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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,559
Posted By fl-mike
N184WM is a real airplane! Ian be damned! (note...

N184WM is a real airplane! Ian be damned! (note lack of hangar doors....)
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 1,023
Views: 920,961
Posted By fl-mike
Status = Flying

Excelsior flies!
9 years, 2000+ hours and one hurricane (note lack of hangar doors!).
Airworthiness inspection this morning by Arnold Holmes.
Wearing my RV-6 anniversary shirt in homage to the many...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-01-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By fl-mike
I have a box of them. I'll double check the...

I have a box of them. I'll double check the rating, but I think they are 10W.

They are N connector, so you will need an adapter or cable, but I can send you a couple 50 ohm loads for the cost of...
Forum: Tools 11-30-2022, 05:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 754
Posted By fl-mike
Looks like a Tennsmith or clone. A finger brake...

Looks like a Tennsmith or clone. A finger brake (box/pan) is more useful.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By fl-mike
Take a look at Figure 4-6 (page 4-21 in my...

Take a look at Figure 4-6 (page 4-21 in my version) in AC 43.13
The second row down shows how a correct set should sit on the rivet.

The size of the set should be stamped on the rim of the set.
But,...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-25-2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 247
Posted By fl-mike
FS: T-406 Fuel Cap kits

T-406 Usher fuel cap and flange in the box, as shipped in older kits.
I used the deluxe caps on the new 8 and sold my 6A, so don't need.
One flange is flattened. Was going to use it on a smoke tank,...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-23-2022, 08:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Posted By fl-mike
Having built a Pedal Eagle back in the 90's, I...

Having built a Pedal Eagle back in the 90's, I can say $500 is a DEAL! They are NOT easy to build (well). Ours is a family heirloom and now on the second generation of future pilots.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2022, 07:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By fl-mike
Yes, but I did shorten it. Works well. I don't...

Yes, but I did shorten it. Works well. I don't think shortening it is a requirement, but for a TD, it is a more natural height.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2022, 03:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 328
Posted By fl-mike
post a photo please!

post a photo please!
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-20-2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,142
Posted By fl-mike
This is cheap ( on clearance), sturdy, and the...

This is cheap ( on clearance), sturdy, and the perfect height for an almost level attitude. Chock the mains.
I mounted a padded saddle on the top to rest the tail spring...
Forum: Autopilots 11-18-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 744
Posted By fl-mike
The Dynon one is probably compatible.

The Dynon one is probably compatible.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-16-2022, 03:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By fl-mike
I did not use the strip on two RVs with...

I did not use the strip on two RVs with anchornuts.
No issues.
Did us soft rivets on #2 to help prevent crushing the glass.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2022, 01:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,598
Posted By fl-mike
This is why I have the "Low Oil Pressure"...

This is why I have the "Low Oil Pressure" annunciator light powered off the main bus and driven by the oil pressure switch.

Also reminds me I left the master on....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2022, 09:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,003
Posted By fl-mike
Just look at it sideways, that's what makes them...

Just look at it sideways, that's what makes them crack during construction....
Or, aim for a bird! :D

Signed,
Mr. Helpful
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-13-2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,045
Posted By fl-mike
If you've decided on a Garmin system, the things...

If you've decided on a Garmin system, the things that are unlikely to change, or will at least be compatible with newer displays etc.:

Engine sensors
GEA24 EIS box and connector kit
Autopilot...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-13-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,175
Posted By fl-mike
There was a guy named Alex Peterson that sold...

There was a guy named Alex Peterson that sold vent fittings with a check valve in them. Years ago, and I've lost the bookmark, but seems like it was reservoir dog or something like that. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2022, 02:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,958
Posted By fl-mike
First Engine Run

It always surprises me when these things fire right up after a couple blades.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-10-2022, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By fl-mike
if you have the Titan cold air sump, the only...

if you have the Titan cold air sump, the only Vetterman option is a 4-pipe built just for that configuration.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-09-2022, 08:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By fl-mike
Gear tower panels. Rear baggage...

Gear tower panels.
Rear baggage bellcrank/battery access door.
Front left lower fuselage access panel.
If using a big EFIS, the "back of panel" access door is not really needed. I won't do that...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-04-2022, 11:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,114
Posted By fl-mike
We’ll, I’m kind of in the “if it can leak, it...

We’ll, I’m kind of in the “if it can leak, it will. Just leave a place for the water to get out.” camp.
Hangared 99% of the time, so not super concerned.
In flight, that big ‘ol NACA just...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-03-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,114
Posted By fl-mike
By FAR, the best "improvement" I've made to my...

By FAR, the best "improvement" I've made to my 8.
Something about sitting on a stool and routing your throttle cable and attending to the boost pump vs diving under the panel is, I don't know,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-01-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,307
Posted By fl-mike
Yes, you should see the FD pitch up when TO/GA is...

