The trailing edges take quite a bit more time to make then the prior bent skin surfaces. I suspect that this was done as it likely works better for stamping parts and more importantly that the finished trailing edges will be more consistent.
Getting the bent edge right made the difference between a nice flying plane and one that was just ok. Also the rigid trailing edge is likely stronger and will be less likely to have the cracks that start on some of the rivets in the elevators and rudders, as just an example.
The 14 is also a bigger airplane, with a higher parts count. The parts are all very accurate and fit well. My only complaint would be the glass tips on the VS and Rudder. They appear to be from another kit and hopefully better parts will evolve with time. This is just a pet peeve as I spent quite a bit of time rebuilding them to get the proper profile and on many of the completed 14s, built as supplied, the "line" between the VS tip and the Rudder tip just does not look right.
I question the need for yaw control based on my flight experience. This could be added later if you feel the need. I did like the aileron trim as provided.
Tom Martin RV1 pilot 4.6hours!
CPL & IFR rated
EVO F1 Rocket 1000 hours,
2010 SARL Rocket 100 race, average
speed of 238.6 knots/274.6mph
RV4, RV7, RV10, two HRIIs and five F1 Rockets
RV14 Tail dragger flying #153
St.Thomas, Ontario Canada, CYQS
Last edited by Tom Martin : 05-10-2018 at 09:40 AM.