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Forum: Safety 05-08-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,800
Posted By vfrazier
I'm not sure if Carol was trying to point out a...

I'm not sure if Carol was trying to point out a specific hazard that I missed? OTOH, if you look at the MSDS for caffeine, you'd swear off coffee forever.

For MGR1977, if my panel catches on fire,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-07-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By vfrazier
Rich, Check www.flyboyaccessories.com for tech...

Rich,

Check www.flyboyaccessories.com for tech tips on maintaining your tailwheel (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/RV-and-Homebuilt-Tailwheel-Products-s/1.htm). I believe he includes a section...
Forum: Safety 05-07-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,800
Posted By vfrazier
I didn't see this mentioned. Forgive me if it...

I didn't see this mentioned. Forgive me if it was.

Firegone foam extinguisher...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-05-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By vfrazier
Is it kicking you in the pedals? If not, it's...

Is it kicking you in the pedals? If not, it's probably the mains.

The tailwheel typically only shimmies if the vertical pivot shaft is no longer vertical... or vertical enough as it can vary. ...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-05-2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 405
Posted By vfrazier
Our machinist is working on a batch. Stand by...

Our machinist is working on a batch. Stand by please!

Seriously interested can drop me an email, if you haven't already, and I'll add your name to the list.

I don't have a price yet, or a date,...
Forum: RV-10 04-29-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,371
Posted By vfrazier
My RV-4 (1994 edition) still has the SS tape......

My RV-4 (1994 edition) still has the SS tape... with one corner popped up a bit. I'm extra careful.

When your SS tape pops loose, you'll know it from the blood on the wing skins. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,807
Posted By vfrazier
There are many ways to make the vents bug...

There are many ways to make the vents bug proof... or nearly so.

I never liked the large fittings protruding from the belly, so I used simple aluminum tubing, with a 45 degree cut on the end. Use...
Forum: RV-10 04-28-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,371
Posted By vfrazier
This topic has been covered many times. SS tape...

This topic has been covered many times.

SS tape is great, but it is a razor blade if the edge peels up a little, and it will. It won't harm your plane, but the blood stains are annoying.

UHMW tape...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-27-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 812
Posted By vfrazier
Allow me to add a few thoughts here: 1) Don't...

Allow me to add a few thoughts here:

1) Don't make moving assemblies exposed to dirt, so tight that a grain of sand causes a failure. Think AK-47, not M-16

2) Don't let your answer go in search of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-26-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By vfrazier
And it smells like manliness. I use it for...

And it smells like manliness. I use it for cologne. The wife goes bananas. :D
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-23-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By vfrazier
What Smithflys23 said is accurate. The Flyboy...

What Smithflys23 said is accurate.

The Flyboy PDF gives good info too. (I wrote it.) Be sure to chock the mains securely so you can PULL and TWIST on the tailwheel spring. Some are very stubborn,...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 04-23-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By vfrazier
Why not an F1 Rocket or an F4 Raider? No fit...

Why not an F1 Rocket or an F4 Raider? No fit problems there!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 665
Posted By vfrazier
Don't forget to drain the compressor tank...

Don't forget to drain the compressor tank itself.

Funny story. A local farmer bought a new compressor to replace his tired older upright one. Then we found that the old compressor tank had about 25...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,775
Posted By vfrazier
Joe is correct. The FAA has the final say. You...

Joe is correct.

The FAA has the final say. You may get 100 FAA guys walk past your plane, and the 101st is the one to pull you aside for a chat.

I bought a Canadian registered Stinson 20+ years...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-13-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 326
Posted By vfrazier
FS: Cleveland 5.00×5 NOS

Cleveland 5.00×5 NOS

$1350 OBO.

Contact Ray Ward at 4luscombes@gmail.com or...
Forum: Reviews 04-12-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 375
Posted By vfrazier
Proud papa! (of Blake, not Paul :rolleyes:)

Proud papa!

(of Blake, not Paul :rolleyes:)
Forum: Rocket 03-31-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 408
Posted By vfrazier
Scott, An HR2 will likely have a different...

