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Old 05-19-2020, 10:00 AM
dbren dbren is offline
 
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Default RV-14A Richard in SE Va

Well I took the RV plunge, bought tools, building some tables and doing the practice kit. I also ordered the empennage kit, so I?m committed. So far I?m learning a lot about the tools, rivets, and mistakes. I guess that?s what the practice kit is for. I think I?ll practice some more before tackling the actual kit. I will say the time flys.


Richard
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:09 PM
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Congratulations! I'm only a few weeks ahead of you on my 14A and a few hour south in Winston-Salem. I'm not saying it's a race or anything, but I plan to finish mine before the kids are in college.
(They're 6 and 3 now.)

Go ahead and drill your finger and make your first mistake to get both of those out of the way.
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Old 05-19-2020, 10:46 PM
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Way to dive in! I am a first time builder also. I am about half way done with my empennage on my 14A. I am learning a lot and am very much enjoying the build. So far I have been very impressed with the kit and instructions. I was fortunate enough to have a fellow 14 builder come over to help me get started, which was extremely helpful! Good luck and enjoy the journey!
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:20 PM
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Still waiting for a few back ordered tools. Still trying to figure out how to make the dimples the best they can be. Removing rivets has been a failure so far, hopefully l?ll get it straight before the empennage arrives.

Richard
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Old 05-20-2020, 05:07 PM
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Dimples. Buy good dies.

Rivet removal. You probably have heard it already but it can't be stressed enough. You are not trying to drill the body out of the hole. You are only trying to drill enough out of the head so you can break it off then drive the rest out of the hole. I drill down a bit then try and break the head off with a drift punch.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:07 PM
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Well I took the RV plunge, bought tools, building some tables and doing the practice kit. I also ordered the empennage kit, so I?m committed. So far I?m learning a lot about the tools, rivets, and mistakes. I guess that?s what the practice kit is for. I think I?ll practice some more before tackling the actual kit. I will say the time flys.


Richard
There are some RVs in EAA 339 in Chesapeake, VA.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:16 PM
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Thanks John,

I have met a couple of RV owners at kcpk. They are very encouraging and helpful. I have joined the EAA.

Richard
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Old 05-27-2020, 12:39 PM
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Just got notice that my empennage kit is shipping today. Looking forward to the build.

Richard
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Old 05-28-2020, 09:00 AM
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The empennage kit is definitely the most fun I think. The wings can get repetitive, the fuselage is more intense with getting things in the right order (READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!!!!) and so far the finishing kit is 99% NOT metal work.

But the empennage... straight forward pieces and very detailed instruction. Though do be careful with the rudder!!
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Old 06-01-2020, 02:01 PM
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Tic tock, first kit scheduled for delivery Wednesday. Looking forward to beginning to build. I?ve been getting ready for a while.

Richard
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