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  #211  
Old 08-21-2022, 05:05 PM
PilotjohnS PilotjohnS is offline
 
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Default Cowling continuing

I glued on the windscreen and aft canopy skirt with Sikaflex; This went as planned with no real drama.

I am working on the cowling now. I have the new nose gear, so the bottom is attached not with hinge material, but rather with screws into a plate. The sides and top still use the hinges.

I decided long ago that I would get the cowling and baffling done before putting the plane on the gear. So far the plan is working out well.

Today I drilled the bottom attachment screws 1/8" for cleco's. I will up drill for the 8-32 screws once every thing fits.

I found getting the front of the top and bottom sections trimmed and fitted was the secret to making the rear part line up correctly.

Attached is a picture of how I used a bottle jack to push everything into position to drill the bottom screw holes. Having the plane on a low stand, and not on the gear, really paid off.

I just need to do final trim on the fuse sides and the cowling sides, then install the hinges.

I will probably finish the baffles, the flap motor, elevator control linkages, and all the stuff inside before putting it on the gear.

It is starting to fell like a real airplane in pieces, just ready for some Krazy Glue and baking soda to finish up.
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Old 08-30-2022, 02:05 PM
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I followed the plans and drilled the holes in the F-713 longeron on the center line, this puts the hole in the F-9101 close to the edge. But there is also a 3/16" bolt that goes thru this longeron for the front tank mount; everything must be dead nuts on. The F-9101 needs to have the edges radius per the plans, otherwise the holes in F-713 are pushed pretty far off as shown in the picture.

PilotjohnS Im up against this problem. Drilled on the F-713 centerline now it seems impossible for F-9101 holes to be 2D from edge. Were you able to meet edge distance in F-9101?
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Old 08-30-2022, 04:20 PM
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I followed the plans and drilled the holes in the F-713 longeron on the center line, this puts the hole in the F-9101 close to the edge. But there is also a 3/16" bolt that goes thru this longeron for the front tank mount; everything must be dead nuts on. The F-9101 needs to have the edges radius per the plans, otherwise the holes in F-713 are pushed pretty far off as shown in the picture.

PilotjohnS Im up against this problem. Drilled on the F-713 centerline now it seems impossible for F-9101 holes to be 2D from edge. Were you able to meet edge distance in F-9101?
I dont remember what the final edge distance was, but it was pretty close. I did the best I could and called it done. If there is any doubt, I would recommend you call Vans support.
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Old 08-30-2022, 06:54 PM
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I dont remember what the final edge distance was, but it was pretty close. I did the best I could and called it done. If there is any doubt, I would recommend you call Vans support.
Thanks, thats pretty much where I am. Wish they hadnt cut it so close.
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:20 PM
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Well cowling hold down pins are in and done.

I cleaned up the inside fuselage area, like tying up wires, adjusting flap mechanism, installing alternate static switch, etc

Also re installed all instruments and completed panel.

Started on the wheels and brakes, hoping to get this thing to stand on its legs soon.

The brakes and wheels installation really took some research. Thanks to those who came before for posting.

And the second picture: Gear On!
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Dues paid 2022, worth every penny

RV9A- Status:
98% done, 2% left to go
To Go: wing mounting, engine baffles, wing tips, move to airport
www.pilotjohnsrv9.blogspot.com

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Old 09-25-2022, 08:55 AM
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Love the little chocks on the stand wheels 😁
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:51 AM
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Love the little chocks on the stand wheels 😁
Dont laugh, they work well. In earthquake country they are definitely needed.
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Dues paid 2022, worth every penny

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98% done, 2% left to go
To Go: wing mounting, engine baffles, wing tips, move to airport
www.pilotjohnsrv9.blogspot.com
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:37 PM
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Dues paid 2022, worth every penny

RV9A- Status:
98% done, 2% left to go
To Go: wing mounting, engine baffles, wing tips, move to airport
www.pilotjohnsrv9.blogspot.com
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Old 09-28-2022, 02:29 PM
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Congratulations. I'm certain that Spongebob Squarepants is so happy to finally be standing on his own three feet!
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Old 09-28-2022, 02:36 PM
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Congratulations. I'm certain that Spongebob Squarepants is so happy to finally be standing on his own three feet!
Funny you mentioned that. I was thinking of painting the wheel pants like a Vans tennis shoe, with the checkerboard and everything.
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www.pilotjohnsrv9.blogspot.com
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