This week we have been riveting, bolting and reaming the large bulkheads in the mid-fuselage section of the plane. These are huge, heavy bits of metal which take most of the load once the wings attach. They are also the
I can’t take much credit for the workmanship here as J has been busy with the rivet squeezer and back-rivet plate today. My contribution to this assembly was largely limited to taking the photos 🙂 I *did* debur and scrub
We seem to have got into a bit of a groove with deburring, washing and priming lately. Admittedly it’s mostly out of necessity as there are so many pieces in the fuselage kit! Deburring – the process of removing any
Busy week of pre-assembly on the fuselage floor! There was a lot of dimpling to do on the ribs to get them ready for riveting. Once complete, we laid them out in the correct configuration to get an idea of
We’ve had a satisfying weekend of progress and have managed to work efficiently in parallel on a few of the fuselage tasks. J had some fun using the band saw to separate some of the more complex metal attach plates
It was quite exciting unpacking the fuselage kit and seeing so many new materials and shapes we hadn’t encountered in the empennage. It was also slightly scary – having completed the tail surfaces and convinced ourselves that they vaguely resembled
After lots of research and discussion, we decided to go with the Beringer wheels and brakes for our RV-14A. These are more expensive than the standard Van’s-supplied kit, but the consensus seems to be that the quality is better, they
Embarrasingly long since my last update, but to anyone wondering if we’ve given up – not yet! I have just been rubbish at reporting it. Will try to post more regularly. Since the last update we have been putting the
It’s been ages since I posted – partly because we have actually been pretty productive with the build recently. I should get better at documenting progress, though, as I am sure we’ll enjoy looking back on it when we’re finished.
The Horizontal Stabliser (HS) is the longest single piece we’ve had to assemble so far – we have to exit the workshop completely to turn it around, so it’s the first piece where we’ve had to plan and think about
After all the prep involved in the Horizontal Stabilizer (HS) spars, doublers and caps, we were looking forward to getting the rivets in. They didn’t disappoint! There’s something very satisfying about putting together individually flimsy bits of metal and
We always knew that the decision to build a plane would affect every aspect of our lives. Initially we had this crazy idea that the plane building work would happen in the workshop (in this case our landlord’s garage) and
It’s been a while since I posted but we’ve been making lots of progress with the horizontal stabilizer. Also known as the tailplane, its purpose is to keep the plane flying straight and prevent it from pitching up and down.
It was always going to happen. Everyone says “you’ll screw up”, and of course everyone hopes they won’t. But you will, and as long as you get back on the horse it’s OK to screw up – we are inexperienced