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Forum: RV-4 11-12-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By vfrazier
Just make Ingrid do it. :D Box frame wing jig...

Just make Ingrid do it. :D

Box frame wing jig (https://www.f1aircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Thurmond-project-7-e1526931524933.jpg)

Loyd's jig is shown above. I like it because it can be...
Forum: Reviews 11-12-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,083
Posted By vfrazier
Rob, You may want to contact Blake directly. He...

Rob,

You may want to contact Blake directly. He doesn't have time to monitor the lists as much as his old man does.
flyboyaccessories@gmail.com
Forum: Reviews 11-12-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 484
Posted By vfrazier
Blake is awesome, but I'm a bit biased. :D

Blake is awesome, but I'm a bit biased. :D
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-26-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By vfrazier
If you miss the deal above, here's another option...

If you miss the deal above, here's another option for a good deal:

https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/2701.htm
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-26-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By vfrazier
Check Blake's site. He can provide installation...

Check Blake's site. He can provide installation and maintenance tips too.

https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/RV-and-Homebuilt-Tailwheel-Products-s/1.htm
Forum: Rocket 10-21-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,379
Posted By vfrazier
As Sailvi said, my old website has some of Jim's...

As Sailvi said, my old website has some of Jim's wisdom buried throughout. Bob J. has plenty of comments in there also.

There are several of Jim's ideas on this...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-17-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,072
Posted By vfrazier
Mark, Mark, Mark... yer killing me Smalls. Blake...

Mark, Mark, Mark... yer killing me Smalls. Blake sells this stuff, probably for less than most anywhere else.

https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/Heat-and-Sound-s/7.htm

We used to carry some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 678
Posted By vfrazier
I have ONE Cleveland torque plate in my shop...

I have ONE Cleveland torque plate in my shop somewhere. How I ended up with one is anybody's guess.

Nonetheless, I'd be happy to sell it to anyone who needs it. How's $50 plus $10 for Priority Mail...
Forum: RV-4 09-30-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By vfrazier
We have a linear actuator kit, with weldments,...

We have a linear actuator kit, with weldments, blocks, etc. that mounts entirely beneath the floor for the Rockets/Raiders. It would likely work well in the RV-4, although you'll likely need to...
Forum: Rocket 09-17-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,018
Posted By vfrazier
What Randy said, plus the stuff on this...

What Randy said, plus the stuff on this page:

http://vincesrocket.com/Additions%20after%2010-27-04.htm

Scroll down to the "Summer heating woes" section.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-09-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,215
Posted By vfrazier
Bruno, Can you send me a photo of your lower...

Bruno,

Can you send me a photo of your lower gear area? Or share it in this thread?

Thx,
Vince

Flyboy senior, the old man.
Forum: Rocket 09-09-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 689
Posted By vfrazier
Lucky, It's possible to adjust the Rocket layout...

Lucky,

It's possible to adjust the Rocket layout a bit for taller pilots. You can move the seat support aft an inch or two, and move the lower hinge point aft somewhat too. Then you may be able to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,748
Posted By vfrazier
Blake (Flyboy Accessories, and my son too) and I...

Blake (Flyboy Accessories, and my son too) and I have puzzled over the occasional wing walk adhesive failure for years. Occasionally, it fails. We're not sure why since it's a marine product...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-28-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,614
Posted By vfrazier
Seriously, that was a funny little video, but I...

Seriously, that was a funny little video, but I have some real advice for noobs.

Sweep the floor.

That's it. Just sweep the floor. It's mindless task, it has to be done, and it helps keep you from...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-28-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,345
Posted By vfrazier
Right! What Darwin said. Just put the tail up on...

Right! What Darwin said. Just put the tail up on a nice, sturdy sawhorse (or similar), drain the oil, clean the belly, check the tire air pressure in the mains, clean the glass, remove the bugs,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-27-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By vfrazier
All instruction manuals are a compromise between...

