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Old 06-07-2021, 11:18 AM
ryane67 ryane67 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: Lake Orion, MI
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Default Hope I don't regret this!

Hey all, I'm Ryan, been lurking here for about a year trying to decide what to do as far as these wonderful aircraft do... was first thinking I wanted to build a -10 but then I realized I'd never really use 4 seats.. was considering a -9 for awhile but it just seemed like the 6/7/9 was going to be too cramped of a cabin for long cruises and the useful load might be a bit tight as well with me and my wife and any stuff we want to take.

I figured the 14 was the right choice so I just submitted an order form for a Tail/Emp kit.. It feels like a huge commitment but I know it's a long process to build one of these planes.

I've always liked building /assembling things, do most of my own automotive repair work, my own home improvement projects, etc, this seems.... almost like putting together a lego set by comparison, just that it's going to take longer and cost a whole lot more
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Old 06-07-2021, 11:26 AM
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Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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Congratulations!!! Great choice

Right now, lead times are your biggest problem, order everything you can as soon as you can.

Is your wife going to help you with the build?

Tip #1 ... Try to do something every day, no matter how small, avoid extended breaks

You'll have a blast! Nothing like finishing a project like this.
RV-14A #140376
N196 (Flying)
2019 Bronze Lindy

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Old 06-07-2021, 04:37 PM
ryane67 ryane67 is offline
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Originally Posted by bkervaski View Post
Congratulations!!! Great choice

Right now, lead times are your biggest problem, order everything you can as soon as you can.

Is your wife going to help you with the build?

Tip #1 ... Try to do something every day, no matter how small, avoid extended breaks

You'll have a blast! Nothing like finishing a project like this.
Thanks! I am thinking that patience will be the biggest skill learned in this process.. I was thinking I could order several kits at once but I don't want to store all of it for an undetermined amount of time... once I see how long it takes getting into the tail kit I will be able to plan out order times for the others..

Yep my wife has said she would help me build, so it could wind up being a good experience.. deburr aluminum or watch tv together.. *shrug*

I've also got someone who is interested in being a partner, but that has not been settled yet. I figure get building and see where the project goes / needs help

Something every day you say.. does waiting count as something? I feel like there will be a lot of that, but with careful planning, additional tasks can be completed while waiting for something else to ship, etc.
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Old 06-07-2021, 04:39 PM
SantosDumont SantosDumont is offline
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 130

I got drunk on Christmas eve 2019 and ordered my empennage kit... now my fuselage kit is about to show up.

I might just pull the trigger on the wings too since there's an 8 month lead time right now.

I wish I would have just ordered the whole kit in the beginning because I spent a year inside with nothing to do because of the pandemic.

Set a goal for at least an hour a day and eventually it gets done.

I haven't run into anything overly difficult yet. As long as you take your time and think about what you are going to do before you do it, you probably won't cause too much damage.
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Old 06-07-2021, 05:08 PM
CJK CJK is offline
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Location: Middle TN
Posts: 126

Congrats on jumping in! I'm not far along in my own build, but I'm not pushing myself to build too quickly, as my wings won't be here till the end of the year. I'm doing lots of other stuff related to the plane, though: I've worked with a designer on the paint scheme and ordered some upgrades/customizations that I'll use later on when I get to those sections. I'm also learning SOLIDWORKS for when I inevitably need to fabricate something that I want to customize.

As was pointed out above, the best piece of advice I got when I started was to do something -- even if it's just sweeping the shop -- every day.

Good luck with your build!
Chris Klugewicz
fly from KJWN, live near KSRB

RV-14 build underway
∙ N415EJ reserved
∙ empennage started April 2021
∙ currently working on: Section 6 - Vertical Stabilizer

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Old 06-07-2021, 05:20 PM
AlexC AlexC is offline
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Location: Oviedo, FL
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Congrats! Building an RV-14A has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and along the way, I met great fellow builders who are now my friends. Van's is great, the builder community is highly supportive, and the airplane performs exceedingly well. If you stick with it, and work a little bit on it almost every single day, you'll have yourself a wonderful, high-performance airplane that can travel the country/world. Comparatively few people fly airplanes, and far fewer can say that they built their own airplane.

Alex C.

2021 RV-14A: Flying as of 4/13/21 - Phase 1 completed!
1999 Cessna 182S - Sold
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Old 06-07-2021, 05:37 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Location: Boulder, CO
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Although I'm building an RV-3B instead of an RV-14a, this might help with ordering - I ordered all the airframe kits at once and have never regretted it. As soon as I could, I ordered the finish kit, too.

It was the right decision even though my project is much slower than yours will be.

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Old 06-07-2021, 05:52 PM
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Hi Ryan, congtrats, I hope you enjoy the experience!
I suggest that when you order the wing and fuselage kits to include some additional spare j-stringers and alum angle. It's not expensive to buy from Vans, but shipping on its own is relatively expensive due to the length. It is handy to have some spare on hand to cater for possible errors in cutting and drilling.
Paul vS (yes I'm also a Van)
Building RV-6A #22320 O-320 FP. Wings and tail complete, working on fuselage
Flying my Aeroprakt A-22 STOL and the aero club's RV-9A while I build
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Old 06-07-2021, 07:07 PM
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Congrats Ryan. It just might change your life.
Scott Card
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RV-9A N4822C flying 2200+hrs. / Cedar Park, TX
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Old 06-08-2021, 08:26 AM
John Tierney John Tierney is offline
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Location: Vonore, TN
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Since you are in Michigan, get to Oshkosh for Airventure in July and attend one of the Sheetmetal 101 workshops to get familiar with the tools and terminology (twice daily, every day, unless COVID has changed things). Many of the major tool vendors will be there also, with Cleaveland allowing you to try out tools.

To help build confidence you might also consider a Sportair workshop. Sometimes members of local EAA chapters can help with familiarization and special tool loans.

John Tierney
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Vonore, TN
RV-7A - N777JT Flying
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