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Forum: Electrical Systems 04-28-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By GeoffP
Stein

I'm certain the connectors from Dynon are male, in which case Stein sells a faston connector with a 1/4" tab that suits 10-12G wire. ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-28-2022, 05:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By GeoffP
My reply makes 3 - I primed these with...

My reply makes 3 - I primed these with self-etching primer to protect for now, and it's easy enough to remove later for final paint.
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2022, 01:28 PM
Replies: 991
Views: 725,551
Posted By GeoffP
Getting the Canoe finished

Spent most of the Easter Weekend eating chocolate and riveting the forward fuselage together.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 10:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By GeoffP
Paul, I just measured them at 1285mm overall (50...

Paul,
I just measured them at 1285mm overall (50 & 5/8"?), with MS20667-5 eyelets at each end.
Forum: Tools 04-13-2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 343
Posted By GeoffP
I've got a Dremel 3000 also, it came in a kit...

I've got a Dremel 3000 also, it came in a kit with an umbilical flexi-tool cord so I leave the motor on the bench and cut with the flexible end. I find this to be fairly good at most things, but...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-20-2022, 01:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By GeoffP
My 2cents worth

I built a table specifically for the flaps as Van's called out in the plans, using a single 2400 x 1200 x 25mm MDF ripped in half and assembled with 75mm x 50mm timbers in between. This sat on my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-22-2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By GeoffP
I don't recall getting any oil-canning into my...

I don't recall getting any oil-canning into my flaps, but I do remember that the leading edges were trick to get into place. I think I had the flaps clecoed down securely on the bench (like the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-30-2022, 05:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 805
Posted By GeoffP
I've got a wing kit inventory from 2019, but also...

I've got a wing kit inventory from 2019, but also if you contact Van's they'll email the inventory lists to you (or at least they did when I asked just prior to ordering each kit, up to FF)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-12-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Posted By GeoffP
Bench Test

I bench tested my floats prior to installation by testing with a multi-meter clipped onto the sender and measuring ohms. This did find that one sender was faulty (notice the open circuit with the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,381
Posted By GeoffP
An old Mac Mini on a widescreen in front of where...

An old Mac Mini on a widescreen in front of where I work displaying the PDF's. Sometimes I'll put up the big paper prints in a plastic sleeve, but that's just a general referral, whereas I scroll,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,386
Posted By GeoffP
An Engine

I wish Santa would cover the balance remaining for my engine......
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,326
Posted By GeoffP
Not sure of the name for the rings, but you could...

Not sure of the name for the rings, but you could use a tiny O-ring in the groove, or just a bit of gorilla tape on the side to hold it in place.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,394
Posted By GeoffP
Great, Fantastic, etc etc

Wonderful news. I just logged in, made an account & added my aircraft, all very easy.

Kudos to the Van's team for coming up with another way to help ensure that this fool and his money are easily...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,619
Posted By GeoffP
I sort of went through a similar thought process...

I sort of went through a similar thought process about a year ago (arguably just before things started to go really bad!). I received my fuse kit in early December, however when I looked at it long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By GeoffP
Servo Part # gives a hint

Hi, the servo part number includes the range of travel for the servo, e.g. a T3-12A has 1.2" travel. Get a 9V battery and touch the two power wires until the servo is fully retracted, then reverse...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-07-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,136
Posted By GeoffP
Like Ralph said, dimple them. You'll most likely...

Like Ralph said, dimple them. You'll most likely need a ground down or reduced diameter female die though, and I suggest after dimpling that you carefully bend the tabs straight. They're much...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,365
Posted By GeoffP
Yes....

I also ended up with Rivet holes close together in that location, but I think it was more like 1/4" or greater in the end. What I did when I marked out the hinge pieces was to double check them in...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,762
Posted By GeoffP
Molex

I bought some of these off Digi-Key. There are different versions, and I've got ones with the USB-C & USB-A port in them. They look nice, especially with the subtle blue backlighting around each...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-20-2021, 03:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 878
Posted By GeoffP
I ground down an el-cheapo 3/8" socket for the...

I ground down an el-cheapo 3/8" socket for the aileron brackets for my build, so that the socket diameter where it engages on the bolt head is about 1.5mm smaller than the rest of the socket. It...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-20-2021, 01:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 804
Posted By GeoffP
Some Solid, some pull rivets

In my elevators, I did a combo of solids near the bearing cutouts where I could reach with the squeezer, and the rest were pull rivets (I think the MK-319-BS ones).
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-07-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 805
Posted By GeoffP
Checked my build photos...

I remember this being a pain too, but it was 3 years ago and the scars have healed over now. I put the manufactured heads in from the rear, and used a long off-set rivet set in the gun.
Forum: Tools 09-23-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,795
Posted By GeoffP
I decided on a 200mm x 600mm plate 6mm thick, and...

