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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 04:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,977
Posted By kbalch
Agreed. One more exception to add: when needing...

Agreed. One more exception to add: when needing to unlock the tailwheel (by moving the stick full-forward) on a P-51 or similarly equipped T-6 in order to go full-swivel for a tight turn.
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 02:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By kbalch
Just thought I'd offer another progress data...

Just thought I'd offer another progress data point: I have kit #140494 and have finished the empennage kit, the left wing, the right leading edge & tank, and am almost done with the flaps. My...
Forum: RV-14 09-21-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,025
Posted By kbalch
No reason whatsoever not to use double-sided...

No reason whatsoever not to use double-sided tape. While I preferred the bent trailing edges from my old -8 (quick & easy to do and never gave any trouble in service), the riveted edges on my new...
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 777
Posted By kbalch
Hey Jared, That makes a lot of sense to me. Now...

Hey Jared,

That makes a lot of sense to me. Now that you mention it, I recall reading about those Matco axles awhile back, but had entirely forgotten about the option. Thanks for the...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 777
Posted By kbalch
Beringer poll for -14A guys...

I've hemmed and hawed long enough on this decision, so please indulge one last go 'round of opinion solicitation.

If you're building (or have built) a -14A and have passed the wheel/brake decision...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,350
Posted By kbalch
That was my thought exactly on reading this...

That was my thought exactly on reading this thread. Eyeball engineering is just that: nothing but a guess and not worth betting one's life (certainly not mine) and that of one's passenger. Whenever...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-17-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,916
Posted By kbalch
I couldn't even imagine removing the tanks for...

I couldn't even imagine removing the tanks for paint. Why put yourself through it?!? If one desired to have unpainted screw heads, it would be far less trouble to simply remove the screws prior to...
Forum: RV-14 09-16-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By kbalch
That's the elevator bellcrank assembly, correct? ...

That's the elevator bellcrank assembly, correct? Any reason not to install the pitch and yaw servos relatively early in the fuselage assembly process (certainly prior to joining the tailcone) while...
Forum: Primers 09-14-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 662
Posted By kbalch
I was always a zinc chromate fan, but have been...

I was always a zinc chromate fan, but have been using Duplicolor self-etching primer on this project. It works fine and is relatively inexpensive. I buy the cans by the dozen from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,495
Posted By kbalch
I'm doing essentially the same, all-Garmin,...

I'm doing essentially the same, all-Garmin, system and was advised by Stein's shop to go with the GMU22 for the -14. I'm not convinced that CAN bus offers any real-world advantages in our...
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 350
Posted By kbalch
Which parachute for the -14?

I'm beginning to think about some of the ancillary items I'll need to order at Sun 'n Fun next spring and parachutes are definitely on the list.

I used a Strong Enterprises 304 seat chute on my -8...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,495
Posted By kbalch
I was advised (by one of Stein's guys) to place...

I was advised (by one of Stein's guys) to place the GMU22 in the -14's left wing ADAHRS mount and that's how I've configured my just-completed wing.

Why go with the GMU11 at all? What am I missing?
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, guys, for all the great ideas. I'm going...

Thanks, guys, for all the great ideas. I'm going to go with the simple solution of insulated Faston connectors.

Now, I've just got to make sure that the tubing is bent enough to insert through the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By kbalch
Exactly right. My first thought, when reading...

Exactly right. My first thought, when reading the initial post in this thread, was that my -8 (#81125, empennage kit received in early December, 1999) was pre-punched.

Running centerlines down the...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2018, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By kbalch
Pitot wiring connector?

I'm getting ready to install the Gretz mount in my left wing prior to riveting the bottom skins and will be using the Garmin GAP26 unregulated heated pitot/AOA tube.

What's the best connector...
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 666
Posted By kbalch
Yep, that's two left rear spars. I received two...

Yep, that's two left rear spars. I received two left tank attach brackets, but Van's sent out the right one (both meanings of the phrase!) forthwith.
Forum: RV-14 09-04-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,450
Posted By kbalch
#494 here - no problem at all.

#494 here - no problem at all.
Forum: RV-14 09-01-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,104
Posted By kbalch
As it turned out, the tanks were no big deal. ...

As it turned out, the tanks were no big deal. Lots of fuss and dread over nothing. I used a Semco gun and a combination of wooden tongue depressors & acid brushes.

Aft baffle rivets were dimpled...
Forum: RV-14 08-27-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,247
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, Mark. That all makes sense to me. As of...

Thanks, Mark. That all makes sense to me.

As of now, I'm planning to go with the full Beringer installation. I don't care about the pretty wheels because, as you say, they won't be visible, but...
Forum: RV-14 08-27-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,247
Posted By kbalch
Hey Victor, Thanks for the good info. So...it's...

Hey Victor,

Thanks for the good info. So...it's a tubeless tire thing for you, then? :) That makes a lot of sense to me, especially regarding the nosewheel. Having been a tailwheel guy for so...
Forum: RV-14 08-27-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,247
Posted By kbalch
Beringer wheels?

