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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 04:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 688
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks for that... discount on parts was mostly...

Thanks for that... discount on parts was mostly 5% and one item was 2.5%
No discount on shipping :(
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-24-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 44,204
Posted By PaulvS
More grins on the way

Thanks Dan, et al for PMs. What started out as 1 day job for SB 06-2-23 has blown out to be a much bigger job. I need to remind myself that one day this will all be worth it. :confused:

I made...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 186
Posted By PaulvS
Testing

If you are going to blow into the pitot tube on the ground then you do know to put the Dynon (assuming it is a Skyview) into test mode, otherwise the calibration will be affected?

The problem may be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-23-2022, 05:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 229
Posted By PaulvS
Vans version

The attached image is of W822PP from the Vans website, try scaling it to print out at the correct size. The long dimension for the equivalent part on the RV-6 version is 9.125 inches but needs to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 05:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,923
Posted By PaulvS
Discussion

Sounds like cheating and we were taught in kindergarten that nice people in society don't do that sort of thing. ;)

Separately, I have wondered about the WWII rare plane wreck that gets pulled up...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-22-2022, 01:32 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 44,204
Posted By PaulvS
RV Grin

Sterling from Vans Support replied about the tank sealant issue and says that this is a very unusual problem and is usually confined to one or two spots, rather than the entire inside of the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-21-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,531
Posted By PaulvS
Do you have any further info or background on why...

Do you have any further info or background on why the Proseal turns to goo if it is exposed to fuel vapor?

I (unfortunately) know that it can happen but it is totally bizarre that a product...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-20-2022, 05:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By PaulvS
Here's how I support mine, including my weight...

Here's how I support mine, including my weight when crawling to work inside the tail cone, without any issues.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2022, 04:51 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,531
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks for confirming the thickness of the Vans...

Thanks for confirming the thickness of the Vans T-412 cover plates. The rear baffle on the tank is .032 so they have made the plates one gauge thicker. The AD42H rivet spec states a minimum...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2022, 12:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,531
Posted By PaulvS
Maybe someone who has purchased the access covers...

Maybe someone who has purchased the access covers from Vans will be able to 100% confirm the thickness?

In a couple of posts above, #32 and #35 above I think, there is a recommendation to put...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2022, 11:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,531
Posted By PaulvS
Agreed, I would've probably used .040 unless...

Agreed, I would've probably used .040 unless someone had advised to use thicker for the covers. Also, Vans kit has 25 rivets per cover, which seems like a lot compared to the 12 screws in the access...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2022, 04:51 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,531
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks Mike. Same thickness then as the access...

Thanks Mike. Same thickness then as the access plate for the fuel level sender but thicker than I actually expected for the repair kit covers.

Also found this old thread that has a load of useful...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-18-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 44,204
Posted By PaulvS
Fuel tanks setback

I made a rather unpleasant discovery when I removed the tank inner access plates to carry out the Vans service bulletin that is to put safety wire on the B-nuts for the fuel pickup tubes.

I had...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,531
Posted By PaulvS
Cover plate thickness?

Getting ready to do this but may go for square or rectangular holes for improved access (I need to clean off and reseal everything inside because the original sealant has turned to goo).

Question:...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-17-2022, 11:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 23,097
Posted By PaulvS
Sealant from Vans

I'm not sure what brand it was Walt and I no longer have the can but I bought it direct from Vans, in good faith, along with the pre-made fuel pickup tubes. It was shipped separately, some time after...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-17-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 23,097
Posted By PaulvS
Proseal failure on unused tanks

Here's another data point, with a twist, for tank Proseal that has reverted to goo.

The tanks were built about 25 years ago and have been stored empty since then (very slow build RV-6A and tanks not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2022, 05:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 691
Posted By PaulvS
I didn't have any problems with dimpling the tail...

I didn't have any problems with dimpling the tail cone on my -6A that is also .040. The metal is slightly springy so that probably helps, but if it bothers you then it is structurally acceptable to...
Forum: Primers 11-02-2022, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By PaulvS
There are subtle and distinct differences between...

There are subtle and distinct differences between brands and products so I think in the first instance I would check the technical data sheet for the specific primers that you are using. One data...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-02-2022, 07:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,272
Posted By PaulvS
My guess is that the plane was parked outside...

My guess is that the plane was parked outside without a control lock on the stabilator and it banged up and down in the wind until the weight attach bracket fractured.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 1,574,404
Posted By PaulvS
That's a Good Start, but not for the Faint of...

That's a Good Start, but not for the Faint of Heart.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2022, 09:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,680
Posted By PaulvS
The specifications via that link say not...

The specifications via that link say not recommended for use on acrylic and some plastics. The canopy is acrylic...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-30-2022, 07:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 367
Posted By PaulvS
The RV-6 construction sequence requires all 4...

The RV-6 construction sequence requires all 4 corners on the firewall to be drilled to enable the firewall to be attached to the jig. I drilled these holes undersize (1/4") to allow for final size...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-29-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By PaulvS
On my -6A I retrofitted AOA and routed the tubing...

