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Forum: RV-14 04-11-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,342
Posted By fl-mike
H3R HG1000R I did add a light wire-tie to help...

H3R HG1000R
I did add a light wire-tie to help prevent an errant elbow from releasing it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-08-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,253
Posted By fl-mike
First in line to take icky, cheap, GRT, 430, and...

First in line to take icky, cheap, GRT, 430, and SL equipment off your hands....will cover shipping. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 283
Posted By fl-mike
Fred, I have some. Working on a tank leak now...

Fred, I have some.
Working on a tank leak now also.
PMíd you
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
Posted By fl-mike
use the filter to verify or establish the "frame"...

use the filter to verify or establish the "frame" dimensions. I had to make some shims as the snorkel was too large. And, if there is some slop in that, you can shift the filter location a bit to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 423
Posted By fl-mike
I seem to recall removing the primer on the...

I seem to recall removing the primer on the insides, starting the end fittings, using a piece of carpet on the concrete floor, and a couple "pile driving" moves. I know that's how I did the big...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-31-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,535
Posted By fl-mike
Air France 447 flew the stall all the way to the...

Air France 447 flew the stall all the way to the ocean surface.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By fl-mike
Otto P7. Excellent quality and feel.

Otto P7. Excellent quality and feel.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 997
Posted By fl-mike
The newer kits donít have the hinge. Not sure...

The newer kits donít have the hinge. Not sure when the change happened.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 889
Posted By fl-mike
I've never seen the kit prices go down. Nor...

I've never seen the kit prices go down.
Nor engines, nor props. (although sometimes updated props or engine choices appear, so that is a consideration.)

Now avionics is another matter entirely. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 997
Posted By fl-mike
That's what I did. Flatten the provided ramp to...

That's what I did. Flatten the provided ramp to make the template for a stainless version. I also put some Dynamat on the inside to dampen any drumming.
Forum: Autopilots 03-29-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By fl-mike
You don't. The servo just passes through the...

You don't. The servo just passes through the trim power signals (when not auto-trimming). So, you just need a reversing relay deck if using a coolie-hat trim switch (single pole). Or, the RAC trim...
Forum: Autopilots 03-29-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By fl-mike
If using a coolie hat type trim switch: GAD 27 =...

If using a coolie hat type trim switch:

GAD 27 = no trim relays needed
No GAD 27 = trim relays needed (or similar trim servo controller function)
Forum: RV-10 03-29-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 814
Posted By fl-mike
yes and no. My testing in a salt fog chamber,...

yes and no.

My testing in a salt fog chamber, and then outside for a year in coastal FL showed that etch followed by chromic acid conversion (Alodine) held up fine in the salt fog chamber.
It did...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-28-2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,214
Posted By fl-mike
Anchor nut. Thatís what the big boys call Ďem.

Anchor nut. Thatís what the big boys call Ďem.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-25-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 973
Posted By fl-mike
Pop rivet dimpler with the female die ground to a...

Pop rivet dimpler with the female die ground to a ďDĒ shape to get in close to the spar.
If you havenít ground some dimple dies, well, you will....
Forum: Tools 03-25-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By fl-mike
I have a Roborock S5 robot vacuum that vacuums up...

I have a Roborock S5 robot vacuum that vacuums up my 1200 sq ft shop a couple mornings a week (at 5AM). I really makes a difference and frees me from sweeping all the time. I love them. I bought a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,162
Posted By fl-mike
As with most things bureaucratic, do the work for...

As with most things bureaucratic, do the work for them and make them say no if it is unacceptable.
Draw the area you want on a sectional and present it.
Include other airports (with cheap gas) and...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-24-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,016
Posted By fl-mike
Google ď2020 sun n fun mapĒ will give you an...

Google ď2020 sun n fun mapĒ will give you an image of last yearís map.
I expect it will be the same this year.
(Check the dates on the maps)
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,055
Posted By fl-mike
Rustoleum Professional High Performance Enamel...

Rustoleum Professional High Performance Enamel Spray has been holding up surprisingly well on the 6 after 12 years. Available at Home Depot, etc.
I used it expecting I would be doing a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,094
Posted By fl-mike
The TSO's for position lights (TSO-C30c) and...

The TSO's for position lights (TSO-C30c) and anti-collision lights (TSO-C96a) point to SAE documents for minimum performance standards (8037 and 8017A). The SAE docs are not public domain ($85...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-22-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 912
Posted By fl-mike
Riveting is probably <2% of the overall activity...

Riveting is probably <2% of the overall activity in a build.
Waaay more important is the overall quality and completeness of the kit components, fit of parts, quality of documentation, support,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-21-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,071
Posted By fl-mike
Rant pile-on! Agree completely. As an...