All instruction manuals are a compromise between being too light and too heavy. Too light and people complain. Too heavy and people stop reading.

I challenge anyone to write up their own procedure...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-27-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,345
Posted By vfrazier
Rob, That certainly will work on the shaft, but...

Rob,

That certainly will work on the shaft, but the grease won't be able to access the pin/spring area, i.e. the area in question.

To my knowledge, there is no suitable, and simple, way to keep...
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 907
Posted By vfrazier
Why not a small, folding step stool?

Why not a small, folding step stool?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-19-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,005
Posted By vfrazier
I really like this stuff. It lasts for 10+years...

I really like this stuff. It lasts for 10+years and doesn't yellow, peels off easily if needed.

I have heard that some guys say it's "sticky" if the skin sets on it too tightly, but I haven't had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2019, 11:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,137
Posted By vfrazier
Thumbs up Blake is at Osh this week. He has 3M paint...

Blake is at Osh this week.

He has 3M paint protection film that works very well, lasts for years, doesn't yellow, and is easily...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,321
Posted By vfrazier
Um, some inaccuracies in there. Maybe stop in at...

Um, some inaccuracies in there. Maybe stop in at our booth at Oshkosh and talk to me if you are going to be here. Or give me a call please. We can clear this up pretty quick.

I guess the best way to...
Forum: Rocket 07-15-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,309
Posted By vfrazier
Robb, Scratch off #1 if you're in an F1. Brakes...

Robb,

Scratch off #1 if you're in an F1. Brakes can be used normally w/o fear of nosing over as the wheels are about 4" farther forward than they are on a HRII.

#2 though.... 1 bounce, if SMALL and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,321
Posted By vfrazier
Steve, Rebuilding an engine is a snap for...

Steve,

Rebuilding an engine is a snap for someone like you. Disassemble; send everything to Aircraft Specialty Services, Divco, or similar; get it all back with yellow tags; reassemble it; and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,321
Posted By vfrazier
Indeed, hundreds of noobs built RV-4s, including...

Indeed, hundreds of noobs built RV-4s, including ME! It's not magic, but it does require that you show up with your brain ready to learn new skills.

We have, or will tell you where to get,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,321
Posted By vfrazier
Raymo, You misunderstood Ray, or there was other...

Raymo,

You misunderstood Ray, or there was other confusion. I have the exact price that Ray paid for his NEW Hartzell and spinner and can assure you that $17K mentioned above is WAY, WAY higher than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,321
Posted By vfrazier
Tom, You flew with Ray and it was a PLEASURE???...

Tom,

You flew with Ray and it was a PLEASURE??? Surely, not the same Ray Ward that I know?! :D:D:D:D:rolleyes:

Ray is a hoot and has been extraordinarily helpful to us, and to everyone...
Forum: Rocket 07-11-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,309
Posted By vfrazier
Yeah, tell me about it................ and now...

Yeah, tell me about it................ and now I'm so busy with Rocket obligations that I might never get my own plane done!!!! :eek:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,838
Posted By vfrazier
Maybe I missed Paul's location at Oshkosh.......

Maybe I missed Paul's location at Oshkosh....

FlyLEDs will be with Flyboy Accessories and Team Rocket in the North homebuilt display area, basically in a new spot, between the warbirds and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 799
Posted By vfrazier
George, the OP, and I chatted about this a couple...

George, the OP, and I chatted about this a couple days ago.

For others, the Rocket stingers were likely drilled by their builder, i.e. not pre-drilled.

Blake at Flyboy Accessories has everything...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-26-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By vfrazier
Or just squirt a small dab of RTV in there. A...

Or just squirt a small dab of RTV in there.

A small dab.... don't fill the danged thing.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-26-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 995
Posted By vfrazier
Blake has jackpoints for most RVs and...

Blake has jackpoints for most RVs and Rockets.

jackpoints (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/category-s/77.htm)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 737
Posted By vfrazier
Dan, et al. It is possible to replace your track...

