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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 10:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 895
Posted By Steve Melton
RV-9A, 100K hull, $1000 thru Gallagher. 44 yrs...

RV-9A, 100K hull, $1000 thru Gallagher. 44 yrs flying, no accidents, claims or any aircraft damage. now I'm jinxed.
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-26-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 664
Views: 225,531
Posted By Steve Melton
you completed a lot of hard work. as it is said...

you completed a lot of hard work. as it is said "nothing good comes easy" but it will be worth it. you will get to recover from the hard work of building. from now on it will be much easier. big...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-25-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By Steve Melton
the spinner to cowl fit is really nice.

the spinner to cowl fit is really nice.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
declutter step

I almost have 3 bare walls in my decluttering effort in this space. decluttering is hard for me but I'm getting better. the shop filter helps clear the dust (I wish I had one of these years ago). ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-23-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By Steve Melton
that photo always freaks me out! it's one of my...

that photo always freaks me out! it's one of my computer wallpapers.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-23-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By Steve Melton
you have chosen wisely but the market is really...

you have chosen wisely but the market is really tight. good luck!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
747 Captains stopped by

to look at the free floating loft... and I was asleep in my hammock... upstairs.. it's warm up there, hanging in the rafters like a monkey. I recommend the Brazilian hammock style if you want to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 10:23 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
failure - oil cup snap on

I suffered a failure of an snap on oil cup drain from a customer. this part failed after several uses. the material is ASA. cause is yet unknow, cold weather, oil embrittlement, other? a PETG...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
wall washers lights?

evaluating the wall washer light, 36W. I like it. rotate up or down. I will change to 72W and install on both sides of the hangar. the "pebble cream" pywood wall, who comes up with these names,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
Shelves floor coaster

I've been sliding my shelves around while working on the loft. the soft rubber coasters have failed and it's difficult to slide them around so I'm trying to print something better from hard plastic...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-08-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,357
Posted By Steve Melton
good deal. I try to support humble people that...

good deal. I try to support humble people that do good work.
Forum: RV-10 02-08-2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 888
Posted By Steve Melton
it's clear to me also that the angle is not...

it's clear to me also that the angle is not needed. if it were mine, I would just take the bolts out. big components that flex (wing) should only be restrained by other big components (spars). ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
upstairs - it's warm up there

plywood.... need to add a hammock up there. the loft is solid. very nice.

100K LED lumen total lights to be added underneath. storage shelves are going to be wacked off and put up there.

I'm...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,357
Posted By Steve Melton
prior to buffing - in 3 wks

a photo. metallic pearl is even. no stripes.

Glastar

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_20210205_120623.jpg
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,302
Posted By Steve Melton
I wish I had a dog but my wife is allergic.

I wish I had a dog but my wife is allergic.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,302
Posted By Steve Melton
I can't do that because she is too beautiful.

I can't do that because she is too beautiful.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,302
Posted By Steve Melton
she is obviously trying to be nice.

she is obviously trying to be nice.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,302
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, I should have tapered the beginning edges...

yeah, I should have tapered the beginning edges of the stripes more than I did. yours look better.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,302
Posted By Steve Melton
thanks for the memories. I was fond of that.

thanks for the memories. I was fond of that.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-05-2021, 10:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,302
Posted By Steve Melton
for whatever reason, women really hate this.

for whatever reason, women really hate this.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-05-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,302
Posted By Steve Melton
wife does not like stripes

5 yrs ago I painted the airplane. I was working late and I needed to begin the stripes with something so I chose a simple angle and moved on. when my wife saw the plane see immediately said I don't...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,357
Posted By Steve Melton
trust me, it's nice. a least the photo has an...

trust me, it's nice. a least the photo has an RV wingtip! of course I had to power back my 320 against his 360. the pilot with the new paint is 82 yrs young and his planned flying list this...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,357
Posted By Steve Melton
nice new paint

beautiful metallic pearl paint. $8500. Bedford Indiana, KBFR.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_20210203_134317.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,497
Posted By Steve Melton
nice job Doug and a big effort. I'm trying to...

nice job Doug and a big effort.

