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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 11:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 89
Posted By GeoffP
An old Mac Mini on a widescreen in front of where...

An old Mac Mini on a widescreen in front of where I work displaying the PDF's. Sometimes I'll put up the big paper prints in a plastic sleeve, but that's just a general referral, whereas I scroll,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,207
Posted By GeoffP
An Engine

I wish Santa would cover the balance remaining for my engine......
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By GeoffP
Not sure of the name for the rings, but you could...

Not sure of the name for the rings, but you could use a tiny O-ring in the groove, or just a bit of gorilla tape on the side to hold it in place.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,785
Posted By GeoffP
Great, Fantastic, etc etc

Wonderful news. I just logged in, made an account & added my aircraft, all very easy.

Kudos to the Van's team for coming up with another way to help ensure that this fool and his money are easily...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,280
Posted By GeoffP
I sort of went through a similar thought process...

I sort of went through a similar thought process about a year ago (arguably just before things started to go really bad!). I received my fuse kit in early December, however when I looked at it long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By GeoffP
Servo Part # gives a hint

Hi, the servo part number includes the range of travel for the servo, e.g. a T3-12A has 1.2" travel. Get a 9V battery and touch the two power wires until the servo is fully retracted, then reverse...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-07-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 624
Posted By GeoffP
Like Ralph said, dimple them. You'll most likely...

Like Ralph said, dimple them. You'll most likely need a ground down or reduced diameter female die though, and I suggest after dimpling that you carefully bend the tabs straight. They're much...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By GeoffP
Yes....

I also ended up with Rivet holes close together in that location, but I think it was more like 1/4" or greater in the end. What I did when I marked out the hinge pieces was to double check them in...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,788
Posted By GeoffP
Molex

I bought some of these off Digi-Key. There are different versions, and I've got ones with the USB-C & USB-A port in them. They look nice, especially with the subtle blue backlighting around each...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-20-2021, 04:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By GeoffP
I ground down an el-cheapo 3/8" socket for the...

I ground down an el-cheapo 3/8" socket for the aileron brackets for my build, so that the socket diameter where it engages on the bolt head is about 1.5mm smaller than the rest of the socket. It...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-20-2021, 02:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 469
Posted By GeoffP
Some Solid, some pull rivets

In my elevators, I did a combo of solids near the bearing cutouts where I could reach with the squeezer, and the rest were pull rivets (I think the MK-319-BS ones).
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-07-2021, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By GeoffP
Checked my build photos...

I remember this being a pain too, but it was 3 years ago and the scars have healed over now. I put the manufactured heads in from the rear, and used a long off-set rivet set in the gun.
Forum: Tools 09-23-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By GeoffP
I decided on a 200mm x 600mm plate 6mm thick, and...

I decided on a 200mm x 600mm plate 6mm thick, and that was fine for most back-riveting that I did. I did get the guy I bought that off to surface grind the plate (mostly since I wanted the mill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By GeoffP
As per RV9builder, you could carry on de-burring...

As per RV9builder, you could carry on de-burring all the parts. There's other things in the -9 wing you can do now that aren't too taxing and they're sort-of stand-alone at this point, like cutting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-11-2021, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,275
Posted By GeoffP
+1

I agree, and I've started doing most cuts with a jigsaw with a small fine-toothed blade.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-09-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,472
Posted By GeoffP
AAE estore is a good Oz local option. I've found...

AAE estore is a good Oz local option. I've found for a lot of AN hardware they're cheaper overall than from Vans or Spruce (not everything though). I've found it's easier (cheaper and the sizes are...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-08-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 616
Posted By GeoffP
left pitot mast loose

If I remember correctly, when I did this I left the pitot mast loose, so I could fit the skin over the flap brackets, then I riveted the pitot mast later. I have a Dynon mast, fitted outboard of the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-25-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 740
Posted By GeoffP
Test them too

When you do get the float sensors, I suggest you check their resistance with a multi-meter through the full range of the float. It should range from about 30 ohms (full) to 240ohms (empty), that's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,302
Posted By GeoffP
I do the exact same thing with thin pieces...

I do the exact same thing with thin pieces (especially the big skins), and tend to leave the grinder and scotchbrite wheel for heavier work like shaping angles, or deburring .040" and thicker parts. ...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-07-2021, 11:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,439
Posted By GeoffP
Here's a couple of new tricks I taught myself for...

Here's a couple of new tricks I taught myself for convenient storage of these things. I bought a "bitster" tool holder from Aircraft Spruce, so now I have a "go-to" for all the drills / reamers /...
Forum: RV-14 06-30-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,127
Posted By GeoffP
FWIW, when I ordered my Thunderbolt engine in...

