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Old 12-08-2012, 09:08 PM
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Hi RV Friends,

We're 6 for 6 .. the first 6 rivets on a new RV-7 (easy, with an alligator squeezer). I'm already thankful for all the good advice already garnered from this site. I'm looking forward to more ... and adding to the mix. In a few years, I'll be shooting low approaches to KHAF!

I'm looking forward to your help and encouragement!

-Bill
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:26 PM
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Nice picture
Looks like you're a little ahead of me. I have a feeling we'll cross posts a few times on here over the build process.
Happy riveting!
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:37 PM
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Looking forward to sharing the journey. It was a great day in "the factory"
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:39 PM
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Ahhhhh, I remember those rivets from about 6 months ago... What is that sweet looking white primer you got there?
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:41 PM
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Bill,
I live in cupertino, and my RV-8 is at Reid Hillview. Easy for me to pop over the hill if you have any questions that need a set of eyes.

BTW, you must be related to Dan Bencze that worked his whole career at NASA?

He was my boss for many years, and my father's boss too....
Did you work on gravity probe B?

Very cool that you are building a -7. I'll swap you a ride in the -8 for a ride in the -7 any time you need some motivation.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:29 AM
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Bill,

Keep pounding those rivets! Kit number 4152, huh? I am kit number 312!

I hope you build faster than I! Thinking back to my emp kit...



That was seven years ago!

Nice work you are doing there! It is worth it!

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Old 12-09-2012, 12:59 PM
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I assume the S/N is 0312? It's incredible to think that there are almost 4000 other -7's out there being brought to life. Awesome!
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:53 PM
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Bill,

Yes, 70312 is me.

I am sure that there are empennages hanging in garages that will never see the light of day, but OTOH there are many that do fly. The proof is right here!

There were MANY times I wondered how I would even make it as far as I already have. I still have much to do.

Building the plane is a journey. Enjoy it! We certainly don't build these things because they are cheap!

Have fun and let me know if there is anything I can help you out with. Glad to assist in any way I can!

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Bill, welcome to the group! You're gonna love this journey. Just settle in and go at your own pace and enjoy the ride. I remember those first rivets like it was yesterday. That was almost 6 years ago for me, and I'm still plugging away. But it has been one of the most enjoyable, rewarding things I've ever done in my life.

By the way, mine is kit number 2980!
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:03 PM
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Ahhhhh, I remember those rivets from about 6 months ago... What is that sweet looking white primer you got there?
White primer? That's the power coat on the brackets from Van's. I've read all the primer wars stuff, and have settled (so far) on using the Stewart System EcoPrime primer/sealer .. thou, I used the Dupli-color self etching primer for the bearing bracket here 'cus I wanted to build and not fire up the sprayer for this teeny part.
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VAF 2020 donation happily made

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