July 2018

10-21 Rudder Cable Mistake!

Thanks to a call from a fellow RV14 builder, I discovered a mistake I had made during the rudder cable installation. It turns out that for some reason both he, another 14 builder and me…


14-06 Priming

Lots of parts to prepare for priming. I’d planned to scuff and degrease them in the morning, and spray the acid etch in the afternoon. But it took so long I ran out of energy,…


14-04 to 05 System Holes

Vans now get you to enlarge various holes in the ribs to accept different sizes of snap bushings. There is lots of debate in forums etc as to the merit of Vans’ choices here, but…


14-03 Step 4 Match Drilling Ribs to Spar

The spar arrives with all the AN3 bolts for rib attachment installed, so the first job is to remove these and stow away safely until later. Once this is done, the ribs are clecoed to…


14-03 Removing Outboard Rib Flanges

Step 3 asks you to remove the aft flange, but not the flange radius, from the W-1012 Outboard Wing Ribs. I couldn’t work out how to saw them off, so I used a Dremel cutting disc….


14-02 & 03 Aileron Torque Tube & Flap Brackets

It’s really good to be moving on from the rib prep … much more interesting. The next steps involve preparing parts for the aileron torque tube & flap brackets.  Aileron Torque Tube Brackets After separating and…


14-02 Wing Rib Prep Complete!

Well steps 2 & 3 are at last finished. The steps, shown below, are the most time consuming so far in the build, at least 20hrs! Simple process, but done 28 times : ) And…


Halfway through Wing Rib Prep!!

Back from work this morning, so after a snooze because of a night out of bed, I pressed on with preparing some more ribs. 14 now complete, so halfway.​ The ribs with XXXX-L name have…


14-02 Wing Rib Preparation

So begins the long job of preparing the wing ribs. I have completed 12 of 28 so far, and it takes me about 40 mins per rib. First of all I remove the jagged saw…


Wing Spars Finished 13-05

Once the nutplates on the spar flanges have been rivetted there are just a few more to attach to the spar web at the root & tip. The two nearest the tip are easy to…