We're Building an RV-12! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/ We're Building an RV-12! I think these guys are protecting the first kit . . . but from whom? https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201040719 201040719 The first kit arrived from Van's and has to be unpacked for inspection. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200994090 200994090 It's packed as you might expect from Van's - very well. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200994091 200994091 Let's see, tab A goes into slot B. No, Jerry doesn't think so. He's reading the instructions. A great first step! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200994092 200994092 Jerry, John and Tom inventorying kit parts. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200994093 200994093 Gordon going through the parts. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200994118 200994118 John, Andre,Ron,Jamie and Brian busily at work - or not. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200994119 200994119 Alex and Gordon smoothing the burrs on the rudder bracket. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201040720 201040720 Alex riveting the first parts and riveting for the first time. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201040721 201040721 Only a million and one rivets to go! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201040722 201040722 Joel, Tom and Alex deburring the fin ribs https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201139317 201139317 Drill , dimple, debugger and then do it all over again. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201120803 201120803 and again. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201120804 201120804 Cliff getting some helpful pointers from Brian. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201139314 201139314 it must have helped . . . he's off and riveting. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201139315 201139315 The fin taking its initial shape. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201139316 201139316 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201143739 201143739 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201143741 201143741 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201143746 201143746 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201143747 201143747 Louis deburring fin skin https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201155745 201155745 And more of the same. Deburr we must. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201155746 201155746 At the beginning of March Alex, Gordon and Joel dimpled and deburred the fin skin in preparation for riveting it in place. This is the first sub-assembly that actually looks like an airplane part! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201187199 201187199 Brian showing the proper way to deburr and than do it again, and again and again. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201276042 201276042 Randy, Brian, Rick and John working on the rudder. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201276041 201276041 Don't let John tell you he can't. He's multi-talented and can rivet with the best of them. Here Joel is clecoing the rudder skin. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201276043 201276043 The rudder is complete along with the "fin." 50 pounds of rivet to go! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201276044 201276044 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325033 201325033 Rich before the deburring started https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325034 201325034 Sure we can move the table out a bit https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325035 201325035 Joel takes his turn at counter sinking the spar https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325136 201325136 It can be a two man operation https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325137 201325137 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325138 201325138 John has found a way to deburr with speed https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325139 201325139 Someone has got to read the plans https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325140 201325140 More deburing. john is really, really good at it. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325142 201325142 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325143 201325143 Rich counter sinking the spar https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325144 201325144 Priming the stab spar https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201325145 201325145 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201380861 201380861 The crew at work on the horizontal stabilizer. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201380883 201380883 Fred may be the only Chapter member that sat down and read the dummy sheets (instructions). Everything was going good until he started snoring. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201417822 201417822 Stab skin going on. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201417821 201417821 Duane and Louis made a small parts paint booth we think to keep primer off the Aeronca. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201417823 201417823 Joel can make anything run especially paint. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201417820 201417820 Fred learns quick that it's better to rivet than to debur!! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201417824 201417824 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201417825 201417825 Both halves skinned and partially riveted. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201417826 201417826 Finishing up the main construction on the stab. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201432547 201432547 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201432548 201432548 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201432549 201432549 Joel, Larry, Louis and Duane (not shown) finished the stab up to the final assembly. The next step is the empennage assembly. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201462460 201462460 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201534541 201534541 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201534542 201534542 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201534543 201534543 John, Rich, Don and Joel assembled the bulk heads for the tail cone. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201534544 201534544 Brian was called in to do the seam break https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201534546 201534546 We know it will be right https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201534547 201534547 Ty was put to work de-burring the tail cone skins. Welcome back Ty! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201534548 201534548 Who is this masked man? Louis found his calling manning the primer spray task (among other things). https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201544749 201544749 John and Duane working on the rear bulkhead. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201544750 201544750 It took a young strong man to squeeze some of the rivets. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201544751 201544751 The bottom of the tail cone coming together. The next step is to drill, drill, drill, deburr, deburr, deburr, cleco, cleco, cleco, rivet, rivet, rivet and then do it all over again. Come on out and have some fun! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201572221 201572221 John and Gordon doing the work. What the heck is Joel up to? https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201584416 201584416 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201584418 201584418 John and Fred flip the "canoe," I mean tail cone over after clecoing for the n-th time. It's the process. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201603885 201603885 Duane and Roberd driving rivets and cleco https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201623795 201623795 It's starting to take shape! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201623794 201623794 Who says you can't teach an old dog a new trick? https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201647756 201647756 The tail cone is almost finished. John and Louis riveting the sides. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201647757 201647757 Don't ask. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201647758 201647758 Louis build some carriers to protect the tail cone during the next phase https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201695170 201695170 Which was adding the fin, rudder and stabilator. It's beginning to look more and more like an RV-12. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201695171 201695171 Jerry saves the day . . . or at least a portion of it. Trim tab hinge resolved. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201757992 201757992 John and Rich working on the trim tab servo mounting plate. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201757993 201757993 The fuselage kit arrived on Tuesday, May 17. Louis get ready to open the crate. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201812598 201812598 Jerry with the packing list and instructions. the pile of wrapping paper is almost as tall . . . I wont' say who. :) https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201812599 201812599 John and Jerry inventorying the parts - lots of them! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201812600 201812600 John (left0 and Roberd installing the fairing. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201829350 201829350 Roberd's son Will, a Aerospace Student at GT gave a hand torqueing the stabilater servo. You can't learn everything from a textbook. