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Forum: RV-8/8A 09-11-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 874
Views: 1,138,144
Posted By Clouddancer
Congrats

Hi Yves. Congratulation to your first flight! Your RV-8 looks just stunning!👏
Forum: Reviews 06-18-2020, 02:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,246
Posted By Clouddancer
Alan, thank you for sharing your experiences.

Alan, thank you for sharing your experiences.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2020, 01:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,903
Posted By Clouddancer
Smile Card CQ1

Thank you Tanya for the comprehensive explanations. That sounds all very promising :) Just a question to the sound tubes and the tubes that go into the ear plugs: can they be custom trimmed to a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 02:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,903
Posted By Clouddancer
CQ1 - Clarity Aloft Differences

I planned to buy a Clarity Aloft in-ear headset, when I learned about the CQ1. I would be very much interested to hear of the differences and experience from someone that used both types...
Forum: Reviews 06-17-2020, 02:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,246
Posted By Clouddancer
CQ1 - Clarity Aloft Differences?

I planned to buy a Clarity Aloft in-ear headset, when I learned about the CQ1. I would be very much interested to hear of the differences and experience from someone that used both types...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,619
Posted By Clouddancer
Prowler Jaguar

One of my favorites: The Prowler Jaguar

..and it's all metal! :)

(just in case I should get bored with the RV-4)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48662399643_fa6a32aa04_z.jpg...
Forum: RV-4 04-08-2020, 11:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,367
Posted By Clouddancer
use of rod end

Some questions to Michael (Toolbuilder):
I assume the rod end was needed because the over center lock or is there another reason?
Did you use other rods than originaly specified to screw in the rod...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2020, 04:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,153
Posted By Clouddancer
Yes, I am pretty confident with the Diameter D...

Yes, I am pretty confident with the Diameter D being 1.938" resp. 1 15/16".
But the Cleveland brake flanges that I have, a is not even to b. And I am a bit surprised I cannot find those dimensions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,153
Posted By Clouddancer
Thanks. But what I see on the Cleveland and Vans...

Thanks. But what I see on the Cleveland and Vans flange is more something like a=15/16. I think the Diameter D could be 1 15/16.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2020, 03:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,153
Posted By Clouddancer
Brake Flange ? Hole Pattern

I am looking for the dimensions of the standard hole pattern for the Cleveland brake flange on an RV-4. I was not able to find it on the Vans drawings, nor in a Cleveland documentation. Does anybody...
Forum: RV-4 12-17-2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 903
Posted By Clouddancer
or this? PC680 battery tray (not RV-4 specific):...

or this?

PC680 battery tray (not RV-4 specific):

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1267399&postcount=550

https://www.rvplasticparts.com/
Forum: RV-4 12-17-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,134
Posted By Clouddancer
Upper Intersection Fairings

I will start with the intersection fairings in early next year, so this thread comes in timely. Some pictures would be appreciated ;) I sent a PM to Bill.

What is generally regarded an adequate...
Forum: RV-4 09-27-2019, 12:56 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 257,950
Posted By Clouddancer
Thank you, Camillo. That is an interesting...

Thank you, Camillo. That is an interesting solution!
Forum: RV-4 09-23-2019, 01:03 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 257,950
Posted By Clouddancer
Second key

Congratulation to this really nice looking panel! I'm just curious what the second key - left of the ignition key - is for?
Forum: RV-4 08-27-2019, 11:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,056
Posted By Clouddancer
Some ideas...

See former post:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=112950&highlight=aileron+trim

We have not flown it, so I cannot tell how good it function...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2018, 01:29 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 353,200
Posted By Clouddancer
Congrats

Congratulation to the new bird!

It was beautifully built by my friend Fritz.
Forum: RV-3 12-03-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,416
Posted By Clouddancer
I can not comment on the effective space you have...

