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Unread post by RudiGreyling » Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:22 pm

To my fellow RV Friends,

This week I finished drilling, deburring priming and riveting the rear wing spars and the tie down assembly.

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More photos are on my web site under the ‘wings’ link.

Next on the task list is to prepare the main wing ribs...I took them out the box so long and inspected them...Pretty rough and very bent. There are a lot of ribs so it is going to take some time to get them into the right shape and to prepare them to ‘aircraft quality’. Some borring work waiting for a while...Luckily I do not have to scratch build them!

Till next time
Insert rivet...Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrt. Insert next rivet... Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrt. (Repeat 15 000 times) :P

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Unread post by Steve » Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:58 pm

Till next time
Insert rivet...Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrt. Insert next rivet... Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrt. (Repeat 15 000 times) Razz

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okay.....

Insert rivet...Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrt. x 15 000 ( :D )
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Unread post by Sideslip » Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:07 pm

You always get one!

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FAWG you are sick, but you've got it right...

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:25 pm

FAWG... :twisted: you get the general idea, but it actually goes:
(find parts, clecko together, match drill, take apart, debur, dimple, scuff, prime, clecko together again and then only rivet x 15 000) :oops:

FAWG..No don't go get any ideas again!!! :wink:
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Unread post by Steve » Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:13 pm

Sorry folks...I apologise..I just couldn't resist.... :wink:

It's the same as a pilot responded recently when asked by ATC on his present position, he replied..."In my seats, sitting straight up, Sir"
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Unread post by Deanw » Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:22 pm

FAWG Pilot wrote:It's the same as a pilot responded recently when asked by ATC on his present position, he replied..."In my seats, sitting straight up, Sir"
Ah yes:
ATC: Please state your position and course
Pilot: I'm sitting in front and eating my lunch!
How come every time my ship comes in I'm at the airport?

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Unread post by RudiGreyling » Mon Sep 05, 2005 12:21 pm

To my fellow RV Friends,

Another slow week, Daytime Job had a new IT computer system go live, so it took up most my evenings and even my weekend :evil:

I did manage to start on the wing ribs. There is a lot of boring work here. The ribs are of the 'worst' pre-manufactured parts you get from Vansaircraft, so they need a lot of attention to get them airworthy. I guess all these ribs get done on the same machine and that machine takes a hammering with the amount of ribs it needs to do.

OK this is what I had to do:
1) First you need to debur the lightening holes in the rib web. They are very rough.
2) Next you have to take off those ugly white stickers depicting the part #. What a pain, since it interferes with bending, deburring and priming.
3) Next you need to bend the rib flanges 90 degrees to the webs all around, you need to do this because they are punched out of sheets and the bend is not 90 degree. If you don't do this your wing skin will not set flat. In the picture below is my bending pliers and set square.
4) You need to debur the flanges.
5) You need to flute the ribs to get them to lie down flat and straight.

In total there are +/- 60 ribs, below you can see the main ribs that goes between the main spar and the rear spar just before the Flaps & Ailerons. I am about 30% done with the rib preparation, so don’t expect ground breaking photos soon.

Till next time..Deburrr,deburrr....Deburrr,deburrr :lol:

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Here you can see the same amount of stacked ribs, before and after fluting...nice and striaght.
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A Close up of the fluting tool and stacked ribs.
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Unread post by Ed » Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:13 pm

Go, you good thing, GO!!
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Unread post by RudiGreyling » Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:34 am

To my fellow RV Friends,

After 2 weeks of borring work getting the main wing ribs into airworthy shape, I was rewarded with the main wing skeleton. It feels good. :P

The nose ribs, the tank ribs are closest.
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The left wing skeleton clecko'ed together.
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And the right wing one.
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I like this abstract picture
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And this one.
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Next I need to match drill the wing skeleton, debur, take everything appart, prime it, then put it all back together and then Brrrrrrrrttt, rivet them.

Till next time,
Rudi
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Unread post by RudiGreyling » Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:16 am

To my fellow RV friends:

I managed to prime all the main ribs and rivet the wing skeletons together. Those main spar rivets are pretty tough to do, but my wife helped and she does a pretty good job. Her new nickname is 'Rosie Riveter' :P
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Next I have to build 2 wings stands in order to make working with the wings easier.

Till next time,
Rudi
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Unread post by Ed » Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:00 pm

Looking GREAT, tjeck them thar WINGS :D :D
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Unread post by RudiGreyling » Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:14 am

To my fellow RViators:

Moved to the other garage for bigger space, added some additional fluorescent lights on the ceiling for better lighting, finished fabricating the wing stands and put the wings into place.

Yeah baby!!! Now we are ready to do some real airplane work again!

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Till next time,
Rudi
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Unread post by Deanw » Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:06 am

I continue to be astounded at the quality, neatness and attention to detail displayed.

Well done Rudi =D>
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Unread post by RudiGreyling » Tue Oct 04, 2005 12:47 pm

To my fellow RViators:

Bummer, started to clecko the skins to wing and what do I notice... :evil:
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I did not see this during my inventory check, and I did not cause it either.
The problem is this is going to be on the outside skin in the middle of the wing! A nice eye sore!

I send a quick email to Vans aircraft with pictures, to check what the say...expecting the usual 'Don't worry build on' reply. This time they changed their tune, saying immediately they will replace the skin. WOW fantastic!

Now all I have to do is keep myself busy with other odds and ends until the logistics is sorted out and the new skin arrive.

Keep you posted.

Till next time,
Rudi
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