I decided on a 200mm x 600mm plate 6mm thick, and that was fine for most back-riveting that I did. I did get the guy I bought that off to surface grind the plate (mostly since I wanted the mill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,069
Posted By GeoffP
As per RV9builder, you could carry on de-burring...

As per RV9builder, you could carry on de-burring all the parts. There's other things in the -9 wing you can do now that aren't too taxing and they're sort-of stand-alone at this point, like cutting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-11-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,377
Posted By GeoffP
+1

I agree, and I've started doing most cuts with a jigsaw with a small fine-toothed blade.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-09-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,357
Posted By GeoffP
AAE estore is a good Oz local option. I've found...

AAE estore is a good Oz local option. I've found for a lot of AN hardware they're cheaper overall than from Vans or Spruce (not everything though). I've found it's easier (cheaper and the sizes are...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-08-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 864
Posted By GeoffP
left pitot mast loose

If I remember correctly, when I did this I left the pitot mast loose, so I could fit the skin over the flap brackets, then I riveted the pitot mast later. I have a Dynon mast, fitted outboard of the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-25-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By GeoffP
Test them too

When you do get the float sensors, I suggest you check their resistance with a multi-meter through the full range of the float. It should range from about 30 ohms (full) to 240ohms (empty), that's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,833
Posted By GeoffP
I do the exact same thing with thin pieces...

I do the exact same thing with thin pieces (especially the big skins), and tend to leave the grinder and scotchbrite wheel for heavier work like shaping angles, or deburring .040" and thicker parts. ...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-07-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,300
Posted By GeoffP
Here's a couple of new tricks I taught myself for...

Here's a couple of new tricks I taught myself for convenient storage of these things. I bought a "bitster" tool holder from Aircraft Spruce, so now I have a "go-to" for all the drills / reamers /...
Forum: RV-14 06-30-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,868
Posted By GeoffP
FWIW, when I ordered my Thunderbolt engine in...

FWIW, when I ordered my Thunderbolt engine in early May (so glad I got in the queue before the price rise), I selected the 1 E-Mag & delete second Mag option. After the order got to Lycoming, I was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 630
Posted By GeoffP
Steinair

If you go to the Steinair website (links from front page of VAF), there are tools and links to useful videos on how to use the tools also. This is where I suggest you start.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-06-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 672
Posted By GeoffP
I'd noticed the same thing...

I took this to be an error, and though I haven't actually prepped these parts, I'm not far from working on these parts. My final decision on which way to go hasn't been made, i.e. whether to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2021, 11:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,341
Posted By GeoffP
I've primed mating surfaces on skins etc. The...

I've primed mating surfaces on skins etc. The logic I had was once those parts are riveted together, I can't easily access them again. I'm still building so it could be 10-20 years before I know if...
Forum: Tools 05-19-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,951
Posted By GeoffP
I've got an identical looking unit sourced here...

I've got an identical looking unit sourced here in OZ. Works a treat, and comes with a big range of dies. So long as the die is the right size for the cable/lug, it's hard to go wrong.
Forum: Primers 05-18-2021, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,095
Posted By GeoffP
I prime on a chicken wire frame, then I hang the...

I prime on a chicken wire frame, then I hang the pieces from safety wire. I do one side, take them outside to hang for a while, then do the other side.
Typically I try not to let them dry on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-11-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,180
Posted By GeoffP
I'm of absolutely no help, but I noticed the same...

I'm of absolutely no help, but I noticed the same thing when I did a test-fit of this cover while I worked on the centre fuse. With Cleco's in the holes it did kind-of fit OK, but that was without...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-10-2021, 08:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,892
Posted By GeoffP
Sponges, boxes, foam rolled up

I used sponges & boxes to hold them apart. Wear gloves & long sleeves too when you rivet these together.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-05-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,454
Posted By GeoffP
Didn't centre punch the wedge, I just marked the...

Didn't centre punch the wedge, I just marked the centreline per the plans and ensured it was clamped in position. I might've started the drill slowly but then went fast speed but light pressure.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-04-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,209
Posted By GeoffP
Some of that same heavy angle gets used to make a...

Some of that same heavy angle gets used to make a couple of smaller longerons in the forward part of the fuselage. It does get cut up to make seatbacks also, and I think a piece for the tank attach...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-03-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,874
Posted By GeoffP
Digikey

I buy them from Digikey. It helps to know the AMP part numbers so you're searching for the right parts.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-03-2021, 02:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,454
Posted By GeoffP
Followed the plans

When I drilled my elevators, I did as the plans said, with everything clamped together, and drilled #40 using the 82 degree template guide. I didn't have any problems. The hard part for me was...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-02-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,006
Posted By GeoffP
No issues

I did something rather stupid with my flaps, which meant I had to get some new skins & other parts to mix in with already match-drilled parts. I just reamed the holes in the new parts, and riveted...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-26-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,202
Posted By GeoffP
Before

I ran the conduit, wires and pitot/AOA tubing before I riveted on the bottom skins. That was a personal preference, and it's possible to do it after the skins are on, but I just found access much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 10:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,314
Posted By GeoffP
I learnt (more than once though!), that if I...

