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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-17-2022, 04:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By Rick RV-4
RV-10 gear weldments. Free if you pick up.

Hi all,

Free RV-10 gear weldments for the taking . . .

These are untouched other than unpacking. These are the ones used prior to the change that occured in 2020. Local pickup only, or if you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-10-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 932
Posted By Rick RV-4
Let me start off by saying I'm not an "engine...

Let me start off by saying I'm not an "engine guy", nor did I stay at the Holiday Inn Express, but I was just reading the Kitplanes article about vernatherms. That sliver of metal looks a lot like...
Forum: RV-10 03-20-2022, 09:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By Rick RV-4
I donít have the plans right in front of me for...

I donít have the plans right in front of me for that particular part, but here are three tips I use for small spaces that are hard to see:

(1). Use a smaller bucking bar made of tungsten. Pricey...
Forum: RV-10 02-20-2022, 03:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks Nick, for that part number. That...

Thanks Nick, for that part number. That helps!

I'd be willing to take that off your hands if the price is reasonable. Let me know via phone (612) two39-5one28

Or PM me and I'll reply to that as...
Forum: RV-10 02-06-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By Rick RV-4
Andair extension part number?

Hi all,

This has been discussed before, but I'm still unclear as to what exactly I need for the fuel valve to make things fit right. I ordered the Andair valve from Vans, and know I need the...
Forum: RV-10 01-06-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks

I looked at the install doc online as I don't yet have the panel, but now it makes sense. I was missing the bit about the "aluminum backing plate" they provide, and how that attaches to the F-1003Bs...
Forum: RV-10 01-06-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Posted By Rick RV-4
Aerosport 310 panel - how much do you do?

Hi all,

Planning on using a 310 carbon fiber panel, and Iím curious about what you do and donít do in section 31 of the fuselage build. Looking on Aerosportproducts website, it looks like you cut...
Forum: RV-10 09-13-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 510
Views: 595,922
Posted By Rick RV-4
Nice! Where is the interior from, and are you...

Nice! Where is the interior from, and are you happy with it?
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,112
Posted By Rick RV-4
I agree. Iíve built an RV-4 so understand being...

I agree. Iíve built an RV-4 so understand being a builder. But when they walk you by the hand on the easiest steps itís a little odd to leave you hanging on a step like this, where you need to...
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,112
Posted By Rick RV-4
Double flush rivets in Fuselage?

Page 28-12 calls for "double flush" rivets in seven places in order to fit the gear weldments over those rivets (along the bulkhead). I'm a little confused as to where the shop heads of those rivets...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-18-2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,453
Posted By Rick RV-4
Primer?

A very easy thing to checkÖdo you have an old school plunger type of primer? If so make sure it is closed all the way.
Forum: RV-10 08-14-2021, 02:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,830
Posted By Rick RV-4
Any idea how much this system weighs?

Any idea how much this system weighs?
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 20,914
Posted By Rick RV-4
Dan H and Vic (and others), I respect both of...

Dan H and Vic (and others),

I respect both of your opinions as you both seem to know what you speak of via experience, research, or both. For a mere peon in the GA world, it certainly can be...
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,273
Posted By Rick RV-4
Carl, I can see your point. I built an RV-4,...

Carl, I can see your point. I built an RV-4, where space was always tight, so hence my mindset.
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,273
Posted By Rick RV-4
Systems before side skins?

Howdy all,

Getting close to drilling and riveting the side skins on to my slow build fuselage. Just looking, it sure seems like it would be easier to install a lot of the systems prior to having...
Forum: RV-10 07-27-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,063
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks all, I think for now I'll stick to...

Thanks all,

I think for now I'll stick to keeping the battery(ies) in the back. Too bad there's not a decent way to put it in the back (passenger side) of the firewall.

Cheers,

Rick
Forum: RV-10 07-26-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,063
Posted By Rick RV-4
I will research that. I certainly do not want...

I will research that. I certainly do not want issues due to heat, and I was wondering if that was an issue with putting the battery up there.

Thanks,

- Rick
Forum: RV-10 07-23-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,458
Posted By Rick RV-4
Light weight and small size

Love the Numatx. In my opinion, best thing is the smaller size and weight. Allows me to hold the squeezer, and the part, allowing much more control for higher quality rivets.
Forum: RV-4 07-14-2021, 12:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,555
Posted By Rick RV-4
I had almost the exact same experience as Scott. ...

I had almost the exact same experience as Scott. O-360, carb, 72 x 85 Sensenich metal prop. I could never go full throttle (low alt or high altitude) without exceeding 2700 RPM. FWIW, 2,700 RPM...
Forum: RV-10 07-04-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 823
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks Tim! Good idea re the drift pins

Thanks Tim! Good idea re the drift pins
Forum: RV-10 07-03-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 823
Posted By Rick RV-4
Bolts for temporary mating up fuselage halves?

I’m at the stage where I need to temporarily mate the front and aft lower fuselage assemblies to drill the lower skin holes, and the plans say to use the NAS bolts, which I don’t believe I have yet...
Forum: RV-4 06-18-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,197
Posted By Rick RV-4
My personal technique which has always served me...

