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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 06:47 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
wheel chock rope clamp

a concept for the small nose wheel chock. I have no idea of the optimal rope contact clamp geometry. at this point I am just trying to bend the rope. the plan is to use 5/16 cord (7mm) for these. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 719
Posted By Steve Melton
send a note to Van's and ask for their corrosion...

send a note to Van's and ask for their corrosion limits and min thicknesses after corrosion removal.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 1,962
Views: 1,332,737
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I think you got this right. Wow!

yep, I think you got this right. Wow!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-26-2021, 06:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 812
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, a 30 minute purge without the return line...

yeah, a 30 minute purge without the return line connected is now my plan. extend the life of the beads!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-26-2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 812
Posted By Steve Melton
return line sensor

cheap engine return line sensor. all this does is indicate it's doing something. the lowest reading capable is 10%.

reading from the cool spring days last year. these were before is started...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
internal rope clamp

what about an internal spring loaded bar rope clamp? ice could possibly freeze it.

when not in use, there would only be a handle of some kind sticking out.

strength of the chock can be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-25-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 812
Posted By Steve Melton
dehydrator condition after a season

on my last flight I noticed my oil temp was only 158F as I have not blocked my oil cooler. I attached the dehydrator an pulled the engine humidity down.

going on my second year this dehydrator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
the load is very low for this, it's just dragging...

the load is very low for this, it's just dragging a chock around.

do clam cleats work when rotated 90 deg. to the optimal orientation? space limitation.

the question is, does it even work? ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
found on the web. I can modify it to the size I...

found on the web. I can modify it to the size I need and do some testing. printing this version now.

good input from Rocky about the cleats. thank you....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 05:49 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
these plastic chocks are good in the way they...

these plastic chocks are good in the way they seat against the ground if there is wheel load. I want something to simply hold the opposite chock in place or if the wheel does move, to drag the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
chocks

this is a way of securing the chocks with a rope. (not my product) I'm thinking of updating my chocks to include a feature that secures a rope but I still want them to take a full run up load. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,363
Posted By Steve Melton
looks good. a recent study indicates regular...

looks good. a recent study indicates regular exercise will reduce your biological age by 9 yrs and protect you from cancer and other illnesses. regular exercise can keep you flying for a long time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
added a lip to light panel

I added a lip to the light panel to have some grip for rotation. It works well. So then I had an extra light dock. I stuck it on the outside door jam for key night...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Hangar 5 restaurant

Hangar 5 restaurant closed at 2PM. I missed it by 15 minutes.... Small town but shortage of help so they close at 2PM now. Anyway, I was able to install my chocks because the normal line boy was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,276
Posted By Steve Melton
those are harbor freight fans. I'll make you a...

those are harbor freight fans. I'll make you a good deal on these but if you are far away it might not be worth the shipping costs.

I operated the fans on separate circuits for reliability. they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,276
Posted By Steve Melton
nice paint booth. you can add an inlet filter...

nice paint booth. you can add an inlet filter high in the booth and pull negative pressure inside the booth by routing ducts to the outside and placing the exhaust fans outside. in this way you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Flashlight mount installed

I think the camera was compensating for the lighting but the lighting was adequate. I'm happy with it. Easy to reach and deploy, Easy to remove and install the flashlight from the dock in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I think it was or someone that looked like...

yep, I think it was or someone that looked like him.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
hand me the flashlight so I can find my...

hand me the flashlight so I can find my cigars..... what was the name of that movie where the young woman was at a remove airport in the Southwest and needed a ride to somewhere and the only way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Flashlight Mount

OK. this is ready for testing in night flight. good fit all around. I kept the original #8 screw size for the dock mount. it worked well and is very secure. not too bad for a first print.

the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Flashlight mount

my little flashlight mount design is coming along. I will reduce the dock fastener size but otherwise it's not too bad. a little flashlight that will stay in the aircraft....
Forum: Safety 10-20-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,057
Posted By Steve Melton
good. issue the revision and move on.

good. issue the revision and move on.
Forum: Reviews 10-20-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,656
Posted By Steve Melton
keep an eye on where the 90 elbow connects with...