I can not comment on the effective space you have in the RV-3 cockpit to move, but I have experience of long flights in narrow glider cockpits. The only thing that works for me without spilling a...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-26-2017, 02:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,995
Posted By Clouddancer
rv7charlie, you are completly right. I forgot...

rv7charlie, you are completly right. I forgot that method. I was always wondering what "drywall mud" is? It was mentioned several times in other threads. Now, I finally understood and got the...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-26-2017, 01:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,995
Posted By Clouddancer
Thank you very much for all the ideas! I think,...

Thank you very much for all the ideas!

I think, I will do some test pieces with packing tape (just to see if I can get the curvatures) and give the parafin wax and the PVA a try.
My friend suggested...
Forum: RV-4 10-23-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 868
Posted By Clouddancer
Glass fiber channel for fresh air vent

I was always feeling uncomfortable with the standard solution on the RV-4: NACA vents below the cowl cheek extensions and SCAT ducting to the eyeball vents. From the given location, space and...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-23-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,995
Posted By Clouddancer
Tube-like positive mold in high density PU

I?m trying to fabricate a tube-like glass fiber duct between a NACA inlet and an fresh air vent. I thought the most straight forward method would be to use a positive mold of high density PU, wrap it...
Forum: RV-4 05-19-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,100
Posted By Clouddancer
Hi Jim I noticed your address is in Switzerland....

Hi Jim

I noticed your address is in Switzerland. There is one quality built RV-4 up for sale in Switzerland:

https://www.aircraft24.ch/singleprop/vans/rv-4-190-hp--xi126086.html

I have seen it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2017, 12:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,797
Posted By Clouddancer
Hi Mark I'm building an RV-4 together with a...

Hi Mark

I'm building an RV-4 together with a friend not far away from Zurich (in Wettswil). Currently we do cowling work. So, not flying and not on an airport yet.
If you are interested I am happy...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-09-2016, 11:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,152
Posted By Clouddancer
Thank you for all your inputs. For instance, I am...

Thank you for all your inputs. For instance, I am not in the operation phase yet where I could take measurements. But it's a good thought.

Clint: Thank you, I was always wondering what type of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-08-2016, 03:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,152
Posted By Clouddancer
Exhaust: how close is too close?

We planned to use an existing crossover-exhaust that was previously fitted on another RV-4. It suits us well, because both crossover pipes are in front of the oil sump and keeps us the space behind...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-23-2016, 07:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,551
Posted By Clouddancer
If I had known before... :( I'm only there till...

If I had known before... :( I'm only there till Saturday morning, then I have to catch my plane back to Switzerland. But nevertheless, I hope to meet some RV folks.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2016, 05:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,271
Posted By Clouddancer
Sectioned Cooling Shroud

I know it's an older thread, but I only saw it today. Just as an idea, I will show what I did. It has not flown yet, so I don't know if it's effective or not.

I wanted to have a removable shroud,...
Forum: RV-4 02-04-2016, 11:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,864
Posted By Clouddancer
Thank you for your valuable inputs! I got a bit...

Thank you for your valuable inputs!

I got a bit doubtful whether to proceed with old cowl or to order a new one... but my buddy and I decided to proceed with the original one. I'm familiar with...
Forum: RV-4 01-31-2016, 07:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,864
Posted By Clouddancer
Older type (polyester resin/white gel coat) engine cowl

We bought a original, older type engine cowl with our RV-4 project. This cowl seems to be fabricated with polyester resin and has a white gel coat. It has no honeycomb core as the newer cowls.

We...
Forum: RV-4 01-31-2016, 06:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,971
Posted By Clouddancer
Spring system

Just another idea: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=112950&highlight=aileron+trim

That's how we did it. But we have not flown it yet.
Forum: RV-4 11-02-2015, 12:19 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 257,950
Posted By Clouddancer
Combination of mag switches?