I'm thinking ahead a bit and have been reading about the use of Beringer wheels. I'm trying to understand just how/why they're worth such a premium over the standard kit components, even with those...
Forum: Safety 08-27-2018, 06:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,344
Posted By kbalch
Simply do whatever you can to intelligently and...

Simply do whatever you can to intelligently and thoroughly mitigate the risks of any endeavor. Training, practice, reading, equipment, etc. After that, it pays to remember that the universe is...
Forum: RV-14 08-26-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 418
Posted By kbalch
Hey Jesse, Thanks much!! Email sent.

Hey Jesse,

Thanks much!! Email sent.
Forum: RV-14 08-26-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 737
Posted By kbalch
Good news / bad news...

I leak tested my left tank today.

Good news: I only had two small leaks in the lower corners just forward and aft of the tank attach bracket. An easy fix with a bit more sealant.

Bad news: I began...
Forum: RV-14 08-26-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 418
Posted By kbalch
WTB: Wing stand

If anyone in central FL has a wing stand available, I'd be glad to take it off your hands. Otherwise, the time is rapidly drawing nigh when I'll have to build one - probably sometime this coming...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-26-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,303
Posted By kbalch
Our wives must be in the same club. Exactly the...

Our wives must be in the same club. Exactly the same situation here. I've always been a tailwheel guy (including my -8), but the -14A is for her comfort. Whether she winds up doing any more flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 471
Posted By kbalch
Exactly right. A simple and indispensable tool;...

Exactly right. A simple and indispensable tool; no need to overthink it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,730
Posted By kbalch
Thanks for the kind words; much appreciated. I...

Thanks for the kind words; much appreciated. I loved that plane, its paint scheme, and the reception it garnered everywhere I landed. Though it made a couple of magazine features back in the day...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,730
Posted By kbalch
Hi Mark, Gorgeous RV-8!! I'm also partial to...

Hi Mark,

Gorgeous RV-8!! I'm also partial to eye-catching paint schemes (see pic of my old -8 below) and am already looking forward to working with Jonathan on something neat for my -14A.

I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,730
Posted By kbalch
I've been speaking with Jonathan and will be...

I've been speaking with Jonathan and will be using his shop. I'll be very interested to hear the details of your experience with his design and painting services.
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,095
Posted By kbalch
I hear what you're saying, though building at...

I hear what you're saying, though building at home as I am, I have no ready means of transporting 25 gallons of 100LL, nevermind attending to the necessary safety precautions. To say nothing of...
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,095
Posted By kbalch
That sounds good to me. I've already installed...

That sounds good to me. I've already installed my drain valve (and definitely don't want to damage the drain fitting threads), so I'm planning to hose clamp the air valve to the rubber hose placed...
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,095
Posted By kbalch
Fuel tank pressure testing...

I'll be installing the aft baffle on my left tank tonight and have begun thinking about pressure testing in a few days, post-cure.

Plans page 18-09 Step 1 & Figure 2 specify the use of a rubber hose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,048
Posted By kbalch
When torquing a castle nut, use the lower figure...

When torquing a castle nut, use the lower figure of the torque range, then tighten slightly as required to align the cotter pin hole. No backing off necessary.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 74,189
Posted By kbalch
Crazy talk, indeed. 200+HP two-seaters (the...

Crazy talk, indeed. 200+HP two-seaters (the closer to 300 KTAS, the better) are the only airplanes that interest me at all these days. Not counting warbirds and jets, of course. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,290
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, guys. I'll get the various orders in...

Thanks, guys. I'll get the various orders in today and should be underway on my first tank sometime next week.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2018, 06:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,290
Posted By kbalch
I've seen that post before and have bookmarked...

I've seen that post before and have bookmarked the rollers and other miscellaneous tips. I used popsicle sticks to do my elevator foam ribs and that was enough for me. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2018, 06:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,290
Posted By kbalch
Great info there; thanks!!

Great info there; thanks!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,290
Posted By kbalch
"Proseal" differences?

As I'm getting ready to jump into my first -14A tank (I outsourced my -8 tanks many years ago), I'm preparing to order the necessary supplies.

I intend to purchase one of the Semco pneumatic guns...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 649
Posted By kbalch
This kit will get you what you...

This kit will get you what you need:

https://www.steinair.com/product/pitot-static-tubing-port-kit/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 74,189
Posted By kbalch
I was looking seriously at buying an L-39 earlier...

I was looking seriously at buying an L-39 earlier this year until I sat down and added up the cost per month for any reasonable usage at the current price of Jet A and that engine's fuel flow. Truly...
Forum: RV-14 08-02-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,622
Posted By kbalch
Very true, indeed. I realized the other day...

Very true, indeed.