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201829353 201829353 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202245351 202245351 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202245352 202245352 Spar carry through required 72 matched holes in the center section. It took 4 hours! That was one hard piece of Aluminum which is a good thing. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201922445 201922445 It takes team work. Joel and John getting those rivets in place. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202092554 202092554 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202245350 202245350 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202245353 202245353 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202245354 202245354 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202245355 202245355 A new member of the Chapter, Donald Beach cleaning up parts prior to priming. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202245356 202245356 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202532707 202532707 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202532708 202532708 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202532709 202532709 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202532710 202532710 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202532711 202532711 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202532712 202532712 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202532713 202532713 Ron Blecha took the following four photos after we moved the empennage back into position in preparation for mating with the fuselage section. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202897626 202897626 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202897627 202897627 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202897628 202897628 It's beginning to look like an airplane and not a boat! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202897629 202897629 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202926841 202926841 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203127878 203127878 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203127879 203127879 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203127880 203127880 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203127881 203127881 Louis climbed up on the loft to photograph the fuselage after the two sections where riveted into one. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203127884 203127884 Roberd (foreground) and Gordon constructed a new, lower cradle for the RV making it easier to install the controls, hydraulics and fuel lines. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203135238 203135238 Looks like it will work! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203135239 203135239 Rich got to be the first builder to sit in the RV and make airplane noises. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203127885 203127885 In December Bill Miller powder coated the panel parts in a black crinkle finish. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203412003 203412003 Time for a meeting of the minds but where does that leave us? :) https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203517291 203517291 During the holidays Margot Moe, one of our early Chapter youth spent the afternoon helping build the RV. Margot is currently an Avionics Technician in White Plains, NY with Safe Flight Instrument Corporation. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203531986 203531986 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203531987 203531987 The fist steps in the wing assembly all begin with de-burring. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204064671 204064671 and more de-burring. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204064672 204064672 Followed by more and more rivets https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204064673 204064673 and priming. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204064674 204064674 Until we have a sub-assembly. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204064670 204064670 John shows us the proper way to prime after unclogging the can. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204094465 204094465 Lots of riveting requires lots of teamwork! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204350877 204350877 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204350878 204350878 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204350879 204350879 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204350880 204350880 Time to turn the wing over and do the top! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204350882 204350882 Removing the plastic perspective film with a solder iron https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413557 204413557 It takes team work! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413558 204413558 Are you sure Lockheed does it this way? https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413559 204413559 "Jerry did you do that right/" https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413560 204413560 Boy do we have rivets! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413561 204413561 Don't ask https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413562 204413562 Are we having fun yet? https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413563 204413563 Fred loves to debur parts - not. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413564 204413564 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413565 204413565 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413566 204413566 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413567 204413567 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413636 204413636 Well the part we need is up there somewhere! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413637 204413637 Are we sure that's the part called for? https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204413638 204413638 Joel match drilling the wing skins on the left wing prior to closing it up! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204477818 204477818 When does the inventory end? https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204477817 204477817 After 12 hours Louis and Keith finished the inventorying of the finishing kit! Lots of work to be done! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204477816 204477816 Left wing on to move for more building space. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204522630 204522630 Yes we do clean up periodically. Thanks Ron. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204522631 204522631 Work has begun on the flaparon. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204522632 204522632 Fred and Keith riveting the ribs . . . https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204522633 204522633 as Rich deburs the flaparon skins... . https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204522634 204522634 and Joel runs the primer. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204522635 204522635 A little persuasion is sometimes required to get the pins in. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204558685 204558685 Jim Sweat got some good shots as we "dry fitted" the wings for the first time. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204558683 204558683 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204558684 204558684 It's beginning to look like a real airplane! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204558686 204558686 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204583354 204583354 Prepping the panel for the main wire harness https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204583355 204583355 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204583357 204583357 How many EAA 690 members does it take to pull a wire through the channel? Don't ask! :) https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204583358 204583358 No you all can't get in the cockpit at once! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204583359 204583359 Ah, the inspectors are here. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682782 204682782 Fred and Peter installing the wiring harness. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682783 204682783 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682784 204682784 John installing the wires in the tail cone. https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682785 204682785 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682786 204682786 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682787 204682787 The wings fit! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682788 204682788 It really does look like and airplane! https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682789 204682789 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682790 204682790 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682791 204682791 https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204682792 204682792 John prepping a canopy frame part https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204975700 204975700 Peter, John and Fred begin the preparation of the canopy frame https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204975697 204975697 Jim and Keith installing the reinforcement parts required by Vans https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204975698 204975698 Rick QCing some of Keith's work on the stabilizer modification https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204975699 204975699 John, Peter and Fred began work on the canopy frame https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204979764 204979764 Gordon pulling the last of the rivets on the stab SB https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204979765 204979765 Of course all of the bolts got the proper torque https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204979767 204979767 Sometimes it difficult to read the torque value on your head https://www.690.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204979766 204979766