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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 501
Posted By nzrv8
I used angle iron and 1/4 bolts, which seems to...

I used angle iron and 1/4 bolts, which seems to be plenty strong enough. I did offer up the engine mount to the firewall first to make sure the holes weren't too far off before I drilled 1/4.

On...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-21-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 419
Posted By nzrv8
Sent, Enjoy! Hugh

Sent,

Enjoy!

Hugh
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-21-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 503
Posted By nzrv8
Hi Terry, I'm by no means an expert but I have a...

Hi Terry,

I'm by no means an expert but I have a few thoughts:

1 - The wing aft spar SB isn't that difficult to accomplish on a finished wing, especially if the bottom skins aren't yet riveted on. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-08-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By nzrv8
You state zero amps shortly after startup - what...

You state zero amps shortly after startup - what is your voltage reading at that same time?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 831
Posted By nzrv8
The wings share 95% of the same parts, but the...

The wings share 95% of the same parts, but the spars are different lengths. 7 wings will not work on an 8 and vice versa.
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-28-2019, 08:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,236
Posted By nzrv8
Hi Shawn, Vanís approve the mixed use of solid...

Hi Shawn,

Vanís approve the mixed use of solid and cherrymax rivets in the SB, and you can get cherries in slight oversizes, it may save you going up a full size for a solid rivet? Let us know what...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-20-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,618
Posted By nzrv8
Good to see you approaching your build in the...

Good to see you approaching your build in the right way - Being cautious and talking to Van's when unsure.

It's a difficult intro to an RV build - working on the first real structural part, where...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-02-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,134
Posted By nzrv8
On my -8, Vans recommended using shims or a...

On my -8, Vans recommended using shims or a spacer to fill the gap using the tail spring flange as a pattern. My gap was quite big from memory, maybe 1/8 or so. Iíll see if I can dig up a photo.
Forum: Primers 04-26-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,393
Posted By nzrv8
Hey Ben, You've opened a can of worms! You'll...

Hey Ben,

You've opened a can of worms! You'll find everyone has an opinion on surface prep and priming :). You'll have to read up on different processes and find which process fits in best with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-30-2019, 02:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,226
Posted By nzrv8
Thanks Blain!

Thanks Blain!
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2019, 01:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,226
Posted By nzrv8
It would hurt three times for me :) Freight to...

It would hurt three times for me :)

Freight to NZ, Customs duty, 15% tax ..
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-28-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,226
Posted By nzrv8
Hey Blain, not sure how much you monitor your...

Hey Blain, not sure how much you monitor your threads now that you're flying.. (lucky man!)

But - how did you resolve your seat foam fit in the end? I tried mine for fit last night and it has the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,338
Posted By nzrv8
Try New Zealand at 15%... and then there is the...

Try New Zealand at 15%... and then there is the cost of fuel once its finished and flying. Surely its worth it ?!
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,600
Posted By nzrv8
You could splice the cable using the above...

You could splice the cable using the above mentioned butt-splice, and with the right precautions this is OK from a structural/electrical standpoint. But it isn't really good practice unless you are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-23-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,059
Posted By nzrv8
Yep - Just grind the side off the bottom of the...

Yep - Just grind the side off the bottom of the cage - Just enough so it fits.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,297
Posted By nzrv8
Hey Mark - Look us up when you're driving...

Hey Mark - Look us up when you're driving around!

Hugh

hugh-thomson@hotmail.com
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,297
Posted By nzrv8
Hi Adrian, Please feel free to email me and Iíll...

Hi Adrian,

Please feel free to email me and Iíll help where I can.. weíre based in Nelson at the top of the south.

Hugh

Hugh-thomson@hotmail.com
Forum: RV-14 02-02-2019, 01:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,610
Posted By nzrv8
You should be able to gently work that dent out...

You should be able to gently work that dent out Mike. It looks minor to me. Itís good to set yourself high standards at the start, but mentally prepare yourself for much bigger mistakes as the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,981
Posted By nzrv8
If you do end up buying a cheap MM (And they work...

If you do end up buying a cheap MM (And they work just fine!) do yourself a favour and spring for genuine Fluke leads/probes. So much nicer to use than cheap ones.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,037
Posted By nzrv8
Hard to tell the damage from the photo, but it...

Hard to tell the damage from the photo, but it does look minor and if a #30 drill cleans up the hole on both the skin and the understructure, while maintaining edge distance on the flange underneath,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,101
Posted By nzrv8
I used the gun and an offset rivet set. You can...

I used the gun and an offset rivet set. You can remove the retaining spring to allow you to get the gun to sit closer to the rib, and use some tape to hold the set in the gun instead. Using tape...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-07-2019, 12:59 AM
Replies: 477
Views: 72,979
Posted By nzrv8
Agreed. Iím interested to see where you end up...

Agreed. Iím interested to see where you end up with your engine mount. Itís not an area you read too much about on here. Dan H looks like he has some good ideas to start. Uncharted territory -...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-06-2019, 10:45 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 72,979
Posted By nzrv8
Charlie, Iím really enjoying your posts, and I...

Charlie,

Iím really enjoying your posts, and I admire your open attitude. With your willingness to share your journey publicly and also accept advice, I have no doubt youíll end up with an...
Forum: RV-10 01-04-2019, 01:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,871
Posted By nzrv8
Doesnít look too bad to me, as long as the crease...

