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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 11:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,859
Posted By Steve Melton
some typical woven...

some typical woven properties

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/typical%20woven%20composite%20properties_zpsvkk7yyor.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
ABS and fiberglass filament

similar feel to carbon but not the same. lightweight and stiff.

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/DSCN1724_zpsvqtywv1e.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
ABS and Carbon fiber filament

a nice tactile feel material. stiff, lightweight, and beautiful. relatively quick to print....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 06:32 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
I'll check with her. One of the nice aspects of...

I'll check with her. One of the nice aspects of working these plastic parts with Amanda is that we communicate more than we would otherwise.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
I don't think Amanda is notified of questions on...

I don't think Amanda is notified of questions on her website for product comments. Just send her an email.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Spark Plug Lead Baffle Seal

Drill Pattern

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Clarity Aloft

on the way back to the owner after 4 days with a couple free control mounts.

thx for the use of your headset for a pattern. you will like the fit.

so far we have:
Bose AHX
Bose A20
Clarity...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-13-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,536
Posted By Steve Melton
for the next time, toss in a spare starter relay...

for the next time, toss in a spare starter relay in your fly-away kit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
spark plug lead seal

after a couple flights I inspected the copilot side. I noticed a slight loss of torque on the screws. This is normal for composite parts under heat load. Usually one re-torque is needed. I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Clarity Aloft

fitting a mount to the Clarity Aloft. thx for sending it in. it will be returned within a week with a couple mounts.

UV resistant ASA...
Forum: Propellers 10-11-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 818
Posted By Steve Melton
go high, dial the RPM back to 2200, and lean it...

go high, dial the RPM back to 2200, and lean it and you will be amazed at the fuel efficiency. have fun.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
3 hole version

within the same space as two hole version, a third hole added. max operating temperature =...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
baking nylon/carbon strip

0.1 inch thick x 0.5 inch wide strip baked at 250F, 260F, 270F, 280F, 290F, 300F over 3 hrs. temperature verified by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
installed

the previous pass thru was small and required some additional covers. the printed version covers all of it. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
spark plug lead pass thru

final design. I was able to clean it up some but it's not pretty but should be functional if max temperature < 250F. For my engine, for 115F day, max temp should be ~ 250F. The Tg for this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
we have no fear of 87 kt ground winds and above...

we have no fear of 87 kt ground winds and above that we still feel pretty good because we have stress margin. let it blow. RV7 rudder gust lock printing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 07:00 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
development parts on the way

Arizona should be a good place for testing these.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,125
Posted By Steve Melton
it's looking good

it's looking good
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
send me his name and address and Amanda will see...

send me his name and address and Amanda will see that he gets a couple for "testing".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Kansas wind and thunderstorm

Jabara airport called me and said there are thunderstorms inbound do you want us to move your plane inside. Nope, it will be fine since it's chained and low chance for hail. When I picked it up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 824
Posted By Steve Melton
DC power related

My DC power cigarette lighter outlet usually supports my Dynon D2. While en route yesterday I thought I would test my backup GPS but it needed power so I pulled the D2 plug from the outlet. the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
I'll give them some time to fix it. I upgraded...

I'll give them some time to fix it. I upgraded to their pro because of increased data flow. If they can't fix it then I'll move to rvplasticparts.com.

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Photobucket response: The issue...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,789
Posted By Steve Melton
High School Reunion

40th High School reunion in Augusta KS. I hadn't been back in 40 yrs and I was not prepared for the warm feelings when seeing familiar but changed faces. Wichita to Cincy, 22 gallons, 11.5K, 605...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
yeah, Photobucket heads. I reposted the spark...

yeah, Photobucket heads. I reposted the spark plug pass thru.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
spark plug lead pass thru

Carbon/nylon

First one off the line as printed. Needs some adjustment but I am confident it is going to be a nice fit. Lays flat on the back to within .002 inch when nested. Right side holes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,690
Posted By Steve Melton
Wow. talk about flying it all the way.

Wow. talk about flying it all the way.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By Steve Melton
I sort of like the thought of the fuel rushing...

I sort of like the thought of the fuel rushing between my legs on takeoff.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
gust lock pouch

in the cockpit. compliant, it will not stab you in the heart. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
in process rigging a RV-10 with gust locks

I think this completes all the RV's at HAO. Final rope adjustments to be made by the owner. the gap on the left hand side horizontal stab was just enough. he doesn't have to worry about his...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By Steve Melton
I used 12 gph for a reference point. you can...

I used 12 gph for a reference point. you can scale the numbers for 14.1 gph. it's about a foot per second.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By Steve Melton
Fuel velocity in AN6 tube

I have often thought about how quickly fuel flows thru AN6 tubing at takeoff flow rates. At 12 gph the flow rate is 10.5 inches per second. Here's my numbers:

Fuel Flow Velocity in 3/8...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-21-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,617
Posted By Steve Melton
I have flex lines and no noise. these are...

