Brian & Brandi's Van's RV10 Build

Wings attached!

by Brian Monday, May 14, 2012

We attached the wings this past weekend and thanks to the help of several good friends everything went smoothly and quickly. We slid the temporary bolts in without any trouble and started to rig the ailerons. We got the ailerons adjusted nicely and started to trim the flaps to clear the fuselage. The wing root fairings are nearly done too. Soon we'll have to pull the wings off to debur and rivet some things and then put in the close tolerance bolts and attach the wings permanently. 

Comments (2) -

9/25/2012 9:23:55 PM #

Really enjoy y'all s website, I am really interested in building an RV-10, just scared of the daunting task of completing.  I am also a A&P with very limited sheet metal experience, most of my experience is carbon and composites.  What was y'all s sheet metal experience before starting this project?

9/25/2012 9:44:11 PM #

Thanks Aaron!

If you think of the project as a whole, it is a little scary. The trick is to just take it section by section and work on it every single day. Even if it's just 30 minutes or an hour. Keep doing that every single day and you'll finish it. =D

We had ZERO sheet metal or composite experience before this project. We learned to rivet by watching the old Disney WWII videos on YouTube, building the Van's practice toolbox and reading the Tony Bingelis Sportplane builder books. Everything composite I learned from VAF and blogs of guys who are building composite planes.

Tony Bingelis Sportplane Builder Books:

Some good riveting videos:

The EAA has some great homebuilder videos too: