Aft fuselage RV14

Aft fuselage 10-14

The instructions at this point tell you to leave the lower skin and bulkheads upside down and install the stiffeners and longeron on the left hand side.  Once this is done, you start to install the…

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Aft fuselage 10-13

Managed to recruit some help today in the shape of Rupert who is building an RV7 just down the road. I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more of each other and a big…


Aft fuselage – 10-13

Putting things together at last.  Just had to raise the height of my trestles to accomodate the bulkheads.  More 2×4 and Gorilla tape.   Next stage is to cleco the bulkheads and stiffeners to the…


Aft fuselage lower skin

Aft fuselage – more priming

With the arrival of the snow, it has made my least favourite task more difficult. When I have etched, all the components need to be hosed down to remove the residue and any remaining etching…


Aft fuselage side skins

Deburring and dimpling the side skins today. There are a lot of holes in those skins! I read that a builder had mistakenly dimpled the centre nutplate holes when finishing the #30 holes. I can…


Aft fuselage skins & longerons

I’m still waiting for the replacement bulkheads and stiffeners. Parcelforce have them and have skinned me for an £11 handling fee to take £10 of VAT. I’m hoping Mrs May will set up a free…


Aft fuselage continued..

While I’m waiting for the replacement bulkheads and stiffeners I did a little forward reading to see if there is anything else I could get on with. The longerons need countersinking, over 250 holes, so…


Aft Fuselage 10-09 to 10-13

It had to happen eventually, replacement parts order from Vans required! Despite reading about a mistake a fellow 14 builder had made when dimpling the rearmost bulkhead, I managed to repeat the exact same error….


Aft fuselage – priming

Decided to prime as much as possible even if the part hasn’t been dimpled yet. I have dimpled after priming before and the EkoPrime seems to flex with the indent. The new ventilation system was…


Spraybay ventilation

Just about to start priming a lot of tail cone parts and having cleaned the workshop last week of all the priming dust, I am going to try a little extraction this time. I’m not…