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Forum: RV-10 02-19-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By ppilotmike
Yank the foam and paint the tunnel white.

Yank the foam and paint the tunnel white.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,038
Posted By ppilotmike
+1 for tradition..

I think more people than expected will be vaccinated by then. If OSH is on, then so should all the OSH traditions..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,379
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks to the Moderators..

..for letting this thread fly for a bit. Such an amazing achievement. My sincerest thanks to all those who worked to make it happen. My kids are so excited watching this and other recent successes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,379
Posted By ppilotmike
WooHoo! We've Landed on Mars Again!

Perseverance has touched down successfully on the red planet today! To keep this thread RV related, I'm sure there were lots of RV Builders / Flyers who helped out on this mission. What a great...
Forum: RV-10 02-16-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,381
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks good, but how do you access the dipstick?

Looks good, but how do you access the dipstick?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Posted By ppilotmike
I was figuring that the NACA scoop would be...

I was figuring that the NACA scoop would be painted along with the exterior skin (at the time of final painting). Are people leaving off the plastic back section of the NACA scoop until after it's...
Forum: RV-10 02-04-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By ppilotmike
I've got a set I can sell you Todd. Give me a...

I've got a set I can sell you Todd. Give me a call at 720-933-3352. I have the stock Vans ones (500 newtons) and also the heavy duty Vans ones (600 newtons). Both sets were test fitted, but not...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-03-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,027
Posted By ppilotmike
I don't think this is the right engine for me.

I don't think this is the right engine for me.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-03-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,027
Posted By ppilotmike
PM sent. Will this engine will fit the stock...

PM sent. Will this engine will fit the stock cowl and mount for an RV-10? What is the weight difference of this engine versus the stock, parallel IO-540?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-30-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,844
Posted By ppilotmike
Hang in there..

You're not alone! I've had many moments of weakness and insecurity as to whether or not I could/should finish my project.

I think that's just part of the experience, as everyone I've talked to...
Forum: RV-10 12-30-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 764
Posted By ppilotmike
I also went the McMaster Carr seal route. It's...

I also went the McMaster Carr seal route. It's very easily replaced too, so in the future, keeping a good seal shouldn't be a problem.
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,173
Posted By ppilotmike
This is a good idea and may be what David needs...

This is a good idea and may be what David needs to get back to making pods for experimental builders. I can say that the pod design/quality and instructions for final assembly/fitment to the...
Forum: RV-10 12-28-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,173
Posted By ppilotmike
Not sure whether or not David will continue to...

Not sure whether or not David will continue to make the MotoPods, but I know that they were making "surveillance equipment versions" of it the last time I talked with David about this. Seems there...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-05-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,739
Posted By ppilotmike
I'm curious about this. In the latest Sports...

I'm curious about this. In the latest Sports Aviation Magazine that came out this month, there is an article that speaks about "departures from the factory plans," saying that a DAR might not allow...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,136
Posted By ppilotmike
David, I can only speak about the doors I saw...

David,

I can only speak about the doors I saw and I'm not sure what foam type they used. However, 5 to 6 lb foam weighs 5 to 6 lbs per cubic foot. What's the volume of a door cavity? 0.333 cf, 0.5...
Forum: RV-10 11-03-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,136
Posted By ppilotmike
Airward Kit for Hinges

I wouldn't add the weight of foam into the doors. I've seen an RV-10 where the doors were injected with foam. The doors were so heavy they required heavy duty struts to lift them and they went up...
Forum: RV-10 11-02-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 733
Posted By ppilotmike
I just finished installing the PlaneAround 3rd...

I just finished installing the PlaneAround 3rd latch and Aerosport Low Profile Handles in my RV-10, after the door halves were already bonded. It was pretty easy, and I can't think of any reason why...
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2020, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,520
Posted By ppilotmike
Well, your inquiry motivated me to catch my build...

Well, your inquiry motivated me to catch my build log up. It is now up to date.
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,520
Posted By ppilotmike
See my kitlog entries, under...

See my kitlog entries, under "Options".
http://www.mykitlog.com/users/category.php?user=mikrettig&project=803&category=10899 Sorry, but I haven't updated my kitlog site in 2 1/2 years! :o I really...
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,348
Posted By ppilotmike
Fiberfrax Sandwich

I believe the fiberfrax / SS sandwich was recommended as added fire protection, not to simply solve a problem with a hot tunnel. There was an RV-10 that had a fire in the engine compartment and the...
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,019
Posted By ppilotmike
That's what I used. Combined with my pneumatic...

