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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,381
Posted By BSwayze
Tom, I was not aware of this situation either. I...

Tom, I was not aware of this situation either. I want to wish you and your wife the very best, and continued healing and recovery! Enjoy the time away, and thanks again for all you have done for me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 03:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,423
Posted By BSwayze
Hello Jeremy, and welcome aboard. You have...

Hello Jeremy, and welcome aboard. You have excellent facilities and a good start to your project. Better than many of us had when we began. Jump in and get started, and have a good time!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 12:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,562
Posted By BSwayze
Congratulations!!!

WOW, Brian... I just came across this thread and I am just thrilled to hear this!! What fabulous news! I have thought of you often, and wondered how your lovely wife was doing. Such good news, on all...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-19-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 379
Views: 124,165
Posted By BSwayze
Hey Kent! Keep up the good work and lets go...

Hey Kent! Keep up the good work and lets go flying soon!

We're having a hangar party on Saturday the 27th, feel free to come by! All afternoon and evening.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-26-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 811
Posted By BSwayze
Just an alternative thought... I mounted my...

Just an alternative thought... I mounted my transponder behind the baggage bulkhead. Easy access, and simple wiring. It sits right above the antenna that's on the belly. Your space behind the panel...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 1,003,218
Posted By BSwayze
Looks fabulous, Dan! I'm doing the wiring on my...

Looks fabulous, Dan! I'm doing the wiring on my Advanced panel right now, and I've had several test fittings like yours. I can't wait to flip the switches and see everything come to life!
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-13-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,347
Posted By BSwayze
Mike, my 7A is nearly complete, so it hasn't...

Mike, my 7A is nearly complete, so it hasn't flown yet (stay tuned! I'm on final approach). I've been working on it a long time but I'm nearly finished. I'm totally pleased with it. I'm 6'1" and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,284
Posted By BSwayze
I agree with Bruce Hill. I applied the Sika on...

I agree with Bruce Hill. I applied the Sika on the frame, then carefully dropped the canopy in place. A partner is a must. You apply less Sika rather than more, and come along later and apply a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,655
Posted By BSwayze
I'm with Rob on this question. I have a pair of...

I'm with Rob on this question. I have a pair of Tosten grips, and there is no room on the grip for any decals or placard. I'm looking for a way to have a decal made for the panel that has a simple...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-21-2018, 06:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,584
Posted By BSwayze
Missed you, Sandy!

I saw Roy and had a nice chat at the Chapter 105 breakfast, but missed seeing you, Sandy. You guys have a great trip! I'll be watching all your posts! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,197
Posted By BSwayze
Greg, I didn't film mine either, but I do have a...

Greg, I didn't film mine either, but I do have a lot of photos and documentation on my web site. I hope that at least helps with some ideas.

Here's a link at a good place for jumping in, for the...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-15-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,689
Posted By BSwayze
That's about how much I had to trim, Dave. But...

That's about how much I had to trim, Dave. But follow Dan Horton's advice. He's the man. Trim the top cowl first, and then the bottom cowl to match. I trimmed mine about that much, but went just a...
Forum: Reviews 05-08-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,755
Posted By BSwayze
I see this thread is about a year old and I...

I see this thread is about a year old and I haven't seen it until now. I feel like chiming in here as well. I'm one of the "locals" and I've known Rob and his family and crew for a long time now. My...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-02-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 458
Views: 110,400
Posted By BSwayze
Sorry to hear the backriveting didn't work for...

Sorry to hear the backriveting didn't work for you. It worked fantastically for me, with the right tool and technique! But either way, you win! :)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-15-2018, 05:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,953
Posted By BSwayze
It's so good to see you guys enjoying all of...

It's so good to see you guys enjoying all of this! When we get ours up and flying (it won't be long now), we plan on coming down that way to see this "sun" thing you're talking about, and also...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-06-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,268
Posted By BSwayze
Vlad, I have a 4370, recently overhauled,...

