Monday, February 25, 2013

What I do when I'm not building the RV14.  Flying some great corporate jets for an Awesome employer!

The tie down rings and Pitot tube mast look great after returning from the Powder  Coater.
Tie down rings, Americanized by my bench grinder.
Notice how the Vans supplied tie down rings proudly announce their country of origin.

Here all the lower fuel tank stiffeners are sealed into position .

Had my first experience with the fuel tank big deal.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Being a member of EAA 690 has its' benefits.  I used the chapter  metal brake to put the slight bends along the sheet metal edges to prevent the rivet "bow" effect.

Left Fuel tank all clecoed up.  Each will hold 25 gallons.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Rob and I managed to rivet the whole leading edge on today.   Next...fuel tanks!

 Rob came home from UGA to help out.  Here we cleco the leading edge in preparation for the final riveting.

We had fun.

Project supervisor, Mary.

Jasmine, Technical Counselor approves.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The panel gap is perfect.  Fits like a glove!

Airfoil.  Dog Jasmine practices napping in its' shade.

Test fitting the Leading Edge to the rest of the wing for the first time.

Completed the Leading Edge today.  I hope it is as fast as the car.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The inspection hole doubler is riveted in postion

I painted the area inside the wing where the inside will be visible through the landing light lens white, for maximum reflectivity, and to make it look nice and finished.

I ground down one edge of this dimple die to allow for dimpling nut plates without interference.

Ribs that will be adjacent to the landing light were painted white, as was the light mounting hardware.

Looking into the wing through the lens hole.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Very productive day.  RV7 builder, and Learjet Captain, Scott Will stopped by to help me finish riveting the top skin.  His advice about air pressure sure made the process better!  Thanks Scott!  Lunch was on me, and what a great investment!

The builder pauses to admire the milestone.

Mary bucks her first rivet.  She has talent!

Got started preping the leading edge,

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Zak and I had a riveting Saturday.  About 50% of the rivets are now in the top skins of the left wing.

We found that results were better with Zak on the gun, and me on the bucking bar.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wing construction

EAA Tech Counsellor, Duane Huff from Chapter 690, blessed the workmanship, and I have the paperwork to prove it!  Thanks Duane! Zack and I spent today countersinking, dimpling deburring and priming the top skins for the left wing.
 Zak is a silly young man.

Zak practicing his RV grin.