Build Log RV-10 #1

Blog for a Vans RV-10 Airplane Build

Empennage Fairings

Started September 15, 2010 - 4 hours so far

Needed a bit of a break from the fuel tanks, am also waiting for another batch of proseal from Vans.  So I started to work on the empennage fairings.

Read through the directions and they seem pretty straight forward as far as getting them fitted.  I am going to use the West Systems to fiberglass them so there a smooth transition from the fairings to the empennage parts.  The only one that will be removable will be the bottom fairing on the rudder.  This is just in case I need to get at the light and/or wiring.

Got all the fairings trimmed, fitted and sanded.  Before I rivet them to the empennage, i will be using proseal to attach strips of aluminum to the insides of the fairings as a better support for the rivets.  I do not want them pulling through the fiberglass.

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Vertical Stabilizer

Started June 2, 2009 -  Build time 34 Hours

I started building last night by  reading through the first section  of the manual (You will find that you  need to read every little word  more than once or you will have an Oops!)

The very first thing is to  cut the spar caps.  Not a very difficult job  but for a first step it  is very never racking.  Oh well, needs to be  done.

Only in the  first stage and already sick of putting in, taking out,  putting back  in, taking out, deburring, reassemble, etc.  I am going to  need some  more patients.

After assembling the rear spar, the rest went pretty  quick.  Lots of  satisfaction when you see something that actually looks  like a plane  part.

Notice all those cleco's with the skin  attached.  Probably do not need  to put one in every hole but I did.

One thing to make sure is done when applying the out skin is to round  off the the flanges on the front part of the nose ribs or you will come  to find a small dent protruding from the skin.  I did round mine and  still had a small outward dent from the middle rib.  Some to pay a close  attention to.  This is not in the manual but should be.

The  next step was to take all the pieces back apart to deburr,  countersink  and dimple the skin and inner skeleton.  There is one  picture of the  inner workings taken when I was taking it back apart.

After  that boring task, I was finally ready for getting  everything primed.   Started out with using Alumiprep on all pieces,  washed with water and  then immediately applied alodine. (have to say I  do like the nice gold  finish it leaves).  I then let cure overnight  before applying the Azko  primer.  I used a fairly cheap HLVP gun with .8  nozzle and it worked  perfectly.

It will be a couple of days and I can start putting  in my first rivets.   I bit nervous about this step and will have to do  some practice first.

The couple of days turned into a couple of  weeks.  Finally go  to start putting in some rivets. They started out a  bit slow but now  that I have done a few, am getting a bit better at  it. It is nice to see  something coming together that looks like a plane  piece.

Finally Finished my first piece.  Certainly a great  feeling to  get some accomplishment.  Now that I am starting to  understand the  process and learn to read a few steps ahead before doing  anything, it  should start coming together a bit quicker.

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