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Old 04-03-2017, 10:37 AM
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Default Just completed my empennage and ordered the wings

Well, I reached a milestone a few nights ago....I completed the empennage!

http://theskunkwerx.com/rv7/drilling...levator-horns/

I waited a little longer than I'd have liked to order my wings, seeing as how Van's ordering process is stuck in the 1980's. heh. Nevertheless the order is submitted and I am waiting on my crating date.

I spent right at 6 months to get the empennage completed, but that time frame spanned through the year-end holidays which included family and travel time so I there were some months I didn't get to work on it as much as I'd liked. Heres a break down of the hours:

Empennage Total time: 178.5 Hours

Horizontal Stabilizer: 51 Hours
Vertical Stabilizer: 15.5 Hours
Rudder: 34.5 Hours
Elevators: 48.75 Hours
Trim Tab: 13.75 Hours
Priming: 15 Hours

I am not sure how that compares with most first time builders, but I took a lot of time reading over things, double checking stuff and enjoying the build.
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:33 AM
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Well, I reached a milestone a few nights ago....I completed the empennage!

http://theskunkwerx.com/rv7/drilling...levator-horns/

I waited a little longer than I'd have liked to order my wings, seeing as how Van's ordering process is stuck in the 1980's. heh. Nevertheless the order is submitted and I am waiting on my crating date.

I spent right at 6 months to get the empennage completed, but that time frame spanned through the year-end holidays which included family and travel time so I there were some months I didn't get to work on it as much as I'd liked. Heres a break down of the hours:

Empennage Total time: 178.5 Hours

Horizontal Stabilizer: 51 Hours
Vertical Stabilizer: 15.5 Hours
Rudder: 34.5 Hours
Elevators: 48.75 Hours
Trim Tab: 13.75 Hours
Priming: 15 Hours

I am not sure how that compares with most first time builders, but I took a lot of time reading over things, double checking stuff and enjoying the build.
I'm slow plus had to disassemble the HS to fix the SB error. 269 hours.
Did you add two longerons to the wing order?
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:55 AM
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I'm slow plus had to disassemble the HS to fix the SB error. 269 hours.
Did you add two longerons to the wing order?
I sure did Larry! I also subbed the fuel caps for the deluxe locking ones and got some extra angle aluminum and a few other bits and bobs extra.

Here is a list of everything I ordered in the wing kit: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:13 PM
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I stopped counting.

I am in the process of fixing mistakes I made when I was at your stage. Apparently I had an affinity for under striking all my rivets on my VS. I get to take it apart and fix those. Though, as my wife reminded me, better under struck than over struck.
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:03 PM
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Well, I reached a milestone a few nights ago....I completed the empennage!

http://theskunkwerx.com/rv7/drilling...levator-horns/

I waited a little longer than I'd have liked to order my wings, seeing as how Van's ordering process is stuck in the 1980's. heh. Nevertheless the order is submitted and I am waiting on my crating date.

I spent right at 6 months to get the empennage completed, but that time frame spanned through the year-end holidays which included family and travel time so I there were some months I didn't get to work on it as much as I'd liked. Heres a break down of the hours:

Empennage Total time: 178.5 Hours

Horizontal Stabilizer: 51 Hours
Vertical Stabilizer: 15.5 Hours
Rudder: 34.5 Hours
Elevators: 48.75 Hours
Trim Tab: 13.75 Hours
Priming: 15 Hours

I am not sure how that compares with most first time builders, but I took a lot of time reading over things, double checking stuff and enjoying the build.
Holy smokes I'm at 138 hours and still have to finish the trailing edge on my rudder and just barely started the elevators, I'd say you did great.

Did Van's indicate current lead times? I'm wondering when I should place my order. (piggy bank will be full mid June)
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Old 04-04-2017, 06:46 AM
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My wing came in yesterday. 12 weeks from order to crate was pretty accurate. Create and ship was another couple of weeks.

Congrats CubedRoot on your order! Whole lot more parts than the emp kit, and it's cool to have another one coming together in TN! Several underway in Nashville area-

No ship damage on mine, everything accounted for. But I swear my center section smelled like beer. I hope I didn't get a "Friday" spar - ha!
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Old 04-04-2017, 07:41 AM
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Holy smokes I'm at 138 hours and still have to finish the trailing edge on my rudder and just barely started the elevators, I'd say you did great.

Did Van's indicate current lead times? I'm wondering when I should place my order. (piggy bank will be full mid June)
Supposedly its 8 week lead time, but like Chuck just said, that doesn't include the time it takes for them to actually process your order, send you the invoice for review, take payment and then put you in line for a crating date.

Van's is still very much old school and does this at a snails pace. When I emailed my order form, I got a response saying it would be 1 to 2 weeks and I'd have a confirmation via conventional mail for my review. No idea why they can't just use email as it would save a ton of time.
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Old 04-04-2017, 05:10 PM
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Thanks for the reply guys, good to know that information. Their system does sound a bit outdated doesn't it. Maybe I should put a deposit down sooner! lol
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:11 PM
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Welp, my crate date turns out to be Memorial day! Hah. This has been one of the longest 8 week waits I have had to endure, so excited to get those things in.

I am hoping I'll hear something this coming week about my wings being crated and then handed over to the carrier for freighting.

I've probably cleaned and organized my shop 3 times just to have something to work on :-)
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:40 PM
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I'm thinking your build times look pretty good Lynn. I'm at 211.5 hours and still working on the elevators. My totals are:
HS: 116.5
VS: 24.0
Rudder: 36.5
Elevators (so far): 34.5
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