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Old 11-23-2019, 09:57 AM is offline
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Location: Santa Monica, California
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All of these suggestions are excellent advice . . . for building an actual airplane.

But Bynan asked what tools he’d need to build the Toolbox. The practice kit isn’t only to “practice.” It also lets people find out whether they even enjoy pulling rivets, etc. — an important bit of knowledge for someone who’s never done it before. If building the practice kit turns out to be a chore instead of a joy, then building a whole plane can be skipped, and a factory-built or used plane can be purchased and frustration can be avoided.

If anyone has, or can create, the list that Bynan asked for, I’d love to see it too.
Lon Sobel
Santa Monica, CA
RV-12, N58CV
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:31 PM
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Tony_T Tony_T is offline
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Location: Lacey, WA
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Thumbs down Practice kits for RV12?

For what it's worth, neither of the practice kits are particularly applicable to building an RV12. They predate the RV12 by years and are designed to teach rivet gun riveting along with some very basic sheet metal skills. The tools called out for the practice kits contain pneumatic rivet guns, bucking bars, back rivet plates, etc. None of these are needed or useful for an RV12 build.

Skip the practice kits. Don't spend any money yet. Take the advice of others here in the thread and find someone near that is working on a -12 and willing to share some time with you. There must be dozens of -12 builders in central Cal. near you. Van's can supply you with contact information.

A related question is what tools are necessary to maintain an RV-12 that perhaps you have bought and not built. In that case, a good reference point would be to look at an RV12 tool kit and go down the list deleting what is pretty obviously not needed. Examples of not needed would be any pneumatic tools. And you obviously would not need over 300 clecos but you would need maybe a dozen in each size. Using the list as guidance you could probably order items individually as you identify the need.
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:46 PM
RViator60 RViator60 is offline
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I started the RV journey this year by first attending Troy Grover's RV Build Class in Denver in late Feb before I bought any tools. We built the practice kit together and his guidance was invaluable. I would highly recommend attending an RV-build workshop.
Marty Guinn
Based at KSUT, Southport, NC
- 1973 PA28-180 (N55087)
RV14A Build
- Started Sep19, Aft Fuse complete
- Wing assembly underway,
- IO390 ordered (Oct20 deliv)
- Hartzell 2-blade composite on order.
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:23 AM
JwWright57 JwWright57 is offline
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+1 for the EAA sheet metal class. That was my reality-check to see if this was something I really wanted to do. The class was two days about 7 hours a day.
Jeff Wright, Charlotte NC
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Finish kit is Here!! 50% done :-)
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