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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 08:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 697
Posted By wirejock
Bend

I made the flare first. The extra length (1/2") didn't make much difference.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-12-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,025
Posted By wirejock
Pneumatic

I don't think it's quite that polar. Maybe on the 12 I would call it a luxury.
On my 7A I find it has a place. My preference is gun and tungsten bar.
However, a string of rivets all the same...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-12-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 380
Posted By wirejock
Grinder

Only took one hit on my steel grinding wheel to take that off! I put a polishing wheel in it's place. Not saying it's wrong, just that I forgot it was there and caught a part on it. Had to buy a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 380
Posted By wirejock
Trim

I hope it's ok cuz that's how I trimmed mine. :D
Technically I cut per instructions then filed till the sharp corners of the hole were gone.
Forum: Canada 06-09-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By wirejock
Alumiprep

Save some shipping and drop the Alumiprep.
It's a great product for Alodine prep. I found Alodine works better with a surface prepped with Alumiprep. I've tested with Kirker Enduroprime and found a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-09-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Posted By wirejock
Supertracks

If you plan the Supertracks, measure the additional length of the canopy slider. It's about an extra 12"
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-09-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1,931
Views: 1,270,130
Posted By wirejock
Thunder

Nice. I can hear the thunder. I see you had fun getting it out of the crate!
Forum: Tools 06-08-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,678
Posted By wirejock
Guess

I guessed. Actually, I usually put a caliper on the bolt before grabbing a bit just to be sure. I usually drill about .010 small and ream to final.
Forum: Tools 06-08-2021, 01:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,678
Posted By wirejock
Nutplates

I don't recall a chart. Maybe someone will post.
For now, here's the common ones.
Nutplate=bolt=drill
K1000-06=...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 313
Posted By wirejock
Punch bar

I made these just for that purpose.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7hyZ-sKQmtremd0cEtqaW1NMWc
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 313
Posted By wirejock
Squeezer

My guess is the dies were not perfectly perpendicilar to the rivet shank and it clinched a little. I don't think it was so bad it deserved to be drilled. My larger yoke sometimes does that. I suspect...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
Posted By wirejock
Tools

Stein sells a D-sub pin crimper and pin removal tool. I prefer a better removal tool than the plastic but they do work. If you plan Garmin, you may need high density pin hardware as well.
You may...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 06-07-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By wirejock
Agree

My biggest concern is the noob who gets beaten up for asking a question. They may not post the next question. That's a problem. We owe it to them to give an encouraging answer. Even if the only...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-07-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,116
Posted By wirejock
Countersink fiberglass

Once fixed try a dremel and stone to countersink.
Run the dremel on a sharpening stine to shape the point to the correct angle.
Make a nice countersink. I usually stop shallow and use a hand...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-05-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By wirejock
Bolted

You may want to ask Vans. I don't think the side skin will tolerate enlarging a bunch of holes to bolt size. The steps.are riveted with #4 pull rivets and one bolt through a delrin spacer at the end...
Forum: RV-14 06-05-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 764
Posted By wirejock
Foam

That's the outside. Basically they put the engine in a heavy plastic bag. Seal it. Pump expanding foam everywhere inside. It's a 6 pack job getting the engine out of there!:D
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-05-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By wirejock
File

Thanks. Yes. That will work. I llan to call the other builder to see if his is a 7.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-05-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By wirejock
Printing

That Sir is exactly what thjs excercise is about. I did recieve one file and need to call someone about another so I should be set with files. If they ca print from the file, the plan is to print...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-04-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By wirejock
All one color

If you have to paint as you go, paint all one color then apply vinyl or paint accents after assembly. Best start practicing on some scrap. Painting is like anything else we do. It takes time to learn...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,718
Posted By wirejock
Steel

All my penetrations and fittings are steel or stainless steel. All lines custom made by TS Flightlines. Fire sleeved. Firewall titanium over Fiberfrax.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,718
Posted By wirejock
Wraps

What is the shielding on the exhaust pipe?
What is the wrap on the Intake pipe? Silicone?
I may need to protect things as well.
My penetrations are very similar. Steel eyeballs and fire sleeve...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By wirejock
Panel drawing

My grand daughter is a Graphic Artist for a Vinyl Wrap company. We talked a bit about printing on vinyl and I started thinking about a printed panel skin. She thought they could use a CAD file. They...
Forum: Interiors 06-03-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By wirejock
IPA? Sorry. Made the beer come out my nose. I...

