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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,090
Posted By thatguy
Little do people know, the blue stuff makes the...

Little do people know, the blue stuff makes the aluminum 37 times stronger if it is left on long enough. Best to order your kit at least a decade in advance and let it sit, for maximum effect. :D
Forum: RV-15 08-04-2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,678
Posted By thatguy
Jumping on some other suggestions here... - Grab...

Jumping on some other suggestions here...

- Grab handle would definitely be nice and probably not killer to add (at least as an option).
- Skylights would be very cool, probably would have to be an...
Forum: RV-15 08-04-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,188
Posted By thatguy
One time me and the family painted boards for our...

One time me and the family painted boards for our deck before nailing them on. Turns out, out can't even do THAT without it looking terrible. No way you can ship and rivet a skin without having to do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,322
Posted By thatguy
If you would remove it in an engine swap, it's...

If you would remove it in an engine swap, it's part of the engine. :D

Personally I would log anything firewall-forward that the engine needs to run, as part of the engine, because if something...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-07-2021, 01:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 881
Posted By thatguy
Another flightless newb in Dallas...

Another flightless newb in Dallas (Richardson/Plano) here, I'd love to just come check out someone's project if y'all are meeting sometime this weekend. I don't have a cert and I'm also pretty heavy...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,460
Posted By thatguy
Replacing the overtorqued bolts is a must....

Replacing the overtorqued bolts is a must. Overtorquing can/will damage bolts and has especially catastrophic potential for a bolt anchoring anything besides a gusset plate.

As a side note, make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2021, 10:55 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,095
Posted By thatguy
When I worked as an assembler in a machine shop...

When I worked as an assembler in a machine shop we would run taps through inserts to make the screws easier to install (they were Phillips so they would cam easily) then use red (permanent) Loctite...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-01-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,054
Posted By thatguy
If out of curiosity anyone wants to measure them...

If out of curiosity anyone wants to measure them exactly, you can find the weight with just a bathroom scale:

Have 2 people hold the detached wing and have them each weigh themselves on the scale...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,095
Posted By thatguy
Well, you see, *smacks lips* that M-W is a...

Well, you see, *smacks lips* that M-W is a descriptive dictionary: one that simply "describes" how words are used. If you look at the Wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_(bearing)),...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,845
Posted By thatguy
la Mr. T: "I pity the fool who wastes hours...

la Mr. T: "I pity the fool who wastes hours trying to fix a dumb mistake!"

In other words, I pity us all... :(
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-29-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,054
Posted By thatguy
Thanks, wanted to be sure an average person would...

Thanks, wanted to be sure an average person would be strong enough to help with assembly/disassembly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,095
Posted By thatguy
Not the only thing...

That seems to be the distinction people commonly use. I used to work in precision machining and everyone called them nutplates (we only used the floating-nut type). Not trying to say "plate nut" is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-29-2021, 03:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,054
Posted By thatguy
Question RV-12 Wings Weight

Just wondering how much weight is each wing when removed from the airplane. On Van's I see the total weight of the wing kit (including packaging) is 357lbs. Maybe a dumb question but do they really...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-28-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,845
Posted By thatguy
One thing to keep in mind is that if the torque...

One thing to keep in mind is that if the torque was strong enough to break that, there may be no feasible way to remove it. I'm not for sure because I don't know the specifics of your situation, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,857
Posted By thatguy
Definitely replace the skin, it will take a lot...

Definitely replace the skin, it will take a lot of work + buffing to fix it and there's really no reason to do that. The rib you can bend back into place but definitely make sure there's no cracks...
Forum: RV-10 03-27-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,941
Posted By thatguy
Lightbulb The math on QB's

According to here (https://www.vansaircraft.com/quickbuild-kits/):

QB's are about "twenty-five weeks, eight hours a day" of work, = 1000 hours
With a QB "youll have only 800-1200 hours of work...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-27-2021, 04:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,737
Posted By thatguy
Arrow I made that chart off the Wikipedia pages for the...

I made that chart off the Wikipedia pages for the planes, going by date of introduction, not date of first flight. I made it to be a general reference to when new models tend to have come out as I've...
Forum: RV-10 03-26-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,941
Posted By thatguy
Post Yeah that 29% surcharge :eek: (not to mention...

Yeah that 29% surcharge :eek: (not to mention $1000's in shipping) will stop most of the profit margin dead in its tacks. No surprise the QB kits are built in the Philippines.



Yes, that's correct....
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-26-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,737
Posted By thatguy
Post I know it's not outdated per se, just as the...

I know it's not outdated per se, just as the RV-12 is not outdated just because the 12iS came out; the models were just superseded/updated. Looking back I think I'll replace "current" and "outdated"...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-25-2021, 10:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,737
Posted By thatguy
I think that's the question of the decade. Since...

I think that's the question of the decade. Since 1980, Van's has released a new model an average of every 5 years or so. The most recent models came out 5 and 8 years ago so I have a feeling that...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-25-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,737
Posted By thatguy
What would be really cool is a 6-place plane with...

What would be really cool is a 6-place plane with four removable seats, like a cross between an RV-10 and a Piper Saratoga. Imagine a 1000lb cargo capacity in a two-seater.... I doubt I'll ever see...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,941
Posted By thatguy
This is absolutely true. I have a mechanical...

This is absolutely true. I have a mechanical engineering background and I can tell you that most schools, including mine, don't teach you a single thing about construction, assembly, or even using...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,941
Posted By thatguy
You missed a zero here, $50,000/1000 hours is...

You missed a zero here, $50,000/1000 hours is $50/hour. Personally in doing the math, I would make the assumption on at least 2000 hours. In the USA, a $160k build price and $260k selling price at 2k...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 03:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,340
Posted By thatguy
Unhappy severely disappointed

Wait, something like this ISN'T a factory option? Why's it called an "RV" if you can't get it with slideouts? :D

https://i.imgur.com/7SUSqAC.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 885
Posted By thatguy
Just open the PDF IN MS Word and it will convert...

Just open the PDF IN MS Word and it will convert it for you. The formatting may be a bit weird but it's something to try (takes 1 min).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,340
Posted By thatguy
Watched the video on the "almost-a-rv14 mod" and...

Watched the video on the "almost-a-rv14 mod" and you wonder why Van's doesn't buy some of these as list it as an official option.... Seems to be such a simple change with almost no difference in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 04:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,340
Posted By thatguy
Wow, I'd never seen this before, really opens up...

Wow, I'd never seen this before, really opens up some new possibilities.
RV-10 is 4 place, non-aerobatic, whereas RV-14 is 2 place, aerobatic. Great to have the option to have more space in the 2...
Forum: Safety 03-22-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,318
Posted By thatguy
Always a reminder to use feel AND sight when...

Always a reminder to use feel AND sight when assembling things.

Similar mistakes can happen in completely other ways too. For example, screwing a bolt into something that has messed up threads is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,340
Posted By thatguy
Thanks for the info. Planes aren't the only...

Thanks for the info. Planes aren't the only things that don't fit tall people the best as I'm sure you know so I have the perspective of "looking for good enough" not "looking for something built for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 02:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,340
Posted By thatguy
Best RV's for TALL people

Hi,

I'm looking an RV kit, specifically looking at the RV-12iS mainly for its lower cost kit, operation, and licensing. However, I'm pretty tall. I'm wondering of the other "talls of the world" can...
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