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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-13-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 590
Posted By MElstien
Check PM Friday

Please check you PMs Looking for Friday
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,624
Posted By MElstien
Found 2 leaks at th AN fittings - steal fittings

Update.

Tom S, the hoses are great and not leaking.

Where I am having leaks is at the AN fitting joints. One joint that is leaking is on the firewall. It is a steel male bulkhead AN fitting to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-09-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,624
Posted By MElstien
Pressure testing fuel lines

Hello,

Andair got back to me and stated the fuel vales are pressure tested to 80 PSI. They can perform higher pressure testing but they would do that at the factory.

Pressure testing is going...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,624
Posted By MElstien
Pressure testing the fuel system, not just the hoses.

Before buttoning up the fuel and brake lines with covers, hoses and the forward fuselage , I wanted to check my entire system for leaks. I am less worried about the hoses as they were tested by the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-31-2021, 06:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 900
Posted By MElstien
Interested

Please see PM.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By MElstien
Feedback

I am not flying yet, so I have no data to go on.

I know the RV-10 owner who had the fire. Great guy. I see him a few times a week and often visit his hanger to gain some valuable wisdom. I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By MElstien
I documented what I did on my blog - Fireproof Belly

Hello, I spent quite a bit of time researching and sampling materials. I decided on Titanium and FiberFrax material vs. SS mostly because it was lighter and I found an easy source: eBay.

It is...
Forum: RV-10 01-11-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,137
Posted By MElstien
Smile Source for great Eyball lights with Switch

Limited time only.

I was recently looking for good lighting for my overhead lighting the RV-10 I am building. I bought a bunch of stuff off Amazon. Most of it will be going back. I disliked most...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-24-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,556
Posted By MElstien
Putting a hole in the corrugated conduit

If there is room , yes run the AOA tube in the conduit. Enter the conduit via hole in the conduit. To put a hole in that conduit, use a soldering iron to melt a hole without cutting the wires...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,531
Posted By MElstien
And that is why I don't go to Vegas:)

So the plans did not change at all? The sentence often repeated and somewhat dreaded, is still intact: "Disassemble, deburr and dimple" (I added prime but is a different thread). Such simple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,531
Posted By MElstien
My files I bought over 1 year ago wereorganized

I see that Vans is telling you the files need to get cleaned up.

My thumb drive, ordered after I started building, had the files in nice larger segments. Fuse, Wings, tail, finish kit and then a...
Forum: RV-10 10-31-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,902
Posted By MElstien
Extra Fuel RV-10

I have cut sheet metal for a tank that fits in the baggage compartment snug up against the rear seats and does not impinge much on the door opening. It will hold a little over 16 gallons if my math...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 15,916
Posted By MElstien
Thumbs up If you want something done, tell and engineer "it can't be done"

What a great story. Inspirational and challenging.

My 2 cents. The boring way to go is to add and autopilot to the existing plane and convert audio commands to electronic commands. This will...
Forum: RV-10 08-16-2020, 07:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,542
Posted By MElstien
Messy - just wait until you do the McMaster Door Seal option

Welcome to the group and enjoy the journey.

I just finished most of my door seals. I loved the Airplane video clip. Yes that was me in the 95 degree 90% humidity air of Florida wearing a face...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-19-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 908
Posted By MElstien
Power Supply Suggesttion

Thank You everyone.

I can pick the power supply up for 40 dollars. Still twice as much as the one mentioned in post#2 but I think the variable voltage will come in handy on my "other' projects...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-19-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 908
Posted By MElstien
Power Supply for bench testing and wiring

Hello, I am starting to work on my power bus and electronics cabling. Is the QW-MS3010D adjustable power supply adequate for the job for bench testing? 0-30 Volts 0-10 Amps.

I am planning on a...
Forum: RV-10 05-11-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,958
Posted By MElstien
I second Dan H's comment

Welcome to this great community,

My advice from someone who over analyzes things: If you know you want to build and the RV-10 is your choice, just order the tail and get started. There are not...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,843
Posted By MElstien
Congratulation

Congratulations Carl,

I wish you great weather!
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,512
Posted By MElstien
Static Port

I installed Cleaveland and psh to connect tubing. Still building.
Forum: RV-10 04-09-2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,909
Posted By MElstien
QB-10 and front seat floorboards -been there

Hello,

I am not adding sound insulation. I feel my money will be better spent, and lighter, on good headsets.

I did add a fireproof belly shield, and I will be adding Dan's recommended firewall...
Forum: RV-10 04-09-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,252
Posted By MElstien
I am curious as well

I am also still in planning mode for my RV-10 but quickly approaching decision time.

I was thinking of going with a 3rd G3X and the 650. My thoughts were the larger G3X was more flexible and I...
Forum: RV-10 04-05-2020, 08:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,115
Posted By MElstien
Control Approach

Hello,

I suggest you email Paul again, He is usually responsive. The product is awesome and takes one of the worst parts of the RV-10 aesthetically and makes it beautiful. I did the full...
Forum: RV-10 03-27-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,152
Posted By MElstien
Power wire support solved Thank you

Good Morning,

Sometimes you just need to step away. In my case, it was get some sleep. I came in this AM and instead of cursing the bolt, I embraced it.

