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No mystery here, I ordered the empennage kit for the RV-9A. I also placed an order for the RV tool kit with Cleaveland Aircraft Tools. Tomorrow is the day I get the air compressor, drill press and bench grinder. Work tables get constructed next week or possibly over the weekend. We shall see...In about a week, I should receive the kit from Van's Aircraft and begin work on the tail sections.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Way to go Jerry! If you hurry, I'm sure you can catch Larry around the corner. :-lol

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You've got my admiration.I expect pictures and more pictures along the way. :-kewlDan

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adventure you're beginning, Jerry.If you don't already have one, could I suggest a "trick" little tool you'll find use for...a Hole Finder.http://www.the-russells.com/~shepardc/bus/...scellaneous.htmhttp://www.tpub.com/air/13-4.htmhttp://www.ddaircraft.com/subcategory.cfm?...&Category=TOOLSOne of our local EAAers built an RV-3. Took him a long time to finish it. But, he had a young family at the time and that responsibility wouldn't let him stay on the project. He did finish it, though.

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I have seen those gadgets before. Nifty!One of the comments in the Thursday night meeting of the Tennessee Valley RV Builders Group was that with the new pre-punched kits from Van's, they wondered why anyone would bother with a quick-build version of the kit. It really goes together quickly since there is NO LAY OUT to be done anymore.As for me, I hope to do this project in 18 to 24 months. Here is hoping for a good working schedule, etc.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Thanks, Luis. I see we are both up early this Saturday morning. I am off to Lowe's building supply center shortly to get the air-compressor, bench grinder, and drill press when they open up at 9 AM.I have been awake since a bit after 4 AM thinking about all that is coming my way in the next year or so. The stories from the members of TVRVBG about building and flying are urging me on to get this thing done as quickly as job and finances will allow.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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>I have been awake since a bit after 4 AM thinking about all >that is coming my way in the next year or so. The stories >from the members of TVRVBG about building and flying are >urging me on to get this thing done as quickly as job and >finances will allow. >It's my jealousy of all my buddies RV's flying over my house in the airport pattern, that keeps me going!! :)Working on wiring and transceiver this weekend. They say, that when your project is 90% done (looks like a whole airplane), then you still have 90% to go! I think they're right! It's surprising just how much system work can be crammed into these small planes.The only "biggies" expense wise, that I have left, is a transponder, constant speed prop governor, and a strobe lighting system.My RV -- getting closer, and someone elses that helps inspire me!

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Now the fun? begins Jerry.Don't be like a friend of mine that built a homebuilt. He would say "Gee only one rivit holding that, I'll add one for the wife and one for each kid, that should hold it" Or "that bracket's only 3/32 I'll bet it would be stronger if I made it 1/8" By the time he was finished beefing up the darn thing it weighted 30lbs more than it should have. :-)Oh and don't forget to get in a good supply of band aids for all those nicks and cuts and tell the neighbors not to call the police when they hear a lot of screaming and yelling. :-lolEd Weber a.k.a Cap'n Tall

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Ed,I know what you mean. I managed to work all day and only got a scrape in the last hour on my left arm. Today's results are a 3x6-foot work table on casters for empennage construction and general use, and the table to hold the bench grinder, drill press, and vice - also on casters. I got the drill press assembled and it is ready to bolt to the table along with the grinder and vice. I have to do the final assembly on the 20-gallon air compressor tomorrow as well.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Oh and Jerry, make sure that when you get the wings on it, you can still get it out of the garage (or wherever it's being assembled)! :-lol Larry: It's looking real good now. I especially like that sliding canopy. ;-) -Lindy :-wave

