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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 09:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,420
Posted By Draker
Ooh, another thing, Larry, I don't know what kind...

Ooh, another thing, Larry, I don't know what kind of avionics you are planning, but consider a 48-tabber on the cabin side if you have a lot of electronic goodies. My fairly complete All-G3X system...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-11-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,420
Posted By Draker
Just to chime in, I mounted my oil cooler to the...

Just to chime in, I mounted my oil cooler to the baffle per Vans plan, including a big beefy angle to reinforce where cracks tend to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-10-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By Draker
Looking ahead, it looks like I am almost...

Looking ahead, it looks like I am almost certainly going to have that (common?) problem, described in this thread (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=141668), where the #2 cylinder...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-10-2021, 01:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By Draker
Thanks everyone for the pictures, it really helps...

Thanks everyone for the pictures, it really helps to see how this thing is supposed to look at the various stages of the build. I decided to go ahead and be a builder rather than a parts assembler,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By Draker
Thanks, Jereme, how did you decide the angle of...

Thanks, Jereme, how did you decide the angle of the #2 side baffle? Was it arbitrary, or were you aiming for a certain amount of metal outboard of the filter hole? I see you put the screws and angle...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 759
Posted By Draker
Show me your horizontal induction snorkel fit!

Are there any good build logs that depict the steps needed to get this snorkel done? Vans' plans, well, they leave a lot to the imagination. I have an E-mail chain going with the mothership, but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 10:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 578
Posted By Draker
For rivet storage, I bought a whole bunch of...

For rivet storage, I bought a whole bunch of these (https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/375/packaged?parent=%2Fdrinks%2Ffrappuccino-blended-beverages%2Fbottled-frappuccino) and drank them. The...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 885
Posted By Draker
I did my panel design...

I did my panel design (https://stiletto.smugmug.com/RV7/Panel-Design/Panel-Design-v4/) using the free version of fusion 360 and I think it turned out OK. It was a bit of a learning curve, and a few...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2021, 12:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Posted By Draker
Getting it onto the baffle was not nearly as...

Getting it onto the baffle was not nearly as difficult as getting it around the nut. Of course Iím gonna have to disassemble it all later to hit those three rivets connecting the right front baffle....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,319
Posted By Draker
I agree with Larry. You paid for a complete,...

I agree with Larry. You paid for a complete, unmolested kit. I'd ask for any damaged or missing items to be replaced. Vans has always been great with me about post-sale service. You have enough...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-28-2021, 02:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Posted By Draker
Itís always an adventure with this kit. Canít...

Itís always an adventure with this kit. Canít wait to be flying.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 11:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Posted By Draker
Nice! I used Jeremeís socket method to get it...

Nice! I used Jeremeís socket method to get it into a -6D threaded bulkhead union. Then just screwed the nut onto the fitting and the grommet transferred over the nut easily. Thanks!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Posted By Draker
Thanks. After spending way too long trying to jam...

Thanks. After spending way too long trying to jam this in Iím just going to split it when the time comes.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Posted By Draker
Passing a flare nut through a grommet

Vans baffle assembly instructions call for a AN941-6-16 grommet to secure the prop oil line, where it comes up through the right air ramp and feeds in behind the starter ring gear. This grommetís...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 889
Posted By Draker
Makes me curious what the highest airframe-hour...

Makes me curious what the highest airframe-hour RV is, somewhere out there!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,551
Posted By Draker
I bought all my clecos on eBay. Got heaps and...

I bought all my clecos on eBay. Got heaps and heaps of them and still almost ran out when working on the wings. So... many... holes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By Draker
I paired my GTX45R with Garminís GPS 20A WAAS GPS...

I paired my GTX45R with Garminís GPS 20A WAAS GPS receiver. The GTX unit required one antenna. I put it on the bottom of the aft fuselage cone. The GPS receiver required one antenna on top. The GPS...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-21-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 128,251
Posted By Draker
Here's a gotcha for builders going with the...

Here's a gotcha for builders going with the horizontal air induction system snorkel. If you follow the directions on installing the baffles, you'll end up with a beautifully trimmed set of baffles,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-27-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 704
Views: 241,686
Posted By Draker
Congratulations. And thank you for posting your...

Congratulations. And thank you for posting your progress. This detailed build log has become the gold standard for an RV-7A build and will be a valuable resource for tons of builders.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-27-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By Draker
Ahh this all makes sense. So far Iíve only taken...

Ahh this all makes sense. So far Iíve only taken the lower cowl off without the spinner present, which is easy. It makes sense that Iíd have to drop it down with the spinner on, and that much hole...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-27-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By Draker
Purpose of tricycle gear cowl hole + metal closeout?

Trying to better understand the purpose of this piece, from the tri-gear kit:

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-P5ZWFRZ/0/48b6c35d/XL/i-P5ZWFRZ-XL.png...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2021, 12:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By Draker
I did the same thing (sealed it while holding it...

I did the same thing (sealed it while holding it together with clecos). Just this past weekend finally riveted the cowl hinges to the firewall and everything fits nicely.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 12:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,050
Posted By Draker
I built a good deal of my wiring harness...

