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Old 09-10-2018, 03:38 PM
OrenAir OrenAir is offline
 
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Default Elevator tip assembly skin question

Page 9-08. Step2. I have the elevator built and the bottom skin on,and I have to cleco a tip assembly on. The tip assembly has that little counterbalance skin on it, and the skins occupy the same physical space. Is that normal? Do I put one under the other? If so, which one goes inside and which goes outside? Is the bottom skin outside, or is the counterbalance skin outside?
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Old 09-10-2018, 04:07 PM
drtgraves drtgraves is offline
 
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I suppose you’re building s 14. The counter balance skin will be underneath. Follow the steps very closely in the rivet steps. Easy to get ahead of yourself here. Ask me how I know! Tom
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:26 PM
JokerF22 JokerF22 is offline
 
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I believe this is addressed in the annotated plans in the link below. Posted by HAL pilot and is very helpful.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xu5p6f4l7...bU0ck0pJa?dl=0

Good luck.
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Old 09-11-2018, 12:43 AM
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Page 9-08. Step2. I have the elevator built and the bottom skin on,and I have to cleco a tip assembly on. The tip assembly has that little counterbalance skin on it, and the skins occupy the same physical space. Is that normal? Do I put one under the other? If so, which one goes inside and which goes outside? Is the bottom skin outside, or is the counterbalance skin outside?
I was at this same place a couple of weeks ago and had the same question. After studying the plans, I saw that on page 09-08, Figure 3 shows the top skin placed on top of the counterbalance skin. Figure 2 shows the same thing for the bottom skin, but isn't as clear where the counterbalance skin is placed WRT the lower skin. I reasoned that the upper and lower skin WRT the counterbalance skin would be the same.

To confirm, I called Vans builder support and they verified my assumption was correct.

A couple of days later I ran across this note on page 09-22 between steps 1 and 2: "NOTE: The E-913 Counterbalance Skins lie underneath the skins."
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:11 AM
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I was looking at both the Vans Rv14s at oshkosh. Both elevator counterbalance skins were done different. The taildragger was done correctly with counterbalance skin underneath and the A model was over the top. Pointed it out to the guys and they said probably either way is fine. Glad I did mine per the instructions. Think it looks nicer.
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