Dayton,

I like both your set-ups of the panel! Clean and functional! I do not want to divert the subject, but I have a question regarding the key switch combined with the toggle switches for the L/R...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-22-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,651
Posted By Clouddancer
Congrats

Hi Dominik

Congratulation to this milestone! No worries regarding the first flight date... Just do it when you are ready for it. Another few weeks won't change the final grin! ;)
Forum: International 07-06-2015, 11:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,206
Posted By Clouddancer
Verhees D-Plane 1

Delta Airplane Infos:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verhees_D-Plane_1
http://www.verheesengineering.com/gb/delta.html

I'm not sure, but according to the pictures there might be a double seater under...
Forum: RV-4 05-06-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,513
Posted By Clouddancer
I support the input of Steve. By countersinking...

I support the input of Steve. By countersinking your skin, you will probably get a knife edge condition in the skin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2015, 01:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,163
Posted By Clouddancer
Maintenance with Sam James Wheel Pants

I like the looks of the Sam James wheelpants on the RV-4. Therefore I consider to swap our old-school one-piece wheelpants for the ones from Sam James.

The Sam James wheel pants are split in the two...
Forum: RV-4 02-19-2015, 12:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,060
Posted By Clouddancer
Brent & Smokey Thank you for your insights. The...

Brent & Smokey

Thank you for your insights. The biggest driver for our layout was the inverted oil system, that eats up space firewall forward and adds complexity. I have to admit that. Whether it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2015, 01:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,783
Posted By Clouddancer
That's how we did: We used hole cutters with a...

That's how we did: We used hole cutters with a pilot drill bit. Cut out a plug of thick wood. Drilled a hole in the aircraft structure with the same diameter as the pilot drill bit. Attached the wood...
Forum: RV-4 02-15-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,060
Posted By Clouddancer
Thank you Brent for the detailed description and...

Thank you Brent for the detailed description and the pictures! In the meantime we decided to mount the battery in the original location in tunnel aft of the firewall - mostly because of the layout of...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-08-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,653
Posted By Clouddancer
Thank you for all the inputs! Using a hall effect...

Thank you for all the inputs! Using a hall effect sensor on the mag looks promising, but I have to add another sensor then :(.

For those who use the mag p-lead pick-ups: Do you use electrical noise...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-07-2015, 01:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,653
Posted By Clouddancer
Tach signal with one EI and one mag

I have a question for those who run a single electronic ignition (EI) and an conventional mag: How do you pick up the tach-signal?

We have a LSE Plasma III with a mini crank sensor and one Slick mag...
Forum: RV-4 12-18-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,729
Posted By Clouddancer
Link to pictures

You will see the difference in the pictures of the following thread:
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=109392

You will see the difference when you look in the forward corners of...
Forum: RV-4 12-02-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,473
Posted By Clouddancer
I support the previous answers. Beneath the...

I support the previous answers. Beneath the dimensions of the scratches it is important to know where the are:
- inner/outer surface of skin
- upper/lower skin
- inboard/outboard
- direction of the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-24-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,644
Posted By Clouddancer
Mmhh, you are right. There are multiple paths...

Mmhh, you are right. There are multiple paths anyway. But the "not intended ones" should have higher resistance.

I have not seen that the issue was discussed as well in a previous thread:...
Forum: RV-4 11-14-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,060
Posted By Clouddancer
battery in cowl cheek

Battery in cowl cheek is an innovative solution, if the firewall is already too crowded. N999BT, would you have a picture of your installation?

I see that the original location in the tunnel is...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,060
Posted By Clouddancer
Thanks for the replies! Nauga, I would...

Thanks for the replies!

Nauga, I would especially be interested in the box on the floor. I am just a bit concerned by just putting the battery weight on the floor without any other support.

PCHunt,...
Forum: RV-4 11-12-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,060
Posted By Clouddancer
Battery behind firewall attachment

I want to put my battery (for instance Odyssey PC680 planned) in the originally foreseen location by Vans, i.e. behind the firewall, between the rudder pedals. For those who have that location for...
Forum: RV-4 11-12-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,279
Posted By Clouddancer
long / short gear

Hi Carl

Just did something similar to what Ken did: replaced a short gear and conical engine mount for an O-320 by a dynamical and long gear engine mount for an O-360.

