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Van's Aircraft issues a sheet metal practice kit with each kit.  They also offer additional practice kits in order to familiarize you with sheet metal construction techniques.  At the time of writing, Cleveland Aircraft Tool includes a practice kit with their RV tool kits also.  I have built five kits and am glad I did.  It hurts a lot less to punch a big dent in a practice kit with a rivet gun than in the wing of your actual airplane.  I worked on the practice kits while starting on the emmpenage, since there is a lot of work to do on the emmpenage long before any riveting is done.

The kits are fun to build, and the toolbox in particular, can be useful. I've numbered them based on complexity, and the order I would recommend building them if you go that route.

Kit #1 - Cell phone stand

This is a small kit that gives basic experience bucking rivets, dimpling, back riveting and rivet squeezing.  Not really useful, but again, not something you feel bad about if you make mistakes learning.

Kit #2 - Sheet metal coupons One

This kit was an unexpected surprise that came included with the Van's Airfoil kit.  A basic kit with a couple aluminum coupons and an extruded aluminum channel

Kit #3 - Sheet metal coupons Two

Kit #4 - Toolbox

The toolbox is fairly easy. and is good practice.  For @$20 cost, I might order another one since these are the right size to keep a small tool kit in your car or truck.

Kit4PreAssy

Kit4preAssy2

Kit4Assy


Kit4dimpling

Kit4Dimpling2

Kit4Assy2

Kit4Assy3

Kit4Assy5

Kit4Assy8

Kit4Comp

Kit4Comp5

Kit4Comp9




Kit #5 - Airfoil

The most complicated practice kit and hardest to build correctly.  If you go to A+P school, you will most likely build an airfoil section very similar to this in your sheet metal classes.


kit5Parts


Kit5Assy2


Kit5Assy3


Kit5Assy4


Kit6Assy7


Kit5Assy


Kit5Assy5


Kit5Comp


Kit5Comp2


Kit5Comp3


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