Tip: 480 hrs into my RV-7A... what I've learned
Greetings to all from South Alabama! I am into my RV7A 480 hours as of today. Still a long way to the finish line but I'm feeling like I've at least made a dent in the the project. :-) I thought it might be helpful for newer builders if I posted what I've discovered so far. I was surprised but really it's going pretty much as planned. No big suprises or anything. Vans prints and call outs are so far right on the money. When vans people say all those prepunched holes will line up perfectly I admit I was skeptical especially with parts like the HS stab skin. I'm here to state for a fact... there is near perfect alignment in every hole!! Haven't found one yet I couldn't get a cleco in. Moving on. Shop set up. I now have two sets of shelves to spread parts out on. Makes it much much easier if everything is not laying on top of everything else. If all your parts are not organized you'll spend an extrodinary amout of time on a scavanger hunt. Also I was way WAY too many hours into my build before I broke down and bought a small bench top sander. A good investment from the beginning!!! Also this last Christmas Helen, my companion in this quest, bought me a table top band saw. Now I don't know how I got along without it. These two items together were less than $200. Go buy them from the start and you'll save tons of time!!! Now... one other thing and one of the most important. After you inventory your parts, take all the bolts, washers, nuts, cotter pins, fittings and all other parts out of all those bags from vans and put thim into some drawers organized by their proper engineering numbers. Why, because during the build you'll find all the prints call for all parts by the proper engineering type numbers. I spent the first couple hundred hours working "backward." I'd look at the print see I needed a so and so part, look at the inventory sheet for that part to see what bag it was in then have to find that bag THEN have to locate the part in that bag. What a pain. Guess I was a slow learner. It'll take a full day getting everything organized correctly but this was the biggest timesaver of all. Of course, do the same thing with the bazillion rivets you'll receive. An advantage to organizing all the parts is you'll become much more familure with everything. I'm going to try and post a couple of pictures of my project but as of yet haven't been too successful with that. BUILD ON!!!
N729PG..... 500+ hrs
RV 7A, Lycoming 0 320 D1A, Sensenich FP propeller
VAF supporter $$$
Last edited by Paul 5r4 : 04-18-2009 at 05:59 AM.