My personal technique which has always served me well and kept me out of trouble - no panic situations at the top of the loop or overspeed concerns at the bottom of the loop:

Start at 170 MPH...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,133
Posted By Rick RV-4
Tail dragger dragger recommendations?

Thinking of getting a tail dragger ďdraggerĒof some sort to help get my RV-4 back into the hangar after flying. Any recs on a good model to buy? Aircraft Spruce had two models, and of course the...
Forum: RV-10 03-03-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,329
Posted By Rick RV-4
I think the confusion for me (as a builder) is I...

I think the confusion for me (as a builder) is I did see the poll asking current owners of flying aircraft about the cracks, but didn't really have a clue they were (a) sending out new weldments, and...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2021, 11:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,329
Posted By Rick RV-4
Talked to a supervisor at Vans. These parts all...

Talked to a supervisor at Vans. These parts all have to do with the new and improved gear weldments. Since the weldments changed so did all of the parts around them. Even received new forward...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,329
Posted By Rick RV-4
New RV-10 parts shipped - don't know why . . .

Howdy all,

I received my RV-10 fuselage slow build kit back in October. At the time, there were a few parts on backorder, and I got most of those over a few months time, with the exception of the...
Forum: RV-4 02-18-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,485
Posted By Rick RV-4
I'm just south of you ironically (in Sequim, WA)...

I'm just south of you ironically (in Sequim, WA) and my carb heat doesn't do much for me. The functionality of the cable/door system always checks out during my condition inspections, but does not...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-01-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,943
Posted By Rick RV-4
I also use Blackstone and have been very happy...

I also use Blackstone and have been very happy with them. I usually send snail mail USPS from the Seattle area and get the resutls by email in about 5-7 days on average.

The thing I like about...
Forum: RV-10 12-21-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,900
Posted By Rick RV-4
Hah! Maybe you received my K-1000-08 nutplates...

Hah!

Maybe you received my K-1000-08 nutplates by mistake. I was going through my inventory, and bag 1380 (I think) was supposed to be about 200+ K-1000-08 nutplates. They put the K-1100-08...
Forum: RV-10 12-19-2020, 12:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,328
Posted By Rick RV-4
Have received some, but not the centerpieceó the...

Have received some, but not the centerpieceó the center section bulkheads that everything is built around. Iíve been very pleasant with the folks there but have not heard back from my latest email. ...
Forum: RV-10 12-12-2020, 11:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,543
Posted By Rick RV-4
Not a big deal

No special tools used. I just drilled a couple of holes into the workbench, then laid the two pieces on top of each other (to make a rectangle as another poster said) then countersunk away with a...
Forum: RV-4 12-08-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,005
Posted By Rick RV-4
I pretty much do the same thing. About 70mph...

I pretty much do the same thing. About 70mph (not knots) on final and slow to about 65 (solo) or keep 70 with a passenger. I basically fly it on to the runway with very little flare. This usually...
Forum: RV-10 12-07-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,153
Posted By Rick RV-4
Yes, mine were like that as well. Seemed weird...

Yes, mine were like that as well. Seemed weird but I got them to fit. They were fluted for sure but I donít remember if they were dimpled.
Forum: RV-10 12-07-2020, 07:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,328
Posted By Rick RV-4
Talked to Vans today. Still no guesses as to...

Talked to Vans today. Still no guesses as to when the center section might be produced, arrive, ship, etc. This is a bummer as everything seems to built around it so pretty soon Iíll be pausing the...
Forum: RV-10 12-06-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,840
Posted By Rick RV-4
Glad I wasnít the only one who had that question....

Glad I wasnít the only one who had that question. I just pressed on assuming there were no nut plates.
Forum: RV-10 12-06-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,328
Posted By Rick RV-4
Backorder parts from Vans

Hi all,

I picked up my slow build fuselage kit over a month ago and had several items on backorder. This included the wing center section as I am building the fuselage before the wings.

For...
Forum: RV-10 12-03-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,063
Posted By Rick RV-4
EarthX and composite prop?

I have a long way to go on my RV-10, but I am working on the fuselage so need to start making some decisions. Mike Newall's "a better battery" thread got me thinking, but I did not want to hijack...
Forum: RV-10 11-12-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,868
Posted By Rick RV-4
Follow on question

Is it easy to add the Beringers later after the aircraft is complete?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-12-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,810
Posted By Rick RV-4
Engine running poorly when cold

This may be a carb issue as I just installed a freshly overhauled carb, but want to get other thoughts. The past few starts my engine will start, then want to quit after running well for about 7-8...
Forum: RV-10 11-11-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,091
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks Brad!

Duh, makes sense now. I was on Andairs website and the follow on number confused me for some reason. Not enough coffee I guess. Thanks!
Forum: RV-10 11-11-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,091
Posted By Rick RV-4
Nope, for an RV-10

Thanks Tom,

I built and fly a ď4Ē so my screen name might be misleading. It is for an RV-10. To the other responder, what Andair valve did you use?
Forum: RV-10 11-11-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,091
Posted By Rick RV-4
Andair valve - which one?