Vlad,

I have a 4370, recently overhauled, sitting on my shelf here. If you don't find success tonight, I could ship it out tomorrow.

Bruce
Forum: Interiors 02-27-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,480
Posted By BSwayze
My RV-7A isn't quite flying yet, so I can't give...

My RV-7A isn't quite flying yet, so I can't give a report on effectiveness, but I installed some soundproofing from Aircraft Spruce. I will also install carpet, so I hope to get a double benefit. I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-22-2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,643
Posted By BSwayze
VERY motivating and great to see for me, too,...

VERY motivating and great to see for me, too, Scott! Congratulations!! My long-term slow build is about to see the finish line as well. Maybe 2018 is the year for slow builds?

What is your builder...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-22-2017, 06:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 43,428
Posted By BSwayze
Actually, I have. At first, I adjusted the DRDT...

Actually, I have. At first, I adjusted the DRDT with not enough pressure to form a good clean dimple. It was under-dimpling. Once I adjusted the ram by extending it, the dimple dies contact each...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-14-2017, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,178
Posted By BSwayze
+2!

I bought a kit from Paul as well, along with the tail light for the rudder bottom, and I absolutely love it! It was fun soldering it all together (I had never soldered anything before. Easy.) and I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-09-2017, 04:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,873
Posted By BSwayze
In the comments section on YouTube, someone asked...

In the comments section on YouTube, someone asked and he answered. It's an RV-6A.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,798
Posted By BSwayze
I highly recommend taking a look at Fly LED's kit...

I highly recommend taking a look at Fly LED's kit for your lights. It's a kit that you assemble yourself. They are extraordinarily bright, fun and easy to put together, and you'll save a ton of money...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-28-2017, 07:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 700
Posted By BSwayze
Wow. Thank you, guys! So much!

Wow. Thank you, guys! So much!
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-28-2017, 04:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 700
Posted By BSwayze
Thank you, Bob. This is a model number: heated...

Thank you, Bob. This is a model number:
heated Pitot Tube, part number AN5812-12
It's a 12-volt system. The same one Aircraft Spruce sells, pictured here. When I get over to the hangar, I can get a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-28-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 700
Posted By BSwayze
Wiring a Heated Pitot AN5812

I just bought a heated pitot tube, an AN5812 12-volt unit, from a guy here on the VAF forums. I have a couple of questions about wiring it. I've searched the forums, but can't seem to find what I'm...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-28-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 1,812
Views: 1,022,441
Posted By BSwayze
Jason, I have wondered about you from time to...

Jason, I have wondered about you from time to time. Glad to see the progress! Congrats! I've been 10 years on my project, so I know how the time flies, believe me. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 1,812
Views: 1,022,441
Posted By BSwayze
I would issue one note of caution before doing...

I would issue one note of caution before doing ALL your fiberglass work on the empennage. I did exactly that, way back, when I was waiting on my wing kit. I did all the tips and rudder bottom and...
Forum: RV-10 06-05-2017, 06:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,783
Posted By BSwayze
Fantastic news! Congratulations!! Please keep us...

Fantastic news! Congratulations!! Please keep us posted on phase 1, and how it all goes. :)
Forum: Safety 06-02-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,909
Posted By BSwayze
I appreciate this very much, Joe. The hinge pin I...

I appreciate this very much, Joe. The hinge pin I used had been rounded on the end and polished on my wheel, to make it easier to insert into the cowl hinges. There are no sharp edges at all, so I'm...
Forum: Safety 06-01-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,909
Posted By BSwayze
ALERT! - Fuel hose obstruction!

So... I'm working on my firewall forward tasks, and I'm at the point where it's finally time to install the fuel hoses to the engine. So the first one is the short foot-long hose that goes from the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-28-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 44,910
Posted By BSwayze
Fay Sealing

Andy, have you heard of the "fay sealing" method of doing your tanks? I learned about it after doing my first tank, and tried it on my 2nd tank, so I've done it both ways. I would HEARTILY recommend...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-03-2017, 12:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,277
Posted By BSwayze
Another awesome write-up, Mike. Great job! I...

