Links

Places where I buy tools and other plane stuff:

 

Aeroparts Melbourne
http://aeroparts.com.au
03 9769 5509

Aircraft Propellers and Spares (Aust) P/L – Moorabbin
http://www.propbits.com/
(03) 9580-2034

Airport Metals (Aircraft metals) – sheet metal, tubing etc. Min order $100 :(
http://www.airportmetals.com.au/

QED Hardware (Dent Aviation) NSW – (02) 4655-1514
http://www.dentaviation.com.au/

LAS Aerospace (UK) (Reasonable delivery charges)
http://www.lasaero.com/

Brown Tools USA
http://www.browntool.com/

Avery Tools USA – no longer in business
http://www.averytools.com/

 

Aircraft Spruce USA – Most expensive of them all, but they have everything
http://www.aircraftspruce.com/

Cleavland Tools
They are even more expensive than Aircraft spruce and shipping cost is misleading and 10-15% more than Aircraft Spruce
http://www.cleavelandtool.com/

 

Places where I get wisdom and learn on someone else’s mistakes:

Fiberglass work
http://www.rvpilot.com/Fiberglass/fiberglass.html

Absolutely awesome collection of videos on metalwork and other plane building stuff from EAA
http://www.eaavideo.org/

 

RV-12 build log of a guy who builds it the way I plan to. I.e. Viking engine, alternative fuel tanks etc.
http://rv-12.blogspot.com.au/

Another builder experimenting with fuel tanks. I like his design even more than Viking pipe-tanks
http://joesrv12.com/

Nice description of the tools required for building an RV plane.
http://members.optusnet.com.au/rv7/tools.htm

Great builders log for RV-12 and RV-10
http://www.aviationstop.com/

Nice detailed RV-12 builder’s log
http://torstensrv-12.blogspot.com.au/

Another very nice and detailed RV-12 blog
http://www.joesrv12.com/

Schmetterling Aviation – really good RV-12 blog
http://www.schmetterlingaviation.com/

Really good RV-9 bulder’ log with lots of useful links
http://www.smittysrv.com/

 

Summary of the RV12 wing assembly pitfalls and important notes

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=34767

 

Rivet installation guidelines

http://www.engineersedge.com/rivet_application.htm

 

Aluminium datasheets

http://www.dalsteel.com.au/technical-information/datasheets.aspx?gId=1

Stuff for the time when I have the plane build

Foldable jerry can
http://liquidcontainment.com.au/cartpage/viewproduct/16/20-Litre-Jerry-Can

… and how it is connected
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=106519&highlight=bladder&page=3

 

Some ideas for my DIY avionics

Audio switch base on bus-switch IC:
http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/13/how-to-make-a-solid-state-a-v-switcher/

Lots of really cool open-source avionics
http://makerplane.org/?page_id=1059

Big discussion about the DIY aircraft gauges on  http://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/
http://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/forums/instruments-avionics-electrical-system/19960-diy-gauges.html

Interesting video of almost completed DIY EFIS
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H0clwbv-3AU

Lots of different displays (LCD, OLED, etc)
https://www.crystalfontz.com

 

 

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