keep an eye on where the 90 elbow connects with the red cube.
Forum: Reviews 10-20-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,656
Posted By Steve Melton
keep an eye on the fittings for any signs of...

keep an eye on the fittings for any signs of distress from thermal expansion. short straight connections on a hot engine with cool fuel get my attention.

component center to center distance...
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,601
Posted By Steve Melton
you don't want these bending because the shoulder...

you don't want these bending because the shoulder of the bolt can move into the wing skin. use something with a lower profile like the tie down bolts from Cleveland tool. in this way the moment...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 464
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, these are good words.

yes, these are good words.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,515
Posted By Steve Melton
tuning the night

easing into the night flying. I see my emergency landing sights disappearing in the darkness. switching to night mode.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/nightflight.jpg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-19-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,674
Posted By Steve Melton
reliable braking is important and it can save...

reliable braking is important and it can save your life. check the brake pedal firmness before each startup. note the brake effectiveness each time they are applied to understand if something has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,276
Posted By Steve Melton
I think we should acknowledge the sacrifices and...

I think we should acknowledge the sacrifices and difficult working conditions some have persevered through. The cold in Canada is no joke.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,276
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, those cold tools eventually wear you down. ...

yeah, those cold tools eventually wear you down. when it's was cold, late and feeling fatigued, I found myself wondering "why am I doing this".

feeling beaten down in this photo 10 years ago. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Bogi-Bar Tailwheel Bracket fit

I was not satisfied with the Bogi-Bar fit to the co-pilot side bracket. it needed more clearance to the bracket flange. I achieved more clearance by reducing the clearance of the pin to tow bar and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Flashlight mount

my little flashlight mount. I decided the simple hinge may work as is and added a removable mount. it's a widget. shines aft, down and forward. flashlight to be easily removeable. in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
I think they make those already from metal. ...

I think they make those already from metal. metal seems like a good choice for part like that. thx for the suggestion.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Bogi-Bar Tailwheel Bracket fit

the bracket fit to the bulkhead was excellent and a 5 minute install time. the brackets are mounted very high to allow complete access to the tow bar even when the baggage area is full. I believe I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Tailwheel Bogi-Bar Brackets

ready for test fit. the big bracket may be overkill, but it is what it is. not too bad for a first print.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/DSCN5296.JPG
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Flashlight mount

a nested fit so that the rotating plate lays flat when in the up position. in process.... I'll hack away at the plate to achieve rotatability and flashlight holding features. a tip for modeling,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 02:26 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, they are cheap and lightweight, $10. it can...

yep, they are cheap and lightweight, $10. it can always stay in the plane in a place that is reachable.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Flashlight mount

thinking of a small flashlight mounted to aft side of the roll bar. it could be used to shine aft, down or forward. the flashlight could also be removed for use. this means some night flying for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
the jaws are too stiff, better to just drop it...

the jaws are too stiff, better to just drop it in.

a crazy looking bracket in process. mounted very high. hopefully it works in this orientation mounted high with the handle up. the brackets...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,069
Posted By Steve Melton
the part is flexing at that location during use...

the part is flexing at that location during use and it appears to have only cracked the paint. dye-penetrant will confirm. check all the attachment locations (rivets) for this rudder horn to make...
Forum: Safety 10-11-2021, 05:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,057
Posted By Steve Melton
yes, a 10 hr inspection interval for a part like...

yes, a 10 hr inspection interval for a part like this is nonsense. it should be a strict replacement.

an end tube welded connection like this is not designed to withstand hundreds of pounds of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
floating in space..... magic! going for...

floating in space..... magic!

going for a run, 4 miles today because it's Sunday. I can't believe the OAT = 28C today in Cincy. Who turned up the heat in October?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Tailwheel Bogi-Bar model

now what to do?

convert to a single bracket on the left hand side? a single bracket is better than two if I can make it work.

raise the bar higher on the bulkhead? higher is better for access...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Posted By Steve Melton
agreed, insulating the aft side of the firewall...