On my -6A I retrofitted AOA and routed the tubing via the wiring grommets in the ribs for the wing tip lighting. I don't know if that may be an option with the -12 wing?
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-27-2022, 10:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,766
Posted By PaulvS
I wondered about that accident in the Lance and...

I wondered about that accident in the Lance and whether the pilots could have done anything differently and survived, even though the root cause was no fault of theirs.

The attached pics are of the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-27-2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,766
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks I saw that, for me shipping via UPS is...

Thanks I saw that, for me shipping via UPS is approx minimum $50 and with the current reduced exchange rate of $0.60 USD per $1.00 AUD that makes it $250. In daily living terms that's another chunk...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-27-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,766
Posted By PaulvS
Firewall protection

I've had a closer look at the Vans aluminum hot air flapper valve box and I think it will be relatively easy to make it more robust in case of fire by replacing some of the aluminum components with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,328
Posted By PaulvS
Oh that's a bit of a bummer, I think the way I'd...

Oh that's a bit of a bummer, I think the way I'd approach it is firstly not to use heat for fear of cracking the plexi. (I have tried using heat to re-shape a polyester fairing and it wasn't very...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-25-2022, 10:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,059
Posted By PaulvS
A different nozzle/cap will also likely require a...

A different nozzle/cap will also likely require a different needle.

When I inquired about getting another size nozzle and needle for a (Star S770) gun the cost for the few parts was about the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 943
Posted By PaulvS
Turf the stops!

The holes without using the depth stop look better, so there's your answer! Another technique is to extend a finger from the drill motor to help steady it and also to stop it from punching through...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-25-2022, 03:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 723
Posted By PaulvS
The spray paints that I'm using include etch...

The spray paints that I'm using include etch primer, epoxy primer and 2K polyurethane top coat. Any leftover paint or thinner from cleaning gets tipped into a slops bucket that is part filled with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-24-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,766
Posted By PaulvS
Hmmm... the cabin hot air flap box that I got...

Hmmm... the cabin hot air flap box that I got from Vans is aluminum. Is it junk? Replace it with the stainless version for another 0.2 AMU$? But then, the cowling is only epoxy, and the firewall...
Forum: RV-4 10-22-2022, 11:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By PaulvS
The Dynon website has servo installation guides...

The Dynon website has servo installation guides for download in the support section, have you found those?

Here is a link to the Trutrak install diagram for RV-4 roll. The servo footprint is...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-22-2022, 09:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,059
Posted By PaulvS
That seems like a nice gun and the online reviews...

That seems like a nice gun and the online reviews on the HF website are all positive.

How do you find having the regulator and filter mounted directly on the gun? Not too awkward? For mine, I hang...
Forum: Tools 10-22-2022, 08:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,364
Posted By PaulvS
I would say that a bandsaw is "nice to have" and...

I would say that a bandsaw is "nice to have" and a drill press is "essential".

My RV kit is an older version that requires more cutting, drilling and fabrication than the newer kits and I use the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-21-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By PaulvS
A chainsaw file, the smallest diameter 5/32", is...

A chainsaw file, the smallest diameter 5/32", is useful for a slot like that. The jeweler's files are a bit smaller but have finer teeth so can be a bit slow going and harder to control.

Sorry I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,008
Posted By PaulvS
Primer is primer

I found it to be very cost effective and not too much effort to apply an etch primer followed by 2-pack polyurethane for the cockpit. I used less than 1 litre PPG etch pro, easy to apply, dries...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-20-2022, 01:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 853
Posted By PaulvS
Mel's suggested method has worked well for me,...

Mel's suggested method has worked well for me, using a work stand that has height adjustible legs. I've crawled in there quite a few (too many) times without any problems.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2022, 06:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 952
Posted By PaulvS
It was quite easy to level mine laterally by...

It was quite easy to level mine laterally by shimming under the feet of the sawhorse support. As you say though it is probably not that critical. The dihedral is already fixed.

It is very...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-18-2022, 05:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 839
Posted By PaulvS
There should be a pilot hole in the skin, as per...

There should be a pilot hole in the skin, as per the one in the vertical cargo rib. Slip a rod e.g. 1/8 12" drill bit through both holes and make a cardboard template "washer" 1.5 inch outside...
Forum: RV-10 10-17-2022, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 668
Posted By PaulvS
I agree it's worth completing the bend to see how...

I agree it's worth completing the bend to see how it looks once fitted, as the only concern would be cosmetic. Do you have a piece of scrap to practice on first? The 2024 is tricky to curve because...
Forum: RV-10 10-17-2022, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 668
Posted By PaulvS
Crease

If you mean the break along the rivet line on the edge then it does look too much. It will be apparent on the finished painted plane and can detract cosmetically from the appearance. The bend should...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-16-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,192
Posted By PaulvS
Simple method

I use a small carpenters square that has an adjustable rule to mark a series of dots the required distance from the edge and then join them up with a 24 inch straight edge. Takes less than a minute...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-13-2022, 04:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By PaulvS
Check the plans - there should be a note that...

