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- Horizontal Stabilizer (49:40)
- Vertical Stabilizer (21:15)
- Rudder (32:15)
- Right Elevator (35:45)
- Left Elevator (30:50)
- Inventory & Setup (9:30)
- Left Wing Prep (54:30)
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- Tailcone (29:30)
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- Forward Section (52:40)
- Forward Assembly (24:30)
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- Fuselage Plumbing (14:0)
- Tail Feathers (16:35)
- Front Deck/Firewall (58:50)
Finish Kit
- Electrical (57:30)
- Electrical Part 2 (24:0)
- Canopy (22:30)
- Landing Gear (18:35)
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This kit helps you get the feel for what it takes to build a Vans RV kit plane using same tools you would for building any Vans RV aircraft. Kit costs $30.00 plus shipping. Tools are not included. Uses solid rivets.
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This video is part of a series from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. This is from Project 1, and is part of a much larger video. This one shows how to properly remove a CherryMax (R) fastener, which is kind of like an aviation grade POP rivet. The biggest difference between these and regular rivet is that you grind through the top to remove the locking collar and then drive the stem out before you drill. After that, removal is simple. Too bad they are expensive, because they hold well.
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Jason demonstrates his technique when riveting.
HOW IT WORKS: Aircraft Flush Riveting - DOCUMENTARY TUBE
Construction of aluminum air-frames process is explained by smoothing the wing surface to reduce aerodynamic drag, increasing performance and efficiency in flight.
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RV-10 Rudder Backriveting Stiffeners - Peter Aringer
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RV-10 Extra - C-Frame vs DRDT2 vs Squeezer / Impact vs Compression Dimples - Jason Ellis
Is the C-Frame impact dimple maker better than the DRDT2 compression style dimple maker? Check out his Patreon Page!
RV-10 Extra - How to use Rivet Gauges - Jason Ellis
In this quick video Jason talks about how to use Rivet Gauges. Check out his Patreon Page!
Riveting in Really Tight Places (pop rivets) - HomebuiltHELP
You will occasionally run across situations where the rivet gun does not fit properly into a tight area - resulting in setting a crooked rivet. There is a tool and a technique that solves this problem 99% of the time!
Installing Aircraft Solid Rivets - Riveteer
For hobbyists, students, aircraft buffs and professionals alike, the standard fastener used to construct airframes is the solid rivet. This 7-minute clip will show some of the easier methods to start learning how to install solid shank universal and countersunk head rivets.

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