I'm trying to think back to pull up any nuggets that could be beneficial from my engine flight test days. one comes to mind that some don't know... turbine engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 477
Posted By Steve Melton
when I evaluated iFly against my Garmin pilot...

when I evaluated iFly against my Garmin pilot software (5 yrs), I kept saying to myself, "this is the way I wanted it to work". I switched to iFly across the board and never looked back. the 740b...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-01-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,238
Posted By Steve Melton
I like it. simple, relatively quick, and you can...

I like it. simple, relatively quick, and you can hold it in your hand. very nice.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2021, 05:05 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
from the backside

a photo. getting ready to throw some plywood up there but I have a ferry flight on Wednesday. so far I like the look and feel of the loft....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
you got that right. total length of the fwd beam...

you got that right. total length of the fwd beam is 247 inches, 12 inch LVL, modulus 1.9, doubled. the aft beam is a single because there are 3 posts on that span. I can send you the plans I made...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, lighting is going to need to be addressed.. ...

yep, lighting is going to need to be addressed.. I'm not getting any younger.

Joists in place. I had some great help from my neighbors. I like it. maybe I can get my wife to dance with me up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
I will have 60 inches in the center of the loft...

I will have 60 inches in the center of the loft (edit: to the roof bottom beam) and 48 inches at the fwd and aft edges. there will be 24 inches from the top of the vertical stab to the bottom of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
beams in place

I'm glad that's done. nice fit everywhere. carbon fiber load spreader in the middle for a winch attachment. long term planning. a Winter project. the ends of the beams were sealed with epoxy....
Forum: Painting your RV 01-30-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,354
Posted By Steve Melton
DIY paint - not critical of it anymore

after seeing your video I'm not critical of my paint anymore.

first time to paint an RV and painted in the middle of Winter in Ohio. I had not painted anything in the past 30 yrs. it's still in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
Loft assembled

the loft weight is over one thousand pounds. framed for a wide pull down ladder. I wish I could lift it into place like this but there is no way. I took it apart and will assemble in place stick by...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-25-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 887
Posted By Steve Melton
that doesn't appear bad to me. at least you know...

that doesn't appear bad to me. at least you know it's not binding.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2021, 04:18 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
no, these units turn on and off automatically...

no, these units turn on and off automatically with ship power. if you needed to turn it on without ship power you would need to release it from the dock, then press the blue power button, and snap...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
Aera 660 GPS Dock passes customer inspection

Dock looks great! Thank you!

-Adam

*************

good deal.

that was about 16 hrs of design work from start to finished product in the hand. the longest elapsed time was the shipping time. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
CF patch bonded to a wooden beam

OK. this was my first attempt at CF and I would do it differently next time but overall it's not too bad. compaction appears to be good and the edges are tapered about an inch and transition well. ...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-22-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By Steve Melton
nope, you're wasting your time.

nope, you're wasting your time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,892
Posted By Steve Melton
maybe Thingiverse or something like that but the...

maybe Thingiverse or something like that but the trouble with that is it gets lost in a sea of thingi's (a lot of it is ****) and print profiles are not communicated which is equally important. so I...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-21-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By Steve Melton
like...

like this?

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/RV-6_panel.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,892
Posted By Steve Melton
that is really cool! did you make it to...

that is really cool! did you make it to perfectly fit your hand?
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-21-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,521
Posted By Steve Melton
congrats. that's a big accomplishment. appears...

congrats. that's a big accomplishment. appears to be a clean bird!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
small hangar life

Air Care helicopter and me, the ultimate gust lock proving ground. they usually depart right over my hangar and shake everything. I used to think helicopters were cool. now I'm not so sure.

10...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-21-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 633
Posted By Steve Melton
if the control clearances are wafer thin be sure...

if the control clearances are wafer thin be sure not to fly in any icing conditions or have bird a strike in the wrong place. this could be a show stopper for the sale unless it can be corrected. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2021, 06:04 AM
Replies: 454
Views: 125,933
Posted By Steve Melton
finished it last night. that was a good one! I...

finished it last night. that was a good one!

