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BayAreaPilot
05-31-2010, 01:06 PM
I understand that this option covers the normal access panel for the front which allows accessability to your avionics, but has anyone changed location of the door to give you both the sloped windshield, and some sort of entry to the front?

L.Adamson
05-31-2010, 03:19 PM
I understand that this option covers the normal access panel for the front which allows accessability to your avionics, but has anyone changed location of the door to give you both the sloped windshield, and some sort of entry to the front?

From an F1

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/5412/dsc02676red.jpg

BayAreaPilot
05-31-2010, 03:26 PM
GREAT picture. Do you know who it belongs to so I can ask questions?

Tom Martin
05-31-2010, 04:01 PM
That is the standard F1 speed slope setup. Contact Mark Fredrick for details

BayAreaPilot
05-31-2010, 04:21 PM
That is the standard F1 speed slope setup. Contact Mark Fredrick for details



Hi Tom,

Are you saying that the panel door that is in the pic is what is standard for the F1?

Tom Martin
05-31-2010, 06:11 PM
Yes, for the speed slope, the standard windscreen is the same with out the notch" Harmon rockets and RV4s use essentially the same concept

L.Adamson
05-31-2010, 06:30 PM
Yes, for the speed slope, the standard windscreen is the same with out the notch" Harmon rockets and RV4s use essentially the same concept

I just got back from the airport, and was looking at another F1. At least I think it is, and not a Rocket. In this case, his windscreen was removable as he used an english wheel to form an aluminum fairing around the front and top. The removable panel was part under the windscreen.

BayAreaPilot
05-31-2010, 09:15 PM
I just got back from the airport, and was looking at another F1. At least I think it is, and not a Rocket. In this case, his windscreen was removable as he used an english wheel to form an aluminum fairing around the front and top. The removable panel was part under the windscreen.

Do you by chance have pictures?

logansc
05-31-2010, 09:18 PM
That is an access panel (one one each side) that is standard on a "factory" F1 Rocket kit. It is typically held in place 30+ #6 screws and nut plates. It's for maintenance access behind the instrument panel, not a forward storage or baggage area.

Lee...

Tom Martin
05-31-2010, 09:22 PM
In this case, his windscreen was removable as he used an english wheel to form an aluminum fairing around the front and top. The removable panel was part under the windscreen.
The removable skin over the panel, either standard or sloped windscreen is a real plus with this design. I would hate to have to take my windscreen off each time I wanted to check under the lid. I can see no advantage to doing it this way.

Bob Axsom
06-01-2010, 05:30 AM
I could have easily implemented an access panel like this when I built my RV-6A. I did think ahead far enough to mount my instrument panel with screws instead of rivets but once the plumbing and wiring is done it might as well be glued in. I have had no real trouble with maintaing the instruments and radios so far (required several times already in 6 years) so maybe the riveted skin cover is best for me anyway. I can see that this would be more beneficial in a single wide fuselage. I am thinking of replacing my SL-40 with a SL-30 to gain a more capable Nav radio than the one I have now but the access for connector wiring and installation makes this a task that I'm not looking forward to.

Bob Axsom

John Meyers
06-04-2010, 06:22 PM
I have speed-sloped windshield on Rocket, with back-of-panel access
similar to pic shown in thread. Works good, slips out from under
sloper fairing. Nice access to all stuff.

My sloper doesn't have quite the rake of F-1.

John Meyers N5800

prporter
06-04-2010, 06:55 PM
I have speed-sloped windshield on Rocket, with back-of-panel access
similar to pic shown in thread. Works good, slips out from under
sloper fairing. Nice access to all stuff.

My sloper doesn't have quite the rake of F-1.

John Meyers N5800


Hi John,

Can you possibly send or post pictures? Than you.

John Meyers
06-05-2010, 12:21 AM
http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=5zeR%2FeOxIJfFBrRoiiLtL4h4l5k2TGx c

I don't have pic with access panel removed...but here you can see the panel edges marked by unpainted screw heads (should paint 'em)