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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,471
Posted By txaviator
That is BRILLIANT!

That is BRILLIANT!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2022, 11:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,432
Posted By txaviator
If you have an un-insulated aluminum garage door,...

If you have an un-insulated aluminum garage door, insulate it! Makes a huge difference!

Buy a few sheets of the 4x8 rigid insulation board at Home Depot or Lowes, for like $9 per sheet. Comes in...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-06-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 34,413
Posted By txaviator
Incredibly clean shop, my friend!

Incredibly clean shop, my friend!
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,292
Posted By txaviator
SOLD!

I will send in my deposits, the day the order form hits the Internet. Doug Reeves, maybe we can get combined shipping on our two kits :D
Forum: Tools 07-06-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,316
Posted By txaviator
FOD Removal!

So, I live at 50F (Bourland Field), just SW of Fort Worth, TX. We have always had folks running FOD patrol, up and down our runway, typically once a day. Also included within our airpark, are some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,806
Posted By txaviator
Yeah, my bad. I guess I ruined his 'cover', with...

Yeah, my bad. I guess I ruined his 'cover', with that Cub delivery photo! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,806
Posted By txaviator
Randy....

Thanks for the follow-up info. So on the bases themselves: looks like you just welded up some thin gauge steel?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,806
Posted By txaviator
The Man, The Myth, The Legend

A neighbor at my home/airpark (50F) bought a Cub and was having it delivered this past weekend. It's ironic that my neighbor flies F-16's for a living, but is having to get his T/W endorsement for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 01:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,806
Posted By txaviator
Randy, those look great! Are those vinyl...

Randy, those look great! Are those vinyl graphics? If so, do you reckon that your sign shop still has the files, so they could cut me a set? IE: to copy that great work? :)

Those are...
Forum: Tools 03-25-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,763
Posted By txaviator
Yeah, my hangar is about 3200'. Even with a...

Yeah, my hangar is about 3200'. Even with a drain in the floor, a giant squeegee and a giant mop, it took me hours and hours. And it still didn't look very good. Plus, my back was toast,...
Forum: Tools 03-25-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,763
Posted By txaviator
Doug Reeves...

I hope you are right, my friend....because my Viper Fang 20HD is bought and in route to 50F :D

(I'm almost broke now, but if it works half as good as you say, it'll be worth every penny)

Thanks...
Forum: Tools 03-08-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,763
Posted By txaviator
Cleaning the hangar floor?

Doug's post about cleaning his hangar, made me think about mine.

New hangar, 3000+ feet, and I did a really cool acid/coloration to the floor. It is a black 'marbled' type effect, acid stained, and...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-20-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 25,771
Posted By txaviator
Oh yeah, brain fart. With it being cancelled...

Oh yeah, brain fart. With it being cancelled last year, my mind is numb. I've been, and it's the experience of a lifetime.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-06-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 25,771
Posted By txaviator
What's magical (or could be) about that given...

What's magical (or could be) about that given day? :confused:
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-04-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 25,771
Posted By txaviator
Decisions, decisions.....

As I sit here reading back thru these posts (some very old), it brings me to one main question. I think Paul outlined the basis of my question...Paul detailed the fact that it takes a LONG time to...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-28-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,047
Posted By txaviator
My Sincere Condolences

Being 'local', anytime I needed a specialty tool, I just buzzed up to Avery's. Even if I'd called in my order (knowing I could be in and out the door in 1-minute) I always planned on much longer. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,722
Posted By txaviator
WINGS

Didn't I sell you those wings? Like what, 10+ years ago? I think it was you?
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-03-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,085
Posted By txaviator
Simple ABS Vacuum-Forming

This is what we do for a living.....albeit on UTV accessories and not RV's. This looks like simple ABS with a slight hair-cell finish. ABS plastic sheet is readily available at most any plastic...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-25-2016, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,889
Posted By txaviator
Great-looking co-pilot!

Great-looking co-pilot!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2016, 09:57 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 22,577
Posted By txaviator
Movie

RIP Mr. Hoover!

And if any of you'll haven't seen the movie "Flying the Feathered Edge", I'd suggest you log out of here now, and go purchase it online. It is incredible.

There's also a nice...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-05-2016, 12:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,662
Posted By txaviator
Call Jay Pratt. If he can't tell you how to fix...

