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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,381
Posted By Moondog
Best advice:

Best advice given to me:
"Friends don't let friends build plastic airplanes."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2017, 04:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,344
Posted By Moondog
Will contact with automatic transmission fluid harm aircraft tires?

Could not move my build project into my hangar because of ATF residue on the hangar floor.

The previous occupant had a container of ATF that leaked from a stored container onto the concrete floor...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-09-2016, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,649
Posted By Moondog
XL Pro = 2.45 lbs. and is just under 4-1/2"...

XL Pro = 2.45 lbs. and is just under 4-1/2" wide

Squadron Pro = 12 oz. and is just over 3" wide
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2016, 07:14 AM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,239
Posted By Moondog
shoppers vs buyers

Vans apparently understands the difference between a shopper and a buyer. Shoppers look at bigger, smaller, amphibian, tundra, costlier, cheaper, twin, jet, electric, composite. It’s nice to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2016, 09:08 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,334
Posted By Moondog
decent vs descent ... please

Strain gage or strain gauge? Each can be found for sale on the internet. Prices are pretty descent.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-13-2016, 08:07 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 143,534
Posted By Moondog
Charm and intrigue in the style of William...

Charm and intrigue in the style of William Faulkner's southern gothic. Somewhere
around the above post (#114), I began to expect we might find a body along the way.

I guess a haunted Victorian will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2016, 04:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,127
Posted By Moondog
Great photos, Bill. I already have some aluminum...

Great photos, Bill. I already have some aluminum stock just like your spacers. Will try that.
Thanks,
David
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2016, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,127
Posted By Moondog
Which shims create the proper profile for a tip up canopy?

Which is the proper cross-section profile of the C-702 canopy skin on WD-716 canopy frame tube?

There is more skin than frame. Vans support suggested I made a mistake. I think not. See...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2016, 06:33 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 15,071
Posted By Moondog
How about ...

"Tarmac" .....
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-10-2016, 07:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,728
Posted By Moondog
canopy handle concern?

Is the canopy handle a concern? It moved out of its original position during the flight. Paul, I sent you a PM but wasn’t sure you ever saw it so instead I’m posting.

At 0:46 mark in the video,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-04-2016, 01:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,600
Posted By Moondog
Lookout spam can, comin' thru!

Lookout spam can, comin' thru!
Forum: RV-10 03-07-2016, 09:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,534
Posted By Moondog
Just fired up mine over the weekend. Baja...

Just fired up mine over the weekend. Baja Squadron Pro 49-0001 (spot beam).
Set my wingtip on a table 10-12’ from the hangar door
then stood back maybe 25' to take the photo. The reflection
was too...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2016, 07:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,452
Posted By Moondog
Perhaps the first ever recorded RV...

Perhaps the first ever recorded RV pout.

http://i64.tinypic.com/29vxx0k.png
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-26-2016, 07:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 24,067
Posted By Moondog
Another thought is how / if the wing spar was...

Another thought is how / if the wing spar was modified. Stress on the spar will be in the opposite direction.
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-13-2016, 07:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 36,505
Posted By Moondog
Congratulations! Can't wait to see it fly.

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it fly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2016, 06:41 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,639
Posted By Moondog
friends don't let friends fly plastic airplanes

One of my patients (who races his RV-8) found out I was considering buying a fiberglass Tango 2. Before he left the office, he wrote down “vansairforce.net” and encouraged me to look at an RV-7A.

...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-16-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,720
Posted By Moondog
Nice.

Very nice job. I know you must be relieved. It's a little unnerving when you first cut into a perfectly good piece of metal.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 19,798
Posted By Moondog
Fiberfrax chocolate chips

DanH + cookies =

http://i60.tinypic.com/15civqd.jpg
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-05-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,720
Posted By Moondog
No comment on positioning but some advice that helped me

My handle is different (JD Airparts). My plans called for first making cutouts in an .032 aluminum template. I traced the cutout onto the fuse with a sharpie
which meant that the marks had to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,094
Posted By Moondog
first post??

Amazing what VAF readers come up with. This is the most impressive first post I think I've ever seen. Welcome.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,037
Posted By Moondog
I agree with tinypic.com. It's pretty...

