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Forum: The RV Grin 04-07-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By avatty
Avelina's "first"!

And her name means "Little Bird"
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,097
Posted By avatty
Fiberglass parts finishing question

I am beginning work on the empennage and wing fiberglass, and have read several threads, including Dan Hs, and builder websites. Question: Is it necessary to apply a two part filler/sealer primer...
Forum: RV-14 02-09-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 929
Posted By avatty
A 2-inch Roloc wheel works great for the scarf...

A 2-inch Roloc wheel works great for the scarf joint.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,998
Posted By avatty
Barb, congratulations and bon voyage! We've only...

Barb, congratulations and bon voyage! We've only spoken a few times, each time you were absolutely great. Vans has been blessed by your presence.
Forum: RV-14 01-08-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,110
Posted By avatty
I happened to call Vans on this same issue today,...

I happened to call Vans on this same issue today, and was told that the plans should include and instruction to final drill to no. 19 the holes in the access panel covers before dimpling them. But...
Forum: RV-14 12-31-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,237
Posted By avatty
You also will need the long (I think 12") back...

You also will need the long (I think 12") back rivet set, which is available from Cleaveland and others. Also a long no. 30 rivet set for the skin rivets surrounding the spar center section. And...
Forum: RV-14 12-30-2020, 12:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,237
Posted By avatty
Here's the rub: You can build the empennage/tail...

Here's the rub: You can build the empennage/tail kit 100 percent solo (I did), but to do that you have to become proficient in all of the different riveting methods (plus some improvised ones), that...
Forum: RV-14 12-23-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 11,239
Posted By avatty
When Mazda first rolled out the Miata, I remember...

When Mazda first rolled out the Miata, I remember them selling for twice the $12,500 Mazda-advertised price, so the small supply obviously contributes.

But it may be that something else is changing,...
Forum: RV-14 12-15-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 940
Posted By avatty
Jeff, do you mean "unusable fuel" in the sense...

Jeff, do you mean "unusable fuel" in the sense that applies to certificated airplanes? Or just what's unavailable in level flight?

29.959 Unusable fuel supply: The unusable fuel supply for each...
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 755
Posted By avatty
Thanks, now I can get on with it!

Thanks, now I can get on with it!
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 755
Posted By avatty
Clocking the fuel line elbow at the firewall

After carefully clocking and sealing the fuel line elbow at the firewall IAW p. 31-05 (25 degrees above horizontal), I get to p. 31-11 and find different directions (5 or 40 degrees off vertical...
Forum: RV-14 11-02-2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 26,023
Posted By avatty
Probably it would have been considered in...

Probably it would have been considered in developing the -EXP119, but would a larger oil cooler be helpful/practical? Or just expose my ignorance on the subject? Airflow Performance makes 15 and 17...
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 37,407
Posted By avatty
Thank you Dan Horton for the sidebar article...

Thank you Dan Horton for the sidebar article "Speaking Truth to Power" in the December 2020 Kitplanes. A very easily understood application of performance equations to the -EXP119 installation...
Forum: RV-14 10-22-2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,060
Posted By avatty
Hi, I am in the same boat as you (first-time...

Hi, I am in the same boat as you (first-time builder, solo riveter due to pandemic), and worked through section 26 in April-May. This is where you learn to back-rivet if, like me, you avoided it to...
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,230
Posted By avatty
Used a cutaway skirt (if that's what it's called)...

Used a cutaway skirt (if that's what it's called) on a microstop countersink, worked well.
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,895
Posted By avatty
Thank you, Glenn, that's my intention, too.

Thank you, Glenn, that's my intention, too.
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2020, 10:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,895
Posted By avatty
Section 30 ( Aft Fuselage Attachment) and Solo Building During the Pandemic

Because of the pandemic, my wife and I have chosen that I be a 100% solo builder in my home shop for now.

Finally I finished Section 29, and am wondering whether Section 30 (aft fuselage attachment)...
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,960
Posted By avatty
Great center stack, thanks for the info!

Great center stack, thanks for the info!
Forum: RV-14 10-14-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,960
Posted By avatty
Thanks to both!

Thanks to both!
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,960
Posted By avatty
Instrument Panel Center Stack Height

As we are almost into the holiday season, I am writing my letter to Santa Claus and eagerly arranging paper cutouts in the F-01467 instrument panel frame.

My question is how much height is available...
Forum: RV-14 08-01-2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,093
Posted By avatty
Did you make new angles (3/4x3/4x.063) as in the...

Did you make new angles (3/4x3/4x.063) as in the current JDAir drawings? From the photos it looks like you used the Vans parts or something else, as the photos show something you could...
Forum: RV-14 07-22-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 37,407
Posted By avatty
That's a big performance gain!

A 2.5% horsepower increase and 10 lb. engine weight decrease yields almost 15% in ROC and 6%-7% speed gain? Am I missing something?
Forum: RV-14 06-12-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,616
Posted By avatty
After researching this site, I used a 2-inch...

After researching this site, I used a 2-inch Roloc pad with good results. Agree you should tape off the area to be worked but disagree about removing material from the underside of each skin (16-02...
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,011
Posted By avatty
After recleaning and resecuring, using the long...

After recleaning and resecuring, using the long elevator bucking bar to have a flat surface inside the drag fitting, and inserting the depth gauge from the outside, I still come up with a stack...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,011
Posted By avatty
I used the depth gauge on my dial caliper and...

I used the depth gauge on my dial caliper and determined the total thickness of the drag fitting and two skins is 0.365-0.370, as nearly as I could tell. This indicates a CR3213-5-6, according to...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,011
Posted By avatty
Riveting Bottom Skins to F-01442 lower drag fitting - 29-04

I am ready to install the CR3213-5-5 CherryMax rivets specified at p. 29-14 step 7 and Fig. 3. Before setting, the hollow portion of the shank only extends about 1/16 inch past the drag fitting, or...
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 848
Posted By avatty
29-03: F-01464 Upper and F-01442 Lower Drag Fittings

Should I round the sharp edges and prime the F-01464 upper and F-01442 lower drag fittings? I think probably yes, but they are such nice milled pieces I wanted to cross-check. What did you do?

I...
Forum: RV-14 04-02-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,602
Posted By avatty
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: RV-14 04-02-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,602
Posted By avatty
Optional Taildragger Step

Hi all,

I'm on 26-10, where the optional taildragger step kit is first mentioned. Is there any need/advantage to purchase the step kit now, or does it simply bolt on afterward (assuming you perform...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-17-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,524
Posted By avatty
Getting back after assembling the right outboard...

Getting back after assembling the right outboard leading edge, using the substructure dimple dies resulted in an incremental, but noticeable, improvement in rivet flushness and a flatter finish to...
Forum: RV-14 01-29-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,066
Posted By avatty
Is it necessary to install wing top skins before leading edges?

Is there a reason for riveting the wing top skins to the spars before the leading edges, as shown in the plans book? There would be better access for riveting if the leading edges went on first, as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-09-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,524
Posted By avatty
Thank you for the response, it sounds like the...

Thank you for the response, it sounds like the difference the dies might make is marginal, but no one has said it is a bad idea.

The -14 plans advise riveting the IB and OB wing skins from the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2019, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,524
Posted By avatty
Any Experience With Substructure Dimple Dies on Wings?

Does anyone have experience with using substructure dimple dies on the wing ribs (and standard on the skins)? I am wondering if this would help reduce the slight oil canning that is visible on some...
Forum: RV-14 01-31-2016, 11:20 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 107,232
Posted By avatty
No. 140274 tail kit ordered 1/14, received 1/22!

No. 140274 tail kit ordered 1/14, received 1/22!
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