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In a ONE-CAR garage, I cannot put the wings on it inside. The two boxes have shipped from Van's are expected here next Monday. The RV construction tools from Cleaveland Aircraft Tools are shipping today and should be here by Friday at the latest. We shall see. I have to go over to Sherwin-Williams to get the Wash Primer kit and find a suitable paint spray gun today.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Ooh, Larry, that's really sweet stuff ! ! !But, is that a GLOVEBOX on the right side of the panel ?And, if you had tripped and fell against all those Cleco's (sp?)the EMS folks wouldn't have enough fingers to put in the dike.VERY NICE workmanship. :-beerchugDan

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>But, is that a GLOVEBOX on the right side of the panel ? It's a "map box" from Van's, and the cleco's luckily have rounded ends!! The panel is actually in three sections, so that a change to IFR instruments, wouldn't be too tough. Makes access a whole lot easier too!L.Adamson

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My first RV shop was a 10*16 shed. Of course it had heat, air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, and aircraft scanner. Then I built another shed to put the wings in. I used these sheds for three years (I'm slow).With the garage I have now, the wings are on and bolted. Was even thinking of putting it on casters to swivel out of the garage door & "sneak" it over to the airport. But as it turns out, the wings still have to come off one more time to drill in "nut-plates" that attach the piece of aluminum that covers about a 3" gap between the wings and fuselage. This is where all the fuel tank connections are made. This time, the wings will stay off until it goes to the airport. All of the linkages and push-pull tubes for the ailerons and flaps are done.L.Adamson

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Larry,I like the way you have the panel in sections.Among the most difficult things, for me, in working on an aircraft is getting behind a panel. I've spent hours on my back, shoulders on the floor, hips on the seat, legs kinda flailing around in the air, my head scrunched against the firewall and rudder pedals digging into my neck.Add to that holding my quickly fatiguing arms up into the back of the panel and trying to maneuver, with two fingertips, a small open-ended wrench onto a nut that I can't quiet get to and can see with only one eye...if at all. Then all of a sudden I drop the wrench and now it's on the floor somewhere behind my shoulders and I'm unable to reach or find it. You know the drill...Have to figure some way to climb out of that hole and find the wrench. Have you ever almost gotten stuck and thought you wouldn't be able to get outta there?When I started wearing corrective lenses (with bi-focals) it all got much harder. Most of the time my head would be jacked around to where I couldn't get the bi-focals on my work. Getting enough light (another age thing) behind there and moving the light source around so the work can be seen will add to the difficulty.My body is usually sore for days after one of these bouts.It sure is fun, though! Isn't it? :)Regards,Joe

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I know what you mean Joe "been there,done that". :-)I do an owner assisted annual on my Baron every year. The AI lets me do all the work (opening, oil change, greasing, and repairing)and then he does the inspecting part.I come home every night with new cuts and scrapes and my wife always says it looks like I've been in a fight with a wild animal. :-lolI always wish the engineers that designed things (not just airplanes)had to work on them out in service then maybe they would give some thought to worker friendly designing.Regards,Ed Weber a.k.a tallpilot

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>I always wish the engineers that designed things (not just airplanes) >had to work on them out in service then maybe they would >give some thought to worker friendly designing.Ideas are easy. Actual friendliness is harder. Convincing the cost control guys is "NEAR IMPOSSIBLE". Hi Ed, didn't I mention during this summer's mini Pro Pilot reunion that I spent 5-6 years of my auto career in "Damageability".No, not the science of designing cars so they are easily damaged. :-lolDamageability is the ART of convincing the real design control people who have the bucks that you ought to spend a little time and money arranging the beast so it is easier and cheaper to repair after fender-benders or "biggies". As opposed to pure production part and assembly cost.Of course, "styling design" has no problem getting money, it sells cars."Serviceability" is what you guys are talking about.Since we were natural allies in trying to swim upstream by changing original designs (which is spending money with no "return on investment"), we worked closely together. We even had adjacent desk space in the design centers (not our real homes).And, once in a while, we even had some successes.Just don't look under the hood of a contemporary auto for confirmation.Take my word for it, although hard to imagine, cars could be a lot worse to service or repair. Dan

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