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Forum: RV-14 Today, 09:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 535
Posted By wirejock
Nutplate

Did Vans switch to #6 nutplates. I seem to remember #8 on the 7 wings. Big difference in dimensions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,843
Posted By wirejock
Retro kit

I have the new actuator. The retro kit would really be nice
Forum: Primers Yesterday, 08:42 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 17,967
Posted By wirejock
Black Widow

I can't help with Akzo but I do use a Black Widow HTE. There is a tester used to set viscosity of spray paint. Viscosity Paint Consistency Measuring...
Forum: Autopilots 05-18-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By wirejock
AP

No sweat. There's gotta be a builder nearby. Worst part is routing wire but that's an opportunity to learn. Wing servo is tight space but I've had mine in an out a couple times. Consider integrating...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 764
Posted By wirejock
Back order

Out of curiosity what are the other back ordered parts?

As mentioned, even if they deleted them, Vans credit is their Wholesale cost not the Retail price they charged. In the end, they are worth...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-17-2022, 04:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 900
Posted By wirejock
Filler

Depends on why and where.
I've plugged holes in pull rivets with JB Weld for cosmetic purposes. I've covered or repaired other spots with flox. Never tried to fill a smiley because I don't make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 06:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,201
Posted By wirejock
Download this link. One tab is a full 7 & 7(A)...

Download this link. One tab is a full 7 & 7(A) inventory. Also a tab for calculating paint and epoxy and a tab for square footage paint calculating. Plus tabs for cost and time for each kit. You'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By wirejock
Phonebooks

I was a Telecom Manager for a large urban school district.
12,000 phones. OMG!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-16-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 244,897
Posted By wirejock
Proseal

If you run Vans conduit through the wings, a little dab is recommended at each rib.
I used a little today to install a heat muff flange on the #1 baffle and used a tiny bit to seal gaps in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 10:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,201
Posted By wirejock
Inventory

Actually I have an idea that might save Vans money and save builders time. Personally, I'm way too organized so all those bags got inventoried into mini drawer organizers. Bolts, nuts, washers, misc....
Forum: Painting your RV 05-15-2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 437
Posted By wirejock
Paint booth

I have almost the same set up. Mine is shower curtains. Works great. I left the conduit frame up the entire build. It's very useful for all sorts of stuff. Good idea.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2022, 11:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,045
Posted By wirejock
List

Yea. That's almost the same as mine. I forgot how many there were!
A few of my mods
-Barringer brakes, wheels, tires
-Removable floors
-Flyboys internal rudder stop
-Flyboys Fuel Vents and Drain...
Forum: Tools 05-15-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 238
Posted By wirejock
Tail support

That's clever. Gotta remember that one. Does the aft section need any support at a bulkhead or is that adequate to handle a human back there?
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-15-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,792
Posted By wirejock
Weights By the way. Don't trim any weights. Lead...

Weights
By the way. Don't trim any weights. Lead is soft. Just tap into shape.
Forum: Fiberglass 05-14-2022, 08:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 268
Posted By wirejock
Plenum

Technically, I didn't make the plenum. It's an RV Bits plenum but I sure cursed it. It didn't fit so I basically made one after it was carved up. I had to cut the flanges off and fab new ones as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,201
Posted By wirejock
AN hardware or NAS?

Yep. Sadly, you may even know the Military Spec number too! I don't know who came up with those numbers, but I suspect it was really funny. No logic. Just numerical sequence. At least AN numbers have...
Forum: Fiberglass 05-14-2022, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 268
Posted By wirejock
Carbon Flox

This is probably a bad practice, but it works. I had a couple divots on the carbon fiber plenum flanges. They needed additional material so the screws wouldn't bend and crack the baffles. I use flox...
Forum: Primers 05-14-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 530
Posted By wirejock
Aluminum oxide

Ok. Back on my soapbox.
The enemy of adhesion is aluminum oxide. Similar to the red layer of rust that forms on steel. It's only a few microns thick.
It has to be removed and solvents won't remove...
Forum: RV-14 05-14-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 361
Posted By wirejock
Rivet cutter

Also, buy a rivet cutter. Easy to clip a long rivet to the perfect size. All the extra parts also take up some aluminum so a longer rivet might actually work better when it swells to fill all that...
Forum: Primers 05-14-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 530
Posted By wirejock
Prep

