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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 07:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,216
Posted By Freemasm
Sounds like old Gasket Shellac. A pic might help...

Sounds like old Gasket Shellac. A pic might help if you're that curious.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 513
Posted By Freemasm
A nice gentleman, former EAA tech counselor was...

A nice gentleman, former EAA tech counselor was lined up to help me. Due to COVID concerns, he had to drop out. If anyone knows a good riveter (wing close out), please pass this along. I can pay...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Freemasm
I'm building at ORL. An F4 (four cylinder...

I'm building at ORL. An F4 (four cylinder "Rocket") RV-4 descendent, for lack of better words. Straight-up, normally stationed RV-4 wings, mod'ed for fuselage.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Freemasm
Tech Counselor, Orlando area

Getting ready to closing out my wings. Would really like to discuss the build to date with a tech counselor or knowledgeable prior to such. Can reimburse you for your time. There’s no building going...
Forum: Rocket 05-23-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By Freemasm
Thanks. Did you just follow an 8 drawing? Iím...

Thanks. Did you just follow an 8 drawing?
Iím over in Orlando @ORL. Nobody builds anything here. Very few experimental even based here.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-23-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 268
Posted By Freemasm
Pitot Tube, Heated, Aero Instrument (sold)

(sold) Cleaning out some stuff. Have an Aero Instrument heated pitot tube 12V with Gretz bracket and backing plate. Want a museum piece or have an actual need? Make me an offer. Still with original...
Forum: Rocket 05-23-2020, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By Freemasm
Aileron Trim, Bias type

Has anyone effected ďmodernĒ RV aileron trim, I.e. servo driving bias springs on a Rocket? I would definitely prefer that approach versus aileron trim tab, ďremoteĒ servo, type installation. Your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2020, 09:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 715
Posted By Freemasm
Another *&$#! Inherited isssue

Building some Rocket wings from a set of RV4 wings. Feel like Iíve been working backwards for months from fixing issues. Now a new one. The bottom skins (OB/IB) are overlapped backwards; thick IB...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,555
Posted By Freemasm
I try to stay out of these; but, an important...

I try to stay out of these; but, an important point is missing. Drawings override 43.13, specifications, references, standard shop practice, whatever. Is there a detail showing which method to use? ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-10-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 721
Posted By Freemasm
say more

What did you do for the backside?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,845
Posted By Freemasm
Occam's Razor

Something that clears that quickly makes this even stranger. A plethora of possibilities.

Apply Occam's razor and start simple. Check all of the fuel system sump and other low points; e.g. pumps,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,489
Posted By Freemasm
Tree killing

PITA and non-enviro sensitive but having "the list" spread sheet printed hard copy is invaluable at times. Have found items listed by the exact part number by looking where their search engine...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-06-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,120
Posted By Freemasm
Another option?

Yes, I know more components is less desirable from many aspects. That said, step down converters are cheap and light weight. I'd assume you're going dual buss/e-buss etc.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By Freemasm
Thanks

Thanks for the replies. If I can get the proper lens for the tips, I'll probably try some Fly LEDs with these. As mentioned I like the looks but don't want to paint myself into a corner and not be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By Freemasm
Wing Tip and light module ID?

Got extra stuff when I bought an old project. I have no idea which style tips these are (no ID marking anywhere) or design history. Anyone know from the pix? Was there as issue which caused a design...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By Freemasm
Simpler than that

The “mistake” was actually simpler than that. I used the original senders to locate the hole pattern for the tank fab. I assumed the senders marked left and right were indeed such. As the old didn’t...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By Freemasm
Pix

Check out the photos. The left two are the new senders. The part numbers are visible. The right one is one of the originals. They are exactly the same except for the mounting hole pattern. They all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By Freemasm
Vans fuel senders

Possibly the dumbest question ever.

Background: My wing kit came with a set of very old senders. I used them to match/configure my tanks. Reading on VAF that the older senders had problems, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,952
Posted By Freemasm
A nice controlled response. I stated...

A nice controlled response. I stated intergranular corrosion can total an aircraft, not an uncommon event in Mooney world. Stainless and aluminum has a galvanic risk and should be avoided in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,952
Posted By Freemasm
Regarding the above observation. I’m not...

Regarding the above observation. I’m not surprised, assuming your aircraft has spent most of all of it’s life in the high desert. Dissimilar metals (per the galvanic series) can exist just fine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By Freemasm
Appropriate? Dumb? Comments? Pitot tube coupling

Using aluminum tube from the pitot (dynamic and AoA) to the wing root on a Rocket wing. Pretty much have to because of the convoluted path from pitot to tank flange. I don't like idea of the weight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By Freemasm
Vanís Duct local equivalent

Iíve flat lost half of the 2Ē black duct that comes with the Vans NACA vent kit. Anyone know the ďlocal equivalentĒ/ where itís sourced? Orlando is about as far from Oregon as you can get CONUS wise...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,952
Posted By Freemasm
Let me say that Iím wicked guilty of not reading...

