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Old 05-10-2017, 09:28 PM
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epaslick epaslick is offline
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Default Time to throw in the towel...

I don't appear to have what it takes to build an RV-12, so I'm thinking it's coming time to bring this unpleasant disaster to a close.
Eric Paslick
EAA Chapter 732
Siloam Springs, AR
RV-12 #120991
Empennage: Started
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2018 Donation Made
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:41 PM
rgmwa rgmwa is offline
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What's the problem? How far have you got with the empennage?
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:47 PM
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Hi Eric,

I've uttered those words (OK, let's be honest - I've screamed those words) several times through my build. And I'm sure I'll scream them again.

Bring your issue to the team here. Call Van's. Ask a nearby builder to come look at the problem. This is a very rewarding project and you've seen how many people on this forum have successfully built and flown their airplanes.

There will be speed bumps along the way. Walk away for a day or two. Seek help and then make your decision.

I hope to see you back here
Eric Rushing
VS, Rudder, HS, Elevator, Tailcone - Complete
QB Wings - Complete.
QB Fuse - In Process. Tail & Fuse are one.
Molalla, OR
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:32 PM
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What's got you frustrated? Please explain,I'm quite sure that this group of folks here want to help & see you successful .
Maule MXT-7(daily flyer)
Lancer 235(partner)
Raidial RV-8R Ephanage Done, Wings Done, Fuselage on it's tall Grove gear & engine hung
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Old 05-10-2017, 11:13 PM
climberrn climberrn is offline
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Sorry to hear you have had enough. I have been frustrated and overwhelmed many times during the build, and a few times after it's been completed. In the end, it was all worth it to me. Any particular questions you have? I bet there is someone local to you that could assist. Just ask.

RV-7A at CXP
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:07 AM
rv8ch rv8ch is offline
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Default Hang in there!

Originally Posted by epaslick View Post
I don't appear to have what it takes to build an RV-12, so I'm thinking it's coming time to bring this unpleasant disaster to a close.
While what you are saying may be true, you are probably just experiencing a temporary period of frustration. What is needed is some support from other local builders, a trip to Oshkosh, or a flight in someone else's RV-12.

Hang in there, man, you can do it!
Mickey Coggins
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:19 AM
stanman stanman is offline
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Hang in there!!...Few of us have ..what it takes ,to be an aircraft builder!!...Get help from your local chapter!....sooner than yu think....there.ll be an aeroplane in your garage!!
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Old 05-11-2017, 05:31 AM
NYTOM NYTOM is offline
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Smile Eric, give it another shot

I've thought of giving up many times over the last twenty years but now getting close to completion the satisfaction of seeing your own real airplane coming together is incredible. Just go to any local fly-in and watch a RV-12 flying by. That should help. That feeling that you gave up will haunt you forever. Beside if you complete it, it will be worth a lot more than a pile of aluminum components.
Tom Norwood
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Old 05-11-2017, 07:48 AM
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Eric--we all get frustrated---me especially. Have you bit off more than you can chew? Probably not, you just have to whittle it down into smaller bites.
EVERYONE here is here to help----believe me.

Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
Joint Venture with Aircraft Specialty
Teflon Hose Assemblies for Experimentals
Proud Vendor for RV1, Donator to VAF
RV7 Tail Kit Completed, Fuse started-Pay as I go Plan
Ridgeland, SC,
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:35 AM
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Eric, unless you have some physical infirmity, you have what it takes to finish this project. What you apparently don't have and need to develop is patience and will. It took me 17 years to finish mine and I had to move it three times (four if you count to the airport). There were a lot of people who made jokes about how they'd see the project on Barnstormer or something like that. Funny thing is none of them had built anything in their lives but they were regular comedians about this. It was fun shoving my success down their throats and I don't hear a peep out of them anymore. Just get yourself together, meet with some fellow builders, learn to motivate yourself by breaking the task down into manageable chunks and get the darn thing done! There are at last count 9,668 flying RVs, most more complicated than the -12. Are you saying those people are all smarter than you are??? I doubt it!
RV-8 #81077 Super Slow Build
Titan IOX-370, Dual P-Mags, AFP FM200A FI, Sensenich GA Prop
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