FWIW, when I ordered my Thunderbolt engine in early May (so glad I got in the queue before the price rise), I selected the 1 E-Mag & delete second Mag option. After the order got to Lycoming, I was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By GeoffP
Steinair

If you go to the Steinair website (links from front page of VAF), there are tools and links to useful videos on how to use the tools also. This is where I suggest you start.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-06-2021, 08:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By GeoffP
I'd noticed the same thing...

I took this to be an error, and though I haven't actually prepped these parts, I'm not far from working on these parts. My final decision on which way to go hasn't been made, i.e. whether to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2021, 12:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,175
Posted By GeoffP
I've primed mating surfaces on skins etc. The...

I've primed mating surfaces on skins etc. The logic I had was once those parts are riveted together, I can't easily access them again. I'm still building so it could be 10-20 years before I know if...
Forum: Tools 05-19-2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,141
Posted By GeoffP
I've got an identical looking unit sourced here...

I've got an identical looking unit sourced here in OZ. Works a treat, and comes with a big range of dies. So long as the die is the right size for the cable/lug, it's hard to go wrong.
Forum: Primers 05-18-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,499
Posted By GeoffP
I prime on a chicken wire frame, then I hang the...

I prime on a chicken wire frame, then I hang the pieces from safety wire. I do one side, take them outside to hang for a while, then do the other side.
Typically I try not to let them dry on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-11-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By GeoffP
I'm of absolutely no help, but I noticed the same...

I'm of absolutely no help, but I noticed the same thing when I did a test-fit of this cover while I worked on the centre fuse. With Cleco's in the holes it did kind-of fit OK, but that was without...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-10-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,476
Posted By GeoffP
Sponges, boxes, foam rolled up

I used sponges & boxes to hold them apart. Wear gloves & long sleeves too when you rivet these together.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-05-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,175
Posted By GeoffP
Didn't centre punch the wedge, I just marked the...

Didn't centre punch the wedge, I just marked the centreline per the plans and ensured it was clamped in position. I might've started the drill slowly but then went fast speed but light pressure.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-04-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 949
Posted By GeoffP
Some of that same heavy angle gets used to make a...

Some of that same heavy angle gets used to make a couple of smaller longerons in the forward part of the fuselage. It does get cut up to make seatbacks also, and I think a piece for the tank attach...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-03-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,497
Posted By GeoffP
Digikey

I buy them from Digikey. It helps to know the AMP part numbers so you're searching for the right parts.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-03-2021, 03:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,175
Posted By GeoffP
Followed the plans

When I drilled my elevators, I did as the plans said, with everything clamped together, and drilled #40 using the 82 degree template guide. I didn't have any problems. The hard part for me was...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-02-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 725
Posted By GeoffP
No issues

I did something rather stupid with my flaps, which meant I had to get some new skins & other parts to mix in with already match-drilled parts. I just reamed the holes in the new parts, and riveted...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-26-2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By GeoffP
Before

I ran the conduit, wires and pitot/AOA tubing before I riveted on the bottom skins. That was a personal preference, and it's possible to do it after the skins are on, but I just found access much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 11:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,166
Posted By GeoffP
I learnt (more than once though!), that if I...

I learnt (more than once though!), that if I wasn't mentally and physically ready to fly a plane, then I shouldn't be building one. Mistakes crept in when I wasn't fully focused on the task at hand...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-19-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By GeoffP
Have you got photos or a snapshot of the relevant...

Have you got photos or a snapshot of the relevant drawing to show exactly which ones?

If they're the ones I'm thinking, you mean the two inner nose ribs that are canted in at a bit of an angle to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By GeoffP
I can't recall a problem with rivet length when I...

I can't recall a problem with rivet length when I riveted those brackets on. Double check the rivets you have are actually -9 in length.
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-22-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,778
Posted By GeoffP
Happens to lots of people. Be careful using a...

Happens to lots of people. Be careful using a c-frame dimpling, as this and a slight amount of dimplingitis, caused me to make the same mistake. Take the extra 0.5s to ensure the male die is in the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
Posted By GeoffP
1TL1-8F

Larry, I bought Honeywell 1TL1-8F switches for this purpose (with a rotary switch for main ignition/start). Technically they're an ON-(ON), just don't connect to the momentary ON terminal. They've...
Forum: Tools 03-18-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 360
Posted By GeoffP
Jacking Bolts

Usually with any belt drive set-up like this, a set of jacking bolts near the motor hold-down bolts is the solution. They can be individually moved to ensure the belt tension is correct, and the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 934
Posted By GeoffP
Offset slightly for wire routing?

I'll be doing this part of my build in a few months, and I've made the decision to mount a dynon SV-GPS-2020 on the aft turtledeck. I'm building a T-U so I don't have to worry about canopy...
Forum: Tools 03-04-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,136
Posted By GeoffP
I downloaded one from the Cleaveland tools...

