowa... he said he painted just as the sun was coming up, no bugs, no wind.
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Old 04-17-2020, 06:07 AM
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The 2001 Oshkosh grand champion kit-built was an RV8 that was painted outside in Iowa... he said he painted just as the sun was coming up, no bugs, no wind.
Anything can happen once, but with my luck, I would not count on no bugs.:-)
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Old 04-17-2020, 06:56 AM
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Anything can happen once, but with my luck, I would not count on no bugs.:-)
Ha, true! I believe he built 8 RV's...when he told me about painting outside, he was maybe up to 4 or 5...
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Ha, true! I believe he built 8 RV's...when he told me about painting outside, he was maybe up to 4 or 5...
We have an aircraft builder in our area that has produced multiple high-$$$$ showplanes. He paints outside behind his hangar and is a master at cutting and buffing...lays down a bunch of paint and cuts it until it looks like a mirror.
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Old 04-20-2020, 11:18 AM
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I painted in a homemade paint booth, but still had a mosquito land in the fresh paint on my elevator. I decided there was no way I was getting him out without making things worse. I just painted over that little bas&^#d. You can still see him....
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What is it about the 6's that makes the wings more difficult to remove than others? I am trying to plan ahead, The shop I am building in is plenty big enough to completely assemble and complete the plane, however, I would have to remove the wings to transport it to the airport. Sure would be nice to be able to get it mostly done at my own shop before having to move it. Don't the wings need to be installed before drilling and mounting the tail parts?
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Old 05-05-2020, 03:37 PM
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There are around 100 bolts to remove!

I used a rivet gun with a brass snap to ease out the bolts, must be available elsewhere but is easy to find on ACS website
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...ssRivetSet.php

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the go-thru spars with multiple layers of the -3, -4, and -6 coupled to the close tolerance bolts make the install/removal of the wings tedious.
Yes you have to fit the wings to fit the tail feathers, and drill the rear spar holes. But you don?t need to install all bolts at this stage. I remember just installing 4 of the large NAS bolts on the top steel plates and the same on the bottom ones for the rigging.
Use some lube and have someone wiggle the wing whilst you hammer the bolts in and later out.

Helped a friend fit the wings on his -7 last week, and boy that was real easy...
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There are around 100 bolts to remove!

I used a rivet gun with a brass snap to ease out the bolts, must be available elsewhere but is easy to find on ACS website
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...ssRivetSet.php

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What is it about the 6's that makes the wings more difficult to remove than others? I am trying to plan ahead, The shop I am building in is plenty big enough to completely assemble and complete the plane, however, I would have to remove the wings to transport it to the airport. Sure would be nice to be able to get it mostly done at my own shop before having to move it. Don't the wings need to be installed before drilling and mounting the tail parts?

The wing spar to fuselage interface is entirely different on the older models. Also, on the 6A, the main gear towers share bolts with the spar, so the gear has to come off to get the wings off.

I had my wings on twice when building, once for the gear fitting, the second for the rear-spar drilling and other wing-fuselage interfaces. For fitting you don't need all the bolts and you can use hardware-store stuff rather than the close tolerance, so it isn't as bad. The wings get in the way, so you don't want them on unless required.

When I took my 6A to the airport, it was already painted. Do as much as you can at home, it is a lot easier.





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