Rant pile-on!

Agree completely.

As an "experienced" senior avionics design engineer, I see all to often a certain naiveteí or ignorance of operational failure mode considerations in the hobbyist...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-20-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,071
Posted By fl-mike
Iím going with PBX card.

Iím going with PBX card.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-19-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 523
Posted By fl-mike
If the holes donít line up, youíre doing...

If the holes donít line up, youíre doing something wrong. Vans will purposely make the holes asymmetrical so you CANíT assemble them wrong.
0.1% of the time someone will get a mis-bent skin or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-19-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By fl-mike
The usb preview plans are the complete plans. ...

The usb preview plans are the complete plans. You get the full size paper prints with each subkit, but they are the same.

That is the design. There is no preload tension on the rudder cables. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 566
Posted By fl-mike
I painted all my baffles on the 6 with Rustoleum...

I painted all my baffles on the 6 with Rustoleum Pro paint (the taller cans) and it has held up surprisingly well. My reason was for easier touch up, but it has not really needed any.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 736
Posted By fl-mike
An970 washers and a nutplate in the rib tooling...

An970 washers and a nutplate in the rib tooling hole.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-11-2021, 11:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By fl-mike
What is the part number of the contact you are...

What is the part number of the contact you are trying to crimp?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-09-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By fl-mike
Roundit 2000 NX is getting a lot of use in the...

Roundit 2000 NX is getting a lot of use in the big birds these days.
Self-closing, easy to branch out, etc
Pretty cool stuff, but pricey.
Forum: GPS 03-08-2021, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By fl-mike
11-35VDC, but youíll need a power cable Fused...

11-35VDC, but youíll need a power cable
Fused with a 1.5Amp fuse, so a supply with that capacity.
Forum: Tools 03-01-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By fl-mike
I think I got mine at Autozone.

I think I got mine at Autozone.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-27-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,030
Posted By fl-mike
I used two six foot harbor freight box levels...

I used two six foot harbor freight box levels clamped to the gear legs for the toe-in/out check. Nice and straight. $20 a piece and are useful for other stuff.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,079
Posted By fl-mike
48x42Ē pop up shades. $20...

48x42Ē pop up shades. $20 shipped
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KC7NQ0M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,479
Posted By fl-mike
To be clear, casual / uncompensated formation...

To be clear, casual / uncompensated formation flying is not excluded.

You're going to get a lot of folks spun up if you infer that all formation flying is excluded.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,710
Posted By fl-mike
Formation group lunch flyout. It was a little...

Formation group lunch flyout. It was a little chilly, only got up to the low 70's, so had to wear long pants! :D
Forum: Steam Gauges 02-17-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 741
Posted By fl-mike
Did you assign the general,purpose inputs as...

Did you assign the general,purpose inputs as position sensor inputs?
Forum: COMM 02-15-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By fl-mike
the crimp type from Molex is discontinued, but...

the crimp type from Molex is discontinued, but Spruce has a solder style in stock.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/avpages/icoma210connector.php
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-09-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,374
Posted By fl-mike
Not so much efficiency as closing a number of...

Not so much efficiency as closing a number of large holes in your sealed high pressure box.

Not an option.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By fl-mike
Find a few standard sheet sizes in the "list" in...

Find a few standard sheet sizes in the "list" in 032, 025 and have them throw them in the box. I always get an extra panel blank, some angle stock of various sizes, and a some hinge stock.

The...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 858
Posted By fl-mike
Two foldup sawhorses and a slab door (used!)...

Two foldup sawhorses and a slab door (used!) store easy and can be used for a temporary work surface that isn't covered with crap:D

Hollow core is light.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 578
Posted By fl-mike
The jumper is so it wonít activate in shipping...

The jumper is so it wonít activate in shipping (no jumper). You MUST jumper it.
The activation is based on a particular impulse curve, not static accelerations like in aerobatics.
Look for Eurocae...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,017
Posted By fl-mike
I just say, "yes, like Home Depot is a house kit....

I just say, "yes, like Home Depot is a house kit. It's all there, you just have to put it together." That seems to help frame the conversation in a way they can understand.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-04-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By fl-mike
I just used a pull breaker for the alternator...

I just used a pull breaker for the alternator field. This also supports an OV crowbar design.
Always stays "in" in normal operations and such.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By fl-mike
I have used this method for similar: Cut the thin...

I have used this method for similar:
Cut the thin slot using a hacksaw.
Use this slot to level the tube in a vise by putting a piece of scrap in the slot. (Your eye is quite accurate)
Start the next...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,860
Posted By fl-mike
The vendor in my previous post does white. In...