I downloaded one from the Cleaveland tools website a few years ago, then with a recent order they sent me a nice shiny cardboard one. Not sure if / where to look on their new website for it now...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 654
Posted By GeoffP
Dynon

I went with a dynon heated pitot. Fitting the mast was fairly straight-forward by following their instructions. I did have to file a tiny bit at the rear end to help fit the pitot better, but...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-15-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 732
Posted By GeoffP
AN426AD3-6

I think this is the size I used along the spar, but I just did what others said & checked the rivet length before setting them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,134
Posted By GeoffP
They're about half that, if you buy from Van's,...

They're about half that, if you buy from Van's, and get it shipped over to Oz with your kit (or buy your builder mate a beer & ship it with their kit!).
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,051
Posted By GeoffP
V-drill guide clamped to the tube

I've just clamped a drill guide along the tube then drilled from one side & out the other. The holes have always come out on centreline (the V part of the guide lines it up with the tube) and in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-26-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By GeoffP
You do need to have the pilot hole very close in...

You do need to have the pilot hole very close in size to the reamer size for them to work. You couldn't use one to go up from #40 to #30 for example, but I use reamers that I got from Cleaveland...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2021, 09:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By GeoffP
Conduit

Conduit in the wings for all the wires, they just exit the conduit adjacent to the OAT probe.
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,738
Posted By GeoffP
Electrical / Avionics

You could start planning out all your electrics and avionics. There's a lot of research to be done in these areas to get exactly what you're after. Otherwise, read through the preview plans and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-22-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,110
Posted By GeoffP
Also, for multi-core wire or if there's a lot...

Also, for multi-core wire or if there's a lot coming out of a connector I printed each wire colour & function onto a single piece of heat shrink. And like others said, one at each end.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-20-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By GeoffP
Everything

I tried everything to rivet these, but eventually I just took the new parts (after mangling the old ones) to work and had the boilermaker weld them for me. I wasted a lot of time & money on this,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 881
Posted By GeoffP
https://www.vansaircraft.com/faq-technical-builder...

https://www.vansaircraft.com/faq-technical-builder-items/routing-wires-through-the-center-section-bulkheads/

I think this is what you're after.
Forum: RV-10 01-14-2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,697
Posted By GeoffP
Doesn't the Flyleds works kit use a 4 core...

Doesn't the Flyleds works kit use a 4 core shielded cable for Nav / Strobes? Also if you want separate Taxi lights you need an extra 18AWG for that (unless that's one of your 2x 18AWG wires & you're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,344
Posted By GeoffP
For me it was an RV-9

Hey, decisions decisions! I chose a -9 by deduction. I wasn't after a 10 or 14 due to the higher cost. 3,4, & 6 were out as they're older non-prepunched designs. I'm not really into aerobatics so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-12-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 934
Posted By GeoffP
Van's recommendation

I drilled the holes in ribs as per Van's suggestion, and ran split corrugated conduit. Hard to install but solid as a rock as it clicks in around the rib holes. Pro-sealed in, and as Larry said,...
Forum: Tools 01-04-2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,512
Posted By GeoffP
You can get small diameter female dies from...

You can get small diameter female dies from Cleaveland tools. I find these work well when the hole is close to a rib flange, but then grinding down one you've already got would be cheaper.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,066
Posted By GeoffP
This is what I did.

This is what I did.
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,630
Posted By GeoffP
Cherrymax

I basically did the same on my -9. I managed to set the rivet in one wing OK, but the other was a hassle so I just went to a Cherrymax & moved on.
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-20-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,091
Posted By GeoffP
Std Servo Arm

It's a standard servo arm, but an SV42 servo (which is about an inch longer in the body). For me it all seemed to fit OK, though safety wiring the bolts was a pain.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,637
Posted By GeoffP
Much easier in the build phase

Yes you'll get all the current SB's with your kit, and they're much easier to do during construction.

I've found a couple of times that the construction plans, drawings, and parts don't always marry...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,283
Posted By GeoffP
rivet gauges & rivet cutter

Make sure you've got these tools and use them. The gauge to ensure you've got the rivet right before & after setting, and a cutter comes in handy if you've got a stash of longer rivets and you need...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-19-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,091
Posted By GeoffP
I didn't have any issues

When I put my servo in earlier this year there weren't any hardware issues that I recall. There is the very tight AN3 bolt with a reduced head nyloc nut on the servo arm, but other than that just...
Forum: RV-10 12-16-2020, 01:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,849
Posted By GeoffP
Brown

Browntools sell Wera insert bits.
Forum: Tools 11-10-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,124
Posted By GeoffP
I Agree - the boeing one is the bomb

I got one (just like the one on the left on the photo) when I was partway through my empennage, and it's definitely the go-to for flush riveting. It's got to be a real tricky rivet to get me to take...
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