The euphoria of having both wings on the DOG
Aviation RV-12 was short lived … 24 hours in fact. Prior to removing the wings
so the flaperon torque tubes and torque arms could be removed from the aircraft
for final drilling, the fuselage side skin to wing gap was measured and marked
on the wing. The plans call for a 1/8" of gap between the side skins and
the inboard wing skin. While on a creeper under the wing it was discovered both
the lower inboard left and right wing skins were touching the F-1270D side skin
doubler. The interference was not enough to wrinkle the skin but there was some
pressure on the skins … which may have contributed a little to the tight fit of
the spar pins. Forgot to take a photo of the interference but the red line in the photo below
shows the skin doubler ... this is the general area on both sides that the wing skin to fuselage interference was witnessed. This is not
surprising because the side skin doubler plates were retrofits and not part of
the original RV-12 design.
Red line is drawn on the F-1270D side skin
doubler which was the surface that was interfering with the lower skins on both
After marking the 1/8" gap on both wings,
it was a sad moment as the wings came off so the F-1215 flaperon torque arms
and F-1214 torque tubes could be removed for final drilling. (Will likely keep
the wings off until the majority of the construction is completed). The
flaperon torque arms and torque tubes were reassembled on the bench with the
spacer in place along with the clamp. The previously match drilled holes are to
remain secured with Clecos while the holes on the bottom are match drilled to
F-1215 flaperon torque arms and F-1214 torque
tubes secured with Clecos. The 1/16" spacer is in place and the assembly is clamped
prior to drilling the remaining two small holes on the bottom of each torque arm.
Match drilling #30 the F-1214 flaperon torque tube to the
two holes in the bottom of the F-1215 flaperon torque arm.
Once the bottom holes in both assemblies were
match drilled to #30 the holes were incrementally increased first to #19, then final drilled
to the required #12. To assure good
alignment, the drilling was done from the top down and out the bottom. After
the first hole is final drilled to #12 a bolt should be inserted when drilling
the remaining hole.
Looking closely one can see a bolt is holding
positioning wile the other hole is drilled.
The parts were taken apart, deburred then placed
back in the RV-12 and bolted in position. After the right side’s parts were in
place and the nuts tightened, the torque wrench was used to finalize the
Torquing the bolts securing the right F-1214
flaperon torque tube to the F-1215 flaperon torque arm.
A few minutes after the above photo was taken
the sky got very dark and the wind kicked up … so lowered the hangar door just
in time to stay dry as the sky cut loose and it began pouring. This was
followed a few minutes later with a major power outage and tornado warnings.
Time to leave … so will bolt up the left side during the next work session.