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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 147
Posted By wirejock
Plenum

RTV doesn't stick to packing tape. Works great to layup seals. Also RTV impregnated fiberglass works great to seal the cylinder fins.
Or
You could get really serious and do this. The inlets will be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 04:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 541
Posted By wirejock
Torx

McMaster
Every kind of Torx screw you might want
https://www.mcmaster.com/screws/
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 192
Posted By wirejock
Holes

I remember the same. There were holes on one or the other and just needed a method to match drill.
Forum: Painting your RV 09-28-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 648
Posted By wirejock
Popcorn

Finished my popcorn. Making a new batch! :D
Like the man said, just trying to protect it till the paint shop.
Epoxy fiberglass needs to be protected from UV.
Enjoying my popcorn.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-28-2022, 08:10 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 174,287
Posted By wirejock
Nose pant brackets

Exactly what I did. I replaced the two brackets and did as you mentioned. Brackets are tight. Nose pant it tight.
Sorry Vans!
Forum: Painting your RV 09-28-2022, 05:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 648
Posted By wirejock
Fiberglass prep

I am a hack, but I get really lucky.
Dan Horton method with minor deviations. I spread micro, sand flat then a coat of neat epoxy. Sand that flat then two brushed coats of 2K epoxy primer. Wet sand...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-27-2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By wirejock
Mount

Standard mount or 320 mount?
I don't know anything about it but have read issues with aft CG that some resolved by using the longer 320 mount.
Adding material is easy.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-26-2022, 06:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By wirejock
#4

Disregard this post.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2022, 06:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By wirejock
Skirt brace

Actually, the skirt brace will pull it inward depending on how you proceed. I elected to Sika the skirt. No fasteners.
When it was time I made sure the skirt brace was just slightly in tension when...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-26-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By wirejock
#4

Honestly, if Vans said to do it a certain way, I print the e-mail, file it and go. Why question it?
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-26-2022, 05:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
Posted By wirejock
Attach bracket

Door #4.
Easy peasy.
Go to a metal supply and buy a piece of the same thickness and same alloy. Ask them to bend it where you need. They might charge a few bucks but it's worth it. They have the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2022, 04:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By wirejock
Skirt

Brandon
Slider?
Is the canopy attached to the bow?
Is the rear track installed?
Are the side tracks and rollers installed?
Are the delrin blicks installed?
If the answer to all the above is "yes",...
Forum: Rocket 09-25-2022, 04:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 563
Posted By wirejock
3M Heavy Packing Tape

3M Heavy Packing Tape is my preference as well. I use it for mold release and to protect from sticking. Glass parts pop right off.
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 314
Posted By wirejock
Frankensnorkel

I would think the 14 Snorkel would fit perfect. :D

I did as Wiley on my 7A, IO-360-M1B. Cut in half. Fit either end then glassed the split. Fits perfect. Clears the starter no problem.
Before...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-25-2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,768
Posted By wirejock
Posting

My apologies. Feel free to delete my post.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-25-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,768
Posted By wirejock
Judging

I love to admire those airplanes and wish I had the bank account for a professional paint job that beautiful.

That said, Dan brought up a point I was curious about.

How do the judges evaluate...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-24-2022, 07:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,864
Posted By wirejock
Water carburetor

I'm saving my money for one of those carburetors that makes the engine run on water! :D
Sorry, I'm that old.
Forum: Primers 09-24-2022, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By wirejock
Crosslink

I also shoot Kirker single stage urethane. Their tech support recommends top coat between one hour and five days for proper chemical crosslinking. Typical process is wet sand after 12 hours followed...
Forum: Primers 09-24-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By wirejock
Kirker Enduro Prime

They don't make a 2K rattle can but Kirker does manufacture Easrwood and Summit.
I use Kirker Enduro Prime. It's a 2K but not rattle can. Free of lead chromates and isocyanates. Gallon of primer is...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-23-2022, 07:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,026
Posted By wirejock
Grace Slick

Like the lady says, "One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all."
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-23-2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,768
Posted By wirejock
Paint

Gorgeous. If someone has the budget, that's a beauty. Probably win a Lindy.
I just bought two full rolls of vinyl for mine. She will sport two colors for a while till I add some accents. Fiberglass...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-23-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 201,800
Posted By wirejock
New builder tip

This is possibly the most important tip of all.
Some days you get the bear. Some days the bear gets you.
It's important to recognize a bad day and change gears before something expensive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2022, 09:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 291
Posted By wirejock
CherryMax

