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Forum: Tools Yesterday, 06:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By wirejock
Flat side

Every one of my female dies has a flat side. Grind away. Just dont grind into the dimple face of the die. Or buy a set of close quarters dies.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 06:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 294
Posted By wirejock
Pedal adjustment

Measure the holes in the blocks. Notice the center block has different spacing. I drilled them so the holes were usable for either the forward or aft hole. So one set then 1/2 that distance for the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 344
Posted By wirejock
Bandsaw

Mine is 9" and gets used constantly. If it won't fit, I use an angle grinder with a thin kerf cut off wheel.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By wirejock
Nutplates

I have a jig. It clamps into the vise. Every nutplate gets checked. Screw and boelube. When the sacrificial screw gets worn, toss it. If the nutplate seems overly snug, I run a tap in a couple turns....
Forum: Painting your RV 07-03-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,086
Posted By wirejock
Single stage

You're talking single stage paint. No clear coat. Clear would be two stage.
I wouldn't spray a top coat without primer. That's it's job.
That said, aluminum has to be prepped to remove aluminum oxide...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-02-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 896
Posted By wirejock
Tip

Another good Tip tip. Thanks
Forum: RV-3 07-02-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 852
Posted By wirejock
Auto

That is one beautiful automobile. I got a soft spot for roadsters.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-02-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 896
Posted By wirejock
Tips

Excellent Tips tips. Thx

How wide should the gap be between the aileron and wing tip?
I don't see anything on the plans. Scale drawing seems about 1/4".
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-01-2020, 06:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 896
Posted By wirejock
Wingtip rib

Doh! Guess I should have studied the plans more. Thanks.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-01-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 896
Posted By wirejock
Wingtips

Starting the wingtips.
I am planning the hinge method with wider P4 hinge on one side.
They are pretty floppy.
A rib seems appropriate somewhere inside the tip to stiffen it. Maybe a foam/fiberglass...
Forum: Primers 06-30-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By wirejock
Help

I'm no expert but feel free to shoot me an e-mail (see below) and ask. I am happy to provide my phone number.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-30-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By wirejock
Countersink cage

I have one dedicated to 3/32 as well. I don't trust any cage as far as I can throw it.
Typically I test on scrap and leave it shy then dress the hole by hand. I don't know why they do that. Murphy's...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-30-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 666
Posted By wirejock
50R

Lockhart but I'm biased. Say hi to my CFII. Stenger Air. Louanne is awesome. Also next door Phil knows more about RVs than I will ever learn.
Forum: Primers 06-30-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By wirejock
P60G2

I believe Vans sample is over 17 years outside. P60G2 is really light and easy to spray. Of course, the standard precautions apply.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-29-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,534
Posted By wirejock
Butt Hole Screw

Yes. That was not the thread I thought it would be!
Glad there wasn't a photo :D
Forum: Tools 06-29-2020, 08:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 218
Posted By wirejock
Threaded bits

19, 12, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4
Never needed bigger but feel free.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 252
Posted By wirejock
Protect

I would scuff off the corrosion and spray a little self etch primer on the spot. SEM or Napa 7220. If you plan to paint the primer is easiely removed later with a solvent, but it will protect those...
Forum: Tools 06-28-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,456
Posted By wirejock
C-frame

Count me in. Need a poll. C-frame and a 2lb dead blow. Harbor Fright lifetime warranty. I blew up four of them.:D
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-27-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By wirejock
Spar

1. Ideally. It's possible the parts are separating a little allowing the bit to wander.
2. The steel should keep the bit centered unless it's been enlarged. Sounds right.
3. Ideally it should be flat...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-27-2020, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By wirejock
Oblong holes

I would continue and would suspect Vans would say Build on but they are the definitive resource.
Consider using a reamer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,363
Posted By wirejock
Build

If it's a 20 year dream, you owe it to yourself to try. I believe anyone can.
It's just a new skill.
Start by finding a Mentor. Join the nearest EAA Chapter.
Build a practice kit (toolbox). That...
Forum: Tools 06-27-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,456
Posted By wirejock
Under dimpling

Finally. Thank you for bringing this up.
I get asked as well and underdimpling is often the issue. If someone asks, I help.
If they don't, oh well. I've seen entire airplanes underdimpled.
Burnish...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-27-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,384
Posted By wirejock
Other options