Scott,

An HR2 will likely have a different center elevator bellcrank, and thus a different stick throw.

My original comments still apply. Sorry. Your best bet is to finalize the autopilot servos in...
Forum: Rocket 03-30-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 408
Posted By vfrazier
I have an article on my personal Rocket webpage...

I have an article on my personal Rocket webpage (http://vincesrocket.com/Additions%20after%2010-27-04.htm) that discusses this problem.

Scroll about 1/2 down until you find:
9-1-05: Jim Winings had...
Forum: Rocket 03-30-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 408
Posted By vfrazier
DC Dan is correct. The stick travel range will...

DC Dan is correct. The stick travel range will depend on the control stops and the bellcrank mods, if any.

Aside from that, it's possible to make small adjustments by changing the various rod ends,...
Forum: Reviews 03-16-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,350
Posted By vfrazier
Ross, Adding a service loop of wire like you...

Ross,

Adding a service loop of wire like you describe would be a convenient thing to do. Shielded wire shouldn't be necessary.
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2021, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 713
Posted By vfrazier
As cool as my RV-4 runs, and you're in Canada.......

As cool as my RV-4 runs, and you're in Canada.... are you sure you have, or will have, a problem?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,251
Posted By vfrazier
For you RV-4 guys out there. Here's a story...

For you RV-4 guys out there.

Here's a story from way back in 1992, when I was but a wee lad, with no money to buy a second canopy bubble.

I caused a crack near the #7 bulkhead. There was a small...
Forum: Reviews 03-02-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,350
Posted By vfrazier
Actually, it's Blake, my son, at...

Actually, it's Blake, my son, at www.flyboyaccessories.com that sells them.

Blake is FlyLED's/Paul McVitty's U.S. rep. You can meet Paul and Blake at our Oshkosh display in the North homebuilt...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-21-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 619
Posted By vfrazier
David always has great ideas, and they...

David always has great ideas, and they work.

I've enlarged the bore of various short pieces of steel and aluminum tubes many times over the years. It usually goes like this:

"That tube doesn't...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-01-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,228
Posted By vfrazier
This tool works great and fast, but does require...

This tool works great and fast, but does require a bit of finesse (just a bit) to use so you don't chip the cutter (usually by going to fast and tipping the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-26-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,543
Posted By vfrazier
+1 for Kahuna's comment My Rocket had a side...

+1 for Kahuna's comment

My Rocket had a side skin air inlet for the front seat and an underwing air inlet, outside of the prop arc, for the rear seat.

On a 95 F day, the front seat received a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,292
Posted By vfrazier
Katana, Blake has the parts to replace the worn...

Katana,

Blake has the parts to replace the worn ones. They're inexpensive.

www.flyboyaccessories.com
Forum: RV-4 01-17-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 402,793
Posted By vfrazier
1994 RV-4 N94VF

1994 RV-4

I was still in my 20's when I built this. Time flies!

https://www.f1aircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/RV-4-small.jpg
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-17-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,357
Posted By vfrazier
Local grounds make global problems. They also...

Local grounds make global problems. They also make avionics shops a lotta money.

Take extra care with your wiring and you'll enjoy flying instead of chasing problems.

YMMV!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-17-2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,017
Posted By vfrazier
I'd remove that carpet to have a look. If it's...

I'd remove that carpet to have a look. If it's clean beneath, put it back and look elsewhere.

Are you sure that it's not mold?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-17-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,324
Posted By vfrazier
Paint protection film is an excellent alternative...

Paint protection film is an excellent alternative to the recommended UHMW flap tape. This product will never yellow; it stays clear for 10+ years and removes cleanly. I used this stuff all over my...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-03-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,130
Posted By vfrazier
It looks like someone went overboard on reducing...

It looks like someone went overboard on reducing the weight of that control arm! We make several different control arms here, but nothing that thin.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-17-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 984
Posted By vfrazier
It works even better if you have a pair of needle...

