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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 04:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,016
Posted By Steve Melton
I have one like this but I don't remember who...

I have one like this but I don't remember who made it. I've tested it and it works fine but I've never needed to use it in the field. I cut some foam, nested the pieces and placed it in the baggage...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-11-2021, 05:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By Steve Melton
On occasion I have had a hot start problem with a...

On occasion I have had a hot start problem with a carb. my solution is to pull the mixture half way out and then it will start almost immediately.
Forum: Safety 04-10-2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By Steve Melton
OK, I understand. I was also thinking about...

OK, I understand. I was also thinking about something like this for my magnetic fuel cap covers. they blow off at around 40 kts. they are OK for most conditions but not severe conditions and...
Forum: Safety 04-10-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By Steve Melton
why did you do this?

why did you do this?
Forum: The RV Grin 03-30-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Posted By Steve Melton
that is a nice photo!

that is a nice photo!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-29-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 580
Posted By Steve Melton
those are cowl inlet air dams. they block...

those are cowl inlet air dams. they block cooling air going into the engine and allow for even CHT's. I flew with these all Winter. they were removed yesterday because it's warming now.

also, the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-28-2021, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 580
Posted By Steve Melton
AT-205 on engine mounts

So, I was spraying my daughter's car suspension system with AT-205 and I thought about my engine mount turning a dusty white so I sprayed them too. I don't know if that will get me to 3000 hrs on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
OK. makes sense. no more food photos. also, I...

OK. makes sense. no more food photos.

also, I quit facebook about a year ago and my life is better. I will clean up my act here.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Amy's cheese pizza

Hangar pizza. I am posting this because it was really good and received a big thumbs up from my neighbors, Amy's cheese pizza, $6. my deli and frozen pizza ranking list is growing. tomorrow is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,924
Posted By Steve Melton
Probably a lot of folks will be traveling next...

Probably a lot of folks will be traveling next week and I am one of them. try break it down and assess each risk and have some mitigation.

1. Weather - set your personal minimums and do not fly if...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-25-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,480
Posted By Steve Melton
I blow right by my neighbors Glastar with his 360...

I blow right by my neighbors Glastar with his 360 and I am off the ground faster also.
Forum: The RV Grin 03-25-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By Steve Melton
nice. my grandmother was a "Mema" also, an...

nice. my grandmother was a "Mema" also, an Oklahoma and Arkansas gal. she passed at age 94 but was always the life of the party.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By Steve Melton
I use 74 micron before the pump and it's the...

I use 74 micron before the pump and it's the large screen surface area size.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
hangar pizza

I am testing a $100 pizza oven (used) in the hangar. it takes one hour to get to temperature so you can't be in a hurry. I hadn't had a deli made or frozen pizza in probably 30 years so I am...
Forum: Safety 03-23-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,202
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow. that guy missed attaching the wing strut...

Wow. that guy missed attaching the wing strut bolts. I'm sure he thought they were properly connected.

Once you have everything assembled properly, the less disassembly you do the better.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 05:02 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
it is stiff and will not flex in flight.

it is stiff and will not flex in flight.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Comant antenna puck fairing

Comments from Ryan Marshall for the test fit.

"The antenna cover fits like a glove. I think the only thing I would change is to make the mounting holes less deep, just enough for an an 525 screw....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 07:12 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
weight reduction

the half marathon races are on again. 2019 year, some guy from Japan set a good time. in order to win this race (for my age bracket) I need to loose 14 lb but I have six months to do it. the...
Forum: Safety 03-22-2021, 05:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,202
Posted By Steve Melton
agree, that was a serious condition.

agree, that was a serious condition.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-20-2021, 11:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,129
Posted By Steve Melton
I have no Molex connectors in my aircraft. None.

I have no Molex connectors in my aircraft. None.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
it is better to keep it low profile.

it is better to keep it low profile.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
too thin, can't do it. it needs to be as thin as...

too thin, can't do it. it needs to be as thin as possible.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Walt, tell me your preferred location and I will...

Walt, tell me your preferred location and I will adjust the model to that exact location. give me some dimensions to lock in the perfect position for these. I'll send you a couple these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 06:58 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Bicycle

When your wife hasn't ridden her bike in 10 years but has a strong emotional attachment and says she made ride it any day now so it needs to have quick access....and you are trying to declutter, what...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2021, 04:04 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,129
Posted By Steve Melton
one thing is certain, bad wiring and connectors...

one thing is certain, bad wiring and connectors will always come back to bite you.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-19-2021, 03:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,655
Posted By Steve Melton
the 9A will continue to grow in it's popularity...

the 9A will continue to grow in it's popularity because it is an honest bird, easy to fly and does a lot of things well.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-18-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By Steve Melton
not an 8, but years ago I bought them for my 9...

not an 8, but years ago I bought them for my 9 and they were spot on. they are still installed and in very good shape.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Aileron Gust Lock

several of these are being shipped as of late so beware that they can and will kill you if you do not remove them before flight.

1. the aileron gust lock is only required on one side to secure...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-16-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,305
Posted By Steve Melton
beautiful! when I see photos like this my mind...

beautiful! when I see photos like this my mind wanders to the eons of time it took to whittle away the land features and then I feel really small and very brief. all photos saved to my computer for...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-16-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,188
Posted By Steve Melton
metallic pearl paint also seems to last forever. ...

metallic pearl paint also seems to last forever. not sure why.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
send me a sketch of your concept and I'll take a...

send me a sketch of your concept and I'll take a look at it. thx, Steve
Forum: Painting your RV 03-16-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,188
Posted By Steve Melton
I think their name is something unique like...

