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Old 04-02-2017, 09:55 AM
77bonanza 77bonanza is offline
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Default RV 14 Wing cradle

I have ordered the QB Wing & Fuselage kit which should be delivered shortly. Does anyone have any plans they can share re building wing cradles to store the wings?
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Old 04-02-2017, 11:18 AM
SabreFlyr SabreFlyr is offline
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Location: Marion, IN
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I'm borrowing from Tim Olson's design for mine, with some modification:

Around half way down the page, are pictures of the design for building his slow-built wings. Dimensions of the primary 2x4s are in a nearby pic. Further down the page is the modified design used when his wings reached the stage our QB wings are in. I think that I slightly shortened the long 2x4 rails so as to be sure that I could work on the landing/taxi lights without any of the rack being in the way.

My wing rack is not quite finished and is untested. It's currently at our company hangar (45 miles away) where the kit is temporarily stored awaiting the transformation of my basement into a shop. Thus no work done on it this weekend and I'm flying all day tomorrow. Hope to finish it up Tuesday and test fit the wings to the rack. One final detail that I haven't fully worked out yet is just how I plan to secure the spar end to the rack. Planning on using the plastic tubes that protected the bolt holes in the QB fuselage spar carry-through in it's crate...if I can find them. Smaller bolts through those plastic tubes would be adequate, I think.
Ray Dosh
LJ45 driver
RV-14 QB #140212
VS, rudder & elevators finished
HS started
Marion, IN MZZ
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:13 PM
MED MED is offline
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Search here or using Google for Mouser wing cradle.
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:18 PM
salto salto is offline
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Location: Wee Waa Australia
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An RV-10 builder posted this awhile ago. Works perfectly, trim a couple of feet off total length.

Kit 140241
Tail Feathers done
Fuselage kit completed.
wings almost complete.
Flaps and ailerons done.
Canopy next. Phew!
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:33 PM
JDA_BTR JDA_BTR is offline
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That's what I did too. Took me longer to think about than to do. HD has scrap carpet for free by the way but if they don't there is some $2 a yard stuff you can get when you get the lumber.
N1463 seems a good number....
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:33 PM
Bobo Bobo is offline
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Default EAA Wing Stand

Take a look at plans published in EAA Sport Aviation magazine at the link below:
Todd Rader
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:05 AM
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Also looked at and copied from Tims blog with a little metric conversions...
RV-14 kit #140138
working on FW forward and finish kit
wings, tail kit and fuselage basically done
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Old 04-03-2017, 07:52 AM
TimO TimO is offline
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Yeah none of the cradle dimensions require high precision, and building it is pretty simple. I would build it short enough that the landing light lenses aren't supporting the weight of the wing. You probably won't want to work on the landing light while in the cradle...that would be very inconvenient, but the outboard edge of the wing probably shouldn't be used to support the wing face down in the carpet as there is that narrow edge of aluminum there that you wouldn't want to bend.

I did not sold-bolt my spar end to the cradle. What I did was just slid a couple bolts thru the existing spar holes that went thru the wood. Bolts with the threads removed would be ideal so you don't scrape those holes up. Then I capped the spars with a 2x4 and used clamps to sandwhich the spar between the wood. I countersunk the 2x4 for the bolt heads too. That way I didn't need tools to remove the wing, and I wasn't using hardware to secure it, just quick clamps. Just use care when moving them and DO pin the wings in place somehow. It is possible to have the wings slide out of the cradle if you're not careful and they aren't pinned.

The RV-10 guys have been using such cradles for probably 12-14 years now, so you may even find an RV-10 guy near you who has one they can give you, and you could shorten.
Tim Olson - CFI
RV-10 N104CD - Flying 2/2006 - 1300+ hours
RV-14 N14YT - Flying 6/2016 - 175+ hours
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:13 AM
77bonanza 77bonanza is offline
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Default RV 14 Wing Cradle

Thanks to everyone for their advice and suggestions.
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:47 AM
77bonanza 77bonanza is offline
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Default RV 14 Wing Cradle

Thanks to everyone for their advice and suggestions.
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