It works even better if you have a pair of needle nose pliers that are really long and skinny. I don't know if that type of pliers has a specific name, but I submit that "shrink tubing stretchers"...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,156
Posted By vfrazier
It isn't dreadfully difficult and you should have...

It isn't dreadfully difficult and you should have bolt access through a hole beneath the tailcone.

Blake has undrilled springs, important to get a good match on the mounting bolt, at...
Forum: Rocket 12-02-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 760
Posted By vfrazier
The HRII tail conversion consists of one drawing,...

The HRII tail conversion consists of one drawing, for the VS and rudder.

There are minor changes to the control surface leading edge rolling to make the "D" cell, but the biggest difference you'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,201
Posted By vfrazier
I installed SJ on N540VF many years ago and...

I installed SJ on N540VF many years ago and didn't find any particular difficulties.

Read all about it:
http://vincesrocket.com/landing%20gear%20and%20related%20stuff.htm

I sell both styles of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-16-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,154
Posted By vfrazier
Paint is good, but Cerakote is an option too....

Paint is good, but Cerakote is an option too. Check with your gunsmith or other Cerakote shop.

We're doing a lot of our steel parts in Cerakote now as it is corrosion resistant, thin, light, and...
Forum: RV-4 11-16-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,874
Posted By vfrazier
Screws and Tinnerman U-clips. Be sure to get the...

Screws and Tinnerman U-clips. Be sure to get the proper screws!
Forum: RV-4 11-16-2020, 11:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,138
Posted By vfrazier
From my Rocket website, here's a couple of...

From my Rocket website, here's a couple of photos, worth a thousand words of speculative "how-to":

flap down
http://vincesrocket.com/2003-06-19/flap%20pushrod%20hole%202.jpg

flap...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,656
Posted By vfrazier
The foam brush material is open cell and dries...

The foam brush material is open cell and dries quickly, if it does get wet, which it rarely does unless someone barfs on it. Speaking of the only time that the foam ever got wet in my plane, well, I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,656
Posted By vfrazier
That was possibly me, but I just cut a slit in...

That was possibly me, but I just cut a slit in the foam. Here's the photos from almost 16 years ago. The paint brush foam is reasonably wear resistant and held up well.

Flap pushrod seal 1...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-10-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,505
Posted By vfrazier
We have stacks of foam filled scooter tires. All...

We have stacks of foam filled scooter tires. All of them flat spotted under load. If your scooter tire actually stays round after a bit of use, please tell everyone and expect lots of kisses right on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,042
Posted By vfrazier
You might also consider Cerakote, the gun...

You might also consider Cerakote, the gun finishing material. We have a gent here that does many of our parts and it's quite durable.

Unlike powder, if you need to remove it, you can blast it off. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-09-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,432
Posted By vfrazier
If you just need a throttle quad, Blake has them...

If you just need a throttle quad, Blake has them at www.flyboyaccessories.com
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-09-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,505
Posted By vfrazier
To be clear, Blake at www.flyboyaccessories.com...

To be clear, Blake at www.flyboyaccessories.com has been the sole source for the Bell fork for several years now. He licensed it from the Bell family. We have all been pleased with the performance of...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 11-02-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,933
Posted By vfrazier
Phil, I inquired with Bryan Milani about getting...

Phil,

I inquired with Bryan Milani about getting Showplanes to produce a version of their canopy for us.

If you, or others, can make it happen, I'll gladly add their fine canopy set up to the...
Forum: RV-4 10-26-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,495
Posted By vfrazier
My short legged 4, painted, glass panel, 160HP, w...

My short legged 4, painted, glass panel, 160HP, w Sensenich GA prop weighs 965 pounds on calibrated scales.

1020 may be correct, but it is very common to have aircraft weighed on scales of dubious...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-22-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,222
Posted By vfrazier
Blake has that info, and more, on his website....

Blake has that info, and more, on his website.

He probably even hijacked Dan's photo of the drilling jig! It is the best photo and worth a thousand words for sure.
Forum: Rocket 10-12-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,275
Posted By vfrazier
Mark Frederick is making an F1 Indy mount for the...