Any advice on which is the best valve to order? "Standard" fuel injected IO-540.

Thanks,
Rick
Forum: RV-10 11-10-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,436
Posted By Rick RV-4
I'd order a new part

If it were me I'd get a new part. Like previous poster said, the part will not be that expensive (probably pay more for shipping).
Forum: RV-10 09-21-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,135
Posted By Rick RV-4
Numatx

I WOULD do this again. Order the Numatx rivet gun. Not cheap but well worth the cost, in my opinion. I built a "4" and I'm now building an RV-10. Never liked the bulk and weight of the other...
Forum: Northwest 09-14-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,953
Posted By Rick RV-4
I'm no expert

I've only lived in the Seattle area for about three years so there are others who can certainly give better advice, but I think you'd be fine. It seems like the low soggy clouds usually come in...
Forum: RV-10 09-14-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,199
Posted By Rick RV-4
SF Sport aviation forced ventilation system?

Starting the fuselage soon. Has anyone used this system yet, and if so do you have any feedback? I live in the PNW so won't often need a lot of cool air, but thought it would be good for the times...
Forum: RV-10 09-03-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,535
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks

Thanks guys, that sounds encouraging. Itís the only thing Iím considering doing QB so I appreciate the feedback
Forum: RV-10 09-02-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,535
Posted By Rick RV-4
QB wing fuel tank quality

Hi all,

Will need to make a decision soon on QB vs. "slow build" on the wings. The riveting I've seen on the QB wings looks good enough, but is there any intel on the quality of the fuel tanks as...
Forum: RV-4 08-30-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,208
Posted By Rick RV-4
The canopy

Don't forget options that may be out there for a taller canopy. I went with the canopy from Todd's Canopies (not sure if they are still around) and the canopy had a LOT more vertical room than the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-24-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,694
Posted By Rick RV-4
Not snow thank goodness!

Those are actually the rocks they have setup to mark the edge of the runway. Glad it wasn't snow!
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2020, 11:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,573
Posted By Rick RV-4
Yes you can

The will to complete any project is far more important than the skill. I believe anyone can complete the newer Vans kits if they have enough money, time and most importantly perseverance. I built...
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 769
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks!

Thanks Alpine Yoda! Just wanted to make sure before I make that cut!
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 769
Posted By Rick RV-4
F-1073-R side skin trim question

Page 10-15 on the tailcone plans have you trim off the corner of the F-1073R. I'd rather ask twice and cut once, as they say! Before I cut this piece off, is that really correct?

Also, just...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-22-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,694
Posted By Rick RV-4
Yep!

Thanks! Was very fun flying in here. Only problem was battling the TFRs that kept popping up about every 50 miles! Very smoky trip, but fun nonethless.
Forum: RV-4 08-21-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 452,135
Posted By Rick RV-4
RV-4 at Johnson Creek

Finally made it to JC!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-21-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,694
Posted By Rick RV-4
Johnson Creek - finally made it

Finally made it to Johnson Creek. It was a fairly quick trip - overnight from Sequim WA. Beautiful place!1500
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-16-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,000
Posted By Rick RV-4
Will check it!

Thanks Scott. Iíll check it out just to make sure. Is there a link to Vicís article (or where can you find it)?

Cheers,

Rick
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,000
Posted By Rick RV-4
Figured it out

So as a previous poster recommended, I checked the mixture control arm. It was just shy of being able to go back all the way to cutoff, so a small adjustment made it possible to go to full cutoff. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,000
Posted By Rick RV-4
Thanks guys. Good advice so far. I will recheck...

Thanks guys. Good advice so far. I will recheck the mixture arm to make sure it is going all the way to full lean when I go to ICO. That might explain why one thing is telling me I need to go a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-06-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,000
Posted By Rick RV-4
Finnicky carb at Idle - HELP!

Okay engine gods and goddesses. Just installed a freshly overhauled MA-4-5 carb from Chief Aircraft. Standard O-360 with a Sensenich GA prop, and E-Mag/P-Mag combo. Advanced Flight Systems digital...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-22-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,939
Posted By Rick RV-4
I used the scotch tape they recommended and it...

I used the scotch tape they recommended and it worked just fine. Just a thought if you want to press on.
Forum: RV-4 07-16-2020, 06:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,637
Posted By Rick RV-4
That does seem a little bit slow especially for...

That does seem a little bit slow especially for those climb rates. If you were climbing at 2,000+ fpm you could maybe say youíre pitched for climb but not with the rates you said.

Have you verified...
Forum: RV-10 06-30-2020, 08:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,191
Posted By Rick RV-4
Interesting!

I was wondering as I scaled them to match the scale Vans says and they do seem tight, maybe too much so. I guess it’s not too hard to shave a bit off and I’m just about to do that step in the...
Forum: RV-10 06-28-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,191
Posted By Rick RV-4
Beware of trib tab and elevator cutout dimensions!

So, I was just about ready to cutout the trim tab and elevator rib templates from my plans (RV-10), and it says to "check the dimensions" against those shown. Glad I did as my page was too small...
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