Like Leok and Simin suggested, use the...
Forum: RV-10 03-26-2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,152
Posted By MElstien
Running of the Power Wires - wisdom of the crowd

Hello, tonight I was running my #2 AWG red power wire as per VANs diagram OP37-11. The problem is that in the location where it slips under the step, it may rub against the step bolt, abrade the...
Forum: RV-10 03-14-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By MElstien
Flap Gap Fairings Pull Rivets

I used two different types.

For the flush rivets on inboard edge, I did use the CR3212-4-6

For the round head-universal rivets that were tough to buck solo, I used CR3213PR-4-03 (grip .063 to .125)...
Forum: RV-10 03-11-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By MElstien
I used structural pull rivets

Hello,

I used structural pull rivets and they were easy. On a friends build, we did buck them but it takes 2 people and the results may be less than ideal.

I will look for the rivets I used.
Forum: RV-10 02-12-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,047
Posted By MElstien
SS Lines

Yes, Go to TS Flightlines or http://www.aircraftspecialty.com/.

I just finishing installing all SS lines for my brakes and fuel lines. I feel very comfy knowing they have been tested, remain...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-23-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 12,621
Posted By MElstien
I am keeping track of expenses too RV-10

I am keeping track of expenses and hours. I do separate out tools and consumables from aircraft parts. I want to know how much I am spending so I can remind myself not to go too far overboard. ...
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 863
Posted By MElstien
Using a captive fastener - PEM Nut

Hello,

I was trying to remove requirements for the loose fasteners in the hard to reach spot with the trim cables attached. I used PEM fasteners. I documented it on my website.

My Web site...
Forum: RV-10 09-21-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,595
Posted By MElstien
Lets make it easy then

Based on the 2 comments, I will use a simple rectangular sandwich starting at the firewall and trailing back. This will require just fastening the sandwich to the belly skin and possibly a few...
Forum: RV-10 09-20-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,595
Posted By MElstien
Pattern for rivets and belly fire protection on RV-10

I am planning on putting a sandwich of either Titanium or SS and Fiberfrax on the belly of my RV-10. I have a QB fuselage so the skins are already riveted on. The forward floor ribs of the RV-10...
Forum: Primers 07-14-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 881
Posted By MElstien
Alodining already riveted parts (nutplats etc)

Hello,

Please, no primer wars here. I have made my decision, now I am just asking a technical question.

I have an old QB kit that had some very mild surface corrosion on some parts. I have used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,965
Posted By MElstien
Any thoughts on this product from Grainger for firewall insulation?

I am looking for fiberfrax and can buy from Aircraft Spruce. I also found a 4 foot wide x 5 foot roll at 1/2 thick at Grainger. It is a lot thinker than 1/16 or 1/8 as people are using but it is...
Forum: RV-10 05-23-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,668
Posted By MElstien
Welding wire vs M22759/16-2

Thank you everyone for your responses.

I have always planned to use grommets and caterpillar grommet in the pass through areas. I have used very flexible cable before on other non-aviation...
Forum: RV-10 05-22-2019, 01:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,668
Posted By MElstien
Flexible Welding cable vs M22759/16-2 wire

I like the flexibility provided by the welding wire but I am concerned some of the flexibility may be at the expense of the ruggedness of the insulation.

This cable will be carrying some large...
Forum: RV-10 05-21-2019, 08:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,668
Posted By MElstien
How much 2 AWG wire is needed

Hello, in a well equipment RV-10 for IFR flight, how many feet of 2 AWG power cable is needed? I only see one run from the battery to the starter.

I am away from my project and would appreciate...
Forum: RV-10 04-20-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 585
Posted By MElstien
Install Brake lines first in QB kit?

Hello,

Does anyone know of any problems I might encounter if I install the brake lines and pedals as the first thing I do on the QB fuselage. I am inspecting the QB fuselage now and I may install...
Forum: RV-10 03-31-2019, 07:15 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 34,850
Posted By MElstien
2,000 RV kits sold

Hello, There have been 2,000 RV-10 kits sold and I have read that Vans says the RV-10 continues to be one of the best sellers in recent years.
Forum: Florida (Central) 03-05-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,342
Posted By MElstien
please check PM

Please check PM. Love to have you. No charge. And close
Forum: Tools 01-02-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,086
Posted By MElstien
Are plans available?

Hello, plans would be great, showing the tool placement etc. Since building and using it, what would you change?

This looks like an awesome project while I wait for my RV-10 project to be moved...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,699
Posted By MElstien
Moving a big Project - RV-10

Hello,

I am building an RV-10 in NJ and will be moving to Florida in a few weeks. I am keeping the home in NJ for a while. The home in Florida has a hanger. I wish to move my project to the...
Forum: RV-10 10-09-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,359
Posted By MElstien
Filling stall warning holes in QB wing

I don't have an answer for doing it with the tank attached.

