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Old 12-02-2018, 03:55 AM
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I ordered my kit, Empennage/Tailcone on 28 November and I am now in the Tool purchase stage. One question that I have please:

Do I need a Rivet Gun,

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Old 12-02-2018, 04:11 AM
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I ordered my kit, Empennage/Tailcone on 28 November and I am now in the Tool purchase stage. One question that I have please:

Do I need a Rivet Gun,

Thank You
No, but you will need a pneumatic rivet puller, a hand rivet puller (PRP26A is very good), and a hand rivet squeezer Cleaveland Mainsqueeze is a popular choice, but Tatco is also good. Have a look at the Cleaveland and Isham RV-12 tool Kits
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:22 AM
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:31 AM
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Here’s a link to a PDF file for Section 3 of the manual. Page 03iS/U-02 has a complete tool list for the RV-12iS.

https://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/rev...2iS_03iS-U.pdf

Updates to the manual, service bulletins, notifications, etc. can be found at this link:

https://www.vansaircraft.com/public/service-rv12iS.htm
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Old 12-02-2018, 03:14 PM
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No, but you will need a pneumatic rivet puller, a hand rivet puller (PRP26A is very good), and a hand rivet squeezer Cleaveland Mainsqueeze is a popular choice, but Tatco is also good. Have a look at the Cleaveland and Isham RV-12 tool Kits
And a pneumatic squeezer, though not necessary, sure makes the work flow faster. I've used mine a fair amount already just in the VS on my -12iS.
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:34 AM
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agreed. Early on I was being cheap and skipped a pneumatic squeezer.. Eventually I broke down and bought a used one from e-Bay.. I kicked myself in the butt for not having bought it earlier.

When you put the 1 million rivets in the tail's rear bulkhead, you'll be kicking yourself in the butt too.

and agreed on the PRP26A rivet puller.. and of course a pneumatic blind rivet puller too.. I got a blue one from Harbor Freight.. good enough.

Add a #17 or #19 drill bit to the tool list (i forget which.. whichever one is missing from the list). Also a #6 screw dimple die set (if you'll be installing landing lights).
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:41 AM
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When you put the 1 million rivets in the tail's rear bulkhead, you'll be kicking yourself in the butt too.
I've told you a trillion times, "Don't exaggerate!"
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:44 AM
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:38 PM
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Instead of a pneumatic puller, you may consider the Milwaukee 12v puller. Best tool I purchased this year. No hoses to get in the way and will pull with only 1 squeeze where most pneumatics take 2 or more due to a short stroke.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:48 PM
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Instead of a pneumatic puller, you may consider the Milwaukee 12v puller. Best tool I purchased this year. No hoses to get in the way and will pull with only 1 squeeze where most pneumatics take 2 or more due to a short stroke.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
That looks like an excellent solution, does it always fully complete the pull with only one trigger stroke?
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