Check with Vans to be safe but CherryMax sells in between sizes
Forum: Painting your RV 09-22-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,026
Posted By wirejock
Adhesive micro

2216 or Hysol mixed with micro? There's an idea.
I've mixed West G-flex with flox. Pretty aggressive. Never tried micro. I may try a sample on some scrap aluminum.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2022, 06:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 711
Posted By wirejock
Space

I'm a fan of two EAA benches. They can be arranged as needed. 2x10, 4x5, "L" shape, etc. I even used them as saw horses to place the canoe on top. Storage underneath.
They say the prepunched wings...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2022, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,336
Posted By wirejock
Yep. The dies are very effective. Hope you...

Yep. The dies are very effective. Hope you recovered.
The technique is to mark the longeron in 1" increments. Lube the dies. Position the dies on the first mark. Close the vise. Turn maybe 1/4 turn...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-22-2022, 05:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,026
Posted By wirejock
Micro

Since we are sharing...
I use micro. No magic. I measure epoxy by weight and add 10% denatured alcohol then add micro. The alcohol allows more micro. It evaporates really fast so you have to lay the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2022, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 278
Posted By wirejock
Tosten Military Grips

Beautiful. I had the Tosten Military Grips etched by Midwest Panel Builders.
Ashley Schreiber
Midwest Panel Builders
810.356.3855
www.midwestpanels.com
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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2022, 03:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,098
Posted By wirejock
Air oil separator

It's just a cheap, Harbor Fright disposable air/oil filter. I track usage and toss them periodically.
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,343
Posted By wirejock
Reamers

Buy reamers. Round holes no matter what drill.
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2022, 08:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,343
Posted By wirejock
Cordless

Funny, I haven't used my air drills in a long time. Three Ryobi 18V cordless. One is a 90 degree. Variable speed. High and low range. Works for everything and I can leave more than one bit or reamer...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,098
Posted By wirejock
RTI Mini Regulator

That's how mine has been set up since day one.
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Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2022, 07:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 349
Posted By wirejock
Grommets

Same here.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Knipex

My biggest pair are 12". They are my preference for squeezing #3 rivets in spaces where nothing else will fit or when I'm just too lazy to pull out the pneumatics.
Forum: Painting your RV 09-19-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,777
Posted By wirejock
Garage

I live at 7500'. No choice in the Winter. The temp booth and exhaust port worked just fine.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,110
Posted By wirejock
Knipex

2nd that. The big pair will make quick work of #3 rivets. Imcredible tool.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,098
Posted By wirejock
Shop set up

Lots of good tips already. I have a different set up from most.
Main air hose from the compressor carries full pressure.
It has a three way manifold at the end with quick connect fittings.
I use two...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,551
Posted By wirejock
Garmin watch

Garmin D2 Air X10
I haven't flown with it yet, but use it every day and flew quite a few simulated trips in the car. In addition to virtually every data point needed to fly (no attitude), it has...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-18-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By wirejock
ADAHRS

No need to buy electronics. Buy the Vans ADAHRS mount that fits between the J-stiffeners in front of F707. You can mount the ADAHRS later. Dynon sells a mount to install two ADAHRS on one mount....
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-17-2022, 07:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 554
Posted By wirejock
Typo

I think it's a typo.
Forum: Tools 09-17-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 997
Posted By wirejock
Trim display

I think I still have one. It came with the elevator trim kit. Shoot me an e-mail (below). I will try and find it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,687
Posted By wirejock
Fiberglass

Tom
Fiberglass is pretty easy. The Bodisatva is Dan Horton. He posted a "Sticky" in the Fiberglass section we all use as a reference. I've used his techniques on my bird. Feel free to browse my blog...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-17-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,777
Posted By wirejock
Overspray

Mainly to keep you healthy. That fog is not good for you. Yes, PPE will provide protection, but it's still best to stay out of it.
The fog will settle everywhere. The overspray has to be cut and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-16-2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 861
Posted By wirejock
Tipper

Depends on how far along. If you have the electronic plans, check the pertinent pages.
F705 Bulkhead is different. Rollbar is behind you instead of in front. Structure supporting the roll bars is...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-16-2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,777
Posted By wirejock
Paint booth

If you live in a sensitive area, you may have to have a booth.
I used one in the Winter because painting inside the shop demanded it. Most paint work was done outside on saw horses with a cheap baby...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-15-2022, 08:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By wirejock
Inventory

