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Forum: RV-6/6A 09-24-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,097
Posted By Pittsartist
If all else fails (which it has on my Pitts) I...

If all else fails (which it has on my Pitts) I just carry a roll of kitchen cling film to cover up with if I'm forced to let the aircraft stand out in the rain.

... No use when airborne though...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-23-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,097
Posted By Pittsartist
I struggled for quite a while to canopy draft...

I struggled for quite a while to canopy draft seal my (slider) '6. Tried lots of different brush strips, rubber P seals etc etc and really only got slight improvements..

By far and away the most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 04:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,761
Posted By Pittsartist
Define "inexpensive" ? My definition of the...

Define "inexpensive" ?

My definition of the "cost" of something is

"The difference between what I had to pay out to (buy or build) it and how much of that sum came back to me when I eventually...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-08-2021, 03:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,265
Posted By Pittsartist
Surprised. I've the same setup in my '6 (Vans...

Surprised. I've the same setup in my '6 (Vans Mounts, Hooker 5 point ratcheting and Vans seat foam set) and the adjustment buckle sits JUST above the seat cushion. This being said, it's not easy to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 12:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,952
Posted By Pittsartist
Stuck in the Mud .............. What to do ?.

For the first time in 18 years, I finally managed to get myself completely STUCK on some soft, muddy ground earlier this week.

Until this happened It has never really hit me just how big a problem...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-01-2021, 04:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,058
Posted By Pittsartist
RV-6 Joyride ..... Welcome to 2021 !

Happy New Year everyone !

1st Job this morning I thought I'd edit something bright and energetic to begin 2021 with.


https://vimeo.com/496192378
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-02-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,116
Posted By Pittsartist
A few years back I chased a fuel leak / cockpit...

A few years back I chased a fuel leak / cockpit smell for months in a Pitts I had at the time.

It turned out to be a piece of stainless braided hose that had hardened & cracked internally.... when...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-09-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,816
Posted By Pittsartist
Does the plastic still peel off the canopy easily...

Does the plastic still peel off the canopy easily ?. I spent 2 weeks getting it off mine after it had literally welded itself on. My advice would be to check it's OK and keep an eye on it until it's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-04-2020, 12:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,205
Posted By Pittsartist
I had this issue during my build - more like...

I had this issue during my build - more like 3/16" in my case

When I glued the plexi onto the frame I made sure that it was flexed open (clamped onto a wooden jig I'd made that matched the fuz...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,992
Posted By Pittsartist
The trick with applying PPF ("Bra") material is...

The trick with applying PPF ("Bra") material is to make up a "slip" and "grip" solution.

Slip is about 2 drips of baby shampoo in a pint of warm water

Grip is about 10% isopropyl alcohol solution...
Forum: Propellers 02-04-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,763
Posted By Pittsartist
I use one by diffraction Limited - it's called...

I use one by diffraction Limited - it's called (imaginatively) "Vibration"

If you do search the app store I'd do it when no ones watching ..... not all "vibration" apps are ones you'd care to be...
Forum: Propellers 02-04-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,763
Posted By Pittsartist
I've had a few props dynamically balanced over...

I've had a few props dynamically balanced over the last few years. Here's some thoughts

- If you have an iphone there's a number of free "vibration" apps that will measure vibration levels for you....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2020, 03:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,563
Posted By Pittsartist
+1 ..... this works a treat !

+1 ..... this works a treat !
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-06-2019, 01:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,501
Posted By Pittsartist
This is what I use, not cheap unfortunately, but...

This is what I use, not cheap unfortunately, but it's saved me a LOT of time and does a very nice job.

http://www.cleavelandtool.com/3M-Light-Deburring-Wheel-6/productinfo/3MW77S6/#.XeoOB-j7SUk
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-05-2019, 01:56 AM
Replies: 2,010
Views: 1,472,910
Posted By Pittsartist
Emp kit ....... Finished.

My 5th build / 2nd RV.

Planning a '7 with Slider / 180hp V/P and Night VFR clearance here in the UK.

I'll do wings next winter and Fuz & finish the winter after. No rush as I have my '6 and a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2019, 01:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,501
Posted By Pittsartist
Sound like you may not have a Scotchbrite wheel...

