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Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By ScottK
I did about the same thing, built to plan and saw...

I did about the same thing, built to plan and saw too late that the rod sits slightly off center in the slot. However...it's not binding, seems to operate smoothly through the full range of motion...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,079
Posted By ScottK
My first thought is, how would I know I did it...

My first thought is, how would I know I did it right? Even as a hobbyist I can look at a rivet and see that it's right with a good degree of confidence. OTOH I've done plenty of epoxy work that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,176
Posted By ScottK
Without intending to be contrarian, this is...

Without intending to be contrarian, this is something I'd like to see investigated a bit more, such as why does the restriction exist. Perhaps it's for a good reason. Perhaps it's an old wives tale....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By ScottK
Google for "compressed air regulator", they are...

Google for "compressed air regulator", they are not expensive. The shop air probably isn't really high pressure, but you do want to be able to control your own air supply. Rivet guns in particular...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 564
Posted By ScottK
I've (mostly) completed my -9 emp kit with only a...

I've (mostly) completed my -9 emp kit with only a pneumatic, I have not run into a situation where a hand squeezer was really wanted. But every shop is different - as pointed out above, if you only...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,863
Posted By ScottK
It's interesting (for me anyway) to note that...

It's interesting (for me anyway) to note that there's such a tool as a torque screwdriver (https://www.mcmaster.com/torque-drivers/torque-screwdrivers-8/) that go as high as 40 inch-pounds, which is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-19-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 431
Posted By ScottK
FWIW my wing list from last week (therefore...

FWIW my wing list from last week (therefore probably yours too) is basically identical to airguy's, different order but the same stuff.



I sort of hope not. I should have my wing kit on site this...
Forum: Tools 08-28-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By ScottK
Well...I've been using mine on -3 rivets and for...

Well...I've been using mine on -3 rivets and for dimpling, so far so good. For rivets, any technique can cause a bent shank (clinching). I haven't found that the adjustable ram by itself has any...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-16-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 958
Posted By ScottK
I'm pleased to report some success, it isn't...

I'm pleased to report some success, it isn't perfection, but I was able to back-rivet this line after all. It takes more attention, pulling the skin open causes the surface to curve back on itself...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-14-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 958
Posted By ScottK
Apparently without too much trouble - see...

Apparently without too much trouble - see attached pic. Much like you describe, I have the top skin clamped to the table, and a 2x4 brace holding it open. I posed my rivet gun pretty much where it...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-14-2021, 12:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 958
Posted By ScottK
Riveting elevator upper skin to spar

I know this is an often visited subject, but I promise if I'd found the answer by searching previous threads I wouldn't be posting again.

The short version: If I proceed to run the...
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,486
Posted By ScottK
The pneumatic is definitely the more popular...

The pneumatic is definitely the more popular style. I have not used the hydraulic version. I wonder how much of a hassle it is to drag the ram and foot valve with you as you move around the work...
Forum: Tools 06-01-2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 709
Posted By ScottK
Observe that the shop head is not perfectly...

Observe that the shop head is not perfectly cylindrical, but a bit bulged. There's a sweet spot where the rivet gauge will just fit over the top of the shop head, but won't slip all the way down....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-30-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,814
Posted By ScottK
Don't get hung up on creating the perfect...

Don't get hung up on creating the perfect back-riveting bench. No such thing. Think flexibility. So far in my emp kit I've done about a third of my back-riveting on my perfect riveting bench, the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,776
Posted By ScottK
Based on messing up the same parts on my rudder,...

Based on messing up the same parts on my rudder, and for the job they do, I think you'd be fine with your patch. But I am not an engineer. I also think I didn't want to set the tone for my build that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-24-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,182
Posted By ScottK
I bought the Isham kit that doesn't even include...

I bought the Isham kit that doesn't even include a manual squeezer. So far (80% through the empennage) I haven't yet found a single rivet I wish I'd had a hand squeezer for. If you can get a yoke...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-22-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,148
Posted By ScottK
Wood shims. Plain cheap builder's shims, like...

Wood shims. Plain cheap builder's shims, like you'd use to put in a door frame or a cabinet. I built EAA tables and I like them, but my carpentry is not perfect, and that doesn't matter because my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-20-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,424
Posted By ScottK
That would mesh well with advice not to drop it,...

That would mesh well with advice not to drop it, though. If you do, try to drop it on your foot. Bones heal but tungsten is brittle and expensive. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,060
Posted By ScottK
Perhaps not. I ordered my tail kit just days...

