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Old 06-03-2008, 09:07 PM
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We are kit number 16 and we started put on the RV12 skins today; we made a couple of goofs and corrected them and had some problems with the riveter and our compressor but we managed to get the top skins on the ribs of the right wing today. You can go to blogspot.com and pull up rv12builders and see our pics and some more commentary. Van's has done a really great job on the photos, directions and explanations...now if only we would follow them, we'd had a lot fewer rivets to re-drill...

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Old 06-04-2008, 12:29 AM
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We started the second wing skins today. Much faster the second time around. Riveter problems also. I am returning our 4th Harbor Freight riveter to get the 5th. That must be some kind of record.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:23 PM
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We started the second wing skins today. Much faster the second time around. Riveter problems also. I am returning our 4th Harbor Freight riveter to get the 5th. That must be some kind of record.
The riveter that Avery sells works really well and I can't get my Harbor Freight rivet gun to work at all. The mechanism doesn't pull when the trigger is squeezed. Anybody have any suggestions?
Also, the Avery gun jammed once but it was because the mandrels got stacked up inside the gun. Take the mandrel catcher off and get an inexpensive magnetic picker-uper from Harbor Freight. The mandrels will jam up entering the catcher.

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Old 06-04-2008, 07:32 PM
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1. Take the bottom off the HF gun, pull the diaphragm, fill the center 'tube' with oil just shy of the tube's collar & reassemble.

2. Pull the snout off, clean the jaws, adjust the pull mechanism length & reassemble.

3. Test

4. If it won't go, oil is too full.

5. If it won't let go of the mandrel the pull mechanism might need more/less adjustment.

I'm no expert but just re-did mine and all is well now... they spit oil out the relief opening with every pull and eventually need re-filling.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:41 PM
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bottom won't come off of mine...not with the tool they send or anything else. any clues? thx
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:28 PM
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Mine included a BIG hex wrench for the raised portion on the bottom screw-on plate.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:09 AM
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yeah...mine did too but i can't even get it to turn in a vise grip. maybe i'll take it up to a machine shop and see what they've got. thanks.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:01 PM
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The bottom will come off. I had to double wrench mine to get it off. One other thing to look at is the lock nut on the chuck. Mine was loose which caused a temporary problem. Also lubricate gun daily.
Both wings and flaperons finished. Waiting for Van to accept orders. I was told the tail kit has been programmed and they are just waiting to finish up some spin testing before accepting deposits.
Gerry
RV-9, N92GC, (soon tobe for sale)
J-3, NC88583
RV-12, (wing kit finished)
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:44 PM
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Both wings and flaperons finished. I was told the tail kit has been programmed and they are just waiting to finish up some spin testing before accepting deposits.
Gerry
RV-9, N92GC, (soon to be for sale)
RV-12, (wing kit finished)
Wow... that was fast!
That might explain why Vans has been dead-silent for a while.
I got to fly the rv-9 factory demonstrator, it was very nice. Curious as to why you would sell yours to build an RV-12?
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:58 PM
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The RV-12 is a elder airplane. Believe me if I was younger no way would I consider selling the Nine. It is one fantastic airplane, probably the best flying of Van's fleet, but not the fastest. The yellow Twelve I flew at SNF was a good flying airplane. I hope the Red One with a different wing flies as good. My hangar is 40 x 40 and with a Cub, RV-9, and the Twelve in process it is a bit crowded. After building two RVs and restoring a couple of old taildraggers building the Twelve is a piece of cake. It's also fun.
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