I realized the other day that, although I usually say that I build in order to own the finished product and not because I particularly like building, the truth is that I'm nearly...
Forum: RV-14 07-31-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By kbalch
I just spoke to Van's and I've got it now. My...

I just spoke to Van's and I've got it now. My misunderstanding partially stemmed from the wording in the manual - I thought that it was calling for a #8 countersink with a reduced, #30 pilot. It's...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By kbalch
Nutplate rivet countersinks are #40 and the #40...

Nutplate rivet countersinks are #40 and the #40 countersink cutters have the right size pilot. What I want to do is simply drill the screw holes to their final size and then countersink them before...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By kbalch
Wing countersinking...

Question regarding Page 13-03, Steps 4-6 (due mostly to my countersink cutters having full-diameter pilots):

- Is it permissible to drill the screw holes to #27 & #19 (as appropriate, of course)...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,514
Posted By kbalch
I'm building a -14A in Clermont. Send me a PM...

I'm building a -14A in Clermont. Send me a PM for my contact details; I'd be glad to show you my project, visit yours, or chat anytime.
Forum: RV-14 07-26-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 903
Posted By kbalch
Understood, thanks. I went ahead and built the...

Understood, thanks. I went ahead and built the 4x8 workbench today and will likely dive into the wing kit over the weekend.

I've been assuming that the top skins can go on with the wing standing...
Forum: RV-14 07-25-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 903
Posted By kbalch
Wing workbench?

In the process of inventorying my newly-arrived wing kit, I confirmed what I'd already suspected: that neither of my current workbenches will be a good fit for the wing construction phase of the...
Forum: RV-14 07-25-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,622
Posted By kbalch
Agreed completely. My wife was really surprised...

Agreed completely. My wife was really surprised at how much she preferred the -14A's seating position vs. the -8's.

Re: "...master of none..." - Well, that's the nature of almost all engineered...
Forum: RV-14 07-24-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,622
Posted By kbalch
As always, define the mission first. Yours (as...

As always, define the mission first. Yours (as described) includes acro, so that's a hard limit right there and eliminates the -10. The -14 will do everything on your list.

I'm building a -14A as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By kbalch
As a (barely) relevant aside, when/why did Van's...

As a (barely) relevant aside, when/why did Van's switch from the good, old AN365 to the MS21042 nuts? I used the former on my old -8 everywhere other than firewall-forward, where the all-metal nuts...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By kbalch
OK, I think I figured it out. Both of those...

OK, I think I figured it out. Both of those nutplates are for empennage fairing attachment and will be installed later in conjunction with the fairing.

Is that right?
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By kbalch
Aft fuselage longeron nutplates...

I got my left-side top side skin clecoed on this afternoon and noticed that I'm missing a couple of nutplates on each side of the aft fuse.

Looking back at page 10-20, you can see that there's one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 648
Posted By kbalch
Well done! I remember how nerve-wracking it was...

Well done! I remember how nerve-wracking it was to cut the canopy on my -8 years ago. Now go enjoy OSH and don't think about all the holes you'll have to drill in the plexi when you get home... :D
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By kbalch
Yep. People who haven't completed a major...

Yep. People who haven't completed a major project (for which our RVs certainly qualify) have absolutely no idea of what's involved. All those gorgeous showplaces on the flight line at an airshow...
Forum: RV-14 07-18-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,110
Posted By kbalch
Congrats and welcome to the madness from one of...

Congrats and welcome to the madness from one of the repeat offenders here.

I'm just wrapping up my empennage kit and looking forward to getting underway on the wing kit which arrived today.
Forum: RV-14 07-18-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By kbalch
Well, I finished an early, standard -8 kit in 25...

Well, I finished an early, standard -8 kit in 25 months, so I'm shooting for 18-20 on the -14A's vastly improved kit. The empennage has taken less than two months and I'm hoping for around four...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 857
Posted By kbalch
This exactly. I had them in my -8, loved them,...

This exactly. I had them in my -8, loved them, and never had the least difficulty in living with them. I'm absolutely going to put them on the -14A and wouldn't consider any other solution.
Forum: RV-14 07-18-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By kbalch
Great; thanks, guys! I'll just put those angles...

Great; thanks, guys!

I'll just put those angles aside for six months or so and keep plugging.
Forum: RV-14 07-18-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By kbalch
F-1037A stiffener angles?

With my tail kit construction drawing to a close (riveting the aft deck components today), I realized this morning that I still have the two F-1037A angles sitting on my shelf.

I couldn't find any...
Forum: RV-14 07-17-2018, 06:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,098
Posted By kbalch
Silly question, but is there any good reason to...

Silly question, but is there any good reason to do the stops now vs. once the tail has been mounted and the actual rudder travel limits can be measured/visualized?
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,098
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, gents. I've printed each of those photos...

Thanks, gents.

I've printed each of those photos and will cogitate on them tonight and attack the angle in the morning. Clearly marking the bits to be removed is a good machinist's habit and I...
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