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Old 02-13-2018, 08:11 AM
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Does anyone know what this is?



I'm assuming it's a rudder part, given the "R-" nomenclature, and it came with the empennage. I believe it was in the "plates and gussets" bag (don't have the bag number / inventory list in front of me).

I've re-read the construction manual (pp. 6-3 - 6-5), and studied the drawing (DWG 7), and I just don't see it.

I'm past the rudder, and I'm a little concerned I missed something.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:24 AM
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I don't recall that in my kit. But I learned doing the wings, save these little jewels, you might need them later. I am finishing up the wings and found the templates to drill the tank attach brackets.... about 6 months too late.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:39 AM
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Default Mystery part

Check the inventory. It should have a description for the part.
Call Vans and ask. It may be important.
From the part number, it looks like a newer addition.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:52 AM
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Obviously punched for a couple nutplates, and bolts instead of screws by the look of it. That suggests a doubler for a hinge attachment, or tie-down attachment perhaps? My late-2007 era empennage kit did not contain this part.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:55 AM
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The holes appear to be for a nutplate.

Possible a reinforcement for the fiberglass parts, or lead counterweight???
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:07 AM
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Not saying but there were a few parts left over in my kit that do not get used.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:17 AM
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Check the inventory. It should have a description for the part.
Call Vans and ask. It may be important.
From the part number, it looks like a newer addition.
A good suggestion, I'll have to look at it later.

That said, it's also not on the list. Maybe not everything is?
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:03 AM
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The holes appear to be for a nutplate.

Possible a reinforcement for the fiberglass parts, or lead counterweight???
Check the hole spacing, it could be a "two nutplate holder" that replaces the two nuts retaining the rudder lead counterweight.

Weren't some folks having trouble with these nuts coming loose as the lead squished a bit and then had no access to tighten them after assembly?
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:38 AM
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Weren't some folks having trouble with these nuts coming loose as the lead squished a bit and then had no access to tighten them after assembly?
That is what I was thinking of---
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:06 AM
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Gil hit the nail on the head. That is a nutplate strip used to attach the rudder counterweight to the Rudder Tip Rib.
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