Check the plans - there should be a note that states to place washers between the firewall and the reservoir mounting bracket to avoid contact between the top of the reservoir and the firewall.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-12-2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,202
Posted By PaulvS
Great writeup Dan, what a brave adventure! Does...

Great writeup Dan, what a brave adventure!
Does your ship have autopilot now or did you hand fly all the way?
Forum: Steam Gauges 10-12-2022, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,146
Posted By PaulvS
Tube end

The order of assembly looks correct though I prefer a neat square cut with a sharp blade on the end of the tube. The end in the photo looks a bit ragged, it may be OK. Push the insert in as far as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-12-2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By PaulvS
+1 to wait until you have the reservoir before...

+1 to wait until you have the reservoir before drilling the holes. The Vans reservoir appears to be hand made so there may be some minor variation in the hole spacing.

I mounted it after riveting...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 10-12-2022, 07:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,864
Posted By PaulvS
It is true that if the elevator was jammed then...

It is true that if the elevator was jammed then the trim tab would not have any effect on the elevator, however it would act as a mini elevator in its own right, operated in the opposite direction to...
Forum: Steam Gauges 10-11-2022, 03:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,146
Posted By PaulvS
The cap is to block off a line, so will probably...

The cap is to block off a line, so will probably not normally be needed, and the insert is to support the tube from collapsing when the nut is tightened. Dwg 36 for RV-7 has a diagram for how to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 675
Posted By PaulvS
I make mistakes to appease the gods so they know...

I make mistakes to appease the gods so they know I'm an imperfect human. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-11-2022, 07:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,939
Posted By PaulvS
I know exactly what you mean about the moles! ...

I know exactly what you mean about the moles! One day we will get over it.
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2022, 02:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,389
Posted By PaulvS
MYO?

The bracket halves look relatively straightforward to make, apart from the counter-bored recess for the bearing. If you can get a piece of the correct material (likely .125 2024-T3) and have the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2022, 06:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,939
Posted By PaulvS
Levers

Hi Ray,

Yes the levers slip over the rear bows and can be positioned for localized bending. The holes in the 3x1.5" wood are chamfered to avoid kinking the tube and the slot is to slip it on and...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 10-10-2022, 12:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,864
Posted By PaulvS
That's pretty awful and really sad. While...

That's pretty awful and really sad.
While building mine I notice how close are some of the design clearances between control linkages and fixed structures. Something relatively small like a pen...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-09-2022, 09:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 531
Posted By PaulvS
Vibration

The main reason for putting the sensors on the firewall and not on the engine is to isolate them from vibration, which can shorten their life. The sensors do not like vibration!
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-09-2022, 09:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 15,141
Posted By PaulvS
Flyleds

Flyleds have a couple of wig-wag flashers that may be an option for you. The flashing sequence is configurable and they are designed to work with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-09-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,982
Posted By PaulvS
It looks fine so far though I would suggest to...

It looks fine so far though I would suggest to keep the sealant off the areas where the ribs are going to go. A bit of masking tape may help for the remaining stiffeners.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-09-2022, 04:54 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,939
Posted By PaulvS
It's better if you can defer drilling the rear...

It's better if you can defer drilling the rear track until later on because apart from fwd and back positioning you may also need to move it left or right slightly to get a good fit. It can be held...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-09-2022, 05:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,939
Posted By PaulvS
It is the outside edge of the rear bows that...

It is the outside edge of the rear bows that needs to match the profile of the aft skins.

The way it is all supposed to work is that when the plexi canopy is mounted on the frame, and the rear...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-09-2022, 04:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 605
Posted By PaulvS
ACS sell a 3 wire seal for $6.50 so could you use...

ACS sell a 3 wire seal for $6.50 so could you use one of these and plug the third hole?
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/enginebaffle376.php
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,607
Posted By PaulvS
RV-6 specs

The specs are there, navigate via the RV-7 page:
https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-6/
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2022, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By PaulvS
2K polyurethane

I painted mine with 2-pack polyurethane satin finish. The original powder coat was faulty (corroded) so I removed it with paint stripper and cleaned back to bare metal and then primed with steel...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-05-2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,938
Posted By PaulvS
Process details

+1 for measuring the actual distance between the push rod end attachment points instead of just cutting the tube to the plan dimensions.

The process I used was to first install the rod end bearings...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-04-2022, 06:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 568
Posted By PaulvS
Hi Cal, The main thing is that you are OK and...

Hi Cal,
The main thing is that you are OK and recovering, even though it must be greatly disappointing that the first build is lost. Hopefully some of the items can be re-used. Good on you for...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-03-2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,091
Posted By PaulvS
I saw some photos of your plenum earlier on and...

I saw some photos of your plenum earlier on and it looked very nice and I didn't notice any blush or blemishes, so has it developed since then?
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