I haven't turned my TV on in a long time now. I may throw it away.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2021, 07:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,995
Posted By Steve Melton
I think each carb/engine set up is slightly...

I think each carb/engine set up is slightly different and carb ice can form at different conditions for each. for me I notice carb ice when the OAT is between 15-25C and relative humidity is over...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-19-2021, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,884
Posted By Steve Melton
my plan cheap zip mounts are bonded with goop. ...

my plan cheap zip mounts are bonded with goop. some are hanging upside down carrying a static line. I haven't lost one. some have been exposed to fuel in the tunnel when inspecting my fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
RV6 rudder gust lock

a user traced a rudder contour for a custom RV6 gust lock. the difficulty is the trailing edge of this rudder is not consistent thickness. I have found that with the rolled edge rudder type vs the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,498
Posted By Steve Melton
my cable and everything else here is original. ...

my cable and everything else here is original. 850 hrs. no wear. perfect condition.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
I don't dry most of my filaments but I keep them...

I don't dry most of my filaments but I keep them in containers with desiccants at a relative humidity of less than 10%. pull them to print then place them back in the dry containers. however, I dry...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 660 GPS Dock

I received this GPS last Friday and it's shipping back to the owner today, one week turn time. perhaps this is the cutest dock I have made to date. perfect slide release lever action. easy stow and...
Forum: RV-10 01-14-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By Steve Melton
no RV-10 but I plan on stopping by sometime. ...

no RV-10 but I plan on stopping by sometime. build-on!

My daughter says: Go Bearcats

I say: Go Shockers
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
iFly 740 GPS Dock

some nice email comments about the fit an function from an iFly installer. it makes me feel useful. :)

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/20210113_161228.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
good man to pick this up. ******* you may also...

good man to pick this up.

*******

you may also want to ask Oly if you can do a headset control module mount for him for a headset that is no longer produced. I simply don't have time for it at the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
For some reason my personality type will not...

For some reason my personality type will not allow me to do decorative items. I was born that way and I can't explain it. Everything I do has no bling. Even my tail is plain white, nothing. I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,855
Posted By Steve Melton
appeared to be a nice final flight with some...

appeared to be a nice final flight with some beautiful mountain photos. a great way to part ways with the aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2021, 10:52 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
Loft post brackets

I printed a couple brackets to make sure I could fit it correctly. then I had them cut from 5/8 plate steel. they turned out nicely the first time. I emailed the bracket file to the vendor and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2021, 10:49 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 660 GPS Dock

some progress but the tricky part is the upcoming release lever.

in progress image....

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/cap1(12).PNG

**********

release lever added. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
Garmin 660 GPS Dock

looking at a Garmin 660 GPS Dock. it seems the hole pattern is the same as the 760 the rubber bosses are smaller an will not fit a #8 screw. Otherwise I think I can made a dock for this. turn...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 494,204
Posted By Steve Melton
what does it do?

what does it do?
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-07-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,061
Posted By Steve Melton
I was high above Indiana, not actually "in...

I was high above Indiana, not actually "in Indiana". the descent was faster than shown here. RPM was 2250. 600 nm trip in less than 3 hrs. I really hate days like this. I think I passed over...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-07-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 21,764
Posted By Steve Melton
I used to think Vlad's picture of a pretty girl...

I used to think Vlad's picture of a pretty girl with torn jeans and a gun posing with the airplane was the best photo on this site. nope, you win! the photo is stunning. maybe you could add a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-07-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,061
Posted By Steve Melton
I like 300 ft/min descents because it's easier on...

I like 300 ft/min descents because it's easier on the ears. One time when high and with a very good tail wind, flying West to East, I began my descent to Cincy on the East side of Illinois and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2021, 11:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,719
Posted By Steve Melton
today was broken clouds in Cincy around 3PM and...

today was broken clouds in Cincy around 3PM and only 500 ft thick. cruising underneath at 2900 ft and 140 kts I saw a hole and pulled up. I glanced at my rate of climb, 3500 ft/min, and about...
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