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Forum: RV-4 03-22-2018, 01:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,735
Posted By ratc
Building the RV-4 !

After 15 years of solo efforts I've taken the plunge to join forces with a fellow builder in a 50/50 partnership. The increase in energy and work effort will hopefully see her flying in a year or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
cummins/Catto 2 Blade Spinner

Bret, Not sure, however, they do look superb !
Perhaps Allan would enlighten us ?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2015, 01:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Picture size !

Sorry for the size of the picture still getting to grips with this stuff !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w391/Andy_Ratc...

http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w391/Andy_Ratcliffe/IMG_0503_zpsaqk6gnah.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Cummins/Catto 2 blade Spinner !

Axel,
Here it is !
I fear the orientation may not be the best.
Sorry my picture did not appear. Back to the drawing board.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
pictures ?

Axel, let me see what I can sort out ............never posted a picture.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Cummins/Catto 2 blade spinner !

Allan, my spinner arrived today, thank you !
It is indeed a work of art.
For the standard FP -13 spinner Nicole at Catto confirmed that the S-605 is the correct forward bulkhead for their current...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2015, 12:46 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Spinner frontplate ?

Hi Axel,
Prop has already arrived, spinner is en-route.
I've already got the S-605 front plate which is 10 7/8 " diameter. However it looks like the S-605 SEN which has a slightly larger is the one I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2015, 11:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Thumbs up Cummins/Catto Spinner En-route !

Axel/Allan, great work, thank you for your efforts it seems all has paid off since the spinners are now in production !
My Cummins/Catto aluminium spinner is complete and hopefully en-route to the...
Forum: Propellers 11-20-2015, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,784
Posted By ratc
S-605 SEN ?

crabandy you have a PM !
Forum: RV-4 10-21-2015, 11:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,125
Posted By ratc
RV-4 Firewall datum ?

One final try, if anyone building an RV-4 with an 0-320 is at the engine on/cowl off stage and are happy to give me their datum measurements from a "known point" on the engine to the BOTTOM edge of...
Forum: Propellers 10-11-2015, 11:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,784
Posted By ratc
Spinner backplate 602-1 ?

Perfect hlangebro, thank you PM en-route!
OK, just the 602-1, 13" backplate required.
Thanks for looking on those dusty shelves in the back of your workshops !
Forum: Propellers 10-10-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,784
Posted By ratc
WTB - S 602-1 and S 605

A quick bump just in case someone has come across these two unwanted
Items from their FP-13 spinner kit ! A slight wrinkle in that you would be willing to ship to the UK (paid of course).
May only...
Forum: Propellers 09-30-2015, 12:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,784
Posted By ratc
FP-13 components

Thanks for looking. Crabandy, the SEN forward bulkhead is too big for the Catto application. Hlangebro, sounds like a start, could we wait a wee while to see if anyone has the rear bulkhead ? The...
Forum: Propellers 09-29-2015, 12:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,784
Posted By ratc
Wanted - Spinner FP-13 or components

Hi
Just before I order direct from Vans has anyone got just the front and back plate (S 602-1, S 605) for the "Spinner FP-13 kit ? OR, even the FULL kit that they have no use for. Must be un-touched...
Forum: Propellers 09-24-2015, 12:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,695
Posted By ratc
2 blade Catto propeller

Hi hohocc,
I ordered my 2 blade Catto propeller about 6 weeks ago and got a message from Nicole a few days ago saying it was ready to be shipped.
Craig was happy for me to run a 70" x 72" for my RV-4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2015, 12:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Update !

Axel, Thank you for the update.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Catto/Cummins Spinner Updates ?

Nothing heard regarding the Catto/Cummins spinner combination. I tried to call and email Allan with no success !
Axel or Allan, do you have any more updates please ?

I've ordered a Catto 2 blade...
Forum: RV-4 08-27-2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,118
Posted By ratc
Just completed the aluminium canopy skirt - Old...

Just completed the aluminium canopy skirt - Old school, not the easiest thing I've ever done on my project ! Now after riveting if I could only get the canopy hinge pin all the way through it should...
Forum: RV-4 08-26-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,118
Posted By ratc
All really good information, thank you one and...

All really good information, thank you one and all !
I'll be sure to test any paint before I commit to the "real" thing..........Far too much work to sacrifice at this stage !
Forum: RV-4 08-26-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,118
Posted By ratc
Skysailor, just re-read your post. Are you...

Skysailor, just re-read your post. Are you suggesting that the forward canopy fairing is included in the RV-4 kit ? If so, mine did not come with one in the finish kit !
Forum: RV-4 08-26-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,118
Posted By ratc
Skysailor, thank you for the input, I doubt that...

Skysailor, thank you for the input, I doubt that the SIKAFLEX would fail, this is the canopy frame to canopy sealant. The PRC is just the fillet seal !
Thank you all for the data, it seems painting...
Forum: RV-4 08-25-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,118
Posted By ratc
Plexiglass painting ?