I think their name is something unique like "Aircraft Painters", or something like that. Call the FBO at KBFR and they will give you their phone number. I was just the escort pilot.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2021, 04:45 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
RV8 GA35 antenna aft fuse mount

with interior piece for bolting parallel surfaces. I don't believe an alum doubler is needed for this small antenna. drill the skin, bolt it up and you're done. when you drill the skin, firstly...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-15-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,112
Posted By Steve Melton
appears to be high quality work!

appears to be high quality work!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-15-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
Posted By Steve Melton
great photos! if you want to get away from it...

great photos! if you want to get away from it all.... there it is.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
step 1. make a RV8 skin. actually that is step...

step 1. make a RV8 skin.

actually that is step 2.. step 1 was to run 4 miles.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap1(14).PNG

*****

step 2. make a GA35 pattern and place...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
hangar

still cleaning but starting to look better. the safety rail is going in next. my brother is working the sound system for the dance floor. he said a sub woofer is a must have. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I think I could do that.

yep, I think I could do that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Comant antenna puck fairing

first print is good. passes dimensional inspection but needs a test fit to an antenna. I don't have one....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Comant antenna puck fairing

this is the best I could do with this one. to be secured with AN3 bolts. cutting the sides minimizes frontal area and allows antenna rods to clear....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,573
Posted By Steve Melton
normal. it's doesn't get hot back there.

normal. it's doesn't get hot back there.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-12-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,399
Posted By Steve Melton
another computer background. they just keep...

another computer background. they just keep coming.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Comant antenna puck fairing

concept 1. needs some fwd and aft taper.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap2(2).png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Lulzbot, FreeCad, no books-- just do it.

Lulzbot, FreeCad, no books-- just do it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
white makes a good background

for a laser show. getting prepared for a dance party. can you feel the beat?

"she came down from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Comant antenna puck fairing

kicking around a comant antenna puck fairing

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap1(7).png

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap2.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-10-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,875
Posted By Steve Melton
typically a commercial airliner landing over 4G...

typically a commercial airliner landing over 4G should have the engine mounts inspected. I don't know the typical limits for small piston aircraft.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-10-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,128
Posted By Steve Melton
I liked it! also, that is the most spectacular...

I liked it! also, that is the most spectacular flight I have ever made. I flew the Dragon route North and South. some things you never forget.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2021, 05:09 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
Long GPS Dock

well over 8 inches in length. my longest GPS Dock printed to date. hey, when you can make the custom dock fit the existing panel cutout, why...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
hammock chair

this is dangerous because after I installed it I sat down. after 10 minutes I was out and when I woke up it was dark outside. I'm going to get another...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-09-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,188
Posted By Steve Melton
after buffing... all done

Bedford Indiana, KBFR. a very even metallic pearl. that's not easy to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
they will do that (and they are in sync) and it's...

they will do that (and they are in sync) and it's very cool but it could cause some to have heart attacks so hold on that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
light show

a couple more photos of lights and then moving on. green is my favorite color and next is blue, but that's just my opinion.

the best RV model (RV9A) ever made should have the best lighting! Viva...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-06-2021, 04:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,597
Posted By Steve Melton
beautiful scenery. I liked it!

beautiful scenery. I liked it!
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-04-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,262
Posted By Steve Melton
nothing to worry about. scuff and paint and move...

nothing to worry about. scuff and paint and move on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
cowl inlet air dams

I've been flying with these all Winter and they get my engine and oil temps up to where they should be. the CHt's are even. I am happy with these. this is the same 1 inch wide dams I used at the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
color wall wash light

this may be the only bling I will ever have.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_20210303_143824.jpg

**********

blue is nice

I am still working on my shuffle dance....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, I calculated the stress and deflection...

yes, I calculated the stress and deflection numbers. there is essentially no deflection when I jump up and down in the loft.

******

current fwd beam deflection. a waxed string pulled as tightly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
continuing to work this

color wall wash light arrived for testing. not shown here.

when I pump 100K lumens under the loft, stand back! upcoming....

the decluttering piles are growing. thx to Marie Kondo.

I am trying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2021, 05:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,627
Posted By Steve Melton
I liked this post!

I liked this post!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,364
Posted By Steve Melton
RV-9A, 100K hull, $1000 thru Gallagher. 44 yrs...

RV-9A, 100K hull, $1000 thru Gallagher. 44 yrs flying, no accidents, claims or any aircraft damage. now I'm jinxed.
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-26-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 704
Views: 242,797
Posted By Steve Melton
you completed a lot of hard work. as it is said...

you completed a lot of hard work. as it is said "nothing good comes easy" but it will be worth it. you will get to recover from the hard work of building. from now on it will be much easier. big...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-25-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,843
Posted By Steve Melton
the spinner to cowl fit is really nice.

the spinner to cowl fit is really nice.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 519,651
Posted By Steve Melton
declutter step

I almost have 3 bare walls in my decluttering effort in this space. decluttering is hard for me but I'm getting better. the shop filter helps clear the dust (I wish I had one of these years ago). ...
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