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Empennage
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   and Longerons
(17:30)

- Tailcone (29:30)
- Center Section (35:15)
- Forward Section (52:40)
- Forward Assembly (24:30)
- Skins/Baggage Area (46:30)
- Seats & Seat Floors (30:15)
- Flaps & Gear Mounts (18:15)
- 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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Bought Sears Compressor 4/19/2004 - Bought Sears Compressor
Got this 30 gal. Air Compressor, 6 hp, Vertical Tank, Oil Free Pump (Sears # 16731) on sale at Sears for $277, it's regularly $329.99. Very easy to purchase stuff online. You can have it delivered or ... read more
Bought pneumatic drill from Home Depot 4/26/2004 - Bought pneumatic drill from Home Depot
I got this drill from Home Depot for less than $50, BUT the instructions recommended that I have an in-line filter to catch dust particles and drain water, an in-line oil lubricator and a regulator. I ... read more
Bought a rivet gun and drill on Ebay. 5/27/2004 - Bought a rivet gun and drill on Ebay.
I won the bid on this rivet gun and drill on Ebay from a gentlemen who was a retired aerospace worker.

Amazon.com sells a ... read more
Bought a new Delta Bench Grinder 9/2/2004 - Bought a new Delta Bench Grinder
From what I hear from other builders, you'll be standing in front of this dude a lot. I found this bench grinder at Sam's Club. You can also order one from ... read more
Bought Orndorff Videos from RV7 Yahoo group member. 10/21/2004 - Bought Orndorff Videos from RV7 Yahoo group member.
These videos are great! I have my small version of the RV-9A plans in my lap and watch these videos and wonder how anyone could build an empennage without this wonderful source of information. I have ... read more
Bought a deburring tool 10/25/2004 - Bought a deburring tool
Some guys gave me a heads up on this ... read more
RV Buddies come in handy! 12/1/2004 - RV Buddies come in handy!
Over the weekend, I visited my friend Jerry who is finishing up his RV-6. When he found out that I was going to build an RV, he took me around his hangar and kept saying, "here, take this, oh, and you ... read more
Bought new rivet squeezer, squeezer set and bucking bar. 12/3/2004 - Bought new rivet squeezer, squeezer set and bucking bar.
This ... read more
Bought Clecos, Pliers, Drill Bits and Drill Stops on Christmas Sale. 12/9/2004 - Bought Clecos, Pliers, Drill Bits and Drill Stops on Christmas Sale.
Found these bargains on ... read more
Gettin' there.... 12/11/2004 - Gettin' there....
Arranging my new tools as I get them. Drilled holes in the work bench and attached some cool special nuts to the underside of the work bench allowing me to remove the vise easily. These nuts have an o ... read more
Bought a 3M Cut & Polish Wheel 12/19/2004 - Bought a 3M Cut & Polish Wheel
These ... read more
Created a board for back riveting 12/21/2004 - Created a board for back riveting
I found a 1/4" steel plate at Home Depot in a big rack containing all different sizes of aluminum and steel. ... read more
Got a new Delta Benchtop Band Saw for Christmas! 12/28/2004 - Got a new Delta Benchtop Band Saw for Christmas!
My sweet wife bought this for me. ... read more
Bought some insulation for the garage. 2/28/2005 - Bought some insulation for the garage.
I installed some R-19 insulation. The sheetrock in the garage is 5/8" thick, that ought to help also. ... read more
Bought more tools 4/10/2005 - Bought more tools
Van's website has a list of ... read more
Ordered my Preview Plans for the RV-9A 6/28/2005 - Ordered my Preview Plans for the RV-9A
Time for dreamin' and schemin'. ... read more
Bought a new pneumatic squeezer from Avery's Tools 7/20/2005 - Bought a new pneumatic squeezer from Avery's Tools
I called Averys Tools today and ordered their ... read more
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