I'm trying to get away without a fibreglass/aluminium forward fairing to the canopy so just ran a PRC bead around the front edge. In doing so you can still see part of the sikaflex inside bead, is it...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-17-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,954
Posted By ratc
catto + Cummins Aluminium Spinner ?

Bevan, I doubt there would be a weight saving, in fact for my application it would be better if it were heavier since I'd like to maintain a more forward C of G on my -4!
I'm sure Allan/Axel will...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-17-2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,954
Posted By ratc
Catto + Cummins Aluminium Spinner ?

Hi Allan,
Any updates on the Cummins/Catto 2 blade propeller aluminium spinner ? Direct email sent.
I know Axel has been working hard with you to get things moving !
I assume we will still need Back...
Forum: RV-4 08-15-2015, 01:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,125
Posted By ratc
Firewall Datum ?

Cm, I admit it will be more expensive AND it might not produce any extra performance but having heard several RV-4's with the 4 pipe system I feel the 4 into 1 solution will be less harsh !...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2015, 01:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Catto + Cummins Aluminium Spinner ?

Hi Axel,
Just ordered my Catto 2 blade prop for the -4 ! The only thing I didn't request was their spinner, any updates on the Cummins/Catto solution ?
Forum: RV-4 08-13-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,125
Posted By ratc
Firewall Datum ?

Hi Bill, thank you for the heads up. My intention is to send the maker my engine with "dummy" firewall and ancillary
Parts attached ! If no one has a datum I'll fit the engine mount to the engine...
Forum: RV-4 08-13-2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,125
Posted By ratc
Firewall datum ?

Here's the story so far, I'm having a 4 into 1 exhaust made for my RV-4,
0-320D3G. The engine is currently not on the aircraft but on a stand so I need to construct an accurate template of the...
Forum: RV-4 07-17-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,239
Posted By ratc
Canopy skirt !

You're probably missing nothing but my poor description !
The canopy is already bonded to the frame with sikaflex ! The final process will be to bond the side skins to the canopy and rivet the skins...
Forum: RV-4 07-17-2015, 12:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,239
Posted By ratc
Canopy skirt bonding ?

At last it time to bond the canopy skirt to the frame.

I've decided to use proseal on the exterior, hopefully for better paint adhesion.

What are current thoughts on pre and post cleaning fluids...
Forum: International 05-22-2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,122
Posted By ratc
RV's in Northern Sweden ?

I find myself in Lulea in Northern Sweden for the next couple of weekends.
For those who are familiar, is there anything RV available to see or do ?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-22-2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,096
Posted By ratc
Brilliant, thanks Andy ! Do you have any...

Brilliant, thanks Andy !

Do you have any pictures of your system you could send me ?

PM sent.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2015, 01:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,096
Posted By ratc
Rv-4 (4 into 1)

Andy, thanks for the useful info and contact number, I may well use it !

As an aside, did you use a heated seat system or oil cooler pick off for the cockpit heating ? I would think that a muffler...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-11-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,096
Posted By ratc
RV-4 (4 into 1)

Hi Bill,

Thank you for the input. I've already spoken to Eric at AWI. Although they make a system for the 0-320 it's not for the -4 application (!).

What I'm looking for is RV-4 specific...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-11-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,096
Posted By ratc
4 into 1 Exhaust (RV-4) !

A BIG ask............?

For those, if any, RV-4 builders, (operators) who have a Carb/Rotec TBI,
0-320 with a 4 into 1 exhaust.
I'm looking for any available dimensional/geometric...
Forum: RV-4 05-05-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,586
Posted By ratc
Setrab/Mocal Oil cooler

Thank you all for your valuable information and installation photographs, most useful.
Axel, PM sent
Forum: RV-4 05-03-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,586
Posted By ratc
Setrab Oil Cooler O320 ?

Any users of either Setrab or Mocal oil coolers on RV-4 0-320 ?

What size did you find was most effective ?

Standard or heavy duty?

Installation pictures would be useful if available.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-03-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 866
Posted By ratc
Non Impulse gear drive 0-320 D3G ?

Some time ago I bought a non impulse gear mag in preparation of removing the mags and installing two Pmags.

Today I removed the impulse and non impluse gears from the mags only to find a BIG...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
cummins/Catto combo update?

Axel, Brilliant news, thank you !
I suspect you'll post pictures when the final spinner design is complete ?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2015, 01:10 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Cummins/Catto combo update?

Axel, I know you will be working hard on this combo - Any updates ?

I add my thanks to you for your hard work on what could be a winning combination !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Axel, Thank you for the update. Do you know yet...

Axel,
Thank you for the update.
Do you know yet how the purchasing of the spinner will work?
A "package" from Craig, Propeller, Cummins Spinner and Sabre Spacer ?
Or, separate items direct from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,517
Posted By ratc
Cummins/Catto combo update?