Another awesome write-up, Mike. Great job! I enjoyed every picture and moment. :)
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-27-2017, 06:27 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 114,093
Posted By BSwayze
Way to go, Gil! I always like your posts....

Way to go, Gil! I always like your posts. Congratulations!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-20-2017, 03:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,174
Posted By BSwayze
Love it! Beautiful pictures and nice story! I...

Love it! Beautiful pictures and nice story! I live just north of you up here in Oregon. I'll be down your way when my 7A is finished (very soon!).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2017, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,856
Posted By BSwayze
I busted up, too. That's very funny! Makes my...

I busted up, too. That's very funny! Makes my head spin with ideas... :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 15,601
Posted By BSwayze
Fascinating thread! My story is like many that I...

Fascinating thread! My story is like many that I hear about. I have been working on my RV-7A for 10 years now. Much, much longer than I thought it would take, but who could have known how "life gets...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 03-14-2017, 05:04 AM
Replies: 219
Views: 103,104
Posted By BSwayze
Brian, First of all, congratulations on your...

Brian,

First of all, congratulations on your progress and another excellent thread! My wife and I made similar decisions some time ago and we have never looked back. I want to live to fly this RV...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2017, 04:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,723
Posted By BSwayze
My adorable granddaughter, Maya, seen here at age...

My adorable granddaughter, Maya, seen here at age 6, was so eager to come out in the shop whenever I was working. She insisted on handling every tool and wanted to be hands-on with everything. She...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-27-2017, 09:02 PM
Replies: 379
Views: 124,165
Posted By BSwayze
Nice work, Kent! Looking good. I enjoyed the...

Nice work, Kent! Looking good. I enjoyed the fuselage kit more than any of the others. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-16-2017, 03:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,585
Posted By BSwayze
Did the previous builder ream out those holes to...

Did the previous builder ream out those holes to a larger diameter, perhaps? I'd be suspect. I would attempt to check with him if that's possible.

I would definitely check with Vans and see what...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-14-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 909
Views: 625,678
Posted By BSwayze
Use SikaFlex, and you won't have to drill any...

Use SikaFlex, and you won't have to drill any holes! It's a much better system, overall and it looks fantastic too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2017, 07:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,254
Posted By BSwayze
I just recently purchased a kit from Flyled's for...

I just recently purchased a kit from Flyled's for my RV-7A. It was fun to put together, works as adverised, and the instructions are very good with lots of color photos. The lights are extremely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2017, 09:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,641
Posted By BSwayze
Yes, congratulations, Sully! I don't feel so bad...

Yes, congratulations, Sully! I don't feel so bad now that mine has just passed over the 10-year line. I hope to join you very soon, too! Life's disasters and hurdles affect us all. Some more than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2017, 02:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 18,803
Posted By BSwayze
Brian, Aurora will always remain in my mind as...

Brian, Aurora will always remain in my mind as one of the most beautiful RV's I've ever seen. Even though I never got to see her in person. I'm still looking forward to meeting you and Kris one day...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-07-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,129
Posted By BSwayze
The biggest difference is, the 7's are all...

The biggest difference is, the 7's are all pre-punched. Cleco the parts together and start reaming all the holes out to full size for the rivets. No jigs are necessary. Very little measuring and...
Forum: RV-14 01-31-2017, 07:12 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 74,506
Posted By BSwayze
You could just roll up your sleeves and build...

You could just roll up your sleeves and build one, you know. It's fun! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2017, 07:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,301
Posted By BSwayze
Not to rub it in or anything, but my experience...