Sound like you may not have a Scotchbrite wheel ?

I'd sooner cut a good sized lawn with scissors than debur an RV kit without one !

Seriously, if not then it's probably one of the best tooling...
Forum: RV-3 11-26-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,820
Posted By Pittsartist
Quite right........I did'nt really put over my...

Quite right........I did'nt really put over my point very well.

I suppose what I was trying to say was that the RV seems to induce less drag and "slips" less when pulling G in a turn. This is...
Forum: RV-3 11-25-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,820
Posted By Pittsartist
I've got a friend who built a One Design. It's...

I've got a friend who built a One Design. It's 180hp with a VP prop and fairly light, he knows how to get the best from it to.

Another friend has a 200hp RV-7 again with a VP prop.

The RV is Faster...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2019, 01:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,206
Posted By Pittsartist
I did this once on an installed panel A bit long...

I did this once on an installed panel

A bit long winded .... but "safe"

1) I scribed a very accurate 2 1/4" dia reference line
2) Then used a power file (minature belt sander) to carefully...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-23-2019, 02:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,491
Posted By Pittsartist
Quick thought - U.S. or Imperial gallons (I'd...

Quick thought - U.S. or Imperial gallons (I'd suspect Andair numbers may be in the latter ?)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,891
Posted By Pittsartist
Thanks. I thought I'd better clarify a couple of...

Thanks.

I thought I'd better clarify a couple of points before someone takes me to task

- I'm laughing at myself as a Brit speaking out as a "European" ..... maybe for another 2 weeks, but who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,891
Posted By Pittsartist
I can offer a little perspective from a "Brit"...

I can offer a little perspective from a "Brit" point of view.

From where we sit the usual expectation on buying an aircraft from the US is

1) Its usually purchased "ex works" in USD $ (ie getting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-02-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,510
Posted By Pittsartist
Ah .... clearly not convinced then ?. Perhaps not...

Ah .... clearly not convinced then ?. Perhaps not the best description of the idea :D

I did a little more research. What I had envisaged was a PVC dip moulding (cheap tooling) in exactly the same...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-02-2019, 12:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,615
Posted By Pittsartist
Admittedly, I'm on conical mounts BUT The gap on...

Admittedly, I'm on conical mounts BUT

The gap on my RV-6 is exactly 1/4", I've done 300 hours in it so far.

More importantly lots of that has been aerobatics. I respect the G Limits at all times,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,510
Posted By Pittsartist
I've always thought that some sort of moulded...

I've always thought that some sort of moulded synthetic rubber / urethane / PVC universal fairing would be a GREAT aftermarket product for an RV

Maybe something that you trim a moulding to size and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,296
Posted By Pittsartist
I've tried various methods over the years - the...

I've tried various methods over the years - the quickest, most repeatable and simple method i've used is to simply line up the aircraft on the runway numbers on a flat calm day, firewall it, and read...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-01-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,615
Posted By Pittsartist
I messed around with filler & sanding on mine for...

I messed around with filler & sanding on mine for about 2 weeks until I was completely FED UP !. I was struggling to get the cowl aligned to the spinner and with the spinner / cowl gap not being...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,795
Posted By Pittsartist
I use the "Dial Gauge" method on the initial...

I use the "Dial Gauge" method on the initial build installation

One addition though

When I've got everything perfectly (or as perfectly as I can manage at least !) aligned I drill 3 x 3/32" holes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 12:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,729
Posted By Pittsartist
incidentally, my RV lives on a chicken farm. It's...

incidentally, my RV lives on a chicken farm. It's a disaster for airborne grit & dust.

I make sure the canopy is clean (microfibre / Plexus) and put my canopy cover on. I then cover the aeroplane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,729
Posted By Pittsartist
Slight thread drift, but here's another...

Slight thread drift, but here's another option

If you're travelling light, rather than taking your regular canopy cover try taking a roll of cling film (food wrap) and using a piece to seal the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-24-2019, 04:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,598
Posted By Pittsartist
First Rate ! Two thumbs up :)

First Rate !

Two thumbs up :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 26,329
Posted By Pittsartist
Add another option to the poll "I've been for an...

