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Old 12-18-2006, 11:04 AM
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The trim wheel is homemade, but the mecanism (rack & spur gear, if my english is correct??) behind it is from an old Piper (don?t know which model). Maybe you can find a used one. I was able to connect the original Vans trim-cable to it, so it was not a big deal. It is bolted to the stringer that runs down there. The big advantage is that you can put the throttle quadrant where it makes sense without colliding with that original trim-lever. The original wheel that came with it was of plastic and much bigger, but this little one works really good (and looks better) )

Dirk Schlichtenhorst, GERMANY
RV4 #4405 (flying ), D-EEES "Lady Godiva", VAF 768


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Old 12-18-2006, 02:31 PM
praterdj praterdj is offline
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Looks great Dirk!!! Nice work.
Donald Prater
Formerly 52F now Arkansas...Go Hogs!
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Old 12-20-2006, 04:33 PM
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Default how not to wire a panel....

I know that this is not an rv panel, but I thought it might be worth sharing... as I was working under the panel of a 172 trying to troubleshoot two switches during an annual, this is what I was faced with...

my camera phone does not really take a good picture, but you get the idea.
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:48 AM
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Built in 8 years in five states (military moves, not with standing), been flying it for 5 great years. Basic old school panel; 20 years of flight test in the military and civil world makes me a little gun shy of too much glass. Panel includes a new single axis trio autopilot in the center stack, a cross country workload wonder, cheaper and lighter than a copilot, but comes up a little short when it comes to lively conversation.

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Old 04-01-2007, 10:27 AM
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Default rreichelt...question

I'm going to put a 296 in the exact same position you have - I'm wondering how you mounted it?

Also, I like that flatter ball indicator than Van's supplies - what kind is it?
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:56 PM
rreichelt rreichelt is offline
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The Garmin 296 is mounted to a short section of "z" channel with a small interface plate that picks up the four screws in the back of the plastic mount. You could use two sections of "L" channel riveted together. The trick is to get the angle of the screen normal or perpendicular to your design eye position, in other words, the screen has to be pointing right at you as I have found the 296 and 396 intolerant of off axis viewing in sunlight conditions. I had to tinker with the look-up angle a few times (just opened up the bend in the channel) before I declared success. As for the ball, its out of a flea market parts bin, so I can't testify to its noble lineage, but it does work like a charm, even keeps me honest in the trim department most of the time. Rich
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Old 04-29-2007, 05:52 PM
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Default My Panel

Notice the paper Trio wing leveler. A whole lot cheaper then the real thing.

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Old 04-29-2007, 08:43 PM
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You sure you can't squeeze in one more instrument? Honestly, great job!

Mike Bauer
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Old 04-29-2007, 11:14 PM
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Default Panel

Lookin' good!!! It has a military look to me. Ready for a cat shot??? I like it.

Brian Vickers, RV4 finishing - painting cockpit before installing everything
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:21 PM
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Default Good job Joe!!!

Yes, it turned out great... best of all you're done with it. Is your firewall forward done too? You must be pretty close to lift off?

Brian Vickers, RV4 finishing
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