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- Right Wing Prep (34:15)
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(17:30)

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- Front Deck/Firewall (58:50)
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- Landing Gear (18:35)
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Ailerons

Started work on the aileron bracket assemblies 5/1/2007 - Started work on the aileron bracket assemblies
I found all the parts and clecoed each bracket together. I couldn’t find the angle piece AA6-125x1x1 which makes the aileron stops. I ordered some 1 inch and 7/8 inch Delrin Rods from Aircraft Spruce ... read more
Riveted on the Aileron Brackets 5/2/2007 - Riveted on the Aileron Brackets
The longeron yoke on the pneumatic squeezer worked great for the first 4 bottom rivets on each bracket, but only after I altered the end of the yoke where the dimple die is inserted. Using the scotchb ... read more
Starting drilling and clecoing the flap brackets on 5/3/2007 - Starting drilling and clecoing the flap brackets on
Heading scratching time again. This first part was easy, clecoing on the big flap bracket. The holes in the end rib were predrilled, not so on the other 2 flap brackets. These ribs have 2 pilots holes ... read more
Started riveting on the flap brackets assemblies 5/7/2007 - Started riveting on the flap brackets assemblies
The inboard bracket was pretty easy. I opted to use the old rivet gun and bucking bar combination. Unlike the other 2 flap brackets, these rivets were easy to get to. I riveted on the main W-925A brac ... read more
Received my single offset rivet set from Averys 5/8/2007 - Received my single offset rivet set from Averys
Now I can finish putting in those last rivets in the W-925C flap attach angles.
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Started on the flap and aileron gap fairings 5/23/2007 - Started on the flap and aileron gap fairings
I clecoed on the fairings and started final drilling the top 3/32 holes. ... read more
Dimpled the holes in the top skin for the gap fairings 5/26/2007 - Dimpled the holes in the top skin for the gap fairings
I started off using my avery hand squeezer with a longeron yoke to dimple these holes. The dimples looked fine on the thin outboard skin, but the thicker inboard skin dimples started showing craters ... read more
Finished riveting on the gap fairings (kind of) 5/31/2007 - Finished riveting on the gap fairings (kind of)
I used my Avery hand squeezer and small no-hole yoke to put in the rivets on the skin side and used the rivet gun and bucking bar on the rear spar.
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Built the particle board work top and the saddle jigs 6/2/2007 - Built the particle board work top and the saddle jigs
This instructions say to build this work top from 1 inch particle board. All I could find was 3/4 inch particle board from Home Depot. At this point, I'm not sure that I even need to build this work t ... read more
Clecoed and drilled the A-908 reinforcing plates 6/6/2007 - Clecoed and drilled the A-908 reinforcing plates
It's back to head scratching time. I had gotten used to the knowing what comes next while working on the right wing, having already done the left wing before. That's OK, it's good brain training.
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Look Mom! I'm growing clecos! 6/8/2007 - Look Mom! I'm growing clecos!
I'm starting to understand why Van's wants us to build the 2'x8' extreme flat table top for the flaps and ailerons. If any part of this construction is not done on a flat service, it could result in o ... read more
Time for blue film therapy! 6/12/2007 - Time for blue film therapy!
Got the old soldering iron out and started removing the excess blue plastic film.
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Back riveted on the Aileron stiffeners 6/13/2007 - Back riveted on the Aileron stiffeners
I used Scotch magic removable tape to hold the line of rivets in for each stiffener before I backriveted everything on my ... read more
Started work on the A-905 aileron ribs 6/14/2007 - Started work on the A-905 aileron ribs
This is where I have to be careful, what's top, what's bottom, what's left, etc. I laid out the A-905 ribs on the left aileron first, because that's what is shown in the drawing, then by process of el ... read more
Clecoed the A-901A nose skin to the A-902 bottom skin and A-903 spar 6/15/2007 - Clecoed the A-901A nose skin to the A-902 bottom skin and A-903 spar
So far so good. This nose skin is made from fairly thick aluminum. I'm not looking forward to what comes next.
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Started setup to final drill the trailing edges 6/18/2007 - Started setup to final drill the trailing edges
I knew that I needed something heavy to hold the skins down. I had heard that other builders use lead shot in a bag, laid on top of a board to hold stuff down, but I didn't know where to get any and I ... read more
Dismantled both ailerons and started deburring 6/22/2007 - Dismantled both ailerons and started deburring
It took quite a while to un-cleco everything. There are a lot of parts in these dudes.
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Countersunk the aileron spar and reinforcement plates 7/31/2007 - Countersunk the aileron spar and reinforcement plates
I haven't worked on the RV for quite a while because of tennis elbow in my right arm. From all of the articles I've read, the only way to get rid of it is to not use your arm, great... It felt good to ... read more
Dimpled the aileron ribs 8/1/2007 - Dimpled the aileron ribs
I had to use my Avery vise grip dimplers for the majority of the holes in these ribs. As you can see, there were only 2 holes on each side where I could use my hand squeezer for the dimples. In order ... read more
Riveted the A-908 reinforcing plates to the A-903 spar 8/3/2007 - Riveted the A-908 reinforcing plates to the A-903 spar
It's a little tough to interpret the plans here, trying to decide which holes get rivets. I used my pneumatic squeezer and easily put these rivets in.
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Started clecoing the leading edge skin to the spar 8/4/2007 - Started clecoing the leading edge skin to the spar
I started off putting duct on the aileron skins and pulling the leading edge skin down to the spar a little at a time. Then I started putting in clecos, starting the leading edge ribs and then moving ... read more
Riveted the leading edges to the top skin and spar 8/5/2007 - Riveted the leading edges to the top skin and spar
The learning curve on something new like this part can be a real pain in the bahootie. Usually after about 3 to 5 rivets I've got the technique down for the rest of the session. But those first 3 or 5 ... read more
Finished riveting the bottom of the leading edge to the spar 8/7/2007 - Finished riveting the bottom of the leading edge to the spar
This is one of those situations where after bucking one of the rivets you think that the size rivet called for on the plans is not long enough. So on one rivet, I tried to use a size 4 rivet instead o ... read more
Riveted the top and bottom skins to the end ribs 8/8/2007 - Riveted the top and bottom skins to the end ribs
I riveted the bottom skins first and the flipped the ailerons over riveted the top side. I opted to put a flush head pop-rivet in the most aft rivet hole.
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Ready to start riveting the trailing edges 8/11/2007 - Ready to start riveting the trailing edges
It took quite a while to get the first aileron loose from the table where I clecoed it to the work top. Some of the proseal leaked out around the clecos under the aileron, apparently glueing the ailer ... read more
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