I learnt (more than once though!), that if I wasn't mentally and physically ready to fly a plane, then I shouldn't be building one. Mistakes crept in when I wasn't fully focused on the task at hand...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-19-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 696
Posted By GeoffP
Have you got photos or a snapshot of the relevant...

Have you got photos or a snapshot of the relevant drawing to show exactly which ones?

If they're the ones I'm thinking, you mean the two inner nose ribs that are canted in at a bit of an angle to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By GeoffP
I can't recall a problem with rivet length when I...

I can't recall a problem with rivet length when I riveted those brackets on. Double check the rivets you have are actually -9 in length.
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-22-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 18,172
Posted By GeoffP
Happens to lots of people. Be careful using a...

Happens to lots of people. Be careful using a c-frame dimpling, as this and a slight amount of dimplingitis, caused me to make the same mistake. Take the extra 0.5s to ensure the male die is in the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,446
Posted By GeoffP
1TL1-8F

Larry, I bought Honeywell 1TL1-8F switches for this purpose (with a rotary switch for main ignition/start). Technically they're an ON-(ON), just don't connect to the momentary ON terminal. They've...
Forum: Tools 03-18-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 450
Posted By GeoffP
Jacking Bolts

Usually with any belt drive set-up like this, a set of jacking bolts near the motor hold-down bolts is the solution. They can be individually moved to ensure the belt tension is correct, and the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By GeoffP
Offset slightly for wire routing?

I'll be doing this part of my build in a few months, and I've made the decision to mount a dynon SV-GPS-2020 on the aft turtledeck. I'm building a T-U so I don't have to worry about canopy...
Forum: Tools 03-04-2021, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,029
Posted By GeoffP
I downloaded one from the Cleaveland tools...

I downloaded one from the Cleaveland tools website a few years ago, then with a recent order they sent me a nice shiny cardboard one. Not sure if / where to look on their new website for it now...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 813
Posted By GeoffP
Dynon

I went with a dynon heated pitot. Fitting the mast was fairly straight-forward by following their instructions. I did have to file a tiny bit at the rear end to help fit the pitot better, but...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-15-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 859
Posted By GeoffP
AN426AD3-6

I think this is the size I used along the spar, but I just did what others said & checked the rivet length before setting them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,316
Posted By GeoffP
They're about half that, if you buy from Van's,...

They're about half that, if you buy from Van's, and get it shipped over to Oz with your kit (or buy your builder mate a beer & ship it with their kit!).
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,165
Posted By GeoffP
V-drill guide clamped to the tube

I've just clamped a drill guide along the tube then drilled from one side & out the other. The holes have always come out on centreline (the V part of the guide lines it up with the tube) and in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-26-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,888
Posted By GeoffP
You do need to have the pilot hole very close in...

You do need to have the pilot hole very close in size to the reamer size for them to work. You couldn't use one to go up from #40 to #30 for example, but I use reamers that I got from Cleaveland...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By GeoffP
Conduit

Conduit in the wings for all the wires, they just exit the conduit adjacent to the OAT probe.
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,396
Posted By GeoffP
Electrical / Avionics

You could start planning out all your electrics and avionics. There's a lot of research to be done in these areas to get exactly what you're after. Otherwise, read through the preview plans and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-22-2021, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,318
Posted By GeoffP
Also, for multi-core wire or if there's a lot...

Also, for multi-core wire or if there's a lot coming out of a connector I printed each wire colour & function onto a single piece of heat shrink. And like others said, one at each end.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-20-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 898
Posted By GeoffP
Everything

I tried everything to rivet these, but eventually I just took the new parts (after mangling the old ones) to work and had the boilermaker weld them for me. I wasted a lot of time & money on this,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,062
Posted By GeoffP
https://www.vansaircraft.com/faq-technical-builder...

https://www.vansaircraft.com/faq-technical-builder-items/routing-wires-through-the-center-section-bulkheads/

I think this is what you're after.
Forum: RV-10 01-14-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,951
Posted By GeoffP
Doesn't the Flyleds works kit use a 4 core...

Doesn't the Flyleds works kit use a 4 core shielded cable for Nav / Strobes? Also if you want separate Taxi lights you need an extra 18AWG for that (unless that's one of your 2x 18AWG wires & you're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,120
Posted By GeoffP
For me it was an RV-9

Hey, decisions decisions! I chose a -9 by deduction. I wasn't after a 10 or 14 due to the higher cost. 3,4, & 6 were out as they're older non-prepunched designs. I'm not really into aerobatics so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-12-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,057
Posted By GeoffP
Van's recommendation

I drilled the holes in ribs as per Van's suggestion, and ran split corrugated conduit. Hard to install but solid as a rock as it clicks in around the rib holes. Pro-sealed in, and as Larry said,...
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