I built a good deal of my wiring harness bedridden with a nasty cold (not COVID thankfully).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,612
Posted By Draker
Not saying any particular one is right for you,...

Not saying any particular one is right for you, but one of the reasons I leaned strongly towards the -7(A) was that there are a lot of 7 builders here on VAF and around my local airport. It's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-24-2021, 12:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,489
Posted By Draker
Thanks for this thread! I like the flashlight...

Thanks for this thread! I like the flashlight idea, and the plans encourage you to use the spherical magnets. I'l probably use one method to double-check the other.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-22-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 676
Posted By Draker
Right, I went through that separate sheet--it...

Right, I went through that separate sheet--it basically stops before you touch the cone and punts you over to the fixed pitch instructions.



Got it. I guess I'm being paranoid about keeping this...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-22-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 676
Posted By Draker
Ahhh, yes, Scott also pointed that out above: The...

Ahhh, yes, Scott also pointed that out above: The spinner fitting plans apparently only describe the procedure for fixed pitch metal prop:

The following instructions describe mounting the spinner on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-22-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 676
Posted By Draker
What I'm saying is: when the front bulkhead...

What I'm saying is: when the front bulkhead snugly fits against the inside the cone, and the aft bulkhead fits snugly inside the cone, the cone aft edge then extends 1/4" past the flange of the aft...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-21-2021, 09:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 676
Posted By Draker
Yup, cowl is already fit. 1/4" from the aft edge...

Yup, cowl is already fit. 1/4" from the aft edge of the aft spinner bulkhead.

Wouldn't spacers bring the front bulkhead forward, not move the aft bulkhead backward?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-21-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 676
Posted By Draker
Fitting spinner to front and aft bulkheads

Kind of scratching my head at this one. Has anyone encountered an incorrectly sized spinner cone from Vans? Quoth the plans:

Before installing the S-602-1 and S-605 (or S-605SEN) spinner mount...
Forum: Safety 02-15-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,690
Posted By Draker
Every time I have a big weekend of building, I...

Every time I have a big weekend of building, I find myself hacking my lungs out the next couple of days. I really ought to be more consistent about using protective gear including filters and masks....
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-15-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,640
Posted By Draker
I have no idea why they switched from the hinge...

I have no idea why they switched from the hinge to the bracket+screws. It seems like the "new" way to attach the cowl at the bottom now, so I didn't bother with the hinges. Ended up making a new pair...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-15-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,640
Posted By Draker
Larry, I'm doing the non-retrofit way, and I...

Larry, I'm doing the non-retrofit way, and I managed to get all the paper drawings and updated construction manual pages. I don't remember which kit the updated documentation came with, though....
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-14-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,640
Posted By Draker
Where did you find the FF-00098 part on Van's web...

Where did you find the FF-00098 part on Van's web store? I need to re-order two of them, and cannot find them at all on the store! They're pretty simple and I could probably order some 1/16" aluminum...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-13-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,475
Posted By Draker
I ended up with so many bucking bars after the...

I ended up with so many bucking bars after the wings and fuselage were done. Two tungsten ones, and a bunch of odd shaped steel ones for several "special" rivet locations. One I found really useful...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-13-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 78,734
Posted By Draker
Great progress. The wiring is so different than...

Great progress. The wiring is so different than everything else on the plane. Jut relaxing. Shield drain, cut, strip, crimp, heat shrink, then do it again hundreds of times!
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-10-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,082
Posted By Draker
2021-02-06: Propeller mounted (initial...

2021-02-06: Propeller mounted (initial fit)

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-HB4mKDt/0/L/i-HB4mKDt-L.jpg (https://stiletto.smugmug.com/RV7/Firewall-Forward/i-HB4mKDt/A)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,346
Posted By Draker
Missed this question! I used Permatex #2 to seal...

Missed this question! I used Permatex #2 to seal the NPT threads (and the plug to the right). No sealant on the flared fittings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,679
Posted By Draker
Here's a gotcha to avoid: Don't install anything...

Here's a gotcha to avoid: Don't install anything onto the firewall too close above the battery box, or you won't be able to slide the battery up and out! I put my "forest of tabs" right above the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-02-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,346
Posted By Draker
Pretty happy with how mine turned out,...

Pretty happy with how mine turned out, too!

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Firewall-Forward/i-HSzDwV2/0/d13f7627/XL/IMG_3919-XL.jpg (https://stiletto.smugmug.com/RV7/Firewall-Forward/i-HSzDwV2/A)
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-01-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,019
Posted By Draker
Braided ground strap material

Did some reading on VAF and decided to go with braided material for engine to firewall grounding. Is there any guide to the right size of this braid? I have a standard SkyTec starter that came with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2021, 10:16 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,895
Posted By Draker
If you do a few Google searches for RV-7A POH,...

If you do a few Google searches for RV-7A POH, you may find some examples of other people's POH they shared, in docx format. I don't like how any of them are formatted and typeset, but they are good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,334
Posted By Draker
I use a Google Spreadsheet with one row for each...

