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Old 04-23-2012, 01:40 PM
jimbower jimbower is offline
 
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"Fatso is probably one of the heavier RV6A's at 480kg (1058lbs)..."

John, you're making me feel bad. My -6A was 1050 lbs and I thought it was on the slim side. Maybe things weigh differently Down Under! Anyhow, congrats on getting your bird in the air. You didn't say how long it took to build.

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Old 04-23-2012, 04:54 PM
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Great job on getting your 6 done. Hope your test flying is going well also.
We need pics !
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:20 PM
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"Fatso is probably one of the heavier RV6A's at 480kg (1058lbs)..."

John, you're making me feel bad. My -6A was 1050 lbs and I thought it was on the slim side. Maybe things weigh differently Down Under! Anyhow, congrats on getting your bird in the air. You didn't say how long it took to build.

Jim Bower
St. Louis, MO
RV-6A N143DJ
Flying since August 2011
Fatso, by the way, was an unofficial mascot of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, not a reference to the weight of this bird. I went with a QANTAS-like paintjob (decals actually) but didn't want a flying kangaroo on the tail. Better something that eats roots and leaves! Wombat - not to be mistaken with the American project management acronym - Waste Of Money Brains And Time.

Build was about three years after I got it but the fuse, wings and emp were mostly complete.








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Old 04-24-2012, 12:30 AM
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WOW!!! Now that is the perfect panel!! Be sure and place this picture in the "SHOW US YOUR PANEL" section here at VAF.

Congratulations, Matt at MGL should be proud of their product and your application.


PS..... Your brake pedals look too vertical. You may have trouble keeping from dragging the brakes during taxi and landing. You can cause them to lay forward by filing out the lower master mount hole. File it down will make the pedal to lay back. You can also shorten the link will cause the rudder pedal to tilt toward you. And last, you can add material to the lower bar like heater hose or custom spacers sold on the NEt.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:57 AM
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Finally cut the footage into something approaching reasonable. I particularly like the first landing. Gives the game away that it wasn't me.

http://youtu.be/pS2zNpOzQNA
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:51 PM
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You should be very proud . Sue and Kirsty were so happy for you both and I am sure Bill will be looking down with a smile .
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:19 PM
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Very beautiful for sure, congratulations! What I really fell in love with is what is apparently LED mood lighting, tell us more about that!
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:06 PM
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Default Mood Lighting

More charitable than the description of lighting in a men's toilet that I've had before. They are adhesive-backed SMD strip leds mouted under the canopy rails, seat back bulkhead and the second bulkhead in behind the panel. The panel has a strip as well mounted under the glareshield. I'm only using a resistor to control the dimming on the panel at the moment but will get around to replacing the resitor with a PWM circuit to make the dimming more linear. Panel dimmer is the right-most of three knobs on the sub-panel. the other two are servo controls for cabin heat and rear vents (for the dawg).

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Very beautiful for sure, congratulations! What I really fell in love with is what is apparently LED mood lighting, tell us more about that!
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:35 AM
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...None of the wings were heavier than any of the others ...
How many do you have? The above statement would imply more than two, which could explain your high empty weight!

Seriously, congratulations!
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:23 PM
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Default Wing Count

Thanks Miles, speaking binary, 1 on the left and 0 on the right.
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