Today I started off by scruffing, cleaning, and priming the parts I left off with yesterday. I apparently forgot to take some pictures but not big deal. While those parts were drying, I started the leading edge portion of the ailerons. This was pretty simple, just alot of cleco work. Taking apart and reassembling several times over. I finished up for the night with the drilling of the #30 holes on the leading edge.
Today I came in finished priming the bottom wing skin parts that I had yet to finish. Didn’t have to spend much time here.
Next I decided to go ahead and start working on the ailerons since I have YET to finish the fuel tanks. Might as well keep chugging and keep the motivation train going. I probably spent a good hour here, just looking for parts that were 3 feet away from me. On top of my instruction book. It is amazing how easily things disappear when you look everywhere else. This first page went really quick, I was able to cut, debur, drill, counter sink, sand, & prime pretty quickly.
Once these parts were dry, I quickly riveted them together. I did have a hard time locating the nutplates. I searched through the parts list about 5 times, search on vansairforce to see if anyone else had them. Priced them out on aircraft spruce, and finally sat down to eat my pizza that got delivered and the part # jumped at me on the page that was open. They are in bag 1219 if you run across the same issue I did.
Next I began by cutting the aileron ribs. the ailerons only have 2 on each, one on each end. the rest are actually just stiffeners.
Next I dimpled all the holes I could as requested by the plans. I noticed here that the plan steps do not mentioning dimpling the #30 holes, but one of the figures calls for a 120* dimple. I ended up ordering #30 120* dimple set from Cleveland Aircraft tools. I was ready to call it a night when the plans said I could primer everything. so I cleaned everything up.
Over the last couple weeks I drilled & deburred the skins. I also made the hole for the pitot tube and match drilled the stiffener to the skin. This week I worked on dimpling the skins and the ribs. I still have one wing worth of ribs to dimple, plus a couple of holes on the other that I couldn’t get with my squeezer. I haven’t taken any photos lately. Perhaps tomorrow.
I’ve been slowly working on the aileron gap fairings over the last few days. Today I finished dimpling, primered and riveted them. It felt good to get this done as its been a while since I feel I accomplished something on this project. Even if it is a small thing.
after this I started working on the pitot mounting bracket. I bought this a while back and for some reason its been daunting to me. I think it has a lot to do with the install instructions. I ended up just looking at some photos and going from there. I did a piss poor job of photos today, but no big deal. I scribed some lines on the plate, placed it up on the spar, clamped in place and match drilled. I needed a piece of angle aluminum so this is about as far as I got with it. I ended up assembling the tube and priming it as well
Next I mounted the skins, and called it a night
Not much to write tonight. Started putting on the gap fairings. the W-1021 fairings went on fine. Due to the SB I did yesterday I had to trim the inboard side of the W-1024 fairings about an 1/8″. Cleco’d everything in place then got side tracked with work and flying tomorrow.
Several months ago Vans released a Service Bulletin that affected every model they make except the RV12. I promptly ordered the parts and when they came in I put them in the dust collector. I still have the fuel tanks to work on, but they kill off all motivation the second I touch them. So I elected to start doing other things and coming back here and there. This is also the perfect time as I have yet to put the Aileron Gap Fairings on. Opening up the kit was quite daunting at first. Not as daunting as a new kit delivery, but more of how the heck does this go together. After a few minutes I got my visual and started at it. Once the pieces are cut apart, it is pretty easy to see how it goes together. After match drilling, deburring, cleaning, and priming, I started drilling out the old brackets. This way the parts had plenty of time to dry. The SB requires you reuse an old bearing from the original bracket so I took it apart per the instructions. Assembly was nice and easy. I even had it inspected by a certified sniffer.
Well I havent been able to do much at all these last few weeks and time has come for my fuselage to be delivered. Anticipation has had me all week and today was the day. Road Runner had hired a company to deliver the kit. On Monday they called and asked if 10a-12p would be fine. I told them we could make it work. 1230p rolls around, no truck. Oh our delivery window is 10a – 2p. I tell the lady it was 10-12. I would never approve a 4 hour delivery window. Well he should be there around 1:30p. He rolls in around 3:45. Close enough. I noticed there was some splintered plywood on the crate but didnt look too bad. Fortunately I wrote that on the BOL. This entire week has sucked tremendously and to no avail, unpacking the fuselage just added to the suck. After removing the brown paper I noticed that the wind screen was cracked right along the passenger edge. Then I noticed the fuselage rear window section had a nice tear right through it. So I stopped unpacking right there. Now is the wait and see game.
After 3 years, I finally passed my check ride. Amazing experience and have met many wonderful people. Now off to random places for food.
Throughout the week I slowly poked around the airplane. Moved parts here, there. did some prep work on the new left tank. Friday I started installing the ribs. Saturday I really got into it. I got all the ribs done but end. I also made the return line stub for the fuel injection system.
Yes I know the tags are still on the parts, they will be removed before I seal the tank up.
On Sunday, I came in made and installed the vent line, fuel level sender, the end rib, as well as sealed up any rivets. While this was curing, I decided to start working on the new left tank by installing all the ribs and cutting the stiffeners. I quickly discovered that I ordered the wrong end ribs by the attach side. $18 later and the new ones should be here in a few days.
new left tank mostly assembled
Today I decided to put some water in the tank and see how I did. I did okay except for one small teeny tiny leak.
No big deal. I will fix it tomorrow after draining and it fixing some other rivets Im not quite happy with after the fact. Once thats done. I will seal it up!
Today I placed the order for the fuselage! Time to hammer down and get these tanks done.