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Old 04-16-2018, 09:34 PM
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Good job!

I was wondering about the lightening holes in the tip-up frame. I don't think I've ever seen that done before.
Good eye! Isn't that the roll-over structure for the tip-ups? The lightening holes would certainly degrade the strength if nothing else was done to compensate in some other way.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:09 PM
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Good eye! Isn't that the roll-over structure for the tip-ups? The lightening holes would certainly degrade the strength if nothing else was done to compensate in some other way.
I’d think you’d certainly want to dimple them for strength. We did that in drag cars and Pontiac did it on superduty frames in the 60s it degraded strength to the point they had to put 2x4s in the frames when they flipped them on the assembly line so they wouldn’t break.

I’d like to know more about the mod though.

It’s nice to have a light airplane, that’s for sure.
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:16 AM
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Good eye! Isn't that the roll-over structure for the tip-ups? The lightening holes would certainly degrade the strength if nothing else was done to compensate in some other way.
The lighting holes that I see are only in the part that holds the shape on the rear of the tip up canopy, not in the rollover framework itself.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:04 PM
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Congrats to Tom! Beautiful job on the build!
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Old 04-17-2018, 05:09 PM
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A couple of comments about Tom's lightening holes in the canopy frame that Tom asked me to clarify. As Ed pointed out, the lightening holes are only in the canopy frame, not in the roll-over structure. Tom's comment was that not only was this part of his weight reduction plan, but also he wanted to lighten the overall weight of the canopy so that it would be easier to open and close.

Here are a few photos that illustrate this:





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Old 04-17-2018, 06:30 PM
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A couple of comments about Tom's lightening holes in the canopy frame that Tom asked me to clarify. As Ed pointed out, the lightening holes are only in the canopy frame, not in the roll-over structure. Tom's comment was that not only was this part of his weight reduction plan, but also he wanted to lighten the overall weight of the canopy so that it would be easier to open and close.

Here are a few photos that illustrate this:
Thanks for the clarification and the pics.
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It is a beautiful RV. Wish he had been there for the ceremony. It's always nice to shake a hand and see the grin.
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Tom and his son were my Nextdoor campsite neighbors. When he pulled up in that beautiful airplane I was truly in awe. I've never seen composite work that nice! Tom and his son Tyler got SOAKED in the Wednesday night rain event but he stuck it out and had his airplane opened up and on display every day.

Well deserved!
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Default Congratulations Tom Savrda - RV-7 Lindy Trophy

All of us here in Vero Beach are really proud of Tom Savrda's win at Oshkosh - Lindy Trophy for his RV-7, Kit Built Champion Award. He's on his way home as I write this. Here they are in HBC:



Awards ceremony. Tom and his son, Tyler, receiving their award:



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