Not to rub it in or anything, but my experience was very different because I live close to Vans. So I just drive over there whenever I need something and bring it home. So I never had to deal with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2017, 04:06 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 117,208
Posted By BSwayze
Ken, yes. I bought the Spot pattern. My plane...

Ken, yes. I bought the Spot pattern. My plane isn't quite ready to fly yet, but I'm very enthused about these lights. I can't wait to test them out! I'll post an update when I get some pictures....
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-19-2017, 03:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,870
Posted By BSwayze
I originally had only one set of brakes, on the...

I originally had only one set of brakes, on the left side. But I will be doing my pilot training soon, and I want to have an instructor in the right seat for those hours. That, and the consideration...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2017, 11:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,185
Posted By BSwayze
Lynn, if you're going to be building your wings...

Lynn, if you're going to be building your wings after your empennage is finished, just go ahead and get the quart kit from Vans. It won't be long until you need it. You can use what little you need...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2017, 06:43 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 117,208
Posted By BSwayze
Mike, and other readers, I just bought a pair...

Mike, and other readers,

I just bought a pair of these bad boys from Baja Designs, and I wanted to thank you for your excellent research and write-up on these lights! For the record, here in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 99,194
Posted By BSwayze
Bill, I just upgraded my Duckworks landing lights...

Bill, I just upgraded my Duckworks landing lights to these bad boys... Baja Designs Squadron Pro. There's an excellent thread right here, started by my good friend Mike Bullock. He really did his...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2016, 05:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,296
Posted By BSwayze
Steve, I used the Vans fiberglass oil door, but...

Steve,

I used the Vans fiberglass oil door, but I stiffened it up considerably. You will end up cutting a piece of the cowling out for the oil door opening. Use that piece as a stiffener for the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-20-2016, 10:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,625
Posted By BSwayze
That looks like the ones I bought when I did my...

That looks like the ones I bought when I did my wings, Lynn. Although that was a long time ago (about 8 years, actually... I'm slow). But you're going to love them! The flange that goes inside the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2016, 03:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 17,585
Posted By BSwayze
It's not only from Chief, here's a link direct to...

It's not only from Chief, here's a link direct to Garmin. Just click on the "Download rebate" link on this page:...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-27-2016, 04:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,166
Posted By BSwayze
So cool! And I'm glad to see your story made the...

So cool! And I'm glad to see your story made the front page today, Trevor. That's funny about your Dad, too. :D
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-12-2016, 03:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,169
Posted By BSwayze
Cliff, I used Sika exclusively for all my...

Cliff,

I used Sika exclusively for all my canopy bonding, with excellent results, including bonding the front of the canopy to the 702, as you asked. I detailed how it was done in my web pages, you...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-12-2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 961
Views: 510,378
Posted By BSwayze
Greg, I'm so happy to see this report and hear...

Greg, I'm so happy to see this report and hear about this. Congratulations!! All the hard work has paid off for you, and it's very inspirational to see this. As another long-time builder, I hope to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-07-2016, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,224
Posted By BSwayze
Nick, I agree with much of what has been said...

Nick,

I agree with much of what has been said already here. Truth is, there are a lot of good tool vendors out there. I've bought from a number of them and haven't gone wrong. I do agree with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2016, 06:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,389
Posted By BSwayze
I did it, too!

Bret,

I did the same exact thing! I was sick to my stomach when I realized what I had done. Last thing I want is sloppiness in the gear leg mount from a hole that's too big for the bolt that holds...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-12-2016, 03:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 12,702
Posted By BSwayze
WOW, Mike! I agree with what others have been...

WOW, Mike! I agree with what others have been saying... that's one of the best write-ups I've ever seen! Thanks so much for sharing all of it. Hope to catch up with you again sometime soon! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2016, 01:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,702
Posted By BSwayze
Very nice, Jeff! I've got a collection like...

Very nice, Jeff! I've got a collection like that, too, but mine occupies a corner of an out-of-the-way bench in the corner of my shop. I like your approach much better! :)
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