Let me say that Iím wicked guilty of not reading for detail like I should. The plethora of electronic messaging/media has made me scan to try and get through everything. Sounds like youíve thought it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,952
Posted By Freemasm
Without doing any real analysis or calculations,...

Without doing any real analysis or calculations, Iím going to SWAG that this is not a good idea. There is relative motion between the engine (on flexible mounts) and the relatively stiff airframe....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-12-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,482
Posted By Freemasm
Fly a lot or sell some of it. All of the...

Fly a lot or sell some of it. All of the distilled component AV oils Iím familiar with have a shelf life of ~ three years. Check for a date stamped on the boxes. Hate for anything to go to waste...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,471
Posted By Freemasm
Herzliche GlŁckwŁnsche

Congrats.

You didn't mention but I'd bet there is a German MT Propeller pulling you along; possibly one of the few components where the shipping price didn't exceed the price of the component.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 924
Posted By Freemasm
Their web tech is quite old. They still use flash...

Their web tech is quite old. They still use flash which is probably the issue for Mozilla. Here's a direct link for the special offer that I used (via Chrome)....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 924
Posted By Freemasm
(Aero) Kroil

There's a Boelube thread (great drilling and cutting lube BTW)going on and it started to drift; shifting here instead.

The best penetrating oil I've ever used or tested (had colleagues in the labs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,832
Posted By Freemasm
Penetrating Oil

Was going to thread drift a bit as PB Blaster was mentioned but I'll start a new one instead.
Forum: RV-4 04-07-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,303
Posted By Freemasm
Complete brain fart on my behalf. I had senders...

Complete brain fart on my behalf. I had senders on my mind from the OPs original questions. Was taking a break from this "work at home" ****. Sorry. My bad.

BTW. Where in VanAire, CO?
Forum: RV-4 04-07-2020, 05:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,303
Posted By Freemasm
Makes no sense. You're proposing a third pick-up...

Makes no sense. You're proposing a third pick-up in two tanks.
Forum: RV-4 04-07-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,303
Posted By Freemasm
Testing, testing

Don't have anything to add but was curious if a shared google photo movie would work here. Here goes nothing (below). Obviously documenting my tank build.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/5P366KfCxHNs8KeMA
Forum: RV-4 04-07-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,303
Posted By Freemasm
For a gravity fed system, fine. For a system...

For a gravity fed system, fine. For a system utilizing a pump, not so much. A "vent" (e.g. uncovered fuel pickup) would, vapor lock the fuel system/starve the engine. If this weren't the correct...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By Freemasm
Best Aircraft Tug

I see a lot of debate, opinions, offers, WTBs, etc. regarding aircraft tugs. There's one going on in some thread drift over in classified right now (didn't want to hijack the thread). After two lower...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,571
Posted By Freemasm
@VANS/Greg Hughes, please consider

Didn't want to hijack someone else's thread. Per the quote below, Vans is redoing their web store. @Greg Hughs (greghughespdx). Please consider adding a savable "wish list" for people with an account...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 964
Posted By Freemasm
Unethical, IMO

I purchased "in-stock" firewall sealant from them. When the order "submit" button was hit, the order had a 4 - 6 week delivery stated on it. When I tried to cancel it, they said there was a...
Forum: Rocket 01-12-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 641
Posted By Freemasm
Tank configuration for Inverted flight

One of the many differences between the RV-4 and the Rocket are the fill/vent holes in the tank ribs. The RV-4 inverted flight configuration makes sense to me; basically a swing check valve in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 517
Posted By Freemasm
GAP 26/Static system question

I just purchased a Garmin GAP 26 Pitot/AOA probe. Is there an official position/consensus regarding the static source for the probe; i.e. is the probe static source dedicated for the G3 only?

Asked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By Freemasm
Fuselage Support

Sorry if this has been asked/answered before. I'm traveling and only have a phone with me.

Anyone have designs/ideas for fuselage support; at least temporary? My QB F1 rocket fuselage will finally...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 449
Posted By Freemasm
Fuselage shipping help

Trying to get a QB fuselage (and related small components) from Colorado Springs to FL. Talked to two well known shipping companies. One is delayed without telling me; the other keeps promising a...
Forum: Florida (Central) 11-21-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By Freemasm
I have been on their website. If it mentioned the...