That's what I used. Combined with my pneumatic squeezer, dimpling nutplates was a breeze.
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,328
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. Get all three of them. I've used them all...

Yup. Get all three of them. I've used them all and was glad I had them.
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,348
Posted By ppilotmike
I used 1/16" thick FiberFrax on the belly,...

I used 1/16" thick FiberFrax on the belly, sandwiched under 0.005" thick stainless steel sheet. For the firewall, I intend to use 1/8" thick Fiberfrax under the same stainless steel sheet. I did...
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,520
Posted By ppilotmike
David should be able to shoot you a PDF of the...

David should be able to shoot you a PDF of the instructions for the hard-point installation. That will show you the locations of interest. I know, that the hard-point kit is able to be retrofit to...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,485
Posted By ppilotmike
Nicely Done!

Congratulations on this incredible milestone.
Forum: RV-10 09-02-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 749
Posted By ppilotmike
I believe you are allowed one "do-over" for...

I believe you are allowed one "do-over" for dimples (so, you only get one extra chance to get them right). Also, since you only did a few, this shouldn't be a problem. Learn from the mistake...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,606
Posted By ppilotmike
DRDT2.... Set up correctly.

I also have used both the c-frame and DRDT2. Love the DRDT2! Once it's set up correctly, per the instructions, it is a set it and forget it machine for dimples. It's much quieter and (IMHO) easier...
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,613
Posted By ppilotmike
SFSA for me too. Nice interior, great options...

SFSA for me too. Nice interior, great options and VERY helpful! Eliane is the best. It's like having your own personal interior designer. Prices are good too.
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2020, 07:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,371
Posted By ppilotmike
EMAG Summary

Can either of you guys give a summary of how the 6 cylinder EMag setup works? I'm interested in a comparison between the emag technology and the EFII / SDS technology. Differences, similarities,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,413
Posted By ppilotmike
Good Prioritization Skills

I really liked your write up. I too have experienced a lot of the same things along the way. Forgetting to eat, sleep or bathe is easy to do; especially early on in the build. My story started in...
Forum: Interiors 04-03-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 565
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks nice! It looks similar to the set you made...

Looks nice! It looks similar to the set you made for me, only I went with red accent thread and darker leather. You guys certainly turn out a quality product.
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,511
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks Larry and Eulice!

Thanks Larry and Eulice!
Forum: RV-10 03-04-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,511
Posted By ppilotmike
Well done!

I am envious of your paint job too. Can you tell me more about that? How much (ballpark) would you say you spent and what was your prior experience before painting. I am interested in painting my...
Forum: RV-10 02-28-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,988
Posted By ppilotmike
WD-1017-1 Only?

For those of us RV-10 builders that have not yet installed our nose gear, is it possible to get just the new WD-1017-1 part, instead of the whole SB kit? Or, is there other special parts/hardware...
Forum: RV-10 01-17-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,153
Posted By ppilotmike
Well Done! We want pictures all over your flying...

Well Done! We want pictures all over your flying bird. I want to see the panel and how the interior came out, please.
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-04-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,171
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

Now that you've picked your build, it's time to get started. I am also building an RV-10, although I'm going slow build everything with some mods that have pushed my build time out quite a bit (2...
Forum: RV-10 10-14-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,842
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

I'm feeling the same way about my build after 8 years, but I continue to soldier on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,777
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome..

..to yet another New Builder in Colorado. Your work space will pay dividends, for sure. Keep it in your house as long as you can.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 441
Posted By ppilotmike
I think it's a neat idea. There are a few people...

I think it's a neat idea. There are a few people who have played with making up their own boards and/or using Arduinos, so maybe someone will do it.
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By ppilotmike
I ran 3 conduits from the tailcone forward; 2 in...

I ran 3 conduits from the tailcone forward; 2 in the right side and 1 on the left, baggage door side. I am about to start wiring up my runs, but have not done this yet. Worst case, i believe it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,143
Posted By ppilotmike
I thought the spinner that Vans supplies with the...

I thought the spinner that Vans supplies with the Hartzell 2-blade for the RV-10 is fiberglass, not metal. Does Hartzell (or Vans) sell a metal spinner for the 2-blade Hartzell on an RV-10, that...
Forum: International 08-29-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 21,563
Posted By ppilotmike
Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.

Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.
Forum: RV-10 08-26-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 16,101
Posted By ppilotmike
Glad you're okay. I think it would be very...

