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David-aviator 07-10-2013 07:19 AM


Originally Posted by wjb (Post 784129)
There are hundreds of reasons why I build .. but, this is another:

Renting my favorite spam can .. a Warrior, that it turns out that it's the one I did my check ride in ... is a rental. On each of my last four flights, I had to squawk something .. nav lights out, landing light inop, landing light inop; breaker blows. The latest, the wire to the top plug on cyl #2 was loose .. very loose.... did not fly; don't know how well other 7 wires are torqued (and the plug wires looked a bit too long in the tooth)

At least, when I fly my bird, she will meet my standards when I launch. Everything as I think it should be, or I'll fix it before I fly.

One of the best privlidges we have as a builder is that we get to maintain our planes to our standards, so that when we fly, the plane is configured the way we want, running the way we want, and flying the way we want.

<end soapbox>

I like your attitude, Bill.

The flying qualities of an RV will not disappoint you in this effort.

wjb 07-25-2013 10:01 PM

Goodie goodie goodie goodie!
ABF showed up today with a Christmas present in July.

If you can't guess what's in these boxes, you gotta go back to EAA for a refresher course!

The wings have entered the building!

Thanks in advance for all the bone-headed questions I'll ask over the next year or so...

(BTW .. ABF was great, and I found the $220 charge to ship the stuff down from Van's to the SF areas to be totally reasonable ... I did the full residential lift gate service.)

OLDSAM 07-27-2013 04:28 AM

You will find that those long, long, 1 x 8's make perfect shelves on which to store the long, long longerons until you need them for the fuselage. Plus a lot of other stuff you need to have at hand in the shop.

wjb 08-24-2013 07:31 PM

Look, Mom, twins!
OK Kids, we have twins!

Riveted the main box of the wing today and tried out the new wing stand.

Progress has been made!

wjb 09-15-2013 10:56 PM

There are wings here!
Getting a bit 'o help from the kidz .. they help flip the wings on the stand

Getting close to some serious pro-seal!

wjb 01-01-2014 03:51 PM

Progress 2013
Greetings and Happy New Year VAF friends,

My baby, N430WB, is proceeding nicely. 2013 saw the completion of the empennage, including the fiberglass work, and a significant amount of work on the wings. Frame is complete, tanks built and leak tested, LE riveted on and the top main skins are cleco'ed on a ready to rivet. Any folks in NorCal that wants to shoot or buck rivets, let me know. HAF is fog-free this time of year! (And, it's dungeness crab season -- come on down!)

340 hours on the Hobbs so far, including 92 for doing the tanks alone. I'm real comfortable with pro-seal now.

Here's my lovely assistant and resident wing flip helper showing off our handiwork:

Thanks to all for all the good info, advice, and encouragement via VAF ... it makes the build go so much easier.


wjb 05-19-2014 09:25 PM

The kids are getting it...
Ok, folks ... the fuse is on order and I'm recruiting the final bit of help to rivet closed the wings. Good progress!

So, in the lull, my youngest Genevieve took a particular interest in the build and, for a school project, decided to do a report on how to build an RV-7. Awesome; I did something right.

So, let's do it. She's already checked out on the monster back-rivet bar for the top skins, but she wanted to do the whole deal. Van's practice kit, here we come!

OK, Vans ... you got a builder for the RV-24 (surely a tail dragger!). You know where to send the check (or at least the discount on my finishing kit...)

I love it that the kids enjoy the journey too .. and learn a lot about how to build real things!

wjb 07-08-2014 12:06 AM

Fuselage time!
The wings are almost done and the fuse has entered the building. I figure I have a few more weeks of wing work to close up the right bottom skins, and then I can plow into the fuse kit. Lots more hardware in this kit than the wing kit.

Is it just me, or did anyone else find it a bit annoying that all the parts bags seem to be grab-bags of different combinations of AN hardware ? ... nuts, bolts, screws, washers.. I spent hours sorting them by size and type and put them in their proper bins on the shelf. At least the rivets were segregated into same-type bags!

Now, I need a place to store my wings so I have room to build the fuse. Any suggestions?

xblueh2o 07-08-2014 12:21 AM

This is what I did with the hardware.
Anything that is simple and common like nuts, washers, common length bolts etc went into parts bins. Anything that was special (long bolts, drilled bolts, rod ends etc etc etc) I left in the bags they came in and since Van's numbers the bags I placed the bags in a box in numerical order. When I need something I can quickly scan the packing sheet to find that the part I need need is in bag "X" and it is a simple matter of finding the correct bag.

Can you hang the wings from the ceiling?

wjb 01-18-2015 05:19 PM

Full size fuse has entered the building!
Hi Folks,

I've been making good progress on my fuselage build and am happy to report a full length fuse in the shop. The firewall is clecoed in place. A pretty cool milestone, and that pile of blue coated aluminum is getting smaller and smaller. I'm very impressed on how well all the prepunched holes line up on this kit. Kudos to Vans for a great design.

The conical bends went perfectly, following a practice run on scrap. Amazing how ALL the holes line up!

Longerons bent, notched, and drilled to the skins:

Firewall attached in place:

And, a rare action shot of the chief pilot and bottle washer while riveting up the tail cone.

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