IPA? Sorry. Made the beer come out my nose. I just had this mental image of pouring a perfectly good beer all over the airplane!:D
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By wirejock
Weld

Another option.
Send them to Russ McCutcheon. He is the one that fabricates them and the new gusset. He welded mine. Not installed yet but I haven't read anyone with new ones...
Forum: Interiors 06-03-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By wirejock
Clear over vinyl

Just curious. What is the goal for spraying clear over vinyl?
Maybe to protect decals?
I've never tried it but I wonder how the vinyl will react with the clear coat chemicals?
If no one replies, you...
Forum: RV-14 06-03-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By wirejock
TC

Only one inspection required.
My opinion
Find a Tech Counselor. Better still, use a different one each visit. Multiple eyes.
Get a TC inspection before closing the first empennage component, before...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-02-2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 331
Posted By wirejock
Lightweight cloth

This is what I bought for thin application.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cmpages/1080-50.php?clickkey=4748
Forum: Safety 06-02-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,561
Posted By wirejock
Current

Keep us posted please. I'm almost exactly in the same boat.
Same airplane, time. Maybe a few flights since I started building.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-02-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By wirejock
Wow

That is important. Thanks for sharing.

Also for the OP, torque seal is supposed to be applied from tip of the bolt down to the surface of the part.
Forum: Tools 06-02-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By wirejock
TS Flightlines

I used TS Flightlines for fuel lines. Fit perfect.

I did bend the smaller vent lines. Combination of the bender show in previous post a one of those spring type benders.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-02-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By wirejock
Torque seal

To be fair, to me, I only used the nail polish a few times. I let it get thick to the consistency of torque seal. No runs, no drips, no errors. Fasteners where it was used are still marked as they...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-02-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By wirejock
Torque seal

Got mine on Amazon pretty cheap.
Also, snagged old bottles of nail polish from the grand girls.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 519
Posted By wirejock
Nutplate adjustment

If you ran a tap through and they are loose, get a pair of vice grjps and squeeze the end were the screw exits. Start with no clamping force and increase a tjny bit at a time till it barely deforms....
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-31-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,150
Posted By wirejock
Draggy

:eek:
So many fly with tie downs. Mine won't be installed. Hypersonic flush covers for speed. That 3/16" hole costs knots. Flyboy vents and fuel drains are worth a knot or two. Trade a knot here or...
Forum: Primers 05-31-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 274
Posted By wirejock
Primer

Don't know but I would test it after fully cured to be certain. You might use a self etch primer like SEM or NAPA 7220. Both available at most Auto Parts.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-31-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By wirejock
Help

That helps a lot. Dents can be fixed, but I've never had much success. I've read rubbing with a spoon will take some out. The auto dent people can do some amazing work as well. Bottom line. A new...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-30-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By wirejock
Dent

Post a photo please so the experts can evaluate and advise.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-30-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 804
Posted By wirejock
Servo wiring

The servos can be connected to a hub with the ADAHRS but the power doesn't unless, as Dave mentions, a special hub is utilized.
Note, if the Advanced Flight Systems Advanced Control Module is used,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-30-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 886
Posted By wirejock
Platform

The platform with a cut out works pretty well. Mine is a section of 1/4" plywood about 2'X4'. Basically turns any surface into a back rivet plate. One piece of advise. Draw lines extending from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By wirejock
Parts

Just guessing from memory 7 years ago. 1100 miles from my plans. Cut me some slack. I've slept since Empennage. Still recommend holding on to them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By wirejock
PP

Edit...
See Mr. Decker's post below.
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By wirejock
Flop tube

Did you ever build any RC airplanes? Little tank has a tube in the fuel tank that flops around so it's always on the bottom. Vans has a flop tube option for fuel tanks. It's a braided line with the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,018
Posted By wirejock
567

