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Old 02-15-2017, 06:56 AM
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Greenley Greenley is offline
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I can lend you some clecos. I am building a 10 in Dowagiac, not far away.
Bill Greenley
RV-10 standard in progress, working on the fuselage
looking forward to making airplane noises in SW Michigan
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:19 AM
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Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Last weekend was a good one for RV building. Snowed all day here in Kalamazoo and after having about a week of 50-60 degree weather, it looked like the middle of winter again. So turned up the oil burner in the shop and set to some building, with help from a couple of guys who were surely escaping honey-do's back home.

The goal was to do something that would provide some measure of visual progress. So the fuselage was targeted and we managed to:

Install the landing gear mounts
Installed the flap drive
Temporarily installed the fuel selector valve
Installed the Aux fuel pump
Moved the brake reservoir to the right for dual setup
Bent/formed the vent lines
Began to form the fuel lines

I'm beginning to realize that the hard part is keeping parts on the plane. Seems like everything has to come back off 3 times before they stay on for good!

Gear mounts and fuel valve

Flap drive. I couldn't resist hooking up a battery and actuating the drive, and on the first transit it unscrewed from the rod end and I had to pull the actuator back out and screw it back in. it isn't lockwired yet. (Don't tell me you haven't done it!)

Vent lines.

Aux pump and main line to selector valve

Back to the right wing, we continued with the assembly. We had placed the outer leading edge on, and were on to the fuel tank assy. We have the fuel tank assembled to the point of back drilling the attach brackets, it was a good afternoon of work.

And then came Monday and I'm back at work toiling, and a text comes in from Annie, would I like to fly with her after work in her beautiful RV-9A! I had met Annie across the T-hangers at KBTL (where I keep my C120), and she had bought the 9A last summer. She's a CFI and accomplished pilot, and this was my first chance to fly a 9A.
What a thrill, this is going to be quite something!


Transition lesson #1

And of course,,, The Grin

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Old 03-01-2017, 10:37 AM
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Location: Mesa, AZ
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Default Repeat offender starter plan ..?

"I'm beginning to realize that the hard part is keeping parts on the plane. Seems like everything has to come back off 3 times before they stay on for good! "

That's the first step in the 'repeat offender introductory plan' ... make it twice, then install and remove it 3 times. Then when you finish and get the Special Airworthiness you find that you don't have enough screws to assembly everything at the same time.

Start making that list of SB's early and do them as you go, or you get a 4th chance to remove and replace when finished.

Good looking progress. Keep in mind that all the fasteners under the forward skin will probably need to be maintained from the inverted position (on your back upside down) so make them easier to manipulate from that perspective (ask me how I know).

That vent line may be in the way of the bucking bar along the top Adel clamp area, for example. Keep the end in view.
RV-6A QB Tip-Up, 1st Flight 3/18/17
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:29 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Check this thread, I did this as well with very good results
Gary Wilcox
St.Thomas, Ontario. CYQS
RV7 Sold
C-FAH Q now N281CT
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:54 PM
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Nice choice of interior color.
Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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