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    The Rivet riseth!! :) and a few questions

    Hey guys, after many years not flying im going back through all my planes and fixing them up in anticipation of spring here in Aus (still pissing down rain and windy )

    Stuck on my rivet at the moment. It was one of Vicman's kits converted to E-power (I know, blasphemy).
    It seems Ive kept every other plan to any aircraft I've owned but not this one. Does anyone know how far back the COG is from the leading edge at the center of the wing? And, any idea on the throws for Aileron and Elevator??

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    I've had to rebuild pretty much the entire nose after it nosing in at relatively high speed when the vertical stab snapped of in a rather aggressive 90 degree turn (was not reinforced at the join with turtle deck, is now!!!) In my first attempt to rebuild it I had pieced together the original parts but it came out not very straight, actually more wavy than anything with the firewall about 10-12 degrees off square (was a great learning process though). So i just cut the front off with a hacksaw and now have a nice straight plane!!!!

    1/2a Rivets Build!
    Here it is when I first built it a few years ago

    Furthermore, does anyone have a copy of these plans (digital) to future proof me in a similar situation (I have the .02 rivet half plans pdf) but I would love to scratch build another one from vicmans plans if at all possible. Was so simple and such a fun plane to fly.

    Thanks in advance for any help I might receive from
    Damo
    Dead stick landings are the easiest. Doesn't matter your attitude, elevation or airspeed - it's all down hill from there.

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    Damo.....you could try the old standby which is one third of the way back on the root rib. In other words.....if the root rib is 9 inches long put the CG 3 inches back from the the leading edge.
    Steve Westphal

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    If Vic's plane is a sized up model of Kampen's .020 Rivets and you have those plans, my inclination would be to calculate the COG as a percentage of chord on the .020 Rivets and apply that percentage to Vic's plane.
    the "other" andrew
    I'm not older than dirt, but I can remember when it was patent pending

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    Damo, PM me your e-mail address and I'll send the Rivets plans to you either PDF or AutoCAD.

    Bob Harris

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    hey thanks guys, and bob i sent you a pm, very much appreciated

    Damien
    Dead stick landings are the easiest. Doesn't matter your attitude, elevation or airspeed - it's all down hill from there.

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    Damien, the plans and assembly manual have been e-mailed. Enjoy!!

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    thanks bob, for anyone else's future reference the throws are 1/8 - 3/16 for aileron and 3/16 for elevator (each way for both)

    Dead stick landings are the easiest. Doesn't matter your attitude, elevation or airspeed - it's all down hill from there.


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