I agree with tinypic.com. It's pretty straightforward.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,141
Posted By Moondog
see This Old House

No problem in Galveston, TX but I used to live in the mountains of PA. Ice backs up water from melting ice. Here (http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20557572,00.html) is a pretty good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,345
Posted By Moondog
Gray vs brown tint...

...is one better than the other...

Gray tint is the more natural of the two, it reduces transmission of all wavelengths equally.

Brown (or amber, yellow) tint reduces much of the blue. The more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 956
Posted By Moondog
very nice

I would keep that where I could see it every day. Unexpected choice of material, she's very clever and did a great job at that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 21,023
Posted By Moondog
twin engine, single prop

Along the lines of Bill R. (“How about putting two engines in the same engine compartment?”):

A twin’s safety comes from redundancy, of course. Its problem is the sudden change in forces following...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-16-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,906
Posted By Moondog
fuel costs, accommodations

Update:
I have arranged local friends who are willing to pay fuel costs, including return trip, for those who can transport the whole way or any leg. In Galveston, overnight accommodations and meals...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-16-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,906
Posted By Moondog
dog transport may be needed

Blue is a pit bull from Galveston, TX who went missing several months ago. He turned up at the Kokomo (Indiana) Humane Society. The owner of the dog is unable to retrieve her dog due for financial...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,232
Posted By Moondog
interesting, but

It is interesting, but don’t count on it. Have not yet read the study, but I review similar studies all the time. Clinically, near (or distance) visual acuity is said to improve after doing...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-14-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,211
Posted By Moondog
Vans said wait

Gus at Vans responded:
Probably the easiest at this point is simply to elongate the bulkhead
holes for the hooks, if necessary. I would wait to do this until you
have the canopy frame in place and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-11-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,679
Posted By Moondog
rebuild

Van's reply is below. Their response to my mistake was what I expected, certainly can't disagree. Will rebuild this part as posted by High Flyer, thanks Alain.
From Sterling:
The advice from the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-08-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,679
Posted By Moondog
roll bar

Scott A., not sure if I properly responded to your PM.

I was holding my email to Vans until High Flyer got a response, but somehow missed this thread when Van's response was posted.

While it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-05-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,211
Posted By Moondog
Tip up canopy release question

See photo below. Trusted the plans instead of my gut. Now what?

Prior to the photo, the C-611 bearing blocks and WD-617 canopy release latch were gently clamped in position against the F-705...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,505
Posted By Moondog
Very impressive, especially on grass. Wonder if...

Very impressive, especially on grass.
Wonder if it could double as a nosewheel.:D
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-27-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,679
Posted By Moondog
just did this

Just did the same thing a few days ago. This is the photo of my proposed fix to send to Vans. Will wait to see their response to you.

Found a piece of scrap aluminum the same thickness as the roll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 69,980
Posted By Moondog
If...

You are carefully wrapping the Christmas turkey with aluminum foil and your wife asks if you need some clecos.
Forum: Safety 12-23-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,002
Posted By Moondog
children

The way we care for our own eyes is a personal choice. But please take special care of kids. It makes me cringe to see photos of adorable children taking part in the build without eye protection. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 69,980
Posted By Moondog
If...

your friend no longer leaves the top down and the doors unlocked on his Porsche after you mention that his very comfortable red leather seats measure just 19-1/2 inches wide.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-08-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,227
Posted By Moondog
PC fans

Interesting, Loman. I've scrounged up a couple of spare PC fans with this in mind, but wasn't sure if they would work inline. If not, I might just make separate vents on the panel similar to the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-15-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,321
Posted By Moondog
Accurate measurements are only as good as...

Accurate measurements are only as good as accurate marks.

Gil is right. Start with good lighting right above your work. The extra light improves contrast, but also constricts the pupil to give you...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-07-2014, 03:01 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 21,412
Posted By Moondog
Doug, Very sorry to hear this. Our condolences...

Doug,
Very sorry to hear this. Our condolences to you and your family.
David & Catherine
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,413
Posted By Moondog
vans reply

Thanks, Scott.
BTW regarding the excess outboard material, Vans said "yes" to removing it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-18-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,413
Posted By Moondog
F-792 rudder stop question

Any opinions on removing excess material from these very large rudder stops?

