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Old 05-10-2022, 11:10 PM
idubrov idubrov is offline
 
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Started building an empennage kit of RV-7. Made some progress working on the vertical stabilizer.

And this is my damaged front spar assembly for the vertical stabilizer:

https://ivans-rv.idubrov.name/images...op&w=600&h=800

Lesson? Don't try to fix what is not broken
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Old 05-21-2022, 10:48 AM
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After many working sessions, getting to the point of no return: this nose rib is going to be hidden inside the part!



Looks good to me. Couple of rivets are not exactly straight, but this should do. I noted that I instinctively tend to get shop heads on a smaller side. There was one head ~0.126" (which is still good according to the spec, which gives ~0.122" minimum for 3/32" rivets), but I hit it few more times.

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Old 05-21-2022, 05:22 PM
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Ha! Small world, I'm RV7 75070! I'm a long way behind you thanks to Vans loosing my final payment for a month and living in the UK so no doubt further shipping delays there!

I'll follow you with interest if for no other reason than your builder number and for knowing what's next in my build!

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Old 05-21-2022, 11:19 PM
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I'll follow you with interest if for no other reason than your builder number and for knowing what's next in my build!
Welcome-welcome!

Meanwhile, horizontal stabilizer is complete! Turned out, I was intimidated by the rivet gun for no reason. Running 3/32" rivets with the mushroom set is nothing to be scared of (I am still intimidated by the universal head -4 rivets, but I'm sure, I'll get there).



I was thinking to show my rivets to somebody before I close the part, but I couldn't hold myself from finishing it. Not much to see there anyways, all the rivets are perfect

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Old 05-24-2022, 10:15 PM
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...and vertical stabilizer is finally complete, too (after rebuilding the whole front spar assembly).



Some random rivets inside the vertical stabilizer (I think, they look worse than the horizontal stabilizer ones, but hey, it took me much less time!)



Does not look like my dimples are crisp enough! However, I think, truly crisp dimples are a myth

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