Dan, et al.

It is possible to replace your track with a one-piece track, as others have mentioned.

However, before you do that, please consider that it adds a fair bit of work if you've got a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,411
Posted By vfrazier
about 30 degrees CHT difference on N540VF, IO-540...

about 30 degrees CHT difference on N540VF, IO-540 F1 Rocket on hot days.

It's easy to install an inside track(s) to hold an aluminum sheet to block these off in the Winter.
Forum: Rocket 05-29-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By vfrazier
I put an S-bend in mine that moved the top aft...

I put an S-bend in mine that moved the top aft about 3".

FWIW, my stomach is flat. Consider your girth before moving it too far aft!! :D

YMMV!

Vince
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 968
Posted By vfrazier
Here's my solution, in...

Here's my solution, in progress.

https://www.f1aircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/N94VF-panel-installation-e1557259414399.jpg

The crossbar behind the panel makes layout a challenge to say the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-07-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,107
Posted By vfrazier
Paint protection film is my preference. Won't cut...

Paint protection film is my preference. Won't cut you, won't hide your paint color, and won't yellow, crack, or leave any residue if you need to remove it.

The only drawback I've ever heard was that...
Forum: Tools 04-25-2019, 09:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,191
Posted By vfrazier
I just have my dog, Jade, step on the pedal....

I just have my dog, Jade, step on the pedal. She's a really smart dog. She manipulates the pedals while Dax drives the box truck...
Forum: Tools 04-23-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,191
Posted By vfrazier
For what it's worth, here's a couple air pressure...

For what it's worth, here's a couple air pressure data points. Remember, your gauge may read differently. I'm using a cheap Harbor Freight gauge/regulator to control my squeezer.

I think about 45...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,945
Posted By vfrazier
Contact me too. I'd like to...

Contact me too. I'd like to know!
vincefrazier@gmail.com
Forum: Tools 04-22-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,191
Posted By vfrazier
The Numatx squeezer is very, very controllable...

The Numatx squeezer is very, very controllable too. It would be more difficult to "snap" it shut unexpectedly because it operates smoothly and more slowly. Regular pneumatic squeezers are snapping...
Forum: Tools 04-22-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,191
Posted By vfrazier
Brian, It's not necessarily intuitive when...

Brian,

It's not necessarily intuitive when you're accustomed to the way that the pneumatic squeezers work. I'll try to, very briefly, explain the differences:

Pneumatic, traditional squeezers...
Forum: Midwest 04-02-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,134
Posted By vfrazier
Tom, My folks live in Branson. There are way...

Tom,

My folks live in Branson. There are way more interesting things in Branson than the tacky statues and hillbilly shows.... like the incredible lakes and other natural beauty. I hope you enjoyed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-26-2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,743
Posted By vfrazier
Blake has produced tires and hubs for the Condor...

Blake has produced tires and hubs for the Condor fork. Those are to big for the stock Bell fork.

The Condor is a slightly larger version of the Bell fork, so don't get confused by the resemblance.
Forum: RV-14 03-13-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By vfrazier
Yes. It will only get worse. A tapered pin or...

Yes. It will only get worse.

A tapered pin or oversize bolt may be the fix.

Email Blake at Flyboy Accessories and ask him for the free maintenance document. It has the tapered pin suggested part...
Forum: Rocket 02-27-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,808
Posted By vfrazier
Tom, Thanks for the plug. I don't get to check...

Tom,

Thanks for the plug. I don't get to check the VAF forums as often as I used to do!!

I think you guys hit the high spots. Direct any other specific questions to me via email please.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 02-25-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,324
Posted By vfrazier
Sympathies to the family. The Linda White...

Sympathies to the family.

The Linda White hospice house is amazing. A very good place for donations to go. My father-in-law passed away in their care recently. A sad loss, but made much easier by...
Forum: RV-4 02-17-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,291
Posted By vfrazier
Axel, Did your parts have the counterbalance...

