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Forum: RV-9/9A 09-20-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 994
Posted By scsmith
I agree! When I had a Citabria, lots of my...

I agree!

When I had a Citabria, lots of my tailwheel friends would kind of scoff and say that it almost didn't count as tailwheel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,351
Posted By scsmith
Andy's prop looked a fair bit smaller in diameter...

Andy's prop looked a fair bit smaller in diameter than Jeff's or Bob Mills'. I assumed the smaller prop allowed higher RPM without transonic tip losses.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 569
Posted By scsmith
Permatex "high tack" or Permatex "Aviation...

Permatex "high tack" or Permatex "Aviation Form-a-gasket" Neither one has ever let me down on exactly this type of application. It is what I have on my RV-8 tank access covers, AND using the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-11-2018, 12:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,953
Posted By scsmith
Well, that's true, I don't get afterfires. What...

Well, that's true, I don't get afterfires. What I get is a very rough-running engine. But you are right, I don't get pops and bangs. As you pointed out, with one ignition, it will still burn, it's...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-10-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,953
Posted By scsmith
Sure, if you are ROP. Try it 60° LOP and see...

Sure, if you are ROP.

Try it 60° LOP and see what happens
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-10-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,953
Posted By scsmith
No doubt this is true ROP. If you are very LOP,...

No doubt this is true ROP. If you are very LOP, not so true at all.
Forum: Primers 09-09-2018, 12:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,349
Posted By scsmith
It does? Are you sure?

It does? Are you sure?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-09-2018, 12:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,953
Posted By scsmith
If your mag plugs are fouled badly, you get a...

If your mag plugs are fouled badly, you get a partial misfire even though the LSE plug is firing and lighting the mixture. This is related to an extensive thread on ignition advance and multi-plug...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-08-2018, 11:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,405
Posted By scsmith
Whats more, if you fill with air, and they lose...

Whats more, if you fill with air, and they lose pressure, presumably because the O2 molecules are smaller and they leak out, leaving behind mostly N2, then you refill with air, and again most of the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-08-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,487
Posted By scsmith
Please also remember that in addition to the...

Please also remember that in addition to the Lycoming Service Bulletin, which is "optional" in the experimental world, there is an AD for tear down to replace the crankshaft gear bolt in the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-07-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,487
Posted By scsmith
Does it? I'm asking to learn here. Different...

Does it? I'm asking to learn here. Different people say different things.
It was not making power.
But it was apparently turning? It would probably have to be turning to get both blades? Just...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-07-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,487
Posted By scsmith
But this one includes all the FWF accessories.

But this one includes all the FWF accessories.
Forum: Primers 09-06-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,349
Posted By scsmith
Bravo! I hope everyone follows your lead. Good...

Bravo! I hope everyone follows your lead.
Good idea to let the water evaporate and create a concentrated, smaller volume. No point paying the hazmat folks to dispose of water.
Forum: Primers 09-06-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,349
Posted By scsmith
Please just dispose of the used Alodine at a...

Please just dispose of the used Alodine at a household hazardous waste site. Don't dump it down the drain or pour it on the ground. It contains hexavalent chromium, which is right up there with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-04-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,915
Posted By scsmith
If I ever build another one, I will do this for...

If I ever build another one, I will do this for sure. The only reason I didn't do it on mine is that that it was a QB and all those bolts were in, and they prevent the head of the bolt from dropping...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,738
Posted By scsmith
+2 on Bavafa's suggestion to try prying forward...

+2 on Bavafa's suggestion to try prying forward on the tank, gently. Yes, this is worth a try. My hunch would be that the stripped threads will not want to allow a clean thread to get started...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2018, 01:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,738
Posted By scsmith
It seems to me there are two possibilities...

It seems to me there are two possibilities here.

One is that the plate nut is spinning, presumably because it wasn't riveted properly to the Z-bracket, or it was overtorqued and that broke the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,509
Posted By scsmith
Very Cool! I often remark to friends that "you...

Very Cool!

I often remark to friends that "you never know what your own airplane sounds like".

So fun to find out!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,305
Posted By scsmith
What causes the perception of a heavy wing is an...

What causes the perception of a heavy wing is an asymmetry in the natural float position of the ailerons. When you fly hands-off, the ailerons seek a compromise position between where the two...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,305
Posted By scsmith
All the comments here are good. It should be...

All the comments here are good. It should be emphasized to check the vertical position of the aileron relative to the wing surface. Lay a straight edge on the wing over the last few inches before...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-25-2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,202
Posted By scsmith
What about the issue that the re-welded pipe is...

What about the issue that the re-welded pipe is now shorter by roughly the bandsaw kerf width? Assuming you bandsaw cut it, then reassemble by putting the two pieces together, it is now shorter by,...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-24-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,202
Posted By scsmith
I am a little bit concerned about the cut and...