If it helps. Check my blog (below) for "Basic Excel Builder Log". One of the tabs is a full 7A inventory plus a lot of the 7 inventory. It's arranged as received from shipping lists.
I second using...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-15-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,182
Posted By wirejock
Holes

It's possible, although rare, one or both bulkheads were formed a bit off. It wouldn't take much for the holes to be .015" further from the web. I suppose you could use a forming tool to adjust the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,339
Posted By wirejock
Repair

Nice work. I always wondered why Vans didn't redesign that area. It took me days of measuring and contemplating to drill those two holes.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-15-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,182
Posted By wirejock
711 bulkhead

I remember both 711 and 712 were a pain. I had to buy a new set of 712. Ultimately it was just adjusting of flanges till everything was flush and the holes lined up. Maybe not the same issue you're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,339
Posted By wirejock
HS attach

It looks a lot like the RV7 HS Attach.
The angle should go all the way across and nest under the longerons. The spacer is riveted on top through the aft deck then the outboard HS bolts go through the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-14-2022, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,651
Posted By wirejock
Cheap bits

Agree. I buy replacement bits from ACE. They are probably not super duper but not cheapo either. The tiny bit worked best for a starter hole. What really helped was going super slow with oil. Like...
Forum: Primers 09-13-2022, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,332
Posted By wirejock
Comet & Ajax

Hence the phrase "Rinse well". However, I don't want to be the cause of an airplane falling out of the sky so please don't use any cleaser with bleach.

I wonder if Bar Keepers Friend would work....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,687
Posted By wirejock
End plug

Mine is a piece of fiberglass. I layed up 4 layers between two sheets of 4mil plastic. That was cut for the tip bulkheads.
Cut to fit inside. Flox it inside flush to the outer edge.
Cover the outside...
Forum: Primers 09-13-2022, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,332
Posted By wirejock
Cleanser

Looks like your in the UK. Humor me and try this.
I'm sure the grocery sells some sort of powdered cleanser. Bon Ami is best but any will work. Comet, Ajax, etc.
Scrub with maroon while washing with...
Forum: Tools 09-11-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,095
Posted By wirejock
Reamers

Ok. Now someome has brought it up.
Buy reamers. Common sizes.
#40, #30, #29, #19, #12, 3/16", 1/4", .311, 5/16". Always final drill holes with a reamer. Perfectly round holes.
On fiberglass, I...
Forum: Tools 09-11-2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,095
Posted By wirejock
Bits

That's perfect. You really need a full bit set. Even the Harbor Fright. Get a full fractional, wire and alpha set. The box is worth it for organizing. Reason for the extra is drilling pilot holes. I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-10-2022, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,178
Posted By wirejock
Reamers

Reamers work very well on plexi. I bought a bunch to get to the final size for to canopy latch hole.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,537
Posted By wirejock
Hose

Seems like a section of hose would fit over the valve stem cap. Cut a piece the right size maybe 2" long. Snug fit over a piece of rod for a handle. Once loose it will come off. Leave it in the tool....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 08:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,888
Posted By wirejock
7A

January will be 10 years.
No idea why. Probably my OCD.
Very close to finish. Last 90%.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-09-2022, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2,037
Views: 1,539,503
Posted By wirejock
KFNL

My hangar is at Northern Colorado, Ft Collins/Loveland. KFNL.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-09-2022, 08:14 AM
Replies: 2,037
Views: 1,539,503
Posted By wirejock
Talking Congratulations

Wow! Congratulations Dave. I'm getting close too!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-08-2022, 08:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,503
Posted By wirejock
Cowl jig

I have David's original drawings. I really think the jig can be assembled pretty easy as designed with Schedule 80 PVC. Minimal cost.
Of course, the Flyboy jig is always an option.
The jig in either...
Forum: Midwest 09-08-2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 835
Posted By wirejock
Vans Rocky Mountain RVs

Robert
I sent a link to Vans Rocky Mountain RVs to your Gmail account. You joined about a year ago. You should be able to reset your password and get back on. Let me know.
The old Colorado RVs e-mail...
Forum: Tools 09-07-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,440
Posted By wirejock
Ace is the place

Only a few hardware stores in our town. No big box stores.
Everyone at Ace knows me. They give a senior discount. Guess where a lot of my airplane fund gets spent?
I always check Ace first before...
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