Has anyone tried attaching nuts to the inside using an adhesive?
I'm not a fan of tapping aluminum for such a small screw. Doesn't take much to strip the threads.
Does Van's approve nut plates? That...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-25-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By wirejock
VS rib

Ahhh. I still think it's good but watch closely as you cleko to be sure it doesn't make a crease (outie) in the skin. Bottom rib is less prone but always check.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-25-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By wirejock
Ribs

That looks fine. I don't remember filing any down unless they were causing a problem. I remember the tank ribs needed some love.
Helps to tell us what component. Maybe I missed it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-25-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 777
Posted By wirejock
Wyze

I have several. Awesome little canera for the price. Not sure if it does single frame. It does have motion and sound trigger as well as area isolation. Pretty easy to set up an area to look for...
Forum: Tools 06-25-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,456
Posted By wirejock
Dies

Check the side of the dies for size. Should be engraved 426-3
It's possible you have Cleveland Tank or Substructure dies. They wll be stamped "426-3T" or "426-3SS". Could also be dies mixed up.
Forum: Fiberglass 06-23-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 885
Posted By wirejock
Dan's thread

I belive this is the one you seek.
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=22931
Forum: Fiberglass 06-23-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 885
Posted By wirejock
Fiberglass 1.0

Dan's thread is a excellent start, but if you prefer a write up with no forum posts, check my blog, under "Pages" for a link to the Fiberglass page. It has all the goodies in a list and a pretty...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-23-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
Posted By wirejock
CDI

I have the CDI 1/4 click type. It's a very subtle click at 25. I usially put it in the vise to test the feel.
I also have a CDI screwdriver. It has a very noticeable break. Feels like the screwdriver...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-23-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 885
Posted By wirejock
Videos

I looked on YT and found one short about closing the elevator tip. Not crazy about the method. Also searched VAF and found lots of threads but no videos.
One problem is there are so many methods and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By wirejock
Dave You might consider a one piece fiberglass...

Dave
You might consider a one piece fiberglass skirt. Love how mine turned out and it wasn't difficult. Come up and check it out sometime.
By the way, I manage a Google Group, Colorado RVs. 50...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By wirejock
Rear skirt

There is a big piece of aluminum in the kit with the skirt marked off for cutting. I didn't do aluminum so I don't know if it's close.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,040
Posted By wirejock
Dremel Saw Max

Dremel Saw Max. It comes with a SM500 blade for plastic. Cuts through plexi and fiberglass like a hot knife through...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-20-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 945
Posted By wirejock
Test switch

Is the "Test Switch" left open when the aiplane is shut down?
Forum: RV-14 06-19-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,049
Posted By wirejock
Alodine

Nasty stuff but if it's Alodined, I wouldn't prime. Maybe some primer on mating surfaces.
No anodize. Expensive and it changes the metal.
You will want lots more tools but the kit is adequate to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-19-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 93,856
Posted By wirejock
Razor technique

Thats totally fixable. Sorry, I hadn't looked at the photo. Dan's razor method works really well. You need plenty of light so you can see when the drip has been removed down to the level of the flat...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 923
Posted By wirejock
QB

That would be my experience. Wings were tedious but not complicated. Tanks were fun.
Fuse is a long complicated project. Especially the canopy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,866
Posted By wirejock
Doubler

Simple. Cut a doubler the same size as the data plate. Doubler inside. Use four of the rivets all the way through to hold the data plate. All the other rivets holding the doubler will be hidden...
Forum: Primers 06-18-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,294
Posted By wirejock
Primer

JMHO but I think any primer is better than none. However, no primer will probably survive plenty ling. Preparation of the surface before spraying is as important.
VANs has an aluminum sample outside...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-18-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 93,856
Posted By wirejock
Kracon

Given it's a 12, the wings can be removed. It would make repair much easier. I agree with the vendor fixing their mistake. If they won't, another shop. It's difficult to cut a large area and not...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-17-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 637
Posted By wirejock
Edge distance

Yep. Mine are close as well. One each side. It's barely within edge distance tolerance. I never called Vans because I figured edge distance was different for stainless. Vans designed it so they must...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,866
Posted By wirejock
Dent photos

Here we go.
Photos
https://i.imgur.com/6kUYy6Fl.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/oDgQUtzl.jpg
Forum: Fiberglass 06-17-2020, 06:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 885
Posted By wirejock
Fiberglass tips

I'm no expert and the last thing I want is to steal any thunder from Dan. He is "The Man". I learned so much reading his threads. No way I could have done it without his knowledge.
Thanks Dan.