I have been on their website. If it mentioned the monthly meeting not being at the clubhouse, it wasn't obvious. The meeting times are also posted on teh building. Will keep tying. Thanks
Forum: Florida (Central) 11-21-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By Freemasm
EAA Chapter 74 @ ORL

Anyone have any news about this chapter? Been trying to join for a while. The website is spartan. No replies to email. Chapter hangar is empty even on posted meeting nights. If you know anything,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 513
Posted By Freemasm
Riveting help needed, Orlando Exec (KORL)

There's no other real aircraft building going on at Orlando Executive (KORL). I would pay an experienced builder/craftsman/A&P etc. for their help when the time finally arrives. PM me with your info....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,803
Posted By Freemasm
Combo approach?

I believe if you combined the knowledge from the gentleman that posted above and this approach

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=173183&highlight=leak

(which I intended to find...
Forum: Rocket 09-18-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 313
Posted By Freemasm
TR004 (404) Bulkhead to Spar clearance

Bulkhead halves are essentially done. Will be assembling them together very soon. I've gotten a lot of help and advice from Vince at TR but would like to hear what others have done. I have the Phlogo...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,945
Posted By Freemasm
Thank you, Sir. Another testament to the great...

Thank you, Sir. Another testament to the great folks here that kindly share their knowledge.



Of course, there are others
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,945
Posted By Freemasm
Question?

Sorry. Not meant to be a thread hijack. I haven't found a manual for the GAP-26 and wasn't going to buy the pitot just yet. I assume but pressure sources need to be routed to the cockpit area....
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 966
Posted By Freemasm
Thanks

Thank you, Sir. I've seen that stub spar type construction in Piper world. Not ready to say it's better than the spliced spare construction I incorrectly referenced but I trust Vans engineering. I'm...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 966
Posted By Freemasm
Help me, guys

I'm not building an 8 (long story but it involves RV4 wings) but I have a question, please. All of the Vans construction/drawings I've seen has a similar design philosophy; spars spliced together in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 529
Posted By Freemasm
Tank Leak Check, Different method and Lessons Learned

Forgive me if this method has already been hashed through. I've read a lot of other threads by those attempting tank leak checks. I couldn't stand the idea of finding a leak I couldn't easily fix. My...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 516
Posted By Freemasm
Source of Rubberized Cork

As the title says or other method/material source for sealing tank access panels and fuel transmitters. Thanks.
Forum: Rocket 05-28-2019, 05:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Freemasm
F1/F4

Thanks gentlemen. Yes, a Rocket set-up but more likely the F4 variant with a stroked four banger.

Building this aircraft is proving to be like many things in life. Once I've finally done it, I'll...
Forum: Rocket 05-26-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Freemasm
Thanks

Thanks for replying. I donít have a fuselage yet but want to finish the wings/tanks as much as possible prior to. The more specific, the better. I canít have my time back form my previous re-doís, so...
Forum: Rocket 05-26-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Freemasm
Fuel Return Line Location

Iíve settled on a future fuel system Trying to prevent future headaches. Anyone who can share suggestions for fuel return line location at the root rib, it would be greatly appreciated. BTW, Iím...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 288
Posted By Freemasm
Tail Wheel Endorsement/Training Orlando, FL

Long time and current Mooney flyer (as long as hangar space/funds allow) while building an F1/F4. Any leads here would be appreciated. Much thanks.
Forum: Rocket 02-24-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,062
Posted By Freemasm
PM

Iíll send a PM as well
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 611
Posted By Freemasm
Tank/rib/spar joint

I'm building an F1/F4 utilizing modified RV4 wings. The joint at the tank/rib/spar is of some concern. The tank/wing splice doubler extends from top spar cap to bottom spar cap and offers some WX...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-11-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,525
Posted By Freemasm
Basic torque rule of thumb

From my Space Shuttle Engineering days (I learned those old North American Aviation/Rockwell International/NASA specs before I learned any FAA related specs): There's a reason there's a range for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By Freemasm
Ah, duh. I was looking for I/F instruments under...

Ah, duh. I was looking for I/F instruments under the GEA 24 instead of the G3X. Sorry about that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By Freemasm
Fuel Sender type/manufacturer/style for Garmin Avionics

Getting close to closing my first tank. Plan on utilizing Garmin G3X (or whatever is out in a few years). Any good recommendations for sender type? Can't find where G offers/comments on the field...
Forum: Rocket 01-06-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 666
Posted By Freemasm
Tank Access Reinforcing Ring, correct configuration

The HRII drawings show the tank access reinforcing ring eternal to the tank/between rib and cover. The RV4 drawings show it inside tank/rib sandwiched between reinforcing ring and cover. Either...
Forum: Rocket 01-02-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 563
Posted By Freemasm
Tank Skin Rib marking, looking for ideas

Getting ready to mark rib/flute locations inside of tank skins prior to drilling, dimpling, etc. As these are six rib Rocket tanks, any ideas how to efficiently mark the skins on the inner most ribs?...
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