Glad you're okay. I think it would be very helpful to post some pictures of what remains.
Forum: International 08-13-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 21,563
Posted By ppilotmike
Watching..

..with great interest.
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,684
Posted By ppilotmike
Doug, If the price is low enough, you will...

Doug,

If the price is low enough, you will surely get offers "sight unseen." However, if the workmanship is good and corrosion minimal, I see no reason you couldn't get way more than $10K (which is...
Forum: RV-10 07-31-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 498
Views: 513,188
Posted By ppilotmike
Really nice looking paint job. The color scheme...

Really nice looking paint job. The color scheme and pattern are similar to what I'm planning, if I can ever get it to fly. Would you please send me a PM with the information on your paint guy,...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,132
Posted By ppilotmike
One more story for you: Back in 2011, after a...

One more story for you:

Back in 2011, after a year spent researching the various planes and kits available and deciding on a Vans kit, I knew I wanted a 7A. I simply loved it, and thought it was...
Forum: RV-10 06-24-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,678
Posted By ppilotmike
Love it. Nice write-up.

Love it. Nice write-up.
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,852
Posted By ppilotmike
I'll be there again this year, but with my whole...

I'll be there again this year, but with my whole family. (2 adults and 2 kids). Looking forward to it.
Forum: RV-10 06-17-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 498
Views: 513,188
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks real nice, Justin.

Looks real nice, Justin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,824
Posted By ppilotmike
Cool Pics, Dan!

I'll be there again this year, with my whole family (kids too), so probably won't close it down this year. ;)
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-22-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,140
Posted By ppilotmike
I went with the largest Harbor Freight compressor...

I went with the largest Harbor Freight compressor I could find that was 1) oiled, 2) 2 stage (quieter) and 3) 110V. It has served me well for the last 8 years of building. All my tools are air...
Forum: RV-10 05-21-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,368
Posted By ppilotmike
South Florida Sport Aviation..

I went with South Florida Sport Aviation's interior because their kit covers everything except the doors. I didn't hardly have to do any fit and finish on the canopy interior, since it all gets...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-03-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,877
Posted By ppilotmike
I like this! Cool project. I too am interested...

I like this! Cool project. I too am interested in what it weighs and whether or not it folds. Nicely done!
Forum: RV-10 04-19-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,160
Posted By ppilotmike
I agree. A kick or a push on the door from the...

I agree. A kick or a push on the door from the inside and it would open. There's also the side windows, front and back, that could be broken with the right tool.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-17-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,806
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice Write-Up!

Thanks for posting your adventure. It's nice to see pictures of people having fun at SnF. I've never been, but would like to some day, when my bird is flying.
Forum: Tools 04-15-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,039
Posted By ppilotmike
I also bought by tool kit from planetools.com. ...

I also bought by tool kit from planetools.com. Can't say how they compare now, as it's been a while since I bought my kit, but back then it was very complete and a good price. I would recommend...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-10-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,287
Posted By ppilotmike
Use Epoxy

My understanding is that you can use epoxy resin with polyester parts, but not polyester resin with epoxy parts. I could be wrong about that, but my friend, who's a fiberglass guru, told me to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,652
Posted By ppilotmike
You do not need to enter your plane to be judged...

You do not need to enter your plane to be judged to park/camp in the home-built camping area.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,486
Posted By ppilotmike
+1

Me too! I think, without VAF, Vans would have fewer people building their planes. In fact, I think fewer people would be building experimentals of any type, without VAF. VAF gives builders a place...
Forum: RV-10 03-28-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 771
Posted By ppilotmike
Epoxy and Micro

I used epoxy (West System) with micro-balloons mixed to the consistency you want. Then, when it's all sanded and smooth, screed a layer of just epoxy resin over it all, sand smooth, fill pinholes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 15,346
Posted By ppilotmike
Well, one could certainly beat him to the punch...

Well, one could certainly beat him to the punch then, right? If there's something else going on (like the FAA is giving him special treatment), then I agree with you. However, if he's just getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 15,346
Posted By ppilotmike
James, I'm sorry you "lost" two short N-numbers...

James,

I'm sorry you "lost" two short N-numbers that you had reserved. Sounds like the FAA failed you. What would you do if the guy in line ahead of you at the DMV wanted the same vanity plate you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 15,346
Posted By ppilotmike
Short N Numbers

I, for one, believe that Short N Numbers is indeed providing a service. John has not only secured a nice collection of desirable numbers, but has arranged them in an easily searchable manner and...
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