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Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-14-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,090
Posted By StuBob
I followed the link and got engrossed in the...

I followed the link and got engrossed in the site. Sandy, you're a gifted writer. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2018, 04:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,095
Posted By StuBob
If you scratch it up while dimpling before you...

If you scratch it up while dimpling before you prime, the scratches will come out when you prep for priming. If you scratch it while dimpling AFTER you prime, you'll have to touch it up.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,964
Posted By StuBob
But not described in the manual????

But not described in the manual????
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
Staring at the numbers, it's hard to tell what...

Staring at the numbers, it's hard to tell what really matters. For instance, baggage. Van's lists the RV9 baggage capacity at 75# and the RV7 at 100#. How can that be, if they have the same fuselage?...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 02-06-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,774
Posted By StuBob
The Internet thrives on rumors. I have a V-tail...

The Internet thrives on rumors. I have a V-tail Bonanza which, if you're on the Internet you know, might fall apart in level flight at any moment. Before that, I had a BMW motorcycle which, according...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 02-03-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,774
Posted By StuBob
Looks like he had it and broke it on the previous...

Looks like he had it and broke it on the previous landing. Or else that's the fairing hanging off.
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 02-03-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,774
Posted By StuBob
I'm sure someone could break one, trying hard...

I'm sure someone could break one, trying hard enough. Just wondered what the failures looked like.

I don't want to incite a nosewheel vs tailwheel riot, but it seems to me that an Anti-Splatted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Posted By StuBob
Ok, it's done. Sanded out all of those scratches...

Ok, it's done. Sanded out all of those scratches and primed them. Stuck a 0.002" feeler gauge between those pieces and it didn't go, so that's done too.

Thanks, VAF!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Posted By StuBob
I'd just as soon my scratches weren't preserved...

I'd just as soon my scratches weren't preserved for posterity! :o
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 02-03-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,774
Posted By StuBob
Has Anyone Splatted an Anti-Splat?

I know Jesse S. bent a nose gear in a way that really validates the Anti-Splat Nose Job. I've seen plenty of photos and video of pretzel-ed nose gear legs, but I've never seen the aftermath of a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2018, 06:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Posted By StuBob
Thanks, Jay. I hadn't seen that before. It's...

Thanks, Jay. I hadn't seen that before. It's absolute gold for the insecure builder who struggles with identifying not-perfect-but-adequte.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Posted By StuBob
Questions on my Workmanship

I know what "perfect" looks like, but don't have a handle on "good enough." Two quick questions:

1) Scratches. These were caused by the squeezer while, if I recall correctly, I was standing on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
I have, but you have to stop spending somewhere.

I have, but you have to stop spending somewhere.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-31-2018, 04:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,015
Posted By StuBob
Congratulations, Bill!

Congratulations, Bill!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
Allan, what engine are you using to get that TAS?

Allan, what engine are you using to get that TAS?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
Itís a motivator to get me stay in the garage.

Itís a motivator to get me stay in the garage.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,782
Posted By StuBob
You're right; there are no denominators, which is...

You're right; there are no denominators, which is what makes the difference between data and anecdotes.

Nonetheless, I think it has tremendous value as a collection of anecdotes. For instance,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 07:29 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
Thatís how it works, isnít it? Faced with such a...

Thatís how it works, isnít it? Faced with such a dilemma, someone once told me to flip a coin. ďWhile the coin is in the air, youíll wind up hoping for one outcome over another. Take that one,...
Forum: Midwest 01-29-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,820
Posted By StuBob
Probably more important than AirNav, as AirNav is...

Probably more important than AirNav, as AirNav is reputed to delete negative reviews of advertisers. To be fair, Iíve written a couple of negative reviews which havenít been deleted.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2018, 05:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,782
Posted By StuBob
Thatís really an amazing tool. Thanks for putting...

Thatís really an amazing tool. Thanks for putting in all that work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
This thread, combined with further research here,...

This thread, combined with further research here, other sites, Van's, etc., brings me to this summary, as relates to the 3000nm AK trip. Assume two airplanes built per Van's recommendations, i.e.,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
Long story.

Long story.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2018, 04:48 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
I'm not worried about the third wheel reflecting...

I'm not worried about the third wheel reflecting my manhood; I fly floats!