agreed, insulating the aft side of the firewall is a second best approach to insulating the fwd side. insulating the fwd side will provide better fire protection.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Posted By Steve Melton
something like this from McMaster Carr, but...

something like this from McMaster Carr, but without the binder, this one has binder. I don't see it listed anymore without the binder. It is good stuff.

you don't want a binder because if you have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Posted By Steve Melton
insulate

firstly, make sure the cabin heat door is closing properly and if so then, insulate the firewall to get rid of the heat. this is ceramic insulation, no binder, wrapped in alum foil. 1000 hrs,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,277
Posted By Steve Melton
maybe a clear polycarbonate patch for temporary...

maybe a clear polycarbonate patch for temporary use. a targa strip would be look better for the long run.

match the shape of the broken piece. just thinking outloud, I don't know if this would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
why would you want to paint such a beautiful...

why would you want to paint such a beautiful part? :)

some have painted them. enamel paints are fine. don't use a paint that contains acetone.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Tailwheel Bogi-Bar model

to have a good model of the Bogi-Bar I do a simple outline layout (on a piece of scrap cardboard) and take some measurements top and bottom, then average them. I use these points to make a spline...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 05:59 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Alaska

parts going to Alaska always fill me with wonder. I really need to get up there. the part material is ASA plastic and is similar to ABS in that it doesn't mind very cold temperatures. -40C, not a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,277
Posted By Steve Melton
it makes me wonder if I could print a repair part...

it makes me wonder if I could print a repair part for that. attach at the two lower screws. use clear polycarbonate material.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,151
Posted By Steve Melton
many years ago I followed your build tips...

many years ago I followed your build tips closely. I recall the alum split tube glare shield edging working very well for me and others I made them for. it's still there and working very well. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 hinge cover

it seems the RV14 hinge covers are popular. I had been wanting to find a way to print the hinge cover top plate (no change to the tabbed nut) on glass to achieve a glass smooth surface and also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14A Bogi-Bar Tow Bar Bracket season

these caught my eye. I don't believe I have ever printed these in black. not too bad. a fashion statement. guaranteed to be a perfect fit. a number 8 nut on the side to attach a lanyard of some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14A Wag-Aero Tow Bar Brackets

seems to be a rush on these. I'm down to 11 lbs of dark grey color. When I attempted to purchase another 40 lbs. of dark grey, the supplier said it was on backorder. This is the first time I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,142
Posted By Steve Melton
you can wear that shirt with pride. congrats!

you can wear that shirt with pride. congrats!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-03-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 953
Posted By Steve Melton
my 60 amp B&C alt is at 1000 hrs and doing fine....

my 60 amp B&C alt is at 1000 hrs and doing fine. I use the old style Concorde battery. I typically only get about 3 yrs use on a Concorde.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-02-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,456
Posted By Steve Melton
thank-you. I dropped it in on the RHS tire today...

thank-you. I dropped it in on the RHS tire today with a left crosswind. I'll monitor the tire wear.

Put-in-Bay was a blast last night with lots of friendly women. People are in a good mood...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV10 Bogi-Bar Tow Bar Brackets

RV10 Bogi-Bar bracket weight total = .45 lb without retaining pins.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/DSCN5267(1).JPG
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
Done deal.

Done deal.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV10 Bogi-Bar Brackets

RV10 Bogi-Bar Brackets are similar to the RV14A brackets except the upper and lower bracket far upper and lower flanges were trimmed so the brackets only contact the lower baggage bulkhead. these...
Forum: Steam Gauges 09-29-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Posted By Steve Melton
sometimes upgrades can take awhile. I prefer not...

sometimes upgrades can take awhile. I prefer not to go cheap with fuel, oil or spark. it doesn't need to be an aviation brand but go with a good reliable brand.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2021, 08:24 PM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
RV14 Bogi-bar mount tail wheel

maybe about there?

https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh519/semelton500/IMG_20210928_131600.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2021, 04:19 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 606,571
Posted By Steve Melton
healthy frozen pizza?

this may be a new favorite. sweet potato crust. we shared a couple of these last night and it was a hit. very easy on the stomach.

Ray had been mowing airport grass all day and Bill spent the...
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