RV-10 Project

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2022 1:29 PM
    Message # 12635812

    Hi 582 members.

    I purchased a Vans RV-10 empennage kit in November of 21 and have been making steady progress. I've completed the vertical stabilizer, rudder and now starting to rivet the horizontal stabilizer. If anyone is interested in following along, I'm keeping a photo log here.

    I would be happy to have anyone out to the workshop who is interested in checking it out and would welcome your guidance and advice as I continue building. Thanks to Mike Whitescarver RV-8 and Tony Kirk RV-7 who have provided initial guidance.

    Every day is a new learning experience.


    David Woodward

  • Thursday, March 03, 2022 9:21 AM
    Reply # 12637378 on 12635812
    Todd Shaw (Administrator)

    Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

    What's the wife think of the airplane parts in the house? lol

  • Thursday, March 03, 2022 9:40 AM
    Reply # 12637428 on 12635812

    This has "Builders Meet" written all over it! 

  • Friday, March 04, 2022 10:51 AM
    Reply # 12639741 on 12635812

    Mr. Woodward sir, Wow!  You certainly did jump in head first!  I like to see that, less talk and more action.  The RV-10 is a good choice, lots of support.  Let me be the first to ask you, as if you already haven't been asked this question, how long will it take you to finish it?  If it is a quick build which I'm sure it is, it shouldn't take long at all...

    Bill David

  • Sunday, March 06, 2022 9:24 PM
    Reply # 12644444 on 12635812

    Mary-Charles has been supportive so far :) She likes checking the work since she'll be flying in it. 

    I'm good with a builders meet up. Let's wait until it gets warmer. Plan on a cookout in the driveway in front of the shop.

    As far as timeline. More focused on making steady progress vs targeting a finish date. So far I've been able to average 15-20 hours a week. Should be able to get through it in a reasonable amount of time at that pace. It is not a quick build. Hoping within 4-5 years.

    Planning on Air Venture again so I can start looking at all of the choices ahead and get ideas from other builders.

    Last modified: Sunday, March 06, 2022 9:24 PM | David Woodward
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022 1:50 PM
    Reply # 12672832 on 12635812

    Looking good!  Great photos documenting your progress.  You have the right attitude.  Keep plugging away on a regular basis and don't give up.  Before you know it you'll have completed empennage, then wings, then fuselage, and you'll be ready for paint.  Takes time, but it will be well worth it.  Any time you need assistance, don't be afraid to ask.  There is a lot of talented people in the chapter available to lend a hand when needed.

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