Perhaps not. I ordered my tail kit just days before the lead time went from immediate to four months, and it was shipped immediately (well, within a couple of weeks, which is normal). This guarantees...
Forum: RV-14 05-19-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 986
Posted By ScottK
Parts department tells me they expect them in...

Parts department tells me they expect them in stock June 18.
Forum: RV-14 05-19-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 986
Posted By ScottK
Yep, I've got elevators I can't work on until I...

Yep, I've got elevators I can't work on until I get the back ordered control horns. At least I've got a rough date for those. I'm noodling around with the trim tab, but as a first timer I'm hesitant...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-17-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By ScottK
I inferred that the cable would have greater...

I inferred that the cable would have greater excursion and possibly less force than the servo, ergo the difference in attach points. But that would not change the stop-to-stop angular range of the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-17-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By ScottK
Question Trim tab horn trimming rationale

I have a nit-picky "why is the sky blue" kind of question. Looking at the elevator trim tab horn on drawing 4, it comes with two clevis attach points, and we're directed to trim away one of them...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-16-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,063
Posted By ScottK
Ouch! It happens, it sucks, but it's usually not...

Ouch! It happens, it sucks, but it's usually not critical as long as it doesn't create an edge-distance issue with an adjacent fastener. Put in a filler rivet and try not to think about it, most...
Forum: Tools 05-16-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,029
Posted By ScottK
Definitely useful for me since I didn't have...

Definitely useful for me since I didn't have anything like it, but if you already have something that can do similar work it might not be worth the space. I got the 1" belt/5" disc combo and have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-14-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By ScottK
Not OP, but FWIW I've been using Scotch 811 as...

Not OP, but FWIW I've been using Scotch 811 as suggested in the handbook, pretty pleased with it so far. It's basically good old magic tape but with weak adhesive. It holds rivets just fine, comes...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-10-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,314
Posted By ScottK
Working inside those elevator skins...

I'm starting on my elevators, and I am having quite a time trying to work with them. Unlike the HS skins, these are pre-bent really tight. I'm struggling just to debur the stiffener holes, and trying...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,785
Posted By ScottK
Look at the tools, most will have a CFM rating if...

Look at the tools, most will have a CFM rating if they use enough to worry about, and the compressor will have a CFM rating as well. Non-continuous tools (rivet pullers, squeezers, rivet guns) don't...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,785
Posted By ScottK
I also built EAA benches, sized to suit me (2' by...

I also built EAA benches, sized to suit me (2' by 4' to get the most out of my plywood and because my shop is small, and 36" tall because I am not short). They are easy to build and sturdy if you...
Forum: RV-10 05-07-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,385
Posted By ScottK
I also got the PlaneTools kit. There's some stuff...

I also got the PlaneTools kit. There's some stuff in it I'm not sure I'll need with how the kits are made these days (the bigger rivet sets) but it's pretty good. I find that the 6" bits are useful...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-07-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,097
Posted By ScottK
Yes, and so will my neighbors. Dirty looks for...

Yes, and so will my neighbors. Dirty looks for days, too, as if I invented those special words. No, just repeating them. Loudly.

Anyway, there's as many ways to manage rivets as there are riveters....
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-06-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,097
Posted By ScottK
OK, I feel better now. My friend does, I mean....

OK, I feel better now. My friend does, I mean. Yes. He feels better.

I did get a bunch of extra rivets, only 1/8lb each but that seems like plenty to start. At least it helps offset the surprising...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-05-2021, 11:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,097
Posted By ScottK
Substituting rivets

Hypothetically, if someone were skinning a horizontal stabilizer, got the front spar riveted, then switched to riveting the ribs but forgot to switch to the shorter rivets called out on the...
Forum: Reviews 05-03-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,189
Posted By ScottK
I think you'll love the headset. I have about 40...

I think you'll love the headset. I have about 40 hours with its low-rent sibling (Sierra ANR) and it really does work. You don't notice how fatiguing noise can be until it's not there.
Forum: Tools 05-03-2021, 10:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,374
Posted By ScottK
I ran across a few YouTube videos of these (or...

I ran across a few YouTube videos of these (or tools like these) in action. They look...aggressive. It seems to me they're meant for working with considerably heavier and harder stuff than airplane...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-02-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By ScottK
Question Match drilling new parts to old - technique?

So, building my -9's tail, I messed up one of the HS spars, bad enough that I just ordered a new one. I've run into a question when it comes to match-drilling the new spar with the existing skins...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,843
Posted By ScottK
If it's what I think it is, the brand keyword is...

