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Old 11-08-2018, 05:22 PM
Mike_Singer Mike_Singer is offline
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Default Newbie Here

Hi All,
I am new to the build scene and have some questions that might sound dumb... I am very interested in building a plane but it all seems a bit overwhelming. I ordered the toolbox kit to see what skills are required to assemble something small before investing a considerable amount of time and $$. The kit has a few terms I am unfamiliar with. Is there anything in writing or videos that someone can refer to while learning the skills needed to complete a build. Cleco, Deburr, Dimple, are just a few that I spent some time researching but couldn't get clear answers on.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike_Singer View Post
Hi All, I am new to the build scene
Mike----Welcome aboard the good ship VAF
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:16 PM
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Default Highly recommend the EAA class

I too was a bit apprehensive until attending the EAA sheet metal class. I found the instruction to be invaluable and a great confidence builder.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:18 PM
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Watch all of the training videos on the EAA website.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:32 PM
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Yep. EAA Webinars. That should get you past the visual basics. Then move on the a training class.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:38 PM
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And find a chapter near you!
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:08 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Van's support page, for updates and revisions and that sort of thing, has Chapter 5 that you can download for each of the aircraft. It's a common document shared among the planes It's a good description of some of the tasks.

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Old 11-09-2018, 07:07 AM
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First, you don't have to have any previous experience to build. TRUST ME!

As others have said, if you are excited about the thought of building and want to get a sense of it, see if you can register / attend one of the EAA sheetmetal classes (or any of the other ones for that matter!).
There are also TONS of YouTube videos of new builders showing what they are doing (including the mistakes they make). Half of the process is learning from those mistakes and gaining skills.

Look up a local EAA chapter and see if you can visit another builder to see what they are working on. I know I did before I purchased my tail kit.

Welcome to VAF!
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:01 PM
Mike_Singer Mike_Singer is offline
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Appreciate the info! Looks like I just missed the local class that appears to be annual (In Corona). Might just have to fly out to Phoenix to attend the one in a few months.
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Old 11-12-2018, 03:44 AM
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I'm fairly new here too, and some of the tasks only seemed daunting because they're new to me. As suggested I read through section 5 of the vans manual (after making a few mistakes along the way so then it hit home as to what was important!), but I also checked out a lot of the support videos on the VAF advertisers sites - Cleaveland and Steinair have some really useful things.
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