So all that progress earlier has been taken apart. The ribs and skins were deburred and dimpled. Gave me a chance to try out some more tools. I’ve realized that a pneumatic rivet squeezer will pinch a finger off in a hurry if you’re not careful.



Making progress. I’ve temporarily attached the skin to the horizontal stabilizer structure. This will get taken apart for further work on the individual parts.


Empennage Ordered

I’ve ordered the empennage for the RV7 on 8/15/12. Vans did not make this an easy decision. Just prior to making my order, Vans released a new model. The RV14 is a slightly bigger airplane, but the kit is more refined. It is also more expensive, primarily because it requires a larger engine. The price difference is expected to be about $20,000. That made the decision a bit easier.