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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,136
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
That's a shame someone would bogart the tool like...

That's a shame someone would bogart the tool like that. I used it for my wings and it worked great. It's perfectly suited for the task. I hope whoever has it sees this and returns it.

I know...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-14-2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 802
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Thanks David. Great idea. I think I'll try it...

Thanks David. Great idea. I think I'll try it as well.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-10-2022, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 802
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Question Ground Adjustable Rudder Pedals

I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in the ground adjustable rudder pedal kit so far. First, the F-8108 attach angles are supposed to have a joggle in them at each end but it's really just a slight...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-07-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Just put a couple drops of air tool oil in the...

Just put a couple drops of air tool oil in the air inlet of the gun before each use. Don't overdo it. Less is more. That's about it.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-17-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 604
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
It comes with the fuselage now.

It comes with the fuselage now.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-03-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,072
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
McMaster Carr

If I remember correctly, I ordered a bushing from McMaster Carr.
Forum: RV-14 08-25-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,967
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
If I understand your issue correctly, you could...

If I understand your issue correctly, you could use a couple C-clamps to clamp the webs together tightly and then rivet them. Once you have a couple rivets in, you can probably remove the clamps or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-28-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,584
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Just curious, are the stock Vans fairings that...

Just curious, are the stock Vans fairings that bad or third party options that much better? I haven't gotten to that point yet so I still have the option to delete them from the finish kit.

Thanks
Forum: Painting your RV 07-27-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,150
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Thanks!

Thanks for all the feedback - especially Nate's detailed writeup. I definitely see where I can improve my process. It sounds like I need to lay down a primer coat first. That was me just being...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-26-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,150
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Unhappy JetFlex WR help

I decided to paint the interior of my RV-8 with JetFlex WR but I'm really struggling with application and wondering what others have done. I'm using an el-cheapo Harbor Freight HVLP gun and applying...
Forum: RV-4 02-17-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,066
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I did this on my RV-8 wings not long ago. Here...

I did this on my RV-8 wings not long ago. Here is a thread (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=182751) I wrote up about the tool from Vans and the process....
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,483
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Fuel Lines

I'd recommend ordering some additional soft 3/8" alum tubing used for fuel lines. The learning curve is pretty steep when bending fuel lines.

Also, if you're going to use an Andair fuel valve vice...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,686
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Like Scott said, since it happens over a fairly...

Like Scott said, since it happens over a fairly long distance, no pre-twist necessary. Nothing a few c-clamps won't take care of. I just finished drilling my upper longerons.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-02-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,340
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Reply from Vans

Just as an FYI, and for anyone else who has the same question in the future, I reached out to Vans Support also on this. They took a look at the quickbuild fuselages in the warehouse and they all...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,340
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
F-848 Upper Longeron Gusset Placement

Question on the placement of the F-848 upper longeron gusset: Does the aft uppermost hole on the gusset sit between the tab on the center section assembly and the upper longeron or does it sit...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2020, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,880
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I was just wondering how the fit of the skirt...

I was just wondering how the fit of the skirt would be affected by the spacers required for the sika. I'm planning to sika my canopy by trying to avoid extra fiberglass work...

Do you think it's...
Forum: Fiberglass 09-02-2020, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,566
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
You may want to check out the fiberglass practice...

You may want to check out the fiberglass practice kit. It comes with the book mentioned earlier - and everything you need for basic projects if you don't already have the supplies.
...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-22-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 953
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Upper Wing Skin to Flap Gap Fix

I hope this is helpful for anyone else with this issue in the future. I searched the forums but only came up with sporadic information so I thought I’d document my steps to fix it.

I finished...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,377
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I like the idea but they look a bit big in the...

I like the idea but they look a bit big in the picture. I'm looking for something a little smaller.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-13-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,876
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Here's the link to Mike's great...

Here's the link to Mike's great write-up:

http://rvplane.com/pdf/WingtipHinges.pdf
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-25-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,520
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Congrats! Time to update your signature. :)

Congrats! Time to update your signature. :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 245,330
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I did all the ribs at once and didn't seem to...