SEM is pretty good rattle can. Shake it well.
My guess would be aluminum oxide or other contaminate. It forms fairly quickly on bare aluminum. Try scuffing while washing with a powdered cleanser....
Forum: Fiberglass 05-14-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,288
Posted By wirejock
Carbon Fiber Plenum

I'm calling this done. It's not perfect but I'm pretty happy with it. It hidden under the cowl so very few will ever see it. Finishing is similar to painting. As hard as I tried, dust finds a way....
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2022, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By wirejock
Atttention

Beat me to it.
I was going with "I'll give you $250K sight unseen" NOT!
Seriously though, lots of airplanes have "For Sale" signs at Airventure but being able to see workmanship and choose final...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2022, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,236
Posted By wirejock
Phishing

Never, Ever, Never, Ever, click on a link in e-mail or text.
I don't care how authentic it looks. That's what they want. It's simple to open a browser and enter the URL.
Forum: Fiberglass 05-12-2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,288
Posted By wirejock
Carbon Fiber

Here we go. Not finished. This is just one wet coat of 207.
I will edit if necessary.
Here's the skinny. Tips for the younger generation.
1. Mix a batch of epoxy with 206 and black dye. The black...
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 04:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By wirejock
Overlap

Maybe overthinking a little. As John mentioned, the inside of one overlap will be primed. That's adequate. You could easiely shoot the outside skin overlap area. I did. You're spraying insides...
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By wirejock
P60G2

John is correct. P60G2 was not developed as a stand alone corrosion protection primer. However, given, performance price, ease of use and weight, it's pretty hard to beat.
This is the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2022, 06:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By wirejock
PM Sent. Shoot me an e-mail Wirejock@yahoo.com

PM Sent.
Shoot me an e-mail
Wirejock@yahoo.com
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2022, 05:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,502
Posted By wirejock
Joist winch

As long as your making a list.
Add a joist winch. A friend of mine had one. So handy. Just roll it over and winch whatever up and out.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-10-2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2,010
Views: 1,468,600
Posted By wirejock
Plenum

Nice work. Great minds think alike!
Forum: RV-14 05-10-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,472
Posted By wirejock
Dowels

I glassed 1/4" dowels (2) top and bottom. Bonded them with flox then applied a layer of fiberglass. I drilled tiny holes and tied them in place with waxed lashing string till the flox cured. String...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2022, 04:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,406
Posted By wirejock
Be well

Prayers for a speedy recovery.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2022, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,533
Posted By wirejock
Tool box

Answers in line RED
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-10-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,792
Posted By wirejock
Easy answer. Rudder doesn't get balanced. It's...

Easy answer. Rudder doesn't get balanced. It's also the most work to get tips nice. Elevators...Assemble and see how they balance now. You have to anyway to get the tips trimmed. Add a nutplate to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By wirejock
ACM

I haven't wired them yet but have drawn the schematics. Plannis to run a bus accross all the switches. Bus wire routes to the FOT. Other side of each switch is wired per ACM plans to pins on the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-09-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By wirejock
Micro

No experience with Poly. The trick is using different colors of product. Micro is white. Gray primer over that. Another color if needed. The idea is to block sand and never go past the bottom...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 771
Posted By wirejock
Leaks

Most problems are due to leakage. Anywhere cooling air leaks is a loss of cooling. That includes the baffle seals to the top cowl. Turn off the lights. Shine a light from the bottom and look for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-09-2022, 04:00 PM
Replies: 2,010
Views: 1,468,600
Posted By wirejock
Plenum

Finally. It fits. Slips right into the baffle boxes. A lot of work went into this. It looks like heck at the moment and needs some minor trimming to get the inlet gap perfect. Easy stuff. Tormorrow,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 03:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,034
Posted By wirejock
Vent

Check the vents to be sure both are clear. Just an idea
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2022, 04:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 691
Posted By wirejock
Drain hole

Which drain hole?
Fuse, or intake?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 771
Posted By wirejock
Oil

Pretty cool idea. It is experimental. Go for it.
By the way, oil door and tube is outside the plenum.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By wirejock
Baffle mod

The installation is pretty straight forward from the OP plans and drawings. I held off cutting holes for spark plug wires till after they were fit. Same with the holes for Carb Heat & Cabin Heat. But...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 771
Posted By wirejock
Plenum

Lots of them. To be clear, the baffles don't get replaced. Traditional baffles are aluminum with a strip of material used ti seal the space against the top cowl. The plenum is basically a sealed...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By wirejock
P69G2

