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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-06-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,308
Posted By BSwayze
What's a tailmate? Any pictures? Info?

What's a tailmate? Any pictures? Info?
Forum: Reviews 05-08-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,793
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, 02:57 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 22,230
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, 04:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,655
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, 06:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,558
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, 03:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,576
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, 12:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,835
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, 05:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 36,949
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, 05:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,473
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, 03:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,939
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, 07:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,368
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, 06:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
Posted By BSwayze
Wow. Thank you, guys! So much!

Wow. Thank you, guys! So much!
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-28-2017, 03:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
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, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
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, 06:53 PM
Replies: 1,787
Views: 898,067
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, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1,787
Views: 898,067
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, 05:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,071
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, 05:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,157
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, 03:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,157
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, 03:14 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 26,744
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, 11:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,928
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, 05:27 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 89,536
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, 02:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,643
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, 06:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,288
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, 05:29 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,226
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, 04:04 AM
Replies: 219
Views: 92,105
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, 03:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,882
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, 08:02 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 68,079
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, 02:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,280
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, 05:14 PM
Replies: 874
Views: 545,410
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, 06:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,590
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, 08:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,835
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, 01:17 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,825
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, 01:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,787
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, 06:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 30,070
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, 06:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,988
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, 03:06 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 96,290
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, 02:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,437
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, 10:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,237
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, 05:43 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 96,290
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, 05:06 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 68,331
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, 04:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,972
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, 09:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,502
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, 02:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,926
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, 03:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,930
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, 02:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,755
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, 10:55 AM
Replies: 924
Views: 434,479
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, 04:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,600
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, 05:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,831
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, 02:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,246
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, 12:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,994
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! :)
Forum: GPS 03-13-2016, 09:13 AM
Replies: 601
Views: 206,624
Posted By BSwayze
Steve (g3xpert), Thank you so much for...

Steve (g3xpert),

Thank you so much for answering all the questions. It's much appreciated. I have one more, and some input as well.

Is there any chance Garmin might consider offering the 660...
Forum: Interiors 03-13-2016, 05:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,461
Posted By BSwayze
Bret, Cleveland Tools sells a very nice flat...

Bret,

Cleveland Tools sells a very nice flat black vinyl material just for this purpose. I bought a piece and used it to cover my dash before putting the canopy on. I used 3M spray contact adhesive...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-11-2016, 04:45 AM
Replies: 261
Views: 68,079
Posted By BSwayze
Kent, It was great meeting you at the pancake...

Kent,

It was great meeting you at the pancake breakfast and chatting a bit about your project! Anything I can do to help, please just let me know. It will be fascinating to watch your progress and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-11-2016, 04:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 13,768
Posted By BSwayze
Does anyone else find it ironic, if not somewhat...

Does anyone else find it ironic, if not somewhat hilarious, that Vlad has to head north across the border, to a frozen land of ice and snow, to find a warm hangar to work in? I'm cracking up here! ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2016, 02:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,276
Posted By BSwayze
I totally agree, Gil. Thank you! I found these...

I totally agree, Gil. Thank you! I found these common woodworking clamps to be an excellent way to hold the elevators in exact neutral position during this procedure....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2016, 02:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,276
Posted By BSwayze
I did what Larry suggested... get a bushing from...

I did what Larry suggested... get a bushing from McMaster-Carr and you're good to go. I visited an RV-8 project under construction last weekend, and his not-so-exact drilling on the elevator horns...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2016, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,536
Posted By BSwayze
Don't use Conduit

Or, don't use any conduit at all. It's not absolutely necessary. My first EAA tech counselor built two RV's and he didn't use any conduit in any of his wings, and he convinced me to think the same...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-09-2016, 01:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,337
Posted By BSwayze
Dave, can you post a picture or two? I'm sure...

Dave, can you post a picture or two? I'm sure you'll get lots of help if you'll help us see the situation more clearly.

Congrats on making the big cut! :)
Forum: GPS 03-06-2016, 04:14 PM
Replies: 601
Views: 206,624
Posted By BSwayze
Steve, if I may ask a follow-up on this question...

Steve, if I may ask a follow-up on this question about the new panel mount... I cut a small cutout in my panel and installed the mount for my Aera 500 directly to the panel. If I upgrade to a 660, I...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 02-18-2016, 07:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 13,343
Posted By BSwayze
It looks like it's a lot different on the east...

It looks like it's a lot different on the east coast, with small states all over the place. Here in Oregon, I don't see this happening (unless I missed something). One site lists at least 422...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-10-2016, 04:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,807
Posted By BSwayze
Fantastic pictures, Bruce! And Jon, too! Our...

Fantastic pictures, Bruce! And Jon, too! Our family has a beach house just south of here, at Cape Meares. Close to the Tillamook airport. We're looking forward to trips like this, too!
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