I did all the ribs at once and didn't seem to have a problem with working time. I left the end ribs off just for better access and did them after the others were all riveted but it's probably not...
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,986
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Congrats!

Congrats Mike!!

Go Diamondcutters!!
Forum: Tools 09-25-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,278
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I have both and like the one handed operation of...

I have both and like the one handed operation of the pneumatic squeezer. It leaves the other hand open to stabilizing the work. That being said it took me a little practice to get used to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-07-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,483
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I wish I knew about the Cleaveland tie down kit...

I wish I knew about the Cleaveland tie down kit (http://http://www.cleavelandtool.com/Threaded-Tie-Down-Block-and-Ring-Kit/productinfo/RVTDK/#.W2moqmuWw-I). Tapping the aluminum wasn't fun plus...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,461
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Thanks. Looks like I'm not the only one.

Thanks. Looks like I'm not the only one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,461
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Question Leading Edge Access Panel

Anyone else notice that the fit of the left leading edge access panel (the one for the stall warning mechanism) is a little off? There is about an 1/8" gap all around the access panel. All the...
Forum: RV-10 07-19-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,440
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Mike, Glad to see things are moving along. My...

Mike,

Glad to see things are moving along. My 5yo daughter likes to help put rivets in the holes. It takes 10x longer but it's way more fun!

Fellow Diamondcutter,
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-22-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,275
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Is there any concern that the rivet would pull...

Is there any concern that the rivet would pull through even though the grommet is superglued in? It looks like the head of the AACQ 4-4 rivets (.226) are smaller than the ?? hole drilled in the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-30-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,295
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Build on!

Looks good to me.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,225
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I too learned these in the T-34. The instructors...

I too learned these in the T-34. The instructors weren't too crazy about demoing them but it taught me a valuable lesson as a student. There is a tendency for students to be afraid to roll in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-17-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,420
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Question Wing Stands

Anyone try any alternatives to the wing stands Vans recommends for holding the wings? Anyone skip the wing stands altogether and just do it on the worktable? I'm looking for something a little more...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-27-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,155
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Did the same thing as you and Vans recommended...

Did the same thing as you and Vans recommended the above fix. Build...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-27-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,646
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I like the idea of building the tanks before the...

I like the idea of building the tanks before the wings. I built the flaps and ailerons but thought you would need the wing in the jig to do the tanks in order for everything to line up - especially...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-14-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,094
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Very timely. I got tired on searching through my...

Very timely. I got tired on searching through my bag 'o bits to find the correct one. Here is my (not so original) solution. There's no rhyme or reason to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,448
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Thanks for sharing your expertise Art. All good...

Thanks for sharing your expertise Art. All good things to think about.

I think I like the idea of blending it out the best. I don't know how I could reliably measure the depth but I'm guessing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,448
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Larry, It's on the relatively thin web near the...

Larry,

It's on the relatively thin web near the tip - not the thick aluminum parts.

I really want to believe Vans that it's fine but something keeps bugging me about it... At least I have some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,448
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Main Wing Spar Scratch

While inspecting my main wing spars, I noticed this scratch on the right spar near the tip. It is about 8 inches long. The anodized coating is not scratched off or through so it was there prior to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-19-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,216
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Thumbs up I built the ailerons and flaps first for the very...

I built the ailerons and flaps first for the very reasons you mentioned. Also for space management. I just finished the flaps and am about to dig into the mains spars but so far no issues with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-22-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,740
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I absolutely agree on having the right tool for...

I absolutely agree on having the right tool for the job. As with most things it comes down to preference. I do have a bandsaw and have tried using it on a few parts but have gone back to hand tools...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-20-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,740
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Hacksaw

Like Mike W said, use a hacksaw. I used a vise and hacksaw for cutting the W726 spacers to size and used my unibit for the hole. I would echo what others have said and drill the hole before cutting...
Forum: RV-14 12-19-2017, 07:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,470
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Definitely too deep

I made the same mistake on my flap spars. After I made the mistake I found Section 5.5 where Van's recommends 7 'clicks' past flush when countersinking to accept a skin dimple. That corresponds to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,035
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Question Advice Needed

So I botched the flap spars on my -8 and had to order new ones. That was after I final drilled them to the skins.

