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Old 02-28-2013, 11:11 AM
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Default RV-12 N417E Build Milestones

I plan to update this thread when a major milestone is achieved. My build log can be found at www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.com.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:13 AM
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Default 02-25-13 Kit arrives



It took awhile longer than expected, but the empennage, wing, and fuselage kits finally arrived with nothing but one minor poke from a fork truck.

http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.co...nnagekit01.htm
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Paid through 2043!
Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold


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Old 02-28-2013, 11:15 AM
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Default 02-28-13 Vertical Stabilizer Completed



Man, this thing practically flies together on its own.

http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.co...nnagekit01.htm
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www.pflanzer-aviation.com
Paid through 2043!
Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold


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Old 02-28-2013, 11:20 AM
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Wow! Two minutes from "haven't even opened the crates yet" to "finished vertical stab"!

You should have it ready for it's maiden flight by next weekend, right?
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:06 PM
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Well I was hoping to fly this weekend if the weather cooperates!
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Paid through 2043!
Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:06 AM
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Default 03-01-13 Rudder Completed



http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.co...nnagekit02.htm
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Paid through 2043!
Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold

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Old 03-01-2013, 07:37 PM
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Is it just an optical illusion from the camera... or the rivets on your rudder horn looks like they are not squeezed enought!?

On another note! Wow great progress! Keep on building like that and it will be ready probably next week!
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:17 AM
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Is it just an optical illusion from the camera... or the rivets on your rudder horn looks like they are not squeezed enought!?
Randy,

I originally installed the rudder horn rivets with the manufactured heads on the bottom, like in your photo, and got the same result. The thin sheet of the ribs puckered at each rivet shop head and left the rib standing off the horn slightly, with the only points of contact being at the rivets and nowhere else. Didn't like it, so I drilled them out, pounded the puckers flat and reversed the installed direction of the rivets, which BTW does agree with the general standard of putting the manufactured head on the side of the thinner material. That resulted in a nominal interface.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:57 AM
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I had a very little bit of pucker, but not enough to make me want to take it apart. I did not like the first rivets I set and I drilled those out. I used my pneumatic squeezer and it squeezed them too hard and quick, which increased the pucker. After removing them, I used my hand squeezer and the results where much better.

You are always going to get a little pucker squeezing a -4 rivet in such thin material, but it's pretty tight considering.

Good eyes guys. Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate you all looking over my work. Keep it coming.
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www.pflanzer-aviation.com
Paid through 2043!
Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold

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Old 03-03-2013, 05:03 PM
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Default 03-03-13 Anti-servo tabs completed

Anti-servo tabs completed.



http://www.rv12.pflanzer-aviation.co...nnagekit02.htm
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www.pflanzer-aviation.com
Paid through 2043!
Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold

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