I am concerned about chuck holes in the runway, though. On the one hand, a nosewheel makes it easier to see and avoid them....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
Also overshadowed by an extra 6 gallons of fuel.

Also overshadowed by an extra 6 gallons of fuel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
Excellent line of thinking!

Excellent line of thinking!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,872
Posted By StuBob
Not Just Another 7 vs 9 Thread

The mission: Fly from the Midwest to Alaska and back in an airplane you built yourself.

The first considerations: What airplane, RV7 vs RV9, nose wheel vs tailwheel, c/s vs fixed, carbureted vs...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-19-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,095
Posted By StuBob
After the mess of the tanks and the monotony of...

After the mess of the tanks and the monotony of the wings, the ailerons and flaps are a reward. Donít eat dessert first! ;)
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,974
Posted By StuBob
MODEL FUEL TUBING!!! I keep reading about putting...

MODEL FUEL TUBING!!! I keep reading about putting rubber grommets on rivets and wondering how I could make such a thing....
Forum: RV-14 01-16-2018, 05:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,974
Posted By StuBob
I'm no expert, but I've found that I have much...

I'm no expert, but I've found that I have much more confidence and get better results on the 3/16" rivets when using the 2x gun.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-14-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,777
Posted By StuBob
Resurrecting this necro-thread to see if there...

Resurrecting this necro-thread to see if there are new opinions.

What was your thinking re:carbureted vs injected? Would you do the same thing again?

As a big fan of simplicity, I'm leaning toward...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,736
Posted By StuBob
I could be wrong, but ISTM that ADS-B will make...

I could be wrong, but ISTM that ADS-B will make an "ident" button obsolete.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 312
Posted By StuBob
Builder Assistance Near Indianapolis

The Builder Assistance page here on VAF shows Grov-Air in central Indiana, but they've moved to Colorado.

I'm looking for a PIREP on what else there might be available close by.

Thanks in advance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 397
Posted By StuBob
QB Builders in Indianapolis

I'd like to look at the build quality on QB wings and fuselage of any RV model. Ideally, I'd like to see what they look like fresh out of the crate.

Anyone in the early stages of a QB somewhere...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2017, 01:19 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 15,848
Posted By StuBob
They don't need a new airplane; they need a new...

They don't need a new airplane; they need a new way to help builders. Everyone I know who's completed an RV in less than 10 years was an engineer or someone else who worked with plans professionally....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2017, 07:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,990
Posted By StuBob
Go ahead and put my RV-8 down for August 12,...

Go ahead and put my RV-8 down for August 12, 2028! 😄
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2017, 02:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,056
Posted By StuBob
Four years after the OP, this is unchanged.

Four years after the OP, this is unchanged.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2017, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,938
Posted By StuBob
Speaking of premiums, the 390 is a lot closer to...

Speaking of premiums, the 390 is a lot closer to the 360 than it used to be.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,010
Posted By StuBob
Thanks, Larry.

Thanks, Larry.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,362
Posted By StuBob
I'd have to see it to believe it. Until then,...

I'd have to see it to believe it. Until then, it's just baseless rumor. I've never dealt with Kaiser or Providence (thankfully), but I've never heard of a network "instructing its doctors" to do or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2017, 01:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,010
Posted By StuBob
RE: Blind rivets What rivet puller will fit in...

RE: Blind rivets

What rivet puller will fit in there? The one I have is too thick and, with main ribs in place, won't put the heads down flat.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-27-2017, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,586
Posted By StuBob
Unduly cynical. If you tell them what you need,...

Unduly cynical. If you tell them what you need, they'll tell you how to buy exactly that.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-24-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,555
Posted By StuBob
You often hear the advice of "do something every...

You often hear the advice of "do something every day." I think it's more important to take a break. I just re-entered the garage with renewed vigor after a 2-month hiatus. I haven't destroyed any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,706
Posted By StuBob
Van's is already up there. Don't be greedy!

Van's is already up there. Don't be greedy!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2017, 10:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,635
Posted By StuBob
Wait......does "three girls" mean two daughters...

Wait......does "three girls" mean two daughters and a wife, or three daughters?

If 3 daughters, buy a 182 and take up woodworking or restore an old car.