I've painted quite a few parts previously painted with P60G2. Since the P60G2 has cured, you need to scuff or remove it. You will be scuffing the entire airplane anyway so that's not an issue. Most...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-07-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By wirejock
Rocker switches

They should have a lock tab at the top and bottom of each switch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 994
Posted By wirejock
Fuel

Wow! I thought it was bad with my kids. They always returned the car empty. No guess work. Start the car and needle pointed to "E".:D
Forum: Fiberglass 05-06-2022, 07:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By wirejock
Oil cooler plenum

Not as pretty as Dan's fiberglass work. The balloon died a horrible death sometime during the cure but fiberglass was hard enough already. It still needs some finish sanding and fitting. It was just...
Forum: Fiberglass 05-06-2022, 04:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By wirejock
Oil cooler plenum

I had a break while parts were curing and pulled out the oil cooler plenum. The offending area was cut to clear the top cowl. The area needed a filler to layup the repair. Balloon to the rescue. I...
Forum: Fiberglass 05-05-2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By wirejock
Fun

Totally. Some days, you get the bear. Some days, the bear gets you! Today the bear won. Not the oil cooler plenum. The engine plenum inlets. Had to cut it up and re-glass. That's the real beauty of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2022, 03:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,533
Posted By wirejock
Tollbox

Answers in red...
Forum: Fiberglass 05-04-2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By wirejock
Parts

Dumb answer? Because I can. Not my first rodeo. I also made one piece canopy skirt and windshield trim plus a few other mods.
Real answer? Because it's a modification not in the plans. The oil cooler...
Forum: Fiberglass 05-04-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By wirejock
Oil cooler plenum

The mold worked great. Unfortunately, I didn't check clearance before adding the fiberglass. I thought it was well inside the top cowl. Top cowl won't clear. I trimmed but lost too much volume so I...
Forum: Tools 05-02-2022, 09:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 675
Posted By wirejock
Ryobi batteries

Better check current prices for Ryobi One+ batteries. I was going to purchase and they were 100% higher price than what I paid two months ago.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2022, 08:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,001
Posted By wirejock
Ouch. That stings. Yes. I've slept since then. To...

Ouch. That stings. Yes. I've slept since then. To be fair, I bought the empennage from someone else. Untouched but in storage so I'm not quite that far behind. It does have some forming marks done by...
Forum: Tools 05-02-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 399
Posted By wirejock
Pins

That's what mine look like. No rubber on mine. I did add two neodymium magnets to the body to keep the rings from flopping around.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2022, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,001
Posted By wirejock
Pre-built

On the 7? Not mine...
Forum: Tools 05-01-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,048
Posted By wirejock
Torque wrench

CDI. Amazon. Extra letters......
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-30-2022, 08:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 297
Posted By wirejock
Vans has a document showing where you can drill...

Vans has a document showing where you can drill the aft slar carry through. If the baggage floor is riveted, consider a future proof solution like Vans plastic conduit.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 07:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By wirejock
Vans conduit

Consider the Vans conduit. The metal conduit will require hole big enough to pass and some method of retaining it. Vans conduit is installed in holes slightly smaller. It's a pain to pull in but once...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,185
Posted By wirejock
Destructive test

Same here. Fiberglass samples ripped the layers apart. The Sika didn't separate from the plexi. I didn't test with steel but I suspect the powder coat would rip loose before the Sika would release.
Forum: Primers 04-28-2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 854
Posted By wirejock
Downdraft paint booth

I used a bildge blower. Intrinsically safe. I put a 4" dryer exhaust in my shop wall. When needed, I used the setup to exhaust fumes outside.
That said, I will do whatever I can to avoid using it....
Forum: RV-14 04-27-2022, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 362
Posted By wirejock
Deflector y sondas

Yo hecho, pero uno RV7. El 14 no tiene sondas de capacitancia. Puede ver los planes del 7 y construir. Es de OP planes. Creo que yo tengo.

Lee los instructiones de 14 para el deflector.

Mi Espanol...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-27-2022, 08:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By wirejock
There's some good advise. Exactly what I did with...

There's some good advise. Exactly what I did with the plenum inlets. Except, I can't carve a stick into kindling, so they still need work. :D
Forum: Fiberglass 04-27-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By wirejock
Idea

Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner!
Forum: Fiberglass 04-26-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,566
Posted By wirejock
I plan to rough sand the exterior to smooth the...

I plan to rough sand the exterior to smooth the joints. I will loose a little volume but the smooth interior should help. Other option would be judicious application of tape.


That's no problem. I...
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