I am a little bit concerned about the cut and re-weld operation. Perhaps some of you that have done that can reassure me.

On the engines with the rubber sleeve connection of the induction tube to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,236
Posted By scsmith
REI has boe-lube? I would never have guessed...

REI has boe-lube? I would never have guessed that.
Forum: Fiberglass 08-10-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,218
Posted By scsmith
Yes it is true that Shell Epon is the base stock...

Yes it is true that Shell Epon is the base stock that most all formulators use to make their epoxy. I think Epon 828 is the straight base stock. Most of the other Epon numbers are different...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-08-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,218
Posted By scsmith
Better to just avoid West Systems epoxy...

Better to just avoid West Systems epoxy altogether and use better epoxy for less money.

We recommend the Jeffco 1307 resin. ACS has it at a good price. A one-gallon 'kit' is $87, includes both resin...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,124
Posted By scsmith
And then, when the airplane did go down to sea...

And then, when the airplane did go down to sea level, it would be too lean. The potential consequences of that outweigh any argument for not manually leaning at the home field.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,655
Posted By scsmith
Wow, congrats, Caleb, on successfully making the...

Wow, congrats, Caleb, on successfully making the conversion from the Subie to the Lycoming with SDS, and fulfilling your dream. Great pictures. But mostly, you are one lucky dude for finding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2018, 02:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By scsmith
Walter Vincenti's book is indeed fantastic. A...

Walter Vincenti's book is indeed fantastic. A primary tenant of the book is that Engineering is a unique discipline in itself, not simply applied science. The individual chapters in the book are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,513
Posted By scsmith
I emailed the Airgizmos guys and they just sent...

I emailed the Airgizmos guys and they just sent me the overhaul kit for the gust lock. It includes new webbing and a new cam lock.

Stand-up guys! I really appreciate it.

They mentioned that old...
Forum: COMM 07-29-2018, 01:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Posted By scsmith
Perhaps a case for shielded wire? At least to...

Perhaps a case for shielded wire? At least to the buzzer.

I just went ahead and used shielded wire for all mic and phone jacks. All shields grounded at the radio (IIRC)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,954
Posted By scsmith
A quart in 4 or 5 hrs from a gasket leak? Wow,...

A quart in 4 or 5 hrs from a gasket leak? Wow, that is a big leak!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-15-2018, 01:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 899
Posted By scsmith
You have V.G.s on your wings. There really is a...

You have V.G.s on your wings.

There really is a place called Concrete ?!?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2018, 11:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,950
Posted By scsmith
I'm inclined to agree. The one test I did with a...

I'm inclined to agree. The one test I did with a soft "A" rivet showed a shear strength about 60--65% of a "AD" rivet.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,950
Posted By scsmith
In the photo of the AN470 rivet, the rivet...

In the photo of the AN470 rivet, the rivet pictured has no dimple in the head. I think this means it is a soft AN470A3 rivet, rather than the higher strength AN470AD3 rivet, which would be...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-30-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,991
Posted By scsmith
Vlad saves humanity by discovering that the Borg...

Vlad saves humanity by discovering that the Borg has assimilated the Aleutians. Resistance apparently was not futile.

A local taxidermist was called to preserve the evidence.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-29-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,991
Posted By scsmith
Vlad! I'm turning blue with suspense. Did you...

Vlad!
I'm turning blue with suspense. Did you make Dutch Harbor? Pictures?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2018, 11:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,402
Posted By scsmith
This seems to be at odds with a previous Mike...

This seems to be at odds with a previous Mike Busch article I recall where the topic was if you had one bad cylinder should you replace all of them. He argued strongly that no you shouldn't, just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By scsmith
You will find zero performance penalty from...

You will find zero performance penalty from reshaping an area of the cowl with some kind of bulge, as long as the contours are smooth and don't create any aft-facing slopes.

In other words, as...
Forum: Northwest 06-25-2018, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 612
Posted By scsmith
Neil Wischer might be able to help. I think he...

Neil Wischer might be able to help. I think he lives in Coulee City, which is a ways away, but he may know someone. I'll see if I have some contact info on him.
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-24-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 775
Posted By scsmith
Call Bob Kuykendall

HI James,
Bob Kuykendall, owner of HP-Aircraft LLC in Arnold, CA, works in the Bay Area during the week. He has good skills in both sheet metal and composites, and is an EAA Tech Counselor. He...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,513
Posted By scsmith
If they were used every weekend, they wouldn't...

If they were used every weekend, they wouldn't have lasted 6 months! I'm not paying $5 for such c#*p.

