Seats and Flaps

A week ago, I worked on the first seat, so today we continued with the second one. Because I did one before, I thought I could do it with my eyes closed.

Turns out I can’t (duh). I screwed up by placing an angle I drilled to the wrong side of the seat back and used it as a drill guide. Nice hole, wrong place. However most of the time I’m a lucky bastard. Just by shear coincidence, Van’s accidentally shipped three seat backs. So the only part I fubarred, is the one that they shipped in excess. What are the odds on that?

Ok, warned by this screw-up, we finished the rest of the seat without a hitch.

The side rails of the seat, lay over the piano hinge at the bottom. This can only work if you file a small ridge of the side rails enough to cover the piano hinge.

Last part is drilling the piano hinges of the seat adjuster.
Moving on to the Flaps or the actuator to be more precise.

I choose the electrical flap actuator, although I think it’s not possible to build a manual flap actuator in an RV. At least I never seen one.

The Flap actuator is housed between the seats and its a motor that drives the Flaps rod. We are fitting the Flap actuator side skins to the back plate. The forward side is pre-drilled.

After match drilling, it is now time to install the motor. Again follow the manual, because although it looks trivial, the correct order in doing stuff delivers a better fit (trust me, because I didn’t).

Next day I installed the actual flap actuation rod. It has three hinge brackets. Especially the middle one, on which I’m working here, is tricky to install.

With all the parts match drilled, again the boring deburring, scuffing and degreasing process prior to priming follows.

Because (to me) there is a considerable overhead in priming, I batch the different parts into a single priming session. In this case I prepare the Seats, Forward Cabin and the Flap actuator.

Almost nearing the end of the Fuselage kit material. in two months my Finish kit will arrive, so I hope I don’t have too much downtime.

Time: 5 Hours, Rivets: 0/0 (2020-01-29)
Time: 2 Hours, Rivets: 0/0 (2020-02-01)
Time: 4 Hours, Rivets: 0/0 (2020-02-02)


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