If it's what I think it is, the brand keyword is "Coban" when you search online for it. I love the stuff, but I hadn't thought to use it for bucking bar padding. I see the appeal, I'm definitely...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-28-2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 892
Posted By ScottK
Those brackets are identical and do not come with...

Those brackets are identical and do not come with all the holes, because the bottom one needs different hole patterns depending if it's on a trike or a tailwheel. Study the rear view on drawing 6.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,954
Posted By ScottK
KENV? Those hangars were build for slightly...

KENV? Those hangars were build for slightly larger aircraft. A fair bit of history out there for such a little nothin' of an airport. Also, it's cheesy, but don't forget to take a look inside that...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 10:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 401
Posted By ScottK
Ah, that's something I noticed too. I actually...

Ah, that's something I noticed too. I actually put a little bit of a curve into the skin to try to allow for the rib flanges - I guess that's the wrong answer! Happily, a shallow enough curve that I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 401
Posted By ScottK
Rudder counterbalance skin fit

I'm working on the rudder, dry fitting the counterbalance skin (R-913) on the two ribs and spar, and it just doesn't want to fit. I've checked the ribs for straight and square and I've gotten most of...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-11-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,991
Posted By ScottK
I guess this is still an unsolved issue? Do we...

I guess this is still an unsolved issue? Do we have a consensus?

I'm working on my 9A VS and still wondering about those two rivets on the bottom corners of the lower VS-410 hinge bracket. The...
Forum: Propellers 04-10-2021, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,432
Posted By ScottK
Prop choices (9A 160hp)

I hate feeling like I know too little to even have an opinion. I know that CS is not in the cards, but among FP/GA, what is the short version of why one prop material is better than the other? Right...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 841
Posted By ScottK
Hey, that's not too bad at all! I started with...

Hey, that's not too bad at all! I started with the idea that the best way to deal with mixed spilled rivets is a dustpan and an online order for new rivets. But perhaps not.

I'm still working out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-03-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,898
Posted By ScottK
I know some builders have added a rudder trim tab...

I know some builders have added a rudder trim tab and servo, but probably not practical on a finished rudder and possibly a good way to get into an argument. There's also a doohickey...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,410
Posted By ScottK
Question Buying all the kits at once

Forgive me if this is asked and answered, I did my DD but didn't find it.

So my plan all along has been to get going with my tail kit, and then go ahead and order all three remaining airframe kits...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 12:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 540
Posted By ScottK
"Me too" - I was going through my emp kit rivet...

"Me too" - I was going through my emp kit rivet bags today, and like Jslow2 I found the 470-4-9 bag contained -7s instead.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 11:55 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,690
Posted By ScottK
If you must. But {what-it-does}-{what-it-is} is a...

If you must. But {what-it-does}-{what-it-is} is a common enough language construct. I think it depends what direction you're coming from: a nut plate is one kind of plate (dinner plate, home plate);...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,746
Posted By ScottK
Thank everyone! You've verified what I was...

Thank everyone! You've verified what I was thinking, it does feel reasonable to expect undamaged new parts. I'll contact Vans and get it started (and try to get better pics), fortunately there's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 12:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,746
Posted By ScottK
Shipping damage, how much is too much?

New builder here - and my -9 tail kit just arrived! I'm stoked. But, into each life some rain etc., and a couple of items were bent in transit. I'll talk with Vans to see if replacements will be...
Forum: Texas (North) 04-26-2007, 08:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,270
Posted By ScottK
I thought I read somewhere (and naturally can't...

I thought I read somewhere (and naturally can't remember where) about single- vs. multi-bottle fill stations, and how more bottles = more efficient use of the oxygen therein. Can anyone remind me of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2007, 08:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,296
Posted By ScottK
That's a fact. Unfortunately Google's temporal...

That's a fact. Unfortunately Google's temporal paradox engine seems to be malfunctioning lately, and wouldn't give me a news story timestamped 6:07pm before I posted here at 5:47pm. Stupid Google. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2007, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,187
Posted By ScottK
Er...there were multiple factors in that crash,...

Er...there were multiple factors in that crash, and only one of them was related to it being an amateur built aircraft. Given the same set of circumstances in a certificated factory airplane, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2007, 06:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,296
Posted By ScottK
RV-3 down?

I hate this kind of news. I heard that an RV-3 crashed at Skypark Airport (KBTF) earlier today. Does anyone have more information?

My info is secondhand. I'm told that the plane was red, and I...
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