The vendor in my previous post does white. In fact, you can combine colors, etc. for more $. This technique is used a lot for graphics on marketing models, etc.

The durability is very good, as...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-01-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,023
Posted By fl-mike
Not too hard to make your own. Couple...

Not too hard to make your own.
Couple options:

1. Terminate the braid in a crimp lug and use the crimper at your local West Marine (I have a big-a$$ T&B compression crimper and dies, so I drag...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-01-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,891
Posted By fl-mike
I did. Actually, you can remove the sender...

I did.



Actually, you can remove the sender (non-flopper tank) without pulling the tank. Not as hard as you might imagine. You'll get to try it in ten years or so! :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-01-2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,891
Posted By fl-mike
I used the "access panel" sealant and cork "dots"...

I used the "access panel" sealant and cork "dots" (punched out of the cork gasket) on each side of the screw holes to establish a uniform sealant thickness when the screws are snugged down. That way...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-01-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,023
Posted By fl-mike
https://www.gacopper.com/Braid.html gives you a...

https://www.gacopper.com/Braid.html

gives you a equivalent AWG and a "current rating" that should help size the strap.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-01-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,023
Posted By fl-mike
that is on the small side if you look at cross...

that is on the small side if you look at cross sectional area compared to the starter wire. A 1" strap would be about the minimum for starter ground return currents. Two would be better.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-31-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,860
Posted By fl-mike
$37 delivered for an 8.5x11 sheet. Hard to beat...

$37 delivered for an 8.5x11 sheet. Hard to beat that for a pro job.
They print 1:1 and have supported file types shown on the order page.

Only issue I had was that my hole-center target lines were...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-30-2021, 08:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,860
Posted By fl-mike
Dry transfer design using Visio and made by...

Dry transfer design using Visio and made by customrubontransfers.com
https://customrubontransfers.com
Nest like a model decal sheet and make extras in case you mess one up.
Coat with clear, or not. ...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-29-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,049
Posted By fl-mike
A local RV'r reports he is out of business and...

A local RV'r reports he is out of business and gone.

Couple of observations: He obviously painted the blue and silver overall and then added the yellow over top (wrong!) because you can see a tape...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2021, 09:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,272
Posted By fl-mike
Nope. Just follow the directions. Mine is...

Nope. Just follow the directions. Mine is probably going on 13 years.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,272
Posted By fl-mike
Great company that stands behind their products....

Great company that stands behind their products. Buy quality.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-28-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,049
Posted By fl-mike
Holy smokes! As an added bonus, the screw heads...

Holy smokes! As an added bonus, the screw heads are stripped. There are plenty of excellent paint shops in FL, that ainít one!

(You NEVER paint yellow over blue! That is paint 101!)

I wouldnít...
Forum: Engine Monitors 01-26-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By fl-mike
or chuck up two (colors of your choosing) #22...

or chuck up two (colors of your choosing) #22 wires in your drill and twist 'em up.

Fun fact: If you do dissect some Enet cable, note that the twist rates of each pair are different, to reduce...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-25-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,099
Posted By fl-mike
Dear Mr Cloud::D Ray Allen trim motors are small...

Dear Mr Cloud::D
Ray Allen trim motors are small jackscrews, not servos.
AP servos are real servos.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,301
Posted By fl-mike
yes, that's what I used. Just make sure you make...

yes, that's what I used. Just make sure you make the bag long enough to leave some margin at the end of the bag so you don't inadvertently suck resin into the "juice trough". That would not go over...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,249
Posted By fl-mike
There is a guy (Paul Swearingen) doing printed...

There is a guy (Paul Swearingen) doing printed throttle grips.

https://www.3dstickandrudder.com/
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-19-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,301
Posted By fl-mike
Food Saver cowl blister

So, I needed a cowl blister for clearing the fuel servo controls. I found some aluminum blisters on ebay, but knew they would be dent magnets, so I bought one to use as a mold for a fiberglass...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-19-2021, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,629
Posted By fl-mike
I'm going with white mold. Like I get on the...

I'm going with white mold. Like I get on the leather handle of the k-bar knife I leave in the hangar.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-16-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,115
Posted By fl-mike
Did you wash them with other clothes? Because...

Did you wash them with other clothes? Because that will load them up with lint.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-16-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,629
Posted By fl-mike
I cut the forward part to be parallel with the...

I cut the forward part to be parallel with the hinge cutout on the rolled leading edge, rather than extend the skin line along the bottom. Then bent the spar flanges a bit more to align with the...
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