Jointing Compound?

Another major decision is whether to use jointing compound or not. Again lots of different opinions. And of course one very important opinion to take note of is that of your inspector! And mine is…


Vertical Stabiliser 06-04

Everything clecoed together, final drilled and a few holes match drilled. Skin Fit around LE Trimmed a small amount off the rib LE’s and rounded them as per manual to ensure the skin would fit…



Van’s Practice Project

Well here goes … The practice kit is really good, getting to play with the tools and generally getting a feel for how all this might work. First dimples and rivet!! First attempt at using the…


Spray Booth Table

Made a simple frame and covered the top in a wire mesh so I’ve got somewhere to lay out pieces for spraying. Some people use the packing case that the kit arrives in for this,…


Mounting DRDT-2

After playing around with arranging the workbenches, I’ve decided to mount them end to end. This will enable the long components to fit. Also rather than make a little table to support skins on the…


Empennage Inventory

  The kit arrives with 8 sheets of parts to check all present & correct. Vans gives you 30 days to check for omissions, but everything needs to be checked. Thank goodness rivets do not need…


Spray Booth

Built a 3m x 3m spray booth out of 44mm x 44mm PSE Pine, and covered it with heavy duty plastic sheet. The aim is to prevent overspray covering the workshop!


Empennage Kit Arrives!

Arrived on August 22nd on the back of a FEDEX lorry, 20 days after ordering. I had ordered the Empennage Kit on August 2nd, 2017… big moment! Added the Vans Practice Project-1 to the order…


Power Tools

Decided on these power tools based on advice from various RV builder’s web sites. Bandsaws tend to sport blades suitable only for wood, but a higher Teeth Per Inch (Tpi) is best for aluminium. I…