I stand corrected. However, I will keep using 567 for the high temp spec.
"The*Loctite*product list has another pipe thread sealer with PTFE that they refer to as "high temperature" sealant. This...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,600
Posted By wirejock
Agree

One reason why I'm very careful what I ask and how I reply.
Also why I started a Colorado RV forum.
No offense. I still donate.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,018
Posted By wirejock
Locktite or Permatex

Loctite 567
Permatex #2
Not sure about temp.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-28-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,150
Posted By wirejock
Slider pull

I found these on Wayfair. Aluminum. Knurled.
https://www.wayfair.com/home-improvement/pdp/century-hardware-echo-1116-diameter-cylindrical-knob-cnth2564.html?piid%5B0%5D=39674239
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By wirejock
Red, White & Blue LEDs

Steinair sells strips and map lights in Red, White & Blue.
I get the Red for cockpit light and I can see a good reason for white, but what is the reason for blue?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By wirejock
Exactly what I need. Plus four channels. Thanks.

Exactly what I need. Plus four channels. Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By wirejock
PWM Dimmer

I need a three PWM dimmers to control a strip of glareshield panel LEDs and a Map/Cabin LED either side.
Vans has the LC-15 but it's two channels of PWM. Other two are analog.
I found these on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,600
Posted By wirejock
Wing crate

Excellent idea.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-26-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1,931
Views: 1,270,130
Posted By wirejock
Congratulations

Wow. Beautiful bird and huge congratulations on getting her to the finish line.
Forum: Primers 05-26-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,346
Posted By wirejock
Eco-poxy

It is. Clean up with soap water would be fine but I would still clean with a solvent. Wouldn't take much water in the gun to ruin a paint job.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-26-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By wirejock
West Systems

Most builders use West Systems 105 epoxy and 205 or 206 hardener. One is slow. One is fast cure. I prefer working time. Flox is cotton. You may want to reach out to local builders for a small amount....
Forum: Primers 05-25-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,346
Posted By wirejock
Cleaning

What he ^ said.
Disassemble and thoroughly clean the gun every session. Stuff builds up in the tip real fast. I neglected itba session or two and removed a big doughnut shaped wad 1/8" thick. It...
Forum: Primers 05-25-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By wirejock
Process

That is an excellent process. Should serve you well. Love my Hobby Air.
Only thing I would add is when you move on to interior color, wipe surfaces with a tack cloth right before pulling the trigger....
Forum: Primers 05-25-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By wirejock
Surface prep

My opinion. Worth $.02

Search for Aluminum Oxide

I am in the full prep ball park.

A light scuff and clean shouldn't damage the Alclad. All you're trying to do is rough the surface and remove...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,600
Posted By wirejock
Skin

Ballpark? $50 plus shipping.
I've replaced a couple skins here and there. Personally, I prefer the replacement option. The abandoned skins are excellent for fabricating stuff.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,421
Posted By wirejock
Aluminum trim

Beautiful work.
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 563
Posted By wirejock
Tough rivet

Photos are worth 1000.
That's why there's an angled face on the bar.
However, good gun/bar skills will serve you well. Especially the offset. Lots of places on the 7 where nothing else will work.
Get...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,600
Posted By wirejock
Egg hole

Ask Vans. They are the structural authority.
Maybe they suggest an extra rivet either side.
Document their response in your log if it's a fix.
Or
Order new parts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,557
Posted By wirejock
Primer method

That's a very interesting process. Thinned Akzo applied with a roller. I bet it's well protected with a very thin layer and minimal labor. You might consider writing that up to the Tips thread.

I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By wirejock
Wing jig

Wing jig.
I read lots of builder say it wasn't necessary. Maybe not but I could twist the wing in the jig even after top skins were riveted. Not much, but it would move. Glad I used it. Even bucking...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-24-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Posted By wirejock
Squeezer

I have a pneumatic and like it but my preference is gun and bar. I grab the pneumatic when it fits the mission but sometimes nothing else will work so comfort with gun and bar.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 888
Posted By wirejock
Scrap parts

I think it would probably be fine too, but why not borrow some scrap from a local builder and re-doo?
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