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Old 07-09-2019, 10:20 AM
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Van's lead times seem to be higher than what I am used to and they missed their estimate a little bit. Also the freight company is taking their sweet time getting the kit to me.
I ordered my wings 2 weeks ago and the lead time was 8 weeks. It's since gone up to 10 weeks..
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:34 PM
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I ordered my wings 2 weeks ago and the lead time was 8 weeks. It's since gone up to 10 weeks..
It took 12 for mine to ship. Another 9 days (so far) to travel to East TN.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:10 AM
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So the wings finally arrived. Vans missed their lead time and projection a little bit and it took a few extra days for ABF to decide to deliver my kit so this added up to about 2-3 extra weeks I was not expecting for lead time. No big deal, just order sooner rather than later.

ABF canceled delivery three days in a row and ended up delivering my kit at about 7PM on a day where they claimed the delivery would take place between 9-5.

When the truck finally arrived, I found that the spar box was in great shape but the other crate was busted open, missing part of the lid, bottom panel pulled loose, two metal bands missing, and the skids on the bottom broken off.







Thanks ABF! You are now officially 0 for 3 kits (RV7 kits included) that you managed to deliver to be without severely damaging the crate!



At first I figured there was no way that the contents would be intact and or not damaged. Much to my surprise it appears that everything is still in there! I have to do a complete inventory to be sure but it is looking good so far.



Those beautiful spars are like airplane porn!😊



After pulling everything out and getting a look at it, all the parts seem to be undamaged. The skins are OK and while I still need to do a complete inventory to make sure nothing fell out, it looks like I got lucky!
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:48 PM
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After pulling everything out and getting a look at it, all the parts seem to be undamaged. The skins are OK and while I still need to do a complete inventory to make sure nothing fell out, it looks like I got lucky!
Are those red parts the fuel caps? Did Van's change them? All the other build logs I've seen haven't been anodized.

My tail kit came via a different carrier with one end opened and foot prints all over it. Everything was fine and present though. The 10# of kraft paper and about 1000' of plastic wrap does its job!

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It took 12 for mine to ship. Another 9 days (so far) to travel to East TN.
Probably for the best right now. Between the weather, family, holidays, and work I've only put in about 5 hours on the tail over the past two weeks. I was going to finish priming today but t-storms just rolled in.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:00 PM
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Are those red parts the fuel caps? Did Van's change them? All the other build logs I've seen haven't been anodized.
Yes, they are much different than the caps that came with my RV7.

They are really light weight compared to the older style.

Are they an upgrade from the original style? Time will tell..... hope they don't leak fuel out or let water in!

Here is the link to them, the non-locking cap was included:

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bi...duct=delux-cap

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Old 07-11-2019, 01:22 PM
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Yes, they are much different than the caps that came with my RV7.

They are really light weight compared to the older style.

Are they an upgrade from the original style? Time will tell..... hope they don't leak fuel out or let water in!

Here is the link to them, the non-locking cap was included:

Yeah I looked at adding them to my order but reviews I saw were mixed. Interesting that they're standard now. The option to easily switch to locking caps is nice.
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:05 PM
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Appears to be identical to the caps that are standard on my S21 kit.
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