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RV 7 Build

Unread post by Jbeira » Tue May 03, 2022 7:32 pm

So the bug bit...

Today our Vans RV7 Empennage kit arrived and it very quickly began to take over our garage. Very exciting project, will keep posting as we go.

Stood for a good half hour just staring and wondering where to start.

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Re: RV 7 Build

Unread post by Dish » Wed May 04, 2022 12:44 am

Congratulations !!

Start.... with the end in mind. It may take a while. Look forward to the build progress reports :D
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Re: RV 7 Build

Unread post by cmacm » Wed May 04, 2022 8:49 am

Josh all the best and enjoy the journey .I am sure that with the guidance from Ian, Theo and Trevor it will be a great success .
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Re: RV 7 Build

Unread post by Chalkie » Wed May 04, 2022 9:21 am

Congratulations. When you reach 90% done with 90% to go you will slowly learn what that means. Hang in there at that stage; it is character-building. :D

My advice, RTFM. Pay close attention to Section 5: of the manual and I will quote the last paragraph of this chapter, page 5-26... "Read Section 5 again and be familiar with the proper techniques needed for construction." You cannot read this section once only.

I have just completed my RV-9 and will soon be selling most of the tools I have, I just need to write an inventory and place an advert in Avcom.

The best bit of advice I can give: Van's tooling is incredibly accurate, if parts do not fit; YOU have made a mistake.

Van advises assembling all parts, then drill, disassemble, deburr, dimple, etc. I find this damages the undersize holes, as you have to force in the clecos. The way I do it: Take all parts and ream (#30 and #40 parallel reamers) holes to size, deburr, dimple, wet-scuff with ScotchBrite, paint primer and assemble, then rivit. If any holes are slightly off and a rivet difficult to fit, then align holes with a scriber or icepick. Do not enlarge holes. Last resort is to run a drill or reamer through.

Enjoy creating your own aircraft.
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Re: RV 7 Build

Unread post by Jbeira » Wed May 04, 2022 7:53 pm

Thanks, Chalkie, will keep that in mind, please could you PM me when you are ready to sell off your tools, very quickly learning how many you really need!
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Re: RV 7 Build

Unread post by Jan » Wed May 04, 2022 8:26 pm

Enjoy the journey =D>
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Re: RV 7 Build

Unread post by Jbeira » Mon May 09, 2022 5:30 pm

The first parts of the rear HS spar are coming together, looking very exciting :D
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Re: RV 7 Build

Unread post by Jan » Tue May 10, 2022 4:25 pm

And your first thoughts were - why is this so flimsy :o
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Re: RV 7 Build

Unread post by Jbeira » Wed May 18, 2022 7:36 pm

Work continues, Parts starting to look like they belong to an aircraft, time to take it all apart again :lol: One side is already back to individual parts
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