Sam Buchanan's RV6

Building the Fuselage

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9/7/98; 7.0 hrs; installed horiz and vertical stab; primed and installed tailwheel.


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A lot of time was spent getting the surfaces straight and square. Shims were necessary to get everything lined up to my satisfaction. I was able to get all the holes drilled without a right-angle drill.





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I was curious to see how badly the emp fairing would fit right out of the crate. Actually, the fit was not all that bad!







9/8/98; 1.5 hrs; installed elevators; finished aft elevator pushrod; drilled elevator horns for pushrod.

9/9/98; 2.0 hrs; installed rudder cables and fabricated cable fairings.


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Here are the steps involved in fabricating some simple fairings for the rudder cables. Find a scrap piece of 0.20" stock and cut it to four inches. Then layout the lines as shown. Dimensions left to right are 7/16", 3/4", 3/4", and 7/16".





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Trim the stock on the outside lines.







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Hand seamer is used to bend a 90 on the center line.








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Bend 45 angles on the outside lines and flatten the nose of the fairing.








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Here is the finished ten minute and free fairing after the corners are dressed and it is riveted to the fuse.




By the way, it is much easier to install the rudder cables before the aft deck is installed!

9/14/98; 1.5 hrs; fabricated and installed rudder and elevator control stops.

9/15/98; 7.0 hrs; disassembled cabin frame; deburred, countersunk and primed cabin frame; primed a bunch of other stuff; riveted and installed cabin frame; drilled rear cabin skin to fuse.


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One of those rare days when everything goes right, no parts are trashed (as far as I know...), the squirrels play outside the shop.....a very productive seven hours.

This thing is looking like an RV6!



9/16/98; 3.0 hrs; trimmed, dimpled, and clecoed rear cabin skin; painted and installed engine mount.



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Table of Contents

RV6 Home

Who is Sam? 
The Hangar 

Getting Ready to Build 
     Odd 'n Ends 

Building the Tail 
     Horz. Stab Log 
     Vert. Stab Log 
     Rudder Log 
     Elevator Log 

Building the Wings
     Wing Spars
     Wing Assembly
  Fuel Tanks

Building the Fuselage

The Finish Kit


  Flight of  Rediscovery 

  The Beat Goes On 

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