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Old 01-01-2021, 02:57 AM
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looks like you're making steady progress, and it's looking good.

I did not build my -6.9, but looking at your pictures brings back memories... building the -4 sure was of course very similar. The 1st thing I learned was not to trim any piece before it had been matched to the next one... and use the plan given measurement solely as vague reference

I remember opening those huge shipping crates... the longest one contained the Phlogiston spar, $$$ well spent. Inside the other crates, only the rims looked like aircraft stuff... the rest was sheetmetal, some of it vaguely pre-bent, angle bar, and those paper bags containing zillions of rivets

Thanks for your reports, educational and interesting! Also happy for you to have found that renewed motivation, well done.
Thanks Dan...the jig that the -6 is on was previously used by another builder for a -4, so indeed the building process is similar and careful measuring is important! I did the spar rivets the hard way with a hammer, like other builders around me at the time. Actually it wasn't too bad, I think it only took a morning to set the AD6 rivets (but I was much younger then).

Still got zillions of bits and pieces to use up and some of the part numbers have faded away...
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Old 01-01-2021, 02:59 AM
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Paul, I just read through this entire thread. Congratulations on persevering. You're making steady progress... you'll get there. And I now know what a "ystervark" is!
Thanks Ben! You probably also know to not get too close to an ystervark.
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Old 01-01-2021, 03:04 AM
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Paul, for this joint I followed a suggestion in the December 1992 RVator (reproduced in "24 years of the RVator") to notch the aft skin and bend it slightly at this joint with good result.
Thanks Bill, that looks good. I've done the notching and drilling now, but not yet riveted, I'm hoping for a pass. I may have that original RVator somewhere, I haven't actually looked through them recently. Cheers, Paul.
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Old 01-01-2021, 05:12 AM
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Default It's a New Year, It's a New Day!

Day 1 of Year 2021: (10,152 days from start)

Well, I admit that we maybe did do a bit too much celebrating last night because we're kind of glad to see the end of 2020, like many I guess. We hope that 2021 will be better and that we will overcome this dastardly pandemic. That's my excuse for getting off to a slow start today.

All of the fuselage skins are now in place and (mostly, like 99%) attached. The next stage is to work over the whole airframe and drill any remaining (tricky) holes, prior to disassembly (again) for deburring, dimpling, priming and then re-assembly in readiness for riveting!

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Old 01-08-2021, 03:02 AM
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Default Prep for riveting

Today the temperature got to 39 degrees (102 F) so it was kinda warm in the work shed, the wind has been blowing all week and everything is drying out, anyway I managed to prime the rear fuselage skins and started dimpling today.

Some of these rivet holes have been drilled over a 20 year period and they are not as uniform as the new punched kits, but all the edge distance and clearances have worked out OK.

I am spraying a line of zinc chromate primer under the rivet heads to help prevent corrosion. Most of the spray will be removed during prep for final painting, when I get to that stage.

I'm planning to start riveting in the next few days and hope that I can still remember what to do!
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Old 05-15-2021, 01:57 AM
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Default unexpected break from building

I haven't posted any updates for a while because after riveting on the rear fuselage skins I was diagnosed with cancer and advised to have surgery within 3 months. Following surgery there is a six week recovery period with NO LIFTING, which is almost impossible on a farm, so the RV project had to go on hold to allow some other heavy jobs to get done while still able. I covered over the fuselage and put away the tools... frustrating.

Now in the later stages of recovery I've found some light jobs that don't require any lifting, though somebody needs to open the shop door for me!

A few of the steel parts, including the roll bar and canopy frame, came from the factory with powder coating. Altough the parts were stored inside the workshop, there was corrosion coming through and spreading under the coating, particularly where any dust had settled. I've been removing the powder coating with paint stripper and sanding off the corrosion. I intend to thorougly clean the metal and apply an appropriate primer and topcoat to protect it properly.
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Old 05-16-2021, 08:37 PM
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Default Refinished roll bar

Here is the refinished roll bar after stripping back to bare metal and then priming and topcoating with Rustoleum. I'm happy enough with how it turned out and will use the same process on the canopy frame. I checked the outside dimensions of the roll bar versus the fuselage side longerons and the bar is about 1/8" too wide, so it will need to be tweaked with a hydraulic press before fitting. I can easily touch up the finish if needed.
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I find the easiest way to remove powder coat is with a plumbers torch and a wire brush.
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Gday Paul, Im sorry to hear what you have recently been through, but Im glad to see you are back into it!
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+1 on that Paul!

Im learning about my -6 by watching you build yours
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