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Old 03-13-2018, 08:45 PM
rjkulesa@gmail.com rjkulesa@gmail.com is offline
 
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Well itís official.
Vanís Builder Number 140477. Empennage kit ordered.
So it begins.

Due in a large part of the all the support from my Family, the EAA SportAir Workshop, Webinars, Homebuilt Help tips, Chapter 643, the Mothership, and of course VAF - I feel (barely) able to take on a project like this. There is SO much to learn and decide, but itís a blast diving in the past few years and preparing.

Iím humbled by all those, including many of you here, who have come before and blazed the path. Itís inspiring.

One day I hope to know what a roller tapppet is and whatís so special about them

Warm regards,
Rich Kulesa
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:54 PM
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I'm envious, Rich. I purchased my aircraft already flying. I did do the paint, avionics and interior but someday (when I'm not working 12 hours a day) hope to enjoy what you are about to embark upon, and feel the unmeasurable pride of building your own aircraft. Best of luck and Godspeed.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:20 PM
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Welcome to the RV-14 journey. If you are like me, it will be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things you undertake - ever! The RV-14 kit makes this incredible process about as good as it can get. And the end result is a real gem.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:25 PM
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Default Congrats!

Youíll have fun while doing a great job and end up with a fantastic plane!
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:28 PM
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One day I hope to know what a roller tapppet is and whatís so special about them
The original tappets on Lycoming and Continental were flat (actually slightly crowned) made of chilled cast iron that ran directly on the cam. The tappet operated the pushrod which in turn operated the rocker which opened the valve. Roller tappets have a small wheel or roller on a pin or axle that runs directly on the cam. The main advantage is lower wear, especially at startup.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:16 AM
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Default Anything you would add to the order?

Thank you all for the support and finally revealing the mysteries of the roller tappet

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Old 03-14-2018, 11:09 AM
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Welcome to the RV-14 club! I also just started my build and was where you are only a few weeks ago.
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:52 AM
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I find it interesting that Vanís has sold a little fewer than 500 -14/-14A kits in less than six years (correct me if Iím wrong) and more than 10% of them are flying. When you consider how many are more recent starts that could not reasonably be expected to be completed yet, thatís a pretty good completion rate. That is, at least compared to the overall completion rate of about 24-25% of original purchasers for most kits. My own kit bucks that positive trend, though, as Iím the second owner.

Good luck, Rich! Welcome to the club and bring us all of your questions. Weíll be more than happy to tell you that none of us ever had whatever problem youíre dealing with! 🤥
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:47 PM
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Anything you would add to the order?
You may consider adding:

Tank sealant: for the elevators' foam ribs; the 1 oz is sufficient.
Double side tape: for the rudder and elevators trailing edges. If you elect to use tank sealant, you may consider ordering additional sealant.
Additional 470 & 426 rivets: if you made rivet cards or other practice material. Their size would depend thickness of the material and the size holes you drilled.
Rivet tape:
Boelube:
Safety wire: if you don't have a local source.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:20 PM
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Welcome aboard, Rich! We've all been there....it's a journey and you don't even know what you don't know (but you'll learn). And it's worth it.

Welcome again!

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