There are several posts about the plans (DWG 27A) being wrong, so I decided to make a thin cardboard template of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 48,393
Posted By Moondog
project in jeopardy

There are a lot of people trying to get into federally-subsidized housing. Waiting list or not, the FHA wouldn't dare treat their tenants this way.

My kit is not nearly finished. It is in a huge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 48,393
Posted By Moondog
If it's not an airplane...

Most of the comments here object to possible prohibition of active kit projects on FAA-regulated airport property. I understand that.

But there's more.

In the hangar I am about to build, the plans...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 48,393
Posted By Moondog
Tow-bar and desk?

Besides two good-size aircraft, my friend’s hangar contains a 400sf air-conditioned workshop, comfortable crew quarters with overnight accommodations, and a two-car garage (my project is being built...
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-01-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 23,115
Posted By Moondog
building on a budget

No one is yawning as evidenced by the number of replies.
VAF is loaded with critical thinkers, they ask critical questions.

I am neither bored nor technically savvy enough to understand engines the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,640
Posted By Moondog
if you need anything...

Prayers for your family. Although we live in Galveston, our office is close by so let us know if you need anything. We would be honored if you asked.
David & Catherine
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,373
Posted By Moondog
inventory

Kyle is right.

Consider time vs. dollars. An accurate inventory may be difficult for a kit which is already partially built or has poorly marked parts. I've spent many hours trying to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,471
Posted By Moondog
Has the same effect on me.

Has the same effect on me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,007
Posted By Moondog
get their attention

You might start with a sample of stupid questions builders must endure, just to get your audience's attention with a bit of humor. For some good material, see Paul Tuttle's thread...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-22-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,223
Posted By Moondog
tie downs!

Awesome!! Paul, the tie downs are perfect. They look more like restraints.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-04-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,824
Posted By Moondog
reassess

The head is firmly seated, would be difficult with limited ability to move my hands in that space.

Talked to Paul M at Experimental Aero who gave me several good suggestions including a guide for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,824
Posted By Moondog
Bret, I found the post by Scott...

Bret, I found the post by Scott (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=109486&highlight=drill+rivet&page=2) (rvbuilder2002), very good. Thanks.

Thanks Chad. If I can't use the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,824
Posted By Moondog
rivet mistake in aft bulkhead

This type of mistake I’ve made more than once. Very frustrating since it was truly avoidable. If I try to drill out the bad rivet with an angle drill, it will not be pretty. A tailwheel is not...
Forum: Propellers 03-17-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,904
Posted By Moondog
Yes. RV or RC, his lackluster (IMO) response on a...

Yes.
RV or RC, his lackluster (IMO) response on a customer service issue took him off my list.
Forum: Propellers 03-17-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,904
Posted By Moondog
here's why not

Started my research on props some time ago. Decided on Catto. Ruled out Prince based on an old post from another forum (http://www.flyinggiants.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20168). This may or may...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-25-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,939
Posted By Moondog
Gen 2?

What is the significance of a Gen 2 vs a Gen 1 prop--is this industry terminology or just Catto? Don't think I've run across this description with other manufacturers but almost always in posts...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-25-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,939
Posted By Moondog
Catto Props info

Will be ordering a prop in about 6 months. Catto props get some good posts on VAF so I want to consider them, but their website doesn’t say much and so far they’ve not responded to my email. There...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,086
Posted By Moondog
I use your build site often, now to see your...

I use your build site often, now to see your first flight gives me hope. Thanks. And congratulations!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,535
Posted By Moondog
24+ hours is typical

They've been pretty good so far. I never expect a response sooner than 24 hours. Send Mon. early morning, hear back by early Tues. afternoon. Send late Fri. or on the weekend, don't count on a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 75,467
Posted By Moondog
find your congressman

Use this map (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/map) to find the name and contact information for your own representative. I wrote to mine today.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,193
Posted By Moondog
Not anticipated

My 7A empennage was built by a young and dedicated dad who decided to sell now and build again later. I bought the completed emp, plus the QB wings and fuse in May 2012. His workmanship was...
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