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Old 06-27-2017, 07:38 AM
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Question Build Measurements

Doing some calculations to make sure I have enough space to get most of the build done at home. Plenty of space during the build sessions (3 car garage), but only can use 1 bay to store plane at night as all cars have to be off the street in my community at night. Kids get driveway and we park two in the garage. To put a Florida garage in perspective, a two car garage means you can fit two average cars in, but forget about trying to open the door to get out of the car.

Is there a scale drawing somewhere of the -12?

I found most of the dimensions I was looking for, but can't find tip of pitot to back of tailcone assembly. This looks like the longest the 12 needs to be before a final assembly at the field. Figure the tail surfaces can be trial fit and then removed until final assembly

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Old 06-27-2017, 08:48 AM
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Mine is 221 in. to end of tailbone excl stab and rudder. I didn't delay quite this long but you prob could hold off attaching tailbone until you got to hanger. Not a lot of stuff to do back there after attachment. I temporarily attached it fairly early to make sure I got it right but removed it until way late in the build.
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:56 AM
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:15 AM
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built mine in a one car garage. Wings and tail feathers lived in the house for more than a year. Lot's of stuff hanging from the ceiling. it was tight but it can be done.
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:55 AM
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Hanging is going to be limited in my garage. 8' ceiling height.

Plan is to keep the tailcone in the corner of the garage while I build the wings. Once wings are done, both tailcone and wings will make it down the street to the local storage (10x15) unit. Complete most of the fuselage, finish kit, Avionics and engine. Mate the tailcone to the fuselage. Finalize the build and then move to the airport.

Unfortunately only options I have found for hangars in the short term are shade hangars or community hangars in my area. I have found a few T-hangars starting at $600/mo at KORL. I would have to drive 60+ mins to get to a place that has private hangars under $300.
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Old 06-27-2017, 12:10 PM
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This subject is one of many opinions.

I built my wings after the fuselage kit and I have a large working area.
The wings are always in the way and not needed until the end of the build, There are easy to build and go pretty fast. ( if you don't build wing tanks )

If I was building in a small place I would built the wings after the fuselage is complete and engine is installed.

You can roll the aircraft outside and work on the wings or take the aircraft to the hanger and build the wings at home.

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Old 06-27-2017, 12:53 PM
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I thought there were a few steps in the fuselage build that required the wings to be complete to template off of.
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Old 06-27-2017, 02:20 PM
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Default Build order

It's probably best to follow Van's order of build as that is probably the easiest way to do it. You have a space problem for sure but you can build it out of order with just a few induced problems.

My tail cone has resided in my living room for more than a year. I am currently working on the fuselage. Wings are finished. There will be another build in my future and even with my two car garage, I have a space problem. So, the order of build in my next build will be #1, fuselage as complete as I can make it. #2, emp and #3 wings.

I'd build the front of the fuselage complete (engine and electronics included), then the empenage, then the tail cone, then the wings. This would reduce the storage space required as I build. ymmv
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Old 06-27-2017, 04:21 PM
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You need to order the W-1207A and the W-1207B Spar doublers with the fuselage kit
Just ask Barbara at Vans to include them.

This is the only thing you need to order.


This is the only thing you need to build the wings last.

There is no problem to build the wings last and you won't need to protect and store them for over a year.

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Old 06-27-2017, 09:44 PM
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I built my wings last and I did exactly what Joe suggested.

I also completed my plane using one bay of a three car garage, in mine I was able to have the vertical and horizontal stabilizer attached. It is well worth it, you will get so much done in a short space of time having access to the bulld at home.

I used wooden saw horses from Home Depot (cheap) to make temporary work surfaces that I could move around, worked out great.

I did use a spare room to store everything so I had a clutter free work area.
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