I pulled the tanks to test them and while off I filled the right wing rivet holes with a soft rivets. I had them for fiberglass tip work....
Forum: RV-14 10-09-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,214
Posted By MElstien
Leak Testing

Hello,

RV-10 builder but I think RV-14 is very similar

Leak testing the tanks can be done with the tanks installed but you will not be able to see identify any leaks on the baffle side of the tank...
Forum: RV-10 10-06-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,040
Posted By MElstien
The Engine Mount needs modification

Send it to Barrett. They will modify the mount.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-14-2018, 11:46 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 29,781
Posted By MElstien
Are these board for sale?

Hello, are the boards for sale? If so, what is the price and do you supply the kit or do we need to order from DK or Mouser?

Thank you.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-02-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,609
Posted By MElstien
Spruce Creek Home Search

Hello,

My wife and I are down from NJ and in Daytona Florida area through the morning of September 5th. The primary purpose is to conduct a home search at Spruce Creek for my build and storage of...
Forum: RV-10 08-30-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,645
Posted By MElstien
Barrett Precision Engines

Hello,

I purchased 2 AEIO-540 D4A5 cores and was in contact with Rhonda the whole way. She contacted Lycoming and got the information on the engines and gave me the confidence to purchase both,...
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,594
Posted By MElstien
I found mine in Bag 1215

I found these washers in Bag 1215 with the aileron attach brackets. There were 4 of them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,494
Posted By MElstien
just curious about the difference...

Home Depot and Lowes have these in the plumbing aisle. What is the difference? These are critical parts so, like bolts, I buy from from an aviation source with a valid lot tracking system.

But...
Forum: RV-10 04-07-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 865
Posted By MElstien
F-1003B

According to my plans, it is F-1003B: Instrument Panel Lower Flange. Check page 41.1 and
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 728
Posted By MElstien
2 engine pre-buy inspections near Labelle FL

Hello,

I am looking for a qualified person, to inspect Qty 2 AEIO-540-D4A5 engines I am considering buying for my RV-10 project. They are near Labelle FL and removed from the plane, and preserved...
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,283
Posted By MElstien
Final Resolution

I thought I should post a final resolution.

Over the weekend I decided to test the left tank to check for leaks. No leaks found except at the inflatable balloon. I used the soapy water to...
Forum: RV-10 03-07-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,283
Posted By MElstien
Still fiddling with it

Hello,

I am still fiddling with it to see if the float will fit between the vent line and the stiffener. I also called Stewart Lambert to see about trimming the actual float down by 1/4 inch or...
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,283
Posted By MElstien
OP" Additional Information and Progress

Tonight I spent a few more hours in the shop with my USB camera on a flexible wire and my ohm meter. I had already bent the wire per VAN's measurements including the return bend that acts as an...
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,283
Posted By MElstien
RV-10 QB wings and fuel senders and leak testing order

Hello. I could use some feedback on what order to conduct the following tasks on my QB wings that were built in 2006. Any other advice would be very helpful. I have searched and read all the...
Forum: RV-10 12-30-2017, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By MElstien
Response from VANs

As promised, Vans called me back after their proto lab took a look. The response was that indeed, those countersinks would need to be deeper than the 5-7 clicks suggested in section 5 but try not to...
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By MElstien
VANS response

I called VANs today and spoke to support. They are awesome!

They are sending the issue to "Proto" and will get back to me. In the meantime we suggested making a more elaborate test sample...
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By MElstien
#8 Screw Substructure Countersink depth Section 16-2

Hello,

I could use some simple confirmation of the proper depth for this countersink.

I am checking my QB wings and found that the nutplates on the inboard top edge have not been attached. These...
Forum: RV-10 12-23-2017, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 768
Posted By MElstien
Fuselege Spar Spacers f-1004-spcr

Hello,

I am working on section 28 of a QB kit built in 2006, new to me. I have the QB wings as well. Section 28-9 has you attaching the 2 halves of the fuse and using F-1004-SPCRs to properly...
Forum: RV-10 11-27-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 27,843
Posted By MElstien
Control Approach Full Rudder Pedals are back

Hello,

I just talked to Paul at Control Approach and he has new sets ready now for welding and delivery around January 2018. If I heard him correctly, he has parts to build 20 sets. 14 sets, now...
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By MElstien
PEM nuts for me

I an using the machined trim cable anchor brackets. I have some PEM nuts that I will clinch in place from the top of the bracket. I will countersink the mating side of the bracket to accept the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,294
Posted By MElstien
#6 it will be then

Thank you for the feedback.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-16-2017, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,294
Posted By MElstien
Nutplate Jig for #4 double wing standard nutplates

Hello,

I plan on using screws (torx) to attach my wing and empannage tips. I choose #4-40 screws and standard double wing nutplates. (MS21047-L04 cheap from SkyGeek)

I am having trouble...
Forum: RV-10 07-03-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,250
Posted By MElstien
The skin is overlapping incorrectly

As the previous poster noted, skins overlap front to back so water in the slipstream and from top to bottom has a harder time gaining entrance.

Try removing the clekos and sliding the skin back 1-2...
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