Add another option to the poll

"I've been for an aerobatic ride as a passenger. The pilot scared me and / or I did not enjoy the sensation of not being in control"

..... I think a few slip through...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-02-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,772
Posted By Pittsartist
Have a browse through this - I think we have the...

Have a browse through this - I think we have the same problem.

My repairs still holding - so far so good.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=147392&highlight=cracked+engine+mount
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-21-2018, 02:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,245
Posted By Pittsartist
Time Flys 2018

Here's a quick film of some of the best bits of my 2018.

https://vimeo.com/307494809

Wishing everyone here a Happy Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous New Year.

All the Best, Richard
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-05-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,803
Posted By Pittsartist
A Film - "In the moment"

One of my R/C buddies is in his final year of a Media Studies degree (at Manchester). He got an assignment to produce a film titled "in the moment" and asked if I'd help him out.

Mainly my Pitts in...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-04-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,396
Posted By Pittsartist
You should try to get to the next Baea RV...

You should try to get to the next Baea RV aerobatics event .... I'm hoping there will be one in 2019.

Even if you choose not to actually fly, there's still lots of "RV aero" related experience...
Forum: GPS 09-12-2018, 03:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,280
Posted By Pittsartist
Slight thread drift, but there seems to be some...

Slight thread drift, but there seems to be some people who know such things around

I once asked why my GPS always cut out when doing aerobatics ?

.... "thats because the GPS system is deigned to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-21-2018, 02:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,194
Posted By Pittsartist
The sequence flown for UK RV events is shown on...

The sequence flown for UK RV events is shown on the results at the bottom of the linked page (just click on the "known" score). Pilots can nominate to omit either the first or last manouver (the idea...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,050
Posted By Pittsartist
It's catching ! .. here's the UK version...

It's catching !

.. here's the UK version :)

https://www.aerobatics.org.uk/contest/result/142
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-20-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,194
Posted By Pittsartist
'6 Aerobatics

Never let it be said that a '6 is anything less than a capable aerobat :D

https://www.aerobatics.org.uk/contest/result/142
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-03-2018, 01:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,305
Posted By Pittsartist
Here's mine - not very artistic, just snapshots...

Here's mine - not very artistic, just snapshots of things that interested me.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/115470196@N06/
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-11-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,828
Posted By Pittsartist
Here's my aircraft - I0-320 with Vetterman x...

Here's my aircraft - I0-320 with Vetterman x over. (the centre pipe is the Christian "overboard" pipe)

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1822/41529042760_9a4a98bb06_k.jpg...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-11-2018, 03:33 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,160
Posted By Pittsartist
RV Formation Photoshoot from Friday 6th over Rutland

Here's a few of the better shots from our formation photoshoot last Friday. "Blue" is an RV-7 built by Tom Bootyman that started flying earlier this year. "Orange" is my own RV-6. We departed...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-21-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,233
Posted By Pittsartist
Last Friday nights fly in .....

A evening fly in at Rectory Farm near Newark, England.

(Spot the owners RV-7 ?. Thats about as RV related as I can make it)

Anyway, hopefully the video conveys the "vibe" - we had a great time .......
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-04-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,137
Posted By Pittsartist
I've made lots of films over the years - there's...

I've made lots of films over the years - there's currently 9 camera mounts on my Pitts and 10 on my RV.

If I had to choose only one for producing the most consistently interesting footage it would...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-27-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 473
Views: 240,132
Posted By Pittsartist
You might find it's worth screwing a couple of...

You might find it's worth screwing a couple of bits of wood to your table to hold the sides of the canopy in - once you cut the flat section excess off at the front they get quite floppy, even more...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-11-2018, 01:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,831
Posted By Pittsartist
Wrap some gorilla tape around your fingers glue...

Wrap some gorilla tape around your fingers glue outwards, put it on the canopy adhesive and wait a second or two then quickly pull it off.

No solvents and no scratches from rubbing - worked superbly...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-23-2018, 02:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,275
Posted By Pittsartist
Yes - They always seem to do that. The RV...

Yes - They always seem to do that. The RV tailwheel is the second one on the aeroplane both the stock vans one and the Lightweight one spin in every video I have of them. Same on my Pitts.

For what...
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2018, 01:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,695
Posted By Pittsartist
I have 2 of the "Wolverine" type - both work...

I have 2 of the "Wolverine" type - both work really well.