I've written Airgizmos to see if they have changed the material. Otherwise, I'll just make...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-23-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,381
Posted By scsmith
...snip......snip... Maybe you should be! The...

...snip......snip...

Maybe you should be!

The only constructive suggestions I can offer are that there are anti-glare screen protectors that you can apply that help some with sunlight readability,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,513
Posted By scsmith
PIREP on AIRGIZMOS gust locks

I've had an Airgizmos gust lock for about, oh I don't remember exactly, maybe 5 or 6 years. During that time, it has gotten used very rarely. I don't park out on a ramp very often, just when I am...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,351
Posted By scsmith
Im pretty sure that was the hardware supplied...

Im pretty sure that was the hardware supplied with the meter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,351
Posted By scsmith
Hmmmm, maybe the magic carpet deserves shiney new...

Hmmmm, maybe the magic carpet deserves shiney new legs like yours too! :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-20-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,123
Posted By scsmith
In Marabou's video, it is pretty remarkable how...

In Marabou's video, it is pretty remarkable how quickly a uniform, fully developed spin developed. Maybe 2-- 2.5 turns, and no nose bobbing from the spin axis being inclined.

Oh and Marabou, your...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-20-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,821
Posted By scsmith
To the eye, they look like a more completely...

To the eye, they look like a more completely contoured airfoil shape. I seem to recall the Grove ones had a leading edge area, a trailing edge area, and a flat intermediate area? I could be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-20-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,821
Posted By scsmith
Sexy Beast! Were you able to use your original...

Sexy Beast!

Were you able to use your original intersection fairings with just some modification, or did you start over and make new ones from scratch?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,351
Posted By scsmith
That is a very funny coincidence. Good catch.

That is a very funny coincidence. Good catch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,351
Posted By scsmith
No, no, not in the slightest. It was good to...

No, no, not in the slightest. It was good to correct it. No worries at all.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,351
Posted By scsmith
Yes. I know that it is not that big a deal --...

Yes.

I know that it is not that big a deal -- there are many RV's with much higher time. But it is a milestone of some minor note.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,351
Posted By scsmith
Look what happened to me!

This happened on Friday flying down to Calaveras Co airport.

https://hpaircraftblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/img_0935.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,091
Posted By scsmith
I mostly agree Gil, except that the "real" tools...

I mostly agree Gil, except that the "real" tools have different crimp settings for different gage wire. The cheaper tool just gives one crimp depth, which may be ok on average, but not as good as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,091
Posted By scsmith
:D That was my first thought when I saw the...

:D

That was my first thought when I saw the title of the thread! But I resonated with it because of my troubles.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 02:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,091
Posted By scsmith
And just to illustrate my bewilderment, note that...

And just to illustrate my bewilderment, note that Stein shows pictures of the data plates for the various positioners that he supplies to go with the DMC AFM8 crimper. But the Dsub contacts have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 02:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,091
Posted By scsmith
I bet we use 18 gage wire more than 0.1% of the...

I bet we use 18 gage wire more than 0.1% of the time. Stein doesn't seem to have pins or positioners for those. I agree though, for MOST wiring, what he has is quite helpful.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 12:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 955
Posted By scsmith
My quick-build wings and fuselage were delivered...

My quick-build wings and fuselage were delivered more or less uncrated, with all the extra goodies in boxes and bags inside the fuselage. I rented a self-storage unit ($80/mo) for all the fuselage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 12:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,091
Posted By scsmith
And the color bands? The crimp pins have color...

And the color bands? The crimp pins have color bands reminiscent of the color code system for resistors (BBROYGBVGW) (The mnemonic for remembering this sequence is NSFBSK).

But what do the color...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 12:02 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,091
Posted By scsmith
I wanted to use crimps, I really did. I can see...

I wanted to use crimps, I really did. I can see how fast it is, how nice to be able to quickly remove the pins to reposition, or to pass the harness through a bulkhead and then re-assemble in the...
Forum: Safety 06-06-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,797
Posted By scsmith
Conditions vary

When operating a glider towplane out of a dirt field with no hard pad to do run-ups on, we used to do a rolling mag check on the AM warm-up flight. Any stationary run-up on that airport would result...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2018, 11:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 411
Posted By scsmith
Ashland, OR for Shakespeare, Britt festival, good...

Ashland, OR for Shakespeare, Britt festival, good eats, great up-and-coming wineries. A few golf courses but nothing spectacular. Most of my Medford-area golfing friends drive down to Shastina in...
Forum: California 06-03-2018, 10:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,341
Posted By scsmith
Is Dave Morss no longer doing DAR work? I've...

Is Dave Morss no longer doing DAR work?

I've known him a long time through soaring, DAR, racing, test-pilot work for a company I worked for
.
He is straightforward, knows RV's very well. He will...
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