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Old 02-14-2020, 12:01 PM
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Some of us - well, me at least - could better use access on the curved sides of that Forward Fuse Top skin (in my case, an RV-7). If engineering bandwidth allows in the future, it would be nice to know that this kit could be adapted to create side access panels.
There is a good possibility that there would be some slight misalignment screw holes in the cover because of the differing radii that the doubler and cover would be installed at, but it might be slight enough that it wouldn't be an issue.

As insurance the doublers could be riveted in place before before installing the nutplates on them. That would allow for match drilling a custom cover if it was necessary.
If installed on the curved sides, I would recommend pre-curving the covers so they match the skin shape to avoid puckering and a higher difficulty in getting them sealed well.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:02 PM
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Lucky for me Vans relegated the -6 to the dustbin of history once more, lest Id buy one set
They can be installed on a 6 as well (in fact that is what they were Beta tested on).
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12 years ago I made a set of these and put them in. In the time since, I can't imagine maintaining the airplane without the access they provide. A definite thumbs up.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:34 PM
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Hey, how about some for us 8 guys? We need em too!
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:44 PM
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Hey, how about some for us 8 guys? We need em too!
What? They sell an RV-8? You'd never know it. When was the last time you saw them fly one to an airshow?
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:57 PM
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I'm wondering if these can be located more aft of the firewall than what the plans indicate. I have a 7 tipper and am considering the benefits of these on the curved section, but a little more aft so I can get to wiring and Garmin boxes in those areas.
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There is a good possibility that there would be some slight misalignment screw holes in the cover because of the differing radii that the doubler and cover would be installed at, but it might be slight enough that it wouldn't be an issue.

As insurance the doublers could be riveted in place before before installing the nutplates on them. That would allow for match drilling a custom cover if it was necessary.
If installed on the curved sides, I would recommend pre-curving the covers so they match the skin shape to avoid puckering and a higher difficulty in getting them sealed well.
Good stuff, thanks Scott!

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Should have called it the blank panel...
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They can be installed on a 6 as well (in fact that is what they were Beta tested on).
Excellent; thank you very much for clarifying that for us 6/6A drivers!
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This particular kit was initially the work of our friend Joe Blank, who worked in technical support here at Van's and unfortunately passed away a few years ago. We were able to pick up his work and finish it off so we can share it with you.

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Thanks Joe for making this possible. Miss you a lot and think about you often.

I think one of our friends that helped you with Formation Flying may have put this idea in your head.
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