Yes, you should see the FD pitch up when TO/GA is selected. As an option, you can use a single switch with steering diodes to "Tee" all the TOGA inputs into a single "ground" switch.
G3X system? ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2022, 07:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,909
Posted By fl-mike
Holy smokes, how big a sheet did you price! ...

Holy smokes, how big a sheet did you price! Gotta nest all that stuff like a model decal sheet and stuff it all on 8.5x11" or so. Tuck in some extras in case you screw one up. $42 for 8.5x11 black...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-27-2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,096
Posted By fl-mike
Same for me. All they wanted was a business card...

Same for me. All they wanted was a business card to set up an account. Fifteen minutes later on the computer earned a 15% discount if I recall correctly, and they worked with me when I made the...
Forum: Primers 10-25-2022, 03:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,808
Posted By fl-mike
Alodine is a tradename for chromate conversion...

Alodine is a tradename for chromate conversion coating. MIL-DTL-5541. This uses chromic acid to create a film coating and does not change the dimensions of the part.

Anodizing utilizes electric...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-16-2022, 09:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,275
Posted By fl-mike
I made this about 30 years ago when working on...

I made this about 30 years ago when working on the 4 from stuff I had on hand. Fits the fine point Sharpie. The square tube is hollow. Crude, by amazingly effective.
I use it all…the… time.
Use...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-15-2022, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 877
Posted By fl-mike
Hold-down straps were added later. This was a...

Hold-down straps were added later. This was a fit check. These are the shorter M6 (I think) medical tanks.
I later made a second single-tank version with a storage box, and that is what is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-15-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,057
Posted By fl-mike
Download this for reference. Gives the correct...

Download this for reference. Gives the correct contacts for the connector, contact color codes, and the associated crimp tools and positioners. My paper copy is well worn.
D-sub is on page 31...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2022, 02:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,909
Posted By fl-mike
sure, shoot me your email in pm.

sure, shoot me your email in pm.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,909
Posted By fl-mike
Arial Rounded MT Bold, 10pt for switches. I did...

Arial Rounded MT Bold, 10pt for switches.
I did end up with Arial MT Bold (not rounded) when I exported to a jpg or pdf from Visio for the transfers, I can't remember, but it was fine.
Rounded looked...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-05-2022, 01:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 417
Posted By fl-mike
sent you a pm

sent you a pm
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2022, 09:32 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 208,192
Posted By fl-mike
Charcoal...

Charcoal kilns
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piedmont_Charcoal_Kilns_State_Historic_Site
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,501
Posted By fl-mike
Splitting the trailing edge and up a distance on...

Splitting the trailing edge and up a distance on the tip, and re-bonding is fairly common to fix the tips. I had to do that on my Aveo Ziptips, which was complicated by the trailing edge light.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-25-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,127
Posted By fl-mike
There was a drawing revision.

There was a drawing revision.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-24-2022, 06:40 PM
Replies: 1,023
Views: 920,961
Posted By fl-mike
Introducing “Excelsior”. Finished installing the...

Introducing “Excelsior”. Finished installing the wings, tips, and fairings. Figured I’d better pull her out and get a photo in case Ian drops the hangar door on her. Need to reinstall the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-23-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,041
Posted By fl-mike
No issues at all.

No issues at all.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,235
Posted By fl-mike
This is kind of a crappy time to find deals on RV...

This is kind of a crappy time to find deals on RV kits.
The RV world is certainly an aberration in the prices of orphaned kits. Used to be about 70-80% of acquisition cost, but now, ten year old...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-22-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,041
Posted By fl-mike
Looks like I did it before riveting the skin. ...

Looks like I did it before riveting the skin. Here's how I kept things flush when setting the initial pop rivets inside:

Tip: For the sides, to set a consistent gap, put wire in the skin-to-door...
Forum: Primers 09-21-2022, 09:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,826
Posted By fl-mike
Considering that I can SEE the beach from my...

Considering that I can SEE the beach from my hangar....yes.
Shade hangars here are the worst. The salt spray settles on the plane, and the dew keeps it working. Better to leave it outside so the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-20-2022, 05:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,241
Posted By fl-mike
The lead-acid guys all use the 20 hour rate for...

The lead-acid guys all use the 20 hour rate for their A-h rating.
It's all about internal resistance. P=I^2*R, so the more amps you pull out, the energy lost to internal resistance goes up with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,907
Posted By fl-mike
Final fitting of the wings to N184WM. Got them...

Final fitting of the wings to N184WM. Got them both on.
Uncrated the QB wings for N184P. Man, I can't believe how complete these QB wings are. It was a solid 2 years to get to that point on 184WM!
Forum: Painting your RV 09-17-2022, 12:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,617
Posted By fl-mike
For priming, especially with Akzo, you can shoot...

For priming, especially with Akzo, you can shoot it outdoors with little issue. It dries super fast. If you're in a place where no one will care.

Since I do a lot of work at night, I actually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2022, 09:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,040
Posted By fl-mike
One nice thing about the 6 is that the plans are...

