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Old 11-28-2015, 10:59 AM
N890GF N890GF is offline
 
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Default RV-7 Journey Begins

One week ago I began the journey of the RV-7. This being my first post, I thought I'd share that I have been reading the RV-7 forums for more than a year, and after transitioning into my new job, I finally purchased my tail kit. I can say in the week I have been building, its been awesome so far! Check out my builders log and if there are any critiques about my work don't hesitate to let me know. One thing I've enjoyed about these forums is the vast knowledge that everyone has. I look forward to being a part of this community and sharing my journey!

-George
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Finished Empennage
Finished Wings!
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Old 11-28-2015, 11:44 AM
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Welcome George... Looks like you have the hang of this already. Happy Building!!
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Old 11-28-2015, 11:46 AM
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One week ago I began the journey of the RV-7. This being my first post, I thought I'd share that I have been reading the RV-7 forums for more than a year, and after transitioning into my new job, I finally purchased my tail kit. I can say in the week I have been building, its been awesome so far! Check out my builders log and if there are any critiques about my work don't hesitate to let me know. One thing I've enjoyed about these forums is the vast knowledge that everyone has. I look forward to being a part of this community and sharing my journey!

-George
Welcome George
Looks like good work to me.
I see a couple of smileys. No problem but Gorilla tape is great to prevent them. A little piece can be used for several rivets. A piece around the squeezer yoke and bar also prevents scratching.
Another tip (not mine) for keeping parts together is windshield washer tubing. But a foot of the two smallest sizes. Cut a slice off a tad thicker than the rivet shank. When you press with the bar it forces the parts together. Once the rivet is partially set, remove it and finish setting. A slice will last for quite a few rivets.
Keep up the good work
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Old 11-28-2015, 01:31 PM
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Default Welcome George!

My only advance would be to learn when to stop and take a step back (the quality will improve if you do). The journey is fantastic but can come with some frustration. It's all good though!

Cheers and welcome aboard!

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Old 11-28-2015, 04:12 PM
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Default Welcome to VAF!

George, aboard the good ship VAF.

What part of Calif are you located??
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:53 PM
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Another good lesson is to learn when to stop reading VAF and go back to work. Sounds like good advice that I need to follow. I'm working on fuel lines (Thanks TS Flightlines!!!) and I came in to get another glass of tea only to get sucked into VAF and online Christmas shopping.
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:26 PM
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Thank you everyone for the awesome Welcome! I love the feedback that you are giving me, and it caused me to take a step back, and really look at the work I've been doing. I like the gorilla tape idea to prevent the smiles. I did it on the right stab and it worked beautifully.

Mike, I'm in San Jose, CA, currently flying out of Reid Hillview (KRHV). I work in menlo park, right next to the Palo Alto airport, so I might change to there if end up moving north a little.

I've been attending the build meetings for EAA 338, and have been emailing an old Coworker, who is the president of the chapter. He has been a huge help so far, and so has everyone. Hoping to close out the H-stab today, and begin on the V-stab tomorrow.
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Finished Empennage
Finished Wings!
Working on Fuse
Working on Finishing Kit
Working on FWF

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http://www.instagram.com/gfahmy10

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Old 11-29-2015, 12:10 PM
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Hi George,

Welcome to VAF and the -7 club. I'm finishing up my fuse in Half Moon Bay and just ordered the finishing kit. Let me know if you need an extra hand as the parts get bigger.

-Bill
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Old 11-29-2015, 12:20 PM
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Congratulations, it is truly an amazing journey! It took me 5 1/2 years to complete my -7 and it was worth every bit time and effort spent researching and pounding rivets. The best advice I can give is to break each section into mini-milestones and projects so you don't get frustrated by the huge stack of parts sitting in the crate. Take your time reading the directions and plans so you fully understand how each part goes together and how it will integrate into the previous and next steps. Good luck and have fun!
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:43 PM
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Welcome to VAF. It looks like your doing a great job. It's great posting and keeping a digital log but don't let that slow you down. Getting the RV finished and in the air is the focus. There is a great resource on this site, don't be reluctant to ask for advice. Also, don't let your drive to complete some step keep you from stopping and giving a good nights sleep time to rethink where you my have missed something. Little step with time will get you to your RV smile. Many of the VAF can testify, me being one.
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