Van's Aircraft Total Performance RV Kit Planes

Required Tools and Tool Suppliers

Many pilots and prospective airplane builders are unfamiliar with the construction methods and tools used in building metal airplanes. This is strange in a way, because the vast majority of the airplanes built in the last fifty years are made of riveted aluminum. While riveting may initially seem a mystery, it is really very simple.

Handling tools and doing quality work is not difficult. Some practice always helps, so a bundle of trimmings is included in the kit, along with enough extra rivets that the new builder can rivet away and convince him or herself that it isn't all that hard. Remember, the reason there are so many riveted aluminum airplanes in the world is that ordinary people in ordinary circumstances can do an acceptable (or better) job.

Practice Projects

RV TRAINING PROJECT-1

TOOL BOX KIT

While Van's stocks a few tools as a convenience to our customers (please see the Accessories Catalog module), we are not tool specialists. Below we have included the list of recommended tools for construction of an RV. You should plan on spending between $1000 and $1500 for a complete set of tools. We have also provided a partial listing of tools suppliers who can provide information on tools/tool kits, and provide advice about tools.

** denotes suggested tools to assemble the practice projects "RV TRAINING PROJECT-1" and/or "TOOL BOX KIT".

Recommended Tools for the RV-3,4,7,8,9,10,14

2X and 3X Rivet Gun , or 3X Rivet Gun Only **
E-Z Change Spring
Air Swivel Regulator
1" Dia. Flush Set **
3/32" Cupped Set 3.5"
1/8" Cupped Set 3.5" **
3/16" Cupped Set 3.5" (only for fabricating spar)
Double Offset Cupped Set
Mini Bucking Bar 1 lb. **
Anvil Bucking Bar 1.9 lb.
Footed Bucking Bar 2.2 lb.
Microstop Countersink Unit **
#40 Countersink - 3/32" Rivet **
#30 Countersink - 1/8" Rivet
#8 Countersink - #8 Screw
#10 Countersink - #10 Screw
Wiss Snips Left & Straight **
Wiss Snips Right & Straight **
Air Drill
#40 Drill Bits (for 3/32" rivets) **
#30 Drill Bits (for 1/8" rivets) **
#19 Drill Bit
#12 Drill Bit
#21 Drill Bit
12" #40 Drill Bit
12" #30 Drill Bit
Deburr Tool **
Cleco Pliers **
4 Cleco Clamps -1/2" Jaws
4 Cleco Clamps -1" Jaws
Pop Rivet Tool **
2 Screwdriver Bits - Size #2
Hand Squeezer / 3" Yoke
1/8" Universal Cupped Set
3/16" Universal Cupped Set
Flat Set 1/2" x 1/8" ** (**2 required)
Flat Set 3/8" x 1/8"
3/32" Rivet Dimple Die **
1/8" Rivet Dimple Die
#8 ScrewDimple Die
24" Stainless Rule
Unibit 1/4" - 3/4" by 1/16 ths
Permanent Markers ** ("Sharpie" Xtra or Ulta Fine Point)
3M Cut & Polishing Wheel 6"
Hearing Protector
Safety Glasses
325 Cleco Fastners - 3/32" ** (** 30 required)
175 Cleco Fastners - 1/8" ** (** 10 required)
Deburring Set - Large Holes
Edge Deburring Bit
Fluting Pliers
Rivet Cutter
Air Tool Oil
File Card / Brush
10" Vixen File
C-Frame Riveting Tool

Optional Tools

#6 Countersink - #6 Screw
Drill Stop Set of 4
Angle Drill Attachment
Cordless Screwdriver (for deburring)
Threaded Drill Set 6 pc.
Back Rivet Set **
Dimple Die Organizer
Removable Rivet Tape
Tape Dispenser
12 oz. Dead Blow Hammer

               

              Recommended Tools for the RV-12

 

     

Tool Suppliers

   
* These tool suppliers are RV builders    
     
Aircraft Spruce East
452 Dividend Drive
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Phone:800-861-3192
Fax: 770-487-2308
Customer Service:
e-mail: info@aircraft-spruce.com


Aircraft Spruce West and Administrative Offices
225 Airport Circle
Corona, CA 92880
Phone: 800-861-3192
Fax: 951-372-0555
Customer Service:
e-mail: info@aircraft-spruce.com


Aircraft Tool Supply Company
PO Box 370
1000 Old U.S. 23
Oscoda, MI 48750
Phone (USA & Canada):
800-248-0638
Fax: 517-739-1448
e-mail: info@aircraft-tool.com


Brown Aviation Tool Supply
3801 S. Meridian Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73008
Phone: 800-587-3883
Fax: 405-688-6555
e-mail: browntool@aol.com


* Cleaveland Aircraft Tool and Material
2225 First Street
Boone, IA 50036
Order Phone: 800-368-1822
Questions: 515-432-6794
Fax: 515-432-7804
e-mail: mail@cleavelandtool.com


Clinton Aircraft Tool & Supply, Inc.
P.O. Box 1517
Woodstock, GA 30189
Phone: 404-766-3222
Fax: 678-445-7242
* Gloster Air Parts
27 Portland Drive
Church Crookham
Hants. GU52 6PQ
UK
Phone: 01252 617484
e-mail: sales@glosterairparts.co.uk


* Isham Inc.
Phone: 316-755-0713
Fax: 316-755-0713
e-mail: sales@planetools.com


* PlanesFactory by Tools and Co. srl
Via Tufarole 21
83100 Avellino, ITALY
Phone: +39.0825.756.558
Fax: +39.0825.771.868
e-mail: contact via website


The Yard
715 E 10th
Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: 800-888-8991
Fax: 316-265-9532
e-mail: toolroom@yardstore.com


U.S. Industrial Tool & Supply Company
14083 S Normandie Ave.
Gardena, CA. 90249
Phone: 800-521-7394
Fax: 310-464-8880
e-mail: info@ustool.com


Wicks Aircraft Supply
410 Pine Street
P.O.Box 304
Highland Il 62249
Phone: 800-221-9425
Fax: 888-440-5727
e-mail: Info@wicksaircraft.com

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