Mark Frederick is making an F1 Indy mount for the HR2s. This is a very nice upgrade to the stock HR2 gear legs and to the gear leg geometry.

The new mount is roughly $2500 and the required F1...
Forum: Tools 10-12-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,969
Posted By vfrazier
We're using a super cheap Harbor Freight...

We're using a super cheap Harbor Freight regulator on the Numatx here in our shop. Works fine. KISS principle.

Blake has the Numatx and accessories....
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-27-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,576
Posted By vfrazier
Formation mirrors...

Formation mirrors (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/7201.htm)
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-24-2020, 07:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,213
Posted By vfrazier
Or email Blake and not wait on the time zone...

Or email Blake and not wait on the time zone difference if Paul is asleep. Blake is Paul's guy in the U.S.

FlyLEDs lighting products (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/category-s/64.htm)
Forum: RV-14 09-23-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,030
Posted By vfrazier
Been selling these for years..... rod end tool...

Been selling these for years.....

rod end tool (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/Rod-End-Bearing-Tool-p/3003.htm) $6.50
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-10-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 982
Posted By vfrazier
Check for twist now, then stop worrying about it....

Check for twist now, then stop worrying about it. Pick a couple places where no other rivets or bolts are going to be, check your drawings, then drill a couple holes and put the rivets in.

Important...
Forum: RV-4 09-03-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,132
Posted By vfrazier
Just contact my son, Blake, at...

Just contact my son, Blake, at www.flyboyaccessories.com
(http://www.flyboyaccessories.com)
Forum: RV-4 09-02-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,132
Posted By vfrazier
O-320-E2D; Sensenich GA Carbon Fiber prop; fully...

O-320-E2D; Sensenich GA Carbon Fiber prop; fully painted and primed internally; Cloth seats; 2 screen VFR glass panel; Manual trim and flaps; regular battery on the floor between the rudder pedals....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-02-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,842
Posted By vfrazier
+1 for Tom's comments. Indeed, the price of...

+1 for Tom's comments.

Indeed, the price of those tubes is breathtaking, but they are worth it.

Nothing is worse than rushing to the airport only to find low tires. Ugh.
Forum: RV-4 08-26-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,704
Posted By vfrazier
I learned in a C-152. 50-ish hours in that...

I learned in a C-152. 50-ish hours in that under-powered, sweat hog. Then I had the next 50 hours in Cubs, Champs, and Cessna 170s. Compared to any of those, flying my new RV-4 with about 100hr TT...
Forum: Rocket 08-08-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 17,616
Posted By vfrazier
Anything is possible, depends on how crafty you...

Anything is possible, depends on how crafty you are. I'm no RV-8 expert, but I doubt that the flat wrap w/s is gonna play nice with your RV-8 forward baggage compartment.

Any more posts on RV-8...
Forum: Tools 07-16-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,674
Posted By vfrazier
Or talk to Blake at www.flyboyaccessories.com He...

Or talk to Blake at www.flyboyaccessories.com He carries the Numatx AND the MUCH nicer SS braid, flexible hoses. (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/2702.htm)
Forum: Rocket 07-06-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,001
Posted By vfrazier
No. It caught my eye also. I could take darn near...

No. It caught my eye also. I could take darn near anything that I could put in the backseat.

OTOH, it eliminates the bubbas from wanting a ride, which can be a plus. :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-06-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,974
Posted By vfrazier
Yeah, practice helps... but so do some of the...

Yeah, practice helps... but so do some of the tricks that you learn that aren't in the AC43-13-1B... like whacking the buck tail with a hammer while your gunner tells you when it looks about right....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-21-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,664
Posted By vfrazier
The leading edges of my 26 year old RV-4 are...

The leading edges of my 26 year old RV-4 are black. They wrinkle in the sun on hot days until the temps equalize. As Scott said, no worries.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,213
Posted By vfrazier
Mark left out mentioning the B-29 radius inlet...

Mark left out mentioning the B-29 radius inlet profile we're using. It was B-29, wasn't it? :D
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