One nice thing about the 6 is that the plans are fully dimensioned. You could build one from raw stock.
So, you should be able to confirm the HS dimensions, and all other things in that area. ...
Forum: COMM 09-15-2022, 11:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,301
Posted By fl-mike
Looking at the spectragram, it looks like 3-phase...

Looking at the spectragram, it looks like 3-phase 60Hz pulse modulations (the black dots in the spectragram) spread across some harmonics in the audio band.

I'm still guessing some big honkin'...
Forum: Tools 09-14-2022, 12:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 593
Posted By fl-mike
LOL. It's an anniversary gift from my wife. She...

LOL. It's an anniversary gift from my wife. She likes to buy me things I want, but can't justify financially. I've been using a sloppy old Craftsman for 30+ years. Let's just say that her gift...
Forum: COMM 09-14-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,301
Posted By fl-mike
Arc welders are giant spark gap transmitters. ...

Arc welders are giant spark gap transmitters. Very broadband.
Sounds like 60Hz ish modulation.
Take a handheld and drive near the plants (during operation)
Can you email the audio? I can take a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,454
Posted By fl-mike
My advise for a first time builder is...

My advise for a first time builder is to:
Stick....to....the....plans.....

Do that, use all Van's parts and subkits, and you will have much fewer posts to this forum, LOL. And be flying MUCH...
Forum: Tools 09-14-2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 593
Posted By fl-mike
Vise vices

Gotta love Wilton using pillow packs and a lightweight cardboard box to ship a 62 pound cast iron vise!
At least they bolt it to a piece of plywood to protect the mounting ears.
Not a scratch! UPS...
Forum: Safety 09-13-2022, 10:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,782
Posted By fl-mike
Antenna test range.

Antenna test range.
Forum: Tools 09-07-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,119
Posted By fl-mike
Send 'em both back and buy a used Daniels AFM8!

Send 'em both back and buy a used Daniels AFM8!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,497
Posted By fl-mike
Correct. Typical chromate conversion process...

Correct. Typical chromate conversion process (Alodine 1201 / Bonderite) is to etch with phosphoric acid, chromate convert, and then prime.
Do not use a self-etching primer over the converted...
Forum: RV-14 08-28-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,374
Posted By fl-mike
Question: If one was to switch positions, who...

Question: If one was to switch positions, who absorbs the increased shipping costs that are sure to occur?
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-27-2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,105
Posted By fl-mike
Pretty easy to make a disposable drill fixture. ...

Pretty easy to make a disposable drill fixture. Just use some (thickish) MDF and drill holes at the proper spacing. Clamp to roll bar and drill using the MDF holes to stay square.

BE SURE to allow...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-24-2022, 04:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,815
Posted By fl-mike
Swivel deburring tool and eyeball it.

Swivel deburring tool and eyeball it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-23-2022, 08:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,310
Posted By fl-mike
A guy on eBay sells various sizes of aluminum...

A guy on eBay sells various sizes of aluminum teardrops. I selected one and used it as a female mold and vacuum bagged it with my wife’s Press-and-seal. Came out great.
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,209
Posted By fl-mike
For my 6A, I mounted a folding ring in the...

For my 6A, I mounted a folding ring in the concrete floor under the tail and used a block and tackle to pull the tail down. (Folding so I don’t trip on it!)
Worked great. Didn’t chock the mains, so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-18-2022, 10:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,352
Posted By fl-mike
Turbo, you work too...

Turbo, you work too...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 164,584
Posted By fl-mike
Yeah, it happens. Fiberglass and curves like...

Yeah, it happens. Fiberglass and curves like that are susceptible since the fiberglass overheats easily and it's hard to judge how deep you are cutting on rounded parts. You have to be really...
Forum: RV-3 08-11-2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,009
Posted By fl-mike
As others have said, those kits are a whole...

As others have said, those kits are a whole different world from the new matched hole, CNC kits. You will be laying out every hole and blind-drilling into the ribs, really fabricating parts from raw...
Forum: Tools 08-10-2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,174
Posted By fl-mike
Nobody is recommending a junkyard fully reclining...

Nobody is recommending a junkyard fully reclining car seat on an extended HF moving dolly?
Geez, next thing ya know, this crowd will be buying pre-wired panels....
Forum: Fiberglass 08-09-2022, 06:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,340
Posted By fl-mike
I would be very tempted to just order one from...

I would be very tempted to just order one from Fairings-Etc.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2022, 09:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,089
Posted By fl-mike
The manual has a page (which I posted a view) of...

The manual has a page (which I posted a view) of all pop rivet types, full size.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2022, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,089
Posted By fl-mike
Mk319bs IS countersunk flat head.

Mk319bs IS countersunk flat head.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2022, 01:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,908
Posted By fl-mike
I was going to say the same thing. I am seeing...

I was going to say the same thing.
I am seeing lots of video of taildraggers landing in the stiff crosswind on 36 and using poor technique. The workload and saturation are already very high,...
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