I have flex lines and no noise. these are special lines using -3 hose with -4 fittings. there is some thought that -4 flex lines are too flexible and cause a hydraulic resonance. smaller...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
yep, I think it could be 1/2 inch narrower. it...

yep, I think it could be 1/2 inch narrower. it tucks well beside the seat and slides back out of the way. that part is good. we need to investigate a zipper vs velcro. so far, I like it. I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
currently we only have Bose A20 and AHX. send...

currently we only have Bose A20 and AHX. send Amanda your headset for a week and we will make you a couple of them in order to have a pattern. we will return everything at no charge.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Gust lock - pouch

Amanda worked up an idea for a gust lock pouch and Abby at FlightLine Interiors did a prototype in Army green nylon/canvas. It has a semi-rigid bottom and individual spaces for each gust lock piece....
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,862
Posted By Steve Melton
throttle/prop/mix lever spacing

I was concerned several yrs ago that I spaced my cables too close. It was never a problem and the advantage is that your palm can touch all three for takeoff. After five yrs I like it more than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Three pieces is a thought but prefer to be...

Three pieces is a thought but prefer to be minimum parts. I'll try this and see how it goes with carbon/nylon, two pieces. They are mirror pieces like the Slick but the pins are not mirrored. I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
plodding along

thinking of this design and how best to print..... kicking it around.

https://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap1_zpspqogazck.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,711
Posted By Steve Melton
and make sure all your wires running to the buss...

and make sure all your wires running to the buss are shielded. even the ground to the buss should be shielded.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By Steve Melton
I prefer a fuel screen (70 micron or so) placed...

I prefer a fuel screen (70 micron or so) placed upstream of the electrical boost pump.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 05:29 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
under cowl temperature after shutdown

max reading = 208F at 8 minutes after shutdown on a 75 degree day. if ambient temperature was higher the reading would obviously be higher. I'll try to find my ambient temperature correction...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By Steve Melton
I use this one....

I use this one.

https://motorsports.flowezyfilters.com/?v=7516fd43adaa

74 micron

Series 3000

it is mounted upstream of the pump and fuel flow meter. fuel flow meter is downstream of the pump.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,179
Posted By Steve Melton
on my list soon. thx for the photo.

on my list soon. thx for the photo.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 04:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,179
Posted By Steve Melton
Greensburg Indiana, yahoo. Nobody here but me...

Greensburg Indiana, yahoo. Nobody here but me and this old ladder. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2019, 07:01 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Bose A20 for Velcro

I'm sure these will make someone happy.

https://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/DSCN1518_zps62c8otxi.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Posted By Steve Melton
looks good Scott. sometimes I curse...

looks good Scott.

sometimes I curse tailwinds. this one got me. 78 kts on the tail for 600 miles. they can ruin you for life. If I remember correctly, I burned 23 gallon for that leg. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
I've thought about it but the temperatures under...

I've thought about it but the temperatures under the cowl are too high for ABS and ASA. I am planning to experiment with graphite/nylon to understand it's temperature capability. The filament I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Amanda will upload them by this weekend. We...

Amanda will upload them by this weekend. We became consumed last night trying to join copper, nickel and silver for a metals art class project.

And also, if anyone needs a different control...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
The AHX control module is a tube shape so light...

The AHX control module is a tube shape so light friction on the side will keep in in place when turned upside down. The A20 control module is more of a wedge shape and is not held by friction. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
AHX Aerobatics approved....

AHX

Aerobatics approved....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Final Bose control mounts

UV resistant ASA plastic with a .105 inch thick base.

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A20

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Bose control mount

Old style Bose AHX control mount concept for my hangar neighbor.

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap1_zpsnafyuoch.png

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A20 style Bose controller...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
black Kroger mirror mount

they don't look bad in...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-04-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 341
Posted By Steve Melton
I flew past Yuma and had a couple F-35's sweep...

I flew past Yuma and had a couple F-35's sweep under me, 1000 ft below. It was a beautiful sight. I was told later the pilots were probably "chicks". I was also told they wear bikini's under the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-03-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,553
Posted By Steve Melton
looks good

keep going and monitor. thanks for the valve documentary.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
happy to take a look. what about velcro'ng to...

happy to take a look. what about velcro'ng to the camera directly and to the Kroger mirror mount. reverse the mount in the rail to achieve desired angle? that would be the lightest setup. may...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
preparing for 300F temperature testing

carbon/nylon transition duct for 2 inch dia scat...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2019, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Nose wheel tow bar guide and paint protector

concept 1

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concept 2

https://oi1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh519/semelton500/cap2_zpsv1okewzr.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
rudder pedal extensions - weight

a full set of 0.75 rudder pedal extensions for both pilot and copilot sides total weight = 182 grams. that's easy on the weight and balance calculation. less than half the weight of equivalent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
A gopro mounted inside the cabin could be...

A gopro mounted inside the cabin could be supported with the current mirror mount design and material but the panel would need to be larger. The question is: can the Kroger rail mount adhesive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,290
Posted By Steve Melton
and another nice thing is that it will most...

and another nice thing is that it will most likely look like the same after 750 hrs.

Amanda conducting a propeller inspection. FYI, the hub is alum, the thin wall hub cap is steel. at the hub cap,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1,118
Views: 260,401
Posted By Steve Melton
Nylon/Carbon Fiber Tooling resolved

Some experimentation ongoing for drill small diameter holes in parts. Printed in black to be able to see the part details better.

When printing a small horizontal hole a teardrop shape is...
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