As to regrets: I regret not finishing the...
Forum: Midwest 02-20-2017, 08:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,308
Posted By StuBob
Lovely. Added text for character minimum.

Lovely.


Added text for character minimum.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,082
Posted By StuBob
About That Poor Riveting......

Vic has started an incredibly helpful thread with photos of bad workmanship. I didn't want to pollute that thread with these quick questions, so here:

Other than previous incidents involving spars...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2017, 06:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,232
Posted By StuBob
According to Van's website, a 180hp -7 cruises at...

According to Van's website, a 180hp -7 cruises at 199mph, a -14 at 195mph. The -7 takes off in 575' and lands in 500', where the -14 takes off in 512' and lands in 550'. At gross, the -7 climbs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,232
Posted By StuBob
Bingo. That's what I suspected, based on my RV-8...

Bingo. That's what I suspected, based on my RV-8 experience and what I've seen of the -14 plans. It seems I spend a lot of time trying to locate on the plans the stuff that's referenced in the manual.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2017, 04:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,232
Posted By StuBob
I didn't know about Cirrus and the IO-390. That's...

I didn't know about Cirrus and the IO-390. That's a big deal.

Money is obviously important in the decision making, but no one can evaluate its impact for anyone else.

FWIW, my wife and I hardly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2017, 06:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,232
Posted By StuBob
Wow. Eight responses and not one boosting the -7....

Wow. Eight responses and not one boosting the -7. Interesting.

Thanks, guys!

Keep 'em coming!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,232
Posted By StuBob
Ignore the Money: RV-7 vs RV-14

This has been hashed around a little, but less than I expected.

Let's say you're interested in a mildly-aerobatically-capable, 2-place, side-by-side airplane to take on 500-mile trips. For whatever...
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2017, 06:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,185
Posted By StuBob
RV-14 in Indiana?

I'd like to see an actual -14 in the wild, flying or not. Anyone within Bonanza distance of Indianapolis?

Thanks in advance.
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,302
Posted By StuBob
Do you mean the rebate isn't worth it or ADS-B...

Do you mean the rebate isn't worth it or ADS-B isn't worth it?

The rebate doesn't cause the multiple flights. Taxed or not, getting the rebate puts more money in your pocket than not getting...
Forum: Reviews 02-09-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,031
Posted By StuBob
Martin -- How do you contract with them? Does...

Martin --

How do you contract with them? Does Van's facilitate anything or did you just call the companies? And what happens when they get to your driveway?

I'm probably more worried about this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,945
Posted By StuBob
A little digging reveals that the engine is, in...

A little digging reveals that the engine is, in fact, an O-360-A1A.

Does that affect the consensus price?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,945
Posted By StuBob
I agree he's a good man and I think it's a good...

I agree he's a good man and I think it's a good airplane. I don't mean to disparage either in any way.

Looking at asking prices on Barnstormers, the local consensus might be a little low. But some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,945
Posted By StuBob
On the IO-520's, the alternator connects directly...

On the IO-520's, the alternator connects directly to the crankshaft by a ring gear inside the crankcase. We pulled the alternator at annual for preventive maintenance and found excessive wear on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,945
Posted By StuBob
Any contrary opinions? I was thinking more or...

Any contrary opinions?

I was thinking more or less the same thing.

How would you evaluate this engine? "It's running great," after all, "I wouldn't hesitate to take off and cross the Rockies...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2017, 06:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,945
Posted By StuBob
Help Me Value This RV-7A

A buddy is considering selling his RV7A, which was finished about 10 years ago. Here's the data to the best of my knowledge:

TT1000 or somewhat less
Avionics/Instruments:
IFD 540. Some audio panel,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2017, 06:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 16,859
Posted By StuBob
Three points: 1) If you have a previous medical...

Three points:
1) If you have a previous medical (which you must), the doctor is only agreeing with what a previous AME has said. No new liability here.

2) Being a pilot is irrelevant....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2017, 05:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,174
Posted By StuBob
Thanks, guys.

Thanks, guys.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,174
Posted By StuBob
Edge distance, tank attach brackets

Ok...I know what "perfect" looks like. But I don't know what "good enough" looks like.

Drilling the most inboard tank attach bracket (RV8), I got closer to the edge than I would've liked. But if I...
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