Another possibility to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-02-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,792
Posted By Clouddancer
John If you are going to Lucerne or nearby just...

John

If you are going to Lucerne or nearby just let me know: clouddancer@gmx.ch
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-31-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,792
Posted By Clouddancer
.... or just the one that I missed in my...

.... or just the one that I missed in my listing?
https://picasaweb.google.com/kusi82/FliegerchilbiBleienbach2014#6059408939193074322

It is even based on the airport that I'm flying from. It was...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-31-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,792
Posted By Clouddancer
...it was not me

Mine sits still the workshop.

But there are a few RV-4s flying in Switzerland. See links below.

HB-YKA: http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1124937/
HB-YMZ:...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,644
Posted By Clouddancer
Ok. I know that was "tested" in thousands of...

Ok. I know that was "tested" in thousands of planes... But in other threads here on Vansairforce people are caring about ground loops in their electrical systems. Isn't the engine case as a conductor...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2014, 02:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,644
Posted By Clouddancer
Electrical ground cable to starter?

I'm not an electrical expert and might get myself massacred by the following question:rolleyes:
Has anyone done a direct electrical ground cable/strap directly from the firewall grounding point to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,406
Posted By Clouddancer
Those are the "old style" wheel pants (i.e. not...

Those are the "old style" wheel pants (i.e. not the newer pressure recovery ones). The transition fairing from the wheel pant to the gear leg fairing is normally custom made by the builder (for this...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-02-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,477
Posted By Clouddancer
... getting close

Ha, all good ideas! Although Dave is nearest from what we used this particle board disk for.

We had the engine only installed temporary to fit all the hoses (we got plenty of them with the inverted...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-02-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,477
Posted By Clouddancer
Propeller disk?

Have you ever seen a propeller disk like this? :)

Anyone an idea what I used this for?

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3850/14929585430_09b431dc65.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2014, 01:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,813
Posted By Clouddancer
Larger than 1" plugs?

Does someone have a source or an idea for larger plugs than 1" in diameter?
You still have to point direct on the valve with a 1" opening.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,359
Posted By Clouddancer
I had foreseen to use such a bowden cable clamp...

I had foreseen to use such a bowden cable clamp for oil cooler air door cable... until I tried it: It does not clamp very well. So I will have to come up with another solution.
Forum: RV-4 06-11-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,986
Posted By Clouddancer
Below I added two pictures of the bracket. The...

Below I added two pictures of the bracket. The cable is not yet attached to the...
Forum: RV-4 06-06-2014, 01:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,986
Posted By Clouddancer
I'm currently away from home for a few days and...

I'm currently away from home for a few days and do not have other pictures at hand, sorry.
The hoses that you see on the picture are -4, they are rather bulky. The aluminum brake line that you see...
Forum: RV-4 06-05-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,986
Posted By Clouddancer
Parking Brake

That's how it looks on our RV-4. The brackets were done by the previous builder.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3870/14167495539_83aa45d488_z.jpg
Forum: RV-4 05-13-2014, 03:20 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,867
Posted By Clouddancer
Electric Aileron Trim Adaption on RV-4

As we plan to fly with Avgas in one tank and Mogas in the other, we will not use fuel evenly from both tanks. So we thought that aileron trim would be a good idea. We have a 4-way hat switch on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,363
Posted By Clouddancer
Comparison of active headsets with Clarity Aloft

Mitch,
I would be interested to hear the difference in noise attenuation between the referenced active headsets you use and the passive Clarity Aloft? Is it really comparable? I am interested in the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-11-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,034
Posted By Clouddancer
Thank you very much! Just what I needed to know.

Thank you very much! Just what I needed to know.
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,053
Posted By Clouddancer
Thanks Nauga I read somewhere in a blog that...

Thanks Nauga

I read somewhere in a blog that they are steel, but you are right! I dropped Van's an email. They are made from 0.025" thick 2024-T3. Even better for me to manufacture ;-)
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