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Old 12-26-2015, 10:58 PM
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Thanks, Jim, and Merry Christmas to you too! Today's task was filling the tanks and calibrating the senders, two measly gallons at a time. It'll be nice to fill them at a regular pump instead of through gas cans and funnels. I think I got a little more in the tanks than I spilled.

Our mutual friend Tom Wilson paid me a visit today in his Starduster bipe. And geez, he stood it on its tail leaving Cable. Amazing rate of climb!! It's crazy, too, that five miles away, the winds were gusting to 40 knots or so at Ontario (two flights diverted because of wind) yet it was eerily calm at Cable...less that 10 knots and straight down the runway when Tom Landed, though it turned into a stiffer 90-degree crosswind when he left.
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:10 AM
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So close! I'm within about two workdays of having the RV-9A ready for the airworthiness inspection, which should take place on Jan. 15 or thereabouts.

Finished up the aileron trim mechanism, safety-wired the tank attach brackets, hooked up the strobes/landing light for a post-Christmas green/red light show, and generally neatened up the wiring around the control sticks. All control surfaces rigged, and jam nuts tightened, Loctited and marked with TorqueSeal.

So really, all that remains is routing the fuel sender wires (waiting on a 1/4" bit for my angle drill, as I forgot to drill these holes before final-mounting the wings), mounting the wingtip landing light, and addressing a very slight rub of the left aileron's chromoly pushrod at full down deflection. Also, some thin tappet wrenches are on order so I can easily final-torque the aileron control horn nuts.

I checked all the exhaust flange nuts and intake flange bolts after my engine test runs, and they were fine. I also put a wrench on all fluid line fittings, just for peace of mind. No leaks whatsoever.

There's 15 gallons of 100LL in each tank for the first flight, which I hope will be around the middle of February. I can't wait!!!







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Old 01-06-2016, 02:08 PM
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Couldn't sleep, so I was on the road at 5:30 a.m. to the hangar and made it back by lunch. I was able to finish off a lot of little details before The Inspection.

First up, DuckWorks landing light. They supply the fiberglass tube, and the toughest part here is aiming it. Luckily my hangar faces an open dirt lot, so I elevated the nose wheel by a few inches (to simulate flare) and set a cardboard box about 75 feet in front of the plane. The I hogged out the wingtip hole bit but bit until I could angle the beam down and inward enough to illuminate the "runway." Then it was just a matter of flox, sand with mini pneumatic die grinder, a little dry micro, and we're off to the races.





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Old 01-06-2016, 02:16 PM
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Next, a super-easy GoPro mount for the top of the vertical stab. Cut a short piece of 1/8" bar stock, Dremel a slot in the top of the fiberglass fairing, flox & dry micro; sand to taste.

It's super sturdy, and if I ever want to remove it, I'll just cut it off and grind it flush. The nice thing is that the 1/8" stock fits perfectly in the slot of the GoPro case, and the hole is perfectly sized for an AN3 bolt.





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Old 01-06-2016, 02:25 PM
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Last, I made this little pull ring out of .063 stock. When I refitted the canopy, the right side was hanging up a little on the fiberglass fairing when closing. If I pulled in only about 1/16", it closed nicely, but there was no real easy place to grab it from the inside, hence the ring. After it was installed, I beveled the edge of the plexi a little more, which seemed to solve the problem, but it's nice to have the pull ring if the problem ever surfaces again due to heat expansion, etc.



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Old 01-06-2016, 02:30 PM
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Doug, brilliant idea with the camera mount.

Methinks it is likely to be "stolen" by more than one builder in the future.
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:39 PM
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Thanks Mike! Another nice thing is that the top of the aluminum is shaped so that the case can only rock back a couple of degrees, so if the bolt loosens or the blast from the air proves too much, you still have usable video.

I'm having some fun with iMovie; I'm used to PC software so there's a bit of a learning curve, but there are more similarities than differences.
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Old 01-07-2016, 03:16 AM
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Next, a super-easy GoPro mount for the top of the vertical stab. Cut a short piece of 1/8" bar stock, Dremel a slot in the top of the fiberglass fairing, flox & dry micro; sand to taste.

It's super sturdy, and if I ever want to remove it, I'll just cut it off and grind it flush. The nice thing is that the 1/8" stock fits perfectly in the slot of the GoPro case, and the hole is perfectly sized for an AN3 bolt.





Nice idea.

Just one comment - I've been doing similar things with Hero 2 housings on my Pitts for a few years. So far I've found 3 cracked housings (and lost one camera). What can happen is that a small crack appears in the 2 flanges on the bottom of the case. I'm beginning to suspect that this is because either the AN3 bolt is too tight or because the single central metal flange is either too thin or lacks the surface area to provide enough friction to resist 200 mph winds. Now I'm aware of the problem I've managed to spot the cracks before the camera departed - the cases are relatively cheap and easily changed. I'm sure your bracket will work fine - just suggest you don't over tighten and check for cracks in preflight
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:47 AM
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Doug, brilliant idea with the camera mount.

Methinks it is likely to be "stolen" by more than one builder in the future.
I guess I'm one of the thief's! If you don't mind, I'd like to steal your idea. I also read following post about the cracking of the housing. Perhaps a thin piece of phenolic might work?
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:55 AM
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Y'all may already know this, but the vertical stab is subjected to a lot of vibration on start up and shutdown.
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