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Old 08-23-2017, 07:34 PM
asw20c asw20c is offline
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Edgewood, NM
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Default Wing Kit

Hi all,
It took me about 6 months to complete the empennage. My wing kit arrived before I was finished, so when it was I was able to immediately dive into the new kit. After the bazillion holes you have to drill, debur, and countersink on the spars, the ribs are next. Holy cow. Here I am fast approaching my 1-year anniversary since starting my build and I've been on the same step for almost 7 weeks with those infernal ribs fluting, final drilling, and deburring. I haven't even gotten to scuffing, cleaning, priming, and dimpling. It's been almost 5 months working on the wings and I haven't assembled anything yet. Anyone else felt like the wings seem to take forever to start coming together? Sheeeeeesh, just let me get back to banging rivets again!
Empennage Complete Except for Tips
Wings Underway
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:50 PM
Nova RV Nova RV is offline
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Leesburg, VA
Posts: 224

Don't fret that will come soon enough along with carpal tunnel from all of the clecos on the wing skins. The wing kit is pure tedium and repetition for sure, the fuselage kit is nowhere near as repetitive.
Chris Moon

Leesburg, VA
RV-14A kit # 140243
VAF 2017 and 2018 paid
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:13 PM
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czechsix czechsix is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Spring Hill, KS
Posts: 323

Yep, as a repeat offender I can say that building the wings is one of the most repetitive, tedious parts of constructing an RV (or probably any airplane...imagine a biplane!). If there's any part of the kit that I would seriously consider getting as a QB it would be the wing kit. The empennage and fuselage (especially the fuselage) are way more fun.

Grind it out. You'll get it done eventually...
Mark Navratil
Spring Hill, KS
RV-8A N2D #80583 - built/flew/sold
RV-14A #140017 - wings complete, empacone in progress...
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Old 08-24-2017, 01:09 AM
control control is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 526

The reason why I would really want a QB-light option. All parts prepared/primed but nothing assembled
RV-14 kit #140138
I have entered the 90% done, 90% left to do zone
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:51 PM
jswareiv jswareiv is offline
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 473
Default Proseal and Riveting

Don't forget the tennis elbow from the rivet gun or rivet elbow. Then you get to do the fuel tanks and proseal. Definitely would do QB wings if I ever did this again. None of the QB kits were available when I was building. Wings definitely take the longest. Bagillion repetitive tasks. All those countersink holes in the spar.
First RV-14 Flight 04/17/2016
Serial #140087, N214SW
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