Call Jay Pratt. If he can't tell you how to fix it, then it simply isn't able to be fixed. He's the master on -8's.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-05-2016, 08:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,344
Posted By txaviator
It Works Fine!

Joe,
I don't have a dog in this hunt. As you know, I completed my RV-12 in Texas and sold it to a gentleman in Iowa. I removed the Jabiru and delivered it (via U-Haul to Iowa). He installed a new...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-13-2016, 02:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 13,693
Posted By txaviator
That looks AWESOME!

That looks AWESOME!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,510
Posted By txaviator
Cowl

VERY cool looking cowling!
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-15-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,846
Posted By txaviator
Brenham, TX

Recently bought a spam can in Brenham. Two huge 3-blade props were mangled, and laying on two wooden pallets, beside where my 'new' plane was stored.

I asked the mechanic at the FBO if those were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 23,961
Posted By txaviator
Great Job!

Great job FLYING THE AIRPLANE!

From the ultra-clear video, it seems like it will be rather simple to pinpoint the field where the canopy ended up landing. Looks like some unique topography which...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-30-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,015
Posted By txaviator
Tools...

A cheap inexpensive band saw is very valuable to the build, in my humble opinion. Much cleaner and faster cuts, versus using a hacksaw. Is it necessary? No. But is it worth its weight in gold? ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,659
Posted By txaviator
Dave, Small parts like this can be placed in the...

Dave,

Small parts like this can be placed in the oven. Just be sure the wife is gone while you do it :p

On larger parts, we use heat strips, which are basically round rods that are electrified and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,659
Posted By txaviator
Makes me wonder too. Depending on the answer,...

Makes me wonder too. Depending on the answer, Joe may need to rivet in some supports to prevent wrinkling?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,659
Posted By txaviator
It typically won't, Joe. Unless you run like a...

It typically won't, Joe. Unless you run like a cheetah. This polymer will still feel hot for awhile, but it's got to be right at a perfect temperature to be pliable enough to form to a tight fit. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,659
Posted By txaviator
BINGO! This is exactly how I would make my forms!

BINGO! This is exactly how I would make my forms!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,518
Posted By txaviator
Now THAT rocking chair is pure genius! You...

Now THAT rocking chair is pure genius! You deserve some type of award, for creating that! (now I'm on Craigs List looking for 'ejection seats', LOL)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,915
Posted By txaviator
Ya think? Holy Cow! :p

Ya think? Holy Cow! :p
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,659
Posted By txaviator
Joe, If you heat those small pieces to a pliable...

Joe,
If you heat those small pieces to a pliable state, your heat source needs to be pretty close to the aircraft. The acrylic will start to cool very fast, and you won't have too long to work with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2015, 11:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,659
Posted By txaviator
You can't cold form (ie: hand-bend, in this case)...

You can't cold form (ie: hand-bend, in this case) acrylic (trade name Plexiglas) to fit the RV-12 rear window application. It will most likely shatter like an egg. That's why the guy that was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,915
Posted By txaviator
Black Duct Tape

That tape that Van's uses? It's got to be the strongest duct tape EVER made. WOW! As others have mentioned, be careful peeling it off of thin skins.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-16-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,133
Posted By txaviator
Don, When are you going to turn the key and put...

Don,
When are you going to turn the key and put some air under the wings of that airplane? :rolleyes:
Forum: RV-14 01-13-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 102,881
Posted By txaviator
Chain saw, brutha. Get a chain saw! Repair the...

Chain saw, brutha. Get a chain saw! Repair the door opening later.:D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-24-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,144
Posted By txaviator
Friction

Tom,
Mine were tight as well. But it all comes together and works out, once you get them all rigged with cables.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,992
Posted By txaviator
I delivered my RV-12 (via U-Haul enclosed truck)...

I delivered my RV-12 (via U-Haul enclosed truck) from Texas to northern Iowa. I rented 12-dozen moving blankets from U-Haul, for some ridiculously low price...I think it was like $50 total for the...
Forum: Safety 11-28-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,349
Posted By txaviator
^^^^^^^^^^^^ THIS ! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

^^^^^^^^^^^^ THIS ! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 11-21-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 75,170
Posted By txaviator
Hilarious! "they plowed a chunk of the...

Hilarious! "they plowed a chunk of the lake".
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,869
Posted By txaviator
Brilliant! And highly affordable!