Axel,

Did your parts have the counterbalance weights installed?

My RV-4 tail, including the counterbalance weights, weighed 51 lb without paint.

Thanks!
Forum: RV-4 02-12-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,291
Posted By vfrazier
Still wondering if anyone has the true, as-built,...

Still wondering if anyone has the true, as-built, weight of an RV-8 empennage?

Painted or not painted?
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 537
Posted By vfrazier
Leave it alone. 10,000 flying RVs aren't having a...

Leave it alone. 10,000 flying RVs aren't having a problem.

Taken to the extreme, there is such a thing as too much "sealing". Remember, you are also sealing moisture in, which condenses, then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,056
Posted By vfrazier
I do, but that's already in the...

I do, but that's already in the listing!

Considering that the insulation sleeves help deflect heat away from the intake tubes, protect the rubber intake parts, and changed the injector balance on my...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-24-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,161
Posted By vfrazier
My RV-4 is black on top and on the leading edges....

My RV-4 is black on top and on the leading edges. The fiberglass doesn't seem to care.

HOWEVER, it is shocking to see the leading edge ALUMINUM parts distort after a descent from cold altitude to a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-24-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,530
Posted By vfrazier
Blake offers 2 types of seat heaters. The orange...

Blake offers 2 types of seat heaters. The orange ones have a nylon outer shell which makes them waterproof and more resistant to damage, ie if you're stepping in the seat.

More info in the...
Forum: Rocket 01-22-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,177
Posted By vfrazier
I agree with Logan. I'll add my personal rule to...

I agree with Logan. I'll add my personal rule to his comments:

One little bounce is very typical with the springy gear. If the second bounce is getting worse instead of better, go around. The third...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-22-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,840
Posted By vfrazier
Blake has the Bogi bars. They work...

Blake has the Bogi bars. They work well.

https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/7091.htm
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,196
Posted By vfrazier
Available here: throttle quads...

Available here: throttle quads (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/category-s/36.htm)

For the price, I'm waaaaay too lazy (and busy) to make my own.
Forum: Rocket 01-06-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 596
Posted By vfrazier
Though either way will work, putting the ring on...

Though either way will work, putting the ring on the inside allows the nut plate rivet buck tails to be against the thicker ring material. It also means you'll have one less external seam to possibly...
Forum: Rocket 12-25-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,075
Posted By vfrazier
Probably not quite. Physics is physics and...

Probably not quite. Physics is physics and interia and weight will rule, but it largely depends on who is flying it.

That big prop on the Rocket is an amazing speed brake.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,082
Posted By vfrazier
Easyflyer, Most of the stock rear seat pedals in...

Easyflyer,

Most of the stock rear seat pedals in the RV-4 aren't very friendly when you want them out of the way. The rear seat is just too tight and there's no where to put them.

None of the RV-4...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-20-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,581
Posted By vfrazier
Blake also has a plunger style canopy stop for...

Blake also has a plunger style canopy stop for $15 bucks.
https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/2108.htm

It's not nearly as elegant as the automatic sliding canopy latch mentioned in an...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,179
Posted By vfrazier
What everyone else said.... and I'll add one more...

What everyone else said.... and I'll add one more reason to wait on riveting the piano hinge (or at least one half, either on the wing or the flap).

You can adjust the fore/aft position, within...
Forum: Tools 11-13-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,354
Posted By vfrazier
These things are the bomb. They work differently...

These things are the bomb. They work differently than a regular pneumatic squeezer because you set the pressure to set the proper rivet height. It's confusing to think about, but once you know the...
Forum: Reviews 11-08-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,706
Posted By vfrazier
Jim, I'm not sure what information you were...

Jim,

I'm not sure what information you were given. If it was to glue the tire on with Proseal then I'll have to find out if the dog has been answering our tech support phone. ;)

If I recall from...
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