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Old 12-24-2012, 10:09 AM
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Good job Bruce, you are gonna be flying that thing to the Homecoming soon
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:09 AM
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Woohoo! Looking great Bruce!
Jeff Bloomquist
Sumner, WA

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:58 AM
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Merry Christmas Bruce
Jim Pappas VAF #13
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:05 AM
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Default Awesome!!!

Hey Bruce.....looks like you have given yourself a very Merry Christmas!

Great going!
Bob "Skyking" Corriveau
Yes I paid my =VAF= membership dues!
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:51 AM
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Smile Looks Really Good!

Happy Hollerdays Bruce, you are doing a great job!
Get em in the Sky!
Tom Brink Pres.

28th Anniversary of GAHco March, 2012
Thanks for being part of our success
Dues Paid November 2012
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:00 PM
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That was a nice Christmas present Bruce. Keep up the good work and you'll be flying in no time.
Mark - North Plains, OR (Homebase KHIO)
Flying RV-9A N962MC
EAA Tech Advisor - Ham AI7MC
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:14 AM
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A major step forward, good show.

One of your friends should have dressed up in a Santa suit.
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RV-7A...Sold #70374
The RV-8...Sold #83261
I'm in, dues paid 2019 This place is worth it!
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:45 AM
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Default New Powdercoated Rocker Covers!

My friend Brian Wallis, "brianwallis" here on VAF, did a SUPERB job powdercoating my rocker covers! I can't believe how good these look. Check this out:

Can you believe this? No, in case your eyes are fooling you, like mine did, this is NOT chrome plating. This is powdercoat! Although, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. I was stunned! I can't believe how nice these turned out. I didn't know something like this could be done with powdercoat! It looks just like expensive chrome plating.

Here's another picture, with the new covers installed back in place on my engine. I think it brings a real touch of class. My covers were simply painted before this, and the paint was scuffing and chipping off. It wasn't very durable. This is a huge improvement.

By the way, the tinge of orange you see around the edges are the new gaskets available from Vans. I drove down there Friday and picked up a set. Unlike the old cork ones, these are made of high-temp silicone rubber. They don't need any gasket goop, they're reusable, and the guys at Vans tell me they'll last forever. And, best of all, they don't cost an arm-and-a-leg. They're only about $4 each!

If you're interested in doing something like this, either with your rocker covers, your brake pedals, or anything else that can be powdercoated like this, I can HIGHLY recommend Brian Wallis to you. He's a good guy. He's honest, prompt, communicates well with you, and his prices are very reasonable. Plus, he has powdercoat in many colors of the rainbow! I had no idea that this technology was available. Thank you, Brian!

I have a lot more discussion about this, and more pictures, from my log page from January 27th, in case you're interested.

Bruce Swayze
RV-7A Standard Build
First flight November 3, 2019!
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:01 AM
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Default Expired SikaFlex Products - an experiment!

I have something interesting to share with everyone. I'm getting ready to install the rear window on my RV-7A. While digging through my stuff in the shop the other day, I pulled out my leftover SikaFlex supplies from my tip-up canopy job that I did back in April, 2012. That was over a year-and-a-half ago. I used less than one tube of Sika 295 UV on my tip-up canopy. The leftover cartridge has about 2" of material left in it and has been sitting on my shelf for 1-1/2 years. I figured it would have cured hard as a rock a long time ago. It expired in Jan 2013, 10 months ago. So out of curiosity I got out my tin snips and cut open the cartridge. Imagine my surprise when I found the material inside as soft, fresh-smelling, and gooey as brand new!

Next, my can of Aktivator 205 (Sika Cleaner) was on my shelf, too. It's more than half gone, and it expired 11/10/2012, almost a year ago.

Finally, I have a half-can of Sika Primer-209 D that a local friend gave me recently (I sent my original leftover Primer to a friend in California about a year-and-a-half ago). The can I now have expired in May of this year, 2013. So it's almost 6 months past expiration. He called SikaFlex, by the way, and asked them about using this. They told him that for this application, this primer should be fine even though it's expired. Only in a marine application with a large heavy glass window would they have any concern for having new primer.

So I thought, why not do a little experiment, just for fun, with these long-expired products, and see how they work. So I got a scrap of aluminum and a scrap of plexi. I scuffed them up with maroon scotchbrite, just like I did on my canopy. I used the expired cleaner to clean them. Waited 10 minutes, and applied the expired primer. Waited 30 minutes, and smeared some of the expired Sika on with a popsicle stick, and stuck them together. It's been sitting on my bench for just over 24 hours now, and it's cured. The Sika is almost 1/16" thick, less than half the 1/8" thickness talked about so much. The surface area bonded is roughly 1 sq. inch. Here's a picture:

I'm telling you, I pulled on these pieces with all my strength, and I can't pull them apart! I'm going to take this to our chapter's monthly pancake breakfast fly-in on Nov. 2nd and pass it around and have some fun. This stuff is simply amazing!

Now, I'm not suggesting anyone should use expired materials on their RV. I just thought you'd like to know what I learned here. I'm more confident than ever with this product, and how well it will hold our canopies and windows in place.
Bruce Swayze
RV-7A Standard Build
First flight November 3, 2019!
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:08 AM
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Is that your daughter sitting in the canoe with you in post #1?
RV-7 : In the hangar
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