Brilliant! And highly affordable!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 18,451
Posted By txaviator
Mike's original link is working for me, Paul.

Mike's original link is working for me, Paul.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-13-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 18,451
Posted By txaviator
Whoa!

That's going to be a SERIOUS threat to the survival of the Australian company, in my opinion*! Those are some very stiff rules and prohibited actions. Makes me REALLY glad I sold mine before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,603
Posted By txaviator
I must have missed the news.....what's your new...

I must have missed the news.....what's your new project?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,493
Posted By txaviator
Not sure....

I had a Mueller metal building built @ my house. It's 30' x 40'. I too had the option of weld-up versus bolt-up. I chose bolt-up for no real reason. In my case (about 8-years ago) the price was...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-28-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,449
Posted By txaviator
That's FANTASTIC! Glad it worked out well for...

That's FANTASTIC! Glad it worked out well for you!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-21-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 24,150
Posted By txaviator
Don't forget Iron Eagle....where the dude steals...

Don't forget Iron Eagle....where the dude steals an F-16 and goes to 'save' his dad. Hahahahahaha!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-16-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,449
Posted By txaviator
Sorry for the delayed response. I'm so busy at...

Sorry for the delayed response. I'm so busy at work these days that I really don't have a chance to check-in here very often.

The blue tape with holes should work just fine, without the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-09-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,449
Posted By txaviator
Office Depot / Staples / Etc.

I used the donut shaped thing-a-ma-jiggys that you use on notebook paper. Can't think of their name right now. The reinforcement donut-shaped, self-adhesive deals that you'd put over the three...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-06-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 24,672
Posted By txaviator
Red Bull: PIREP

* I read some schedule online that said the races started at 9:45, but it was a typo on their website. We got there at 9:00 but no real flying occurred until 12:15 or so. Wasn't much to do for the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-05-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 28,893
Posted By txaviator
Doug, I'm saddened to hear about your mother. My...

Doug,
I'm saddened to hear about your mother. My sincere condolences.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-03-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,363
Posted By txaviator
Got it, Tom. I'll get back to you tomorrow!

Got it, Tom. I'll get back to you tomorrow!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-03-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,363
Posted By txaviator
Rick, I bought the HF press, too. And it simply...

Rick,
I bought the HF press, too. And it simply didn't have enough 'huevos' to do the job. I quit trying it after about a minute. I'm going off of memory but I think I went and used a large socket...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-03-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,961
Posted By txaviator
Fuel

David,
Do a quick search on this forum and you'll find plenty of discussions about just that. Some have rolled their own, and built their own wing tanks. And on the other side of the coin, I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-03-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,363
Posted By txaviator
Rick, I wish you would have remembered I offered...

Rick,
I wish you would have remembered I offered to loan you my longeron dies for the -12! It makes it a piece of cake!

** Follow the angles and plans verbatim and yes, everything will fit like a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-27-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,017
Posted By txaviator
Randy, Show them a pic of the finished product in...

Randy,
Show them a pic of the finished product in your plane.......your email will probably blow up with inquiries :D
Forum: Tools 08-22-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 973
Posted By txaviator
Bench Mount Pneumatic Squeezer?

Anyone have a bench mount pneumatic squeezer that they would like to sell?

Thanks-
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-15-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 24,672
Posted By txaviator
Tickets

I just now received an email from TMS saying that my tickets had been mailed! FYI.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-13-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 24,672
Posted By txaviator
They ARE offering camping (a big spot that will...

They ARE offering camping (a big spot that will fit a motorhome or a truck/travel trailer). However it's $250! Here's the quote from the TMS webpage:
RESERVED CAMPING

Reserved camping in the VIP...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-11-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,456
Posted By txaviator
Now THAT is a brilliant idea!

Now THAT is a brilliant idea!
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-11-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 21,037
Posted By txaviator
I saw the cap too, and ordered a couple of them...

I saw the cap too, and ordered a couple of them and a shirt, from their official website last week! :D
Forum: Tools 08-08-2014, 11:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 15,853
Posted By txaviator
Ooooops!

I built an RV-12 with the same HF gun. Pulled it out of the box, connected to air and pulled however many thousands of rivets. Never added any oil. Only adjusted the 'jaws/pull' once or twice. ...
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