Axel/Allan,
Any update on your progress ?
Any idea of the weight difference between the aluminium and fibreglass?
With such a large moment even a few ounces should help significantly bringing the C...
Forum: RV-4 10-14-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,714
Posted By ratc
4 into 1

A little bit more difficult to fit under the -4 cowl but I can't understand why the "tuned" 4 into 1 hasn't got a bigger following !
Forum: Propellers 09-17-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,076
Posted By ratc
Catto web site ?

Is everyone else experiencing problems with the Catto Props web site?
Forum: RV-4 08-06-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,669
Posted By ratc
closer look !

Hi Chris,
My BIG move is now complete and after 4 years of no progress my -4 is in it's new workshop.
Feel free to pop up and take a look any time.
Forum: RV-4 07-17-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,270
Posted By ratc
Height ?

Thank you, off now to sort out the overhead storage !
Forum: RV-4 07-16-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,270
Posted By ratc
Height ?

Any ideas ?
Searched the web but nothing found. Starting the overhead storage this weekend if anyone has a rough dimension, thanks.
Forum: RV-4 07-15-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,270
Posted By ratc
Height ?

I'm trying to finish off my workshop and I need to know the height from the floor to top of the vertical stabilizer when aircraft is on the ground in the flying attitude ?

Storage as we all know can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,451
Posted By ratc
Catto Propeller ?

Dan,

Is this the two blade "New Gen." with stainless leading edge?

If so, I'm watching with interest since this is the weapon of choice for my similarly equipped RV-4.

Did you request a cruise...
Forum: RV-4 06-20-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,255
Posted By ratc
Inspiration !

Brian,
Thank you for this..................... a golden nugget of information !
I think I now see a way forward, only time will tell. I'll keep you posted when I re-start after the workshop build and...
Forum: RV-4 06-19-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,255
Posted By ratc
The black art !

I figured it wouldn't be easy, but not this difficult to get the "perfect" fit !
What a pity, it is precisely the canopy fit that I look at on first seeing a -4.

I may well need an english wheel to...
Forum: RV-4 06-18-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,255
Posted By ratc
What is the secret ?

OK, I've bonded the canopy to the frame with Sikaflex, the front skin has been riveted on, albeit there is a slight bulge on the LH side which I could lose by shimming the forward instrument panel...
Forum: RV-4 06-16-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,282
Posted By ratc
Sikaflex vs PRC

Just to clarify, I would be effectively running a bead around the canopy between the side skins but using PRC rather than Sikaflex.

I figured that if I can get a very tight fit of the skirt around...
Forum: RV-4 06-15-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,282
Posted By ratc
Sikaflex Canopy - variation ?

Here is a variation on a theme.
Some years ago I used Sikaflex to "bond" my canopy to the frame. Having not done anything further to my project due to other commitments it's time to pick up the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-25-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,954
Posted By ratc
Catto 2 blade spinner please !

Eddie, thank you for your response.
A Cummins aluminium spinner for a Catto 2 blade propeller would be everything I need........... !
Not quiet ready yet but it's all about getting your ducks in a...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-25-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,954
Posted By ratc
Should have read "composite/wooden fixed pitch"...

Should have read "composite/wooden fixed pitch" !
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-25-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,954
Posted By ratc
FP-13 replacement?

If only Allan had a kit available to replace the standard FP-13 kit which Vans supplies for those users of Fixed pitch propellers !

Any thoughts?
Forum: Reviews 02-04-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 14,271
Posted By ratc
Real world data ?

Axel,
Just been in contact with Catto about a "New Gen" Propeller, optimised for cruise for my RV -4. Nicole quoted 70" x 71" for the two blade. I noticed your test propeller with impressive data was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,914
Posted By ratc
Knee board every time!

Great for the -4 with the lack of space.

Design 4 Pilot - i pilot mini :)
Forum: RV-4 01-12-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 994
Posted By ratc
4 into 1 Exhaust 0-320 D3G ?

Have any -4 builders found a good source for a 4 into 1 exhaust system ?

I've spoken to Larry Vetterman recently, it's something he would rather not undertake since he feels the gains (if any) are...
Forum: Propellers 09-17-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,343
Posted By ratc
Replacing FP-13 spinner with Cummins?

Allan,
I've probably missed this somewhere in the threads, do you currently produce a spinner that replaces the Vans standard 13" fixed pitch fibreglass spinner?

I'm going the FP route for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2013, 12:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,890
Posted By ratc
Could I request a copy of the plans too please?...

Could I request a copy of the plans too please?
aratc2@gmail.com
Many thanks
Forum: RV-3 04-29-2013, 11:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,221
Posted By ratc
Short filler tube?

Looking for the same. Just purchased an 0-320 D3G for my -4 which has the long (?) oil filler tube. I know it's possible to cut them down but perhaps a replacement would be better!
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