I use a Google Spreadsheet with one row for each building session. Date, what I did, hours broken out by major section (empennage, wings, etc.), any Service Bulletins included in the work, and links...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-06-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,704
Posted By Draker
I think I did this one twice, too. Vans should...

I think I did this one twice, too. Vans should just ship two of them in the kit.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,207
Posted By Draker
I'd like to see a back country RV. STOL, big...

I'd like to see a back country RV. STOL, big wheels, good useful load. Not saying I'd buy the kit today but it would probably be my second build if I ever did a second build. My in-progress -7A is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-29-2020, 08:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,346
Posted By Draker
Larry, I'm currently working with Tom (TS) to get...

Larry, I'm currently working with Tom (TS) to get that bracket to fit the way I'd like it. He has been very patient with me and excellent to work with. Here are some of the things I've learned so far...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-29-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,396
Posted By Draker
How many plies can you apply on top of one...

How many plies can you apply on top of one another before waiting for it to cure, sanding, and continuing to lay on plies?
Forum: Fiberglass 12-29-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,396
Posted By Draker
Thanks! Lots of good suggestion to try! Seems...

Thanks! Lots of good suggestion to try! Seems like the key to all of them is to not handle the fiberglass strip by itself without something to assist it keeping its shape. Will try these.
Forum: Fiberglass 12-29-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,396
Posted By Draker
Fiberglass technique

I've decided to dive right into learning how to work with fiberglass by working on my -7's canopy fairing. Really confused at this point. I've been mostly following the RV-14 canopy fairing help...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-26-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,420
Posted By Draker
I'm mostly through the firewall forward stuff,...

I'm mostly through the firewall forward stuff, except for the biggies (cowl, spinner, prop, airbox/snorkel), and the great thing about FF is you can kind of do things in whatever order you want, with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-26-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,464
Posted By Draker
This is an old thread, but it was one of the...

This is an old thread, but it was one of the better ones that I found searching for the right dimensions for temporary spacers. Let me add one data point from my own prop, in hopes that it adds value...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,194
Posted By Draker
Not sure what I'm looking at--what's it made...

Not sure what I'm looking at--what's it made of?

I have been using the crude "squeeze everything together with vice grip pliers and then align the holes with a punch" method, which barely works and...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-16-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,175
Posted By Draker
Great pictures! Regarding the empennage fairing:...

Great pictures! Regarding the empennage fairing: Is it one piece or did you also make a piece that goes below the horizontal stabilizer?

I'm about where you are with the build (just starting to work...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-13-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,210
Posted By Draker
Re-opening old thread for a similar problem....

Re-opening old thread for a similar problem. Lucky for me, the engine came from the factory with a 45 degree fitting pointed in just the right direction for clearance for the hose. I can even get a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-10-2020, 11:31 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 128,251
Posted By Draker
This one's more of a heads-up and only a "gotcha"...

This one's more of a heads-up and only a "gotcha" if you started out planning to use the "old style" nosegear but then switched to the new elastomer-based gear mount.

For the elastomer gear, Vans...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-10-2020, 11:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,618
Posted By Draker
Decided to use small steel links that Vans...

Decided to use small steel links that Vans recommends, running the wires along the sump area. Much more secure and stiff!

Also went ahead and replaced every nylon nut in the engine compartment with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,504
Posted By Draker
My USB preview plans for the -7 were much better...

My USB preview plans for the -7 were much better organized. Two main folders, "Construction Manual" and "Construction Drawings".

Construction Manual folder
Contained a single PDF, the manual,...
Forum: Tools 12-01-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,531
Posted By Draker
I don't think anything special is needed, just be...

I don't think anything special is needed, just be prepared to buy plenty of metal-cutting blades. I use a "vintage" Craftsman 12" bandsaw that I got second- or third-hand off of Craigslist for about...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,564
Posted By Draker
Found something that worked: Inserted 0.032...

Found something that worked: Inserted 0.032 safety wire into the socket and pushed the thing through rather than pulling it by the wire ends.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-29-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,564
Posted By Draker
Another day struggling with un-pinning D-sub...

Another day struggling with un-pinning D-sub pins. Managed to pull out a few wires without the pins budging from their sockets. Can these things be safely drilled out or something, or will I be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,618
Posted By Draker
Thanks! I've been staring at OP-31 all day and...

Thanks! I've been staring at OP-31 all day and never saw that note! Selective blindness. I ended up making a couple of these links from 1/16" steel sheet I had lying around, and secured the wires to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,618
Posted By Draker
Thanks for the tips, everyone! Makes sense,...

Thanks for the tips, everyone!



Makes sense, I'm convinced. Will grab a bag of these from Spruce next time I do an order.



I thought about this too, but the wires do not contact the metal braid....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2020, 11:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,618
Posted By Draker
You're not the first person who looked at my...

You're not the first person who looked at my engine compartment and suggested this. I'll have to strongly consider it. We're talking about AN363 all-metal stop nuts as a replacement part, correct?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,576
Posted By Draker
Congratulations and thanks for posting! I read...

Congratulations and thanks for posting! I read every one of these "first flight" reports now. It provides great motivation to push through the final stretch of FWF work!
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