The main reason for posting is to say I have a WiFi socket attached to them. I can set them off with my cell phone from anywhere, I've set...
Forum: RV-14 01-03-2018, 07:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,685
Posted By Pittsartist
I chased cold drafts around my '6 for several...

I chased cold drafts around my '6 for several months before fitting the boots - they made more difference than everything else I'd tried put together ... and I'd tried a lot of stuff :D.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-30-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,275
Posted By Pittsartist
Talking OK, you got me - but there's only 13 hours of...

OK, you got me - but there's only 13 hours of 2017 left to go if you live in Samoa or Christmas Island/Kiribati
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-30-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,275
Posted By Pittsartist
2017 ?. .... That's so last year :) Happy (and...

2017 ?.

.... That's so last year :)

Happy (and safe) New Year everyone !

Incidentally, Just bought my Ticket for Oshkosh 2018 - looking forward to it already !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 07:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,776
Posted By Pittsartist
Wolverine Sump heater pad - the Orange ones,...

Wolverine Sump heater pad - the Orange ones, about £80 on UK ebay. (But DONT trim them or it will destroy it .... ask me how I know !)

Then I have a "Cellphone" Mains socket adapter, you send an SMS...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-01-2017, 04:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,275
Posted By Pittsartist
Time Flys 2017 - An aviators video yearbook

Season's greetings everyone.

Here's my 2017 video diary (the 6th one ...... time truly does fly !)

A fairly ecclectic mix of aeroplanes, but there's more than a pinch of 'RV in there - not least...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,412
Posted By Pittsartist
Skybolt cowl fasteners Self locking pins on...

Skybolt cowl fasteners

Self locking pins on slider canopy to allow quick removal

Sikaflex canopy fitting

"Double" instrument panel (fit one, cut windows in it and then plate nut another onto it in...
Forum: Interiors 10-25-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,281
Posted By Pittsartist
Custom moulded stick grips

Here's a nice idea - "made to measure" stick grip anyone ?.

Just bought some for my Pitts - from memory the RV 6 sticks are 7/8" tube as well.

https://www.gewok.co.uk/blog/2016-09-21/getting-a-grip
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-27-2017, 06:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,694
Posted By Pittsartist
I've had good results on this sort of problem by...

I've had good results on this sort of problem by wrapping Gaffer (Gorilla) tape around 4 fingers inside out (adhesive outwards) and then using the adhesive to pull remaining goo off the part to be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-21-2017, 08:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,247
Posted By Pittsartist
When I first started flying my RV-6 I was...

When I first started flying my RV-6 I was surprised to find that applying FULL aileron produces buffeting from the Ailerons and that at best the roll rate is only the same as at about 80% deflection...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-07-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,433
Posted By Pittsartist
Hi Mike I think I'll dedicate the film to the...

Hi Mike

I think I'll dedicate the film to the memory of Peter Sallis (The voice of Wallace) who died recently. Proper "Yorkshire" chap - even though he was actually born in Twickenham.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-06-2017, 02:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,433
Posted By Pittsartist
"The River" ... filming with an RV

Here's my latest film, Made with a combination of boats, drones ,,,, and an RV-6

Hope you like it :)

http://vimeo.com/220531559
Forum: RV-10 06-05-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,877
Posted By Pittsartist
I messed around for ages trying to deal with this...

I messed around for ages trying to deal with this on my cowls - then I finally decided to just grind a slit all around the bit of the cowl just behind the spinner. Made a 5/16 thick ply ring and...
Forum: Propellers 05-24-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 29,967
Posted By Pittsartist
I'm a fan of prop balancing too - But of course...

I'm a fan of prop balancing too - But of course it all depends on how in or out of balance you are in the first place.

Here's a tip - If you have an Iphone have a look for "vibration" apps on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2017, 04:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,201
Posted By Pittsartist
3m Model RV-4 video article

I came across this yesterday - worth a quick look if you are interested in such things. Methinks it looks very realistic in flight, probably due to the large scale.

I'd kill for the power to weight...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-16-2017, 04:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 22,244
Posted By Pittsartist
Yes - all fits ok with no mods to the cowl (Phew...

Yes - all fits ok with no mods to the cowl (Phew !)
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