Sam Buchanan's RV6

Building the Fuselage

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6/13/98; 7.0 hrs; drilled both aft bottom and side skins to fuse; A good Saturday!


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I elected to wrap the side skins over the tail skin instead of making the cut-out shown in the plans. This will prevent the overlap of the skins from being visible from the side of the plane. The tail spring mount relief was cut using a combination of unibit, Dremel cut-off wheel, and snips (unibit to form forward end of relief, cut-off wheel for major cuts, snips for touch-up).






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All aft skins clecoed in place. I used one inch spacing instead of the 1.25" specified since it was easier to lay out. The spacing was adjusted so as to miss the rivets at the intersections of stringers and bulkheads.




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6/15/98; 1.25 hrs; began drilling cockpit bottom skins.






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6/23/98; 1.75 hrs; completed drilling cabin bottom skins; forward bottom skin ready for drilling.

I am using a 12" #40 drill to make reference holes at ends of ribs from underneath the skin. A line is then drawn with marks equally spaced for the remainder of the holes which are drilled from the top side.


6/24/98; 3.0 hrs; fabricated cabin floor stiffeners; drilled forward floor skin and stiffeners to fuse skeleton.

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6/30/98; 5.5 hrs; drilled right forward side skin to fuse skeleton; began drilling left forward side skin.


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Here is the somewhat tricky area at the aft end of the side skin. The side skin fits under the bottom skin.




7/1/98; 3.5 hrs; drilled left side skin to skeleton.


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I decided to make tabs that would fit under the bottom skin.






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The tabs are bent so they fit against the funny-shaped rib. This also brings the bottom skin up to the proper level to match the bulkhead.





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The curve is applied to the skin with elbow grease and persistent persuasion.






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This turned out better on the second side. The learning curve wasn't quite as steep...





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If I decide to abandon the RV project, I will coat the rivets with proseal, put an Evinrude on the wide end, and go fishin'.........



7/10/98; 4.5 hrs; deburred, dimpled, and countersunk fuse skeleton.



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Table of Contents

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Who is Sam? 
The Hanger 

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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