My question is should I redrill the flanges to the skins or just run a drill...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-07-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 965
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Thumbs up Van's answer

In case anyone ever searches for this in the future, here is the answer straight from Van's:

"Modify the washers as needed so all hardware and pats will mate up flat against one another. It?s...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-06-2017, 07:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 965
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Aileron A407 bracket

I've searched and searched and can't find anything on this which makes me worried I'm the only one who has this problem - never a good sign.

I'm almost finished riveting the ailerons on my RV-8...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 07-24-2017, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,203
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I noticed the same thing. Unfortunately it makes...

I noticed the same thing. Unfortunately it makes you question the accuracy of the rest of the report.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2017, 07:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,323
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
One more data point: No wedges on my 2015 RV-8...

One more data point: No wedges on my 2015 RV-8 empennage.
Forum: RV-14 04-21-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,182
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Building is my therapy. Although a licensed...

Building is my therapy. Although a licensed therapist would be much cheaper...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 12,517
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Trimming lead

Any tips for shaping lead?

Just curious what you used to trim the lead. I'm at about the same stage and don't really like getting small pieces of lead shavings all over (I have small kids who like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2016, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,781
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
I had to laugh. I can see it now - trying to...

I had to laugh. I can see it now - trying to explain to the wife... "Really honey, they're for the airplane..."
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-20-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,054
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Drilling Elevator Horns - Looking for drill bushing

I'm getting ready to drill my elevator horns and don't really feel like spending $20 for a bushing from Mcmaster Carr or chasing all over HD or some hobby shop to find something else that works.

If...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-31-2016, 06:53 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 185,055
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Planned arrival time 8:59 am.

Planned arrival time 8:59 am.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,271
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Question Backriveting elevator stiffeners

I wanted to get some advice on technique when backriveting the stiffeners to the elevators. Specifically when I set the rivets closest to the trailing edge bend, the mfg head on some of the rivets...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,301
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Elevator Trim Tab Blocks

Anyone have any trim tab blocks that they used to form the trim tab they want to part with? I figure why make my own if someone already invented that wheel and wants to unload them. I'd be happy to...
Forum: Northeast 03-28-2016, 01:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,128
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Andover Flight Academy

You might look into Andover Flight Academy. It looks like it's about an hour from you. In full disclosure, I haven't used them but I've heard good things from others. ...
Forum: Primers 03-28-2016, 12:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,549
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Sounds like a challenge. Sorry, I couldn't...

Sounds like a challenge. Sorry, I couldn't resist...:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2016, 01:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,395
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Spanish pilot plans around the world flight in RV-8

Saw this on General Aviation News. Might be old news to some but it will be fun to follow. Hopefully Michel Gordillo is a part of the VAF community and can give us the inside scoop on the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-29-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,924
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
HS-00005 Clearance

With the new HS-00003 doubler and HS-00005 and HS-00006 ribs the forward spar gets pretty crowded when it comes to drilling and riveting the spar. If you look at View B-B of DWG 3, you can see how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2015, 06:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,212
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Paul, You, Charlie and I should grab a beer one...

Paul,

You, Charlie and I should grab a beer one of these days. I live a couple blocks from Charlie. You and I can learn from his mistakes!

- Glenn
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,552
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Hear, Hear! Exactly what I was thinking.

Hear, Hear!

Exactly what I was thinking.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,474
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Fly the airplane. I don't think the canopy...

Fly the airplane.

I don't think the canopy opening will materially affect the aerodynamics. People get in trouble trying to unnecessarily complicate things. It will be a bit windy and distracting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,904
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
Question Question: Second hand Empennage

I'm thinking about purchasing a second hand RV-8 empennage kit. The kit in question is about 10 years old and hasn't been started.

What are some issues that I need to look out for when purchasing...
Forum: Safety 12-05-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,548
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
ebook?

Is there an ebook version? Then you don't have to worry about running out of stock and that would appeal to an even larger audience.

I'm ignorant on the logistics of e-publishing or any publishing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 21,547
Posted By NavyS3BNFO
It might be easier to get a new wife. Just...

It might be easier to get a new wife.

Just kidding.... sort of...
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