A few...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,866
Posted By wirejock
Photo

Feel free to e-mail a photo. I will load to Imgur and post for you. E-mail is in my signature below
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,866
Posted By wirejock
Repair

A photo or two would help. If there is no underlying structure, there may not be a need to do anything. A dent in a skin can be filled. A bigger problem might be fixed with a doubler. Post a photo...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-16-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 775
Posted By wirejock
Kirker EnduroPrime

Interesting. I was told by Kirker tech support, Eastwood and Summit are rebranded Kirker paint. Kirker EnduroPrime is an epoxy 2K primer. Pretty tough stuff. Easy to mix and spray. Comes in white,...
Forum: Tools 06-16-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 727
Posted By wirejock
Blade

Figures. He's my Mentor. :D
I also break with recommendation and use a low tooth count blade. Built my RV7A with a HF 9".
7TPI from .040 up
14TPI for .040 and thinner
Cuts like a hot knife through...
Forum: RV-10 06-15-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By wirejock
Thank you

Thank you. A fellow builder came by the other day. He tapped it with a fingernail and asked if it was plastic. I said no. Fiberglass and paint. He said, you can lay down paint like that?
I said, oh...
Forum: RV-10 06-15-2020, 07:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By wirejock
Thank you

Wow! Coming from you, that means so much. Thank you.
I studied all your postings. It made thigs so much easier.
Forum: RV-10 06-15-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By wirejock
Layup

On my 7A I took a different approach. Someday, the windshield may need to be replaced so I made the one piece trim removable. It's bonded with Sika. As such, the inside surface was primed with Sika...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-15-2020, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 730
Posted By wirejock
3/8" radius

Like they ^^^ said. Lay down a bead and spread it. Don't overthink it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-15-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 15,255
Posted By wirejock
Preview plans

In my opinion, yes. However, as you mentioned, printing is a mess. Some pages are landscape, some portrait, some 8.5x11, some 11x17. It's tough just printing revisions.
I have an extra Preview Plans...
Forum: Primers 06-15-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,294
Posted By wirejock
SEM

Oh yes. This should be fun.:D
Sorry, welcome. Just kidding. SEM is good stuff if you're settled on rattle can.
Prep is key to painting aluminum. Feel free to read my blog (link below) I get on my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-15-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 517
Posted By wirejock
Spacers

It's been a while but I think they are fabricated. I have a note in my blog about fabricating the 601C spacers so I asume the others were as well. I couldn't find a detail on the plan nor info in the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-15-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 825
Posted By wirejock
Hardware store

Our local hardware store sells them now too. Apparently painters are using them. Go figure. I've used them to dispense and measure paint from the can for years! No mess.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-14-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 651
Posted By wirejock
Mock ups

I spent an evening making mock up cardboard boxes. The next day I was suprised.
I fabricated two shelves. They are mounted with hinges fore and aft between the panel and sub panel. They can swing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,756
Posted By wirejock
Tube sock

Two words. Tube sock. Cut off the toe and slide your arm inside. Been there. Done that. Wings.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-14-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 825
Posted By wirejock
Proseal

I only used the big one to lay down the final bead. All the fay sealing was done with tongue depressor craft sticks. I tossed the used syringes. It may come out after it cures but that would be a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-13-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By wirejock
Leftover

Better white leftover than too much black. That means your mix ratio had extra hardener. The opposite would probably be bad.
I have leftover but it appears to be a correct ratio.
Forum: RV-14 06-13-2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 611
Posted By wirejock
Colorado RVs

Roger
Official welcome will be coming soon.
As it happens, I manage a Googe Group, Colorado RVs. There about 40 members. Several 14s under construction or flying. If you would like to join, send me...
Forum: RV-14 06-12-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 632
Posted By wirejock
Scarf joint

RV7 has a similar scarf joint. I did as mentioned. I used shims to keep from cutting too much. I actually used a Vixen file to get close then various grits of sand paper on blocks to finish. Top of...
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