Doesnít look too bad to me, as long as the crease isnít too sharp/deep? If the dimpled hole is compromised, you could just add an extra rivet either side and fill before paint, the same as you would...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-03-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 121,898
Posted By nzrv8
Your work is looking really tidy! I just riveted...

Your work is looking really tidy! I just riveted my ailerons today, those spar rivets were good fun solo.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-28-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 710
Posted By nzrv8
Just checking that you've seen the edge distance...

Just checking that you've seen the edge distance amendment added to the SB? (Page 21).

I had an old version of the SB and ended up replacing my doublers without needing to. The amendment states a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2018, 04:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,578
Posted By nzrv8
I think you'll find you've actually been spending...

I think you'll find you've actually been spending time on the 'right' island ;)

If you are down south and suffering withdrawals, I have an RV-8 project in Nelson that you're welcome to visit.

Hugh
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-10-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,550
Posted By nzrv8
If you do decide to go with Deutsch, you can get...

If you do decide to go with Deutsch, you can get cheap crimpers on Ebay for around $30, or maybe even your local auto parts store. They're becoming more and more common. You'll probably need two...
Forum: Primers 11-24-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,573
Posted By nzrv8
Iíll try and find some photos Scott. My...

Iíll try and find some photos Scott. My corrosion was on the inside of the lower skins, light filliform easily removed with scotchbrite. The epoxy primed parts nearby werenít affected. Humid...
Forum: Tools 11-24-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,033
Posted By nzrv8
I did the same thing, heat up the broken drill...

I did the same thing, heat up the broken drill bit with a little gas burner (butane soldering iron without the soldering tip fitted is what I used) and as soon as the lead starts to melt locally,...
Forum: RV-14 11-18-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,461
Posted By nzrv8
I have one, brand new, to suit a standard Vans...

I have one, brand new, to suit a standard Vans Hartzell BA.

I think Cummins charge $380 USD including shipping, make me an offer if you think it will suit your plane.. But I wonít be able to ship...
Forum: Primers 11-12-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,573
Posted By nzrv8
It is (or was in 2009 anyway) SW PG-60-G2 wash...

It is (or was in 2009 anyway) SW PG-60-G2 wash primer. Personal experience has shown me that it isnít much good for corrosion protection (but might be better than nothing); but it does provide an...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 11-12-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,253
Posted By nzrv8
Oh and if youíre in Auckland, Iíve got a good...

Oh and if youíre in Auckland, Iíve got a good mate who would be happy to give you Ďdual instructioní up there, 172, 182 or Cherokee. Scenic flights around the Auckland city and coast areas are good...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 11-12-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,253
Posted By nzrv8
Despite what our CAA rules state, youíll struggle...

Despite what our CAA rules state, youíll struggle to find somewhere who will rent you an aircraft without a comprehensive check flight syllabus. Its probably not worth getting your foreign license...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,843
Posted By nzrv8
The goal of the scuffing is to provide a key for...

The goal of the scuffing is to provide a key for the primer to help it 'etch' into the surface. This only requires a quick light scuff by hand with Scotchbrite as others here have mentioned. Just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,762
Posted By nzrv8
When you decide what to do, let me know, as I...

When you decide what to do, let me know, as I have two unusable horizontal stabs :rolleyes:

I keep them in the corner as a reminder to take my time and check before I drill. Eventually I think they...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,190
Posted By nzrv8
Eddie, Dave, Carl, Thanks very much for the...

Eddie, Dave, Carl,

Thanks very much for the guidance. Iíll dig deeper and report back once Iíve found my solution.

Hugh
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-04-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,190
Posted By nzrv8
Spinner alternatives?

Morning all,

Iím looking for suggestions for an alternative longer spinner for my -8. (Hartzell BA)

I have a Cummins spinner already - and although itís great quality, itís a similar length/shape...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-29-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,222
Posted By nzrv8
I've got one (not fitted yet though..). Quality...

I've got one (not fitted yet though..). Quality looks very good. Mine took about 6 weeks before it was ready to be shipped. There were some questions asked about the fit quality (due to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-16-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 659
Posted By nzrv8
That is the way I understand it. I just didn't...

That is the way I understand it. I just didn't final drill the holes common to the 707 doublers/rear spars/SB angles at that stage, rather I waited until the wing structure was cleco'd together and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-02-2018, 01:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,392
Posted By nzrv8
I also agonised over this. I just finished my...

I also agonised over this. I just finished my spars, and I tried both methods of countersinking - the angle to back up the screw hole, and the Van's method of using the platenut to guide the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-25-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,964
Posted By nzrv8
Congrats on taking the plunge! I was building an...

Congrats on taking the plunge!

I was building an RV-8 in Wellington, but Iím in Nelson now. Feel free to drop by if youíre down this way. My project is moving slowly, Iím about half way done. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 951
Posted By nzrv8
I printed some of the drawings from USB on a...

I printed some of the drawings from USB on a large scale printer at work, and I printed them double the size of the Van's supplied drawings. Resolution, even at the larger size, is perfect.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,623
Posted By nzrv8
Also Trent - I'd double check that quote, it...

Also Trent - I'd double check that quote, it sounds way too high

Genereally, you will pay two separate freight charges - Vans to LA (Vans will add this to your kit bill), and then LA to Australia...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,623
Posted By nzrv8
CH freight are great to deal with, and their...

CH freight are great to deal with, and their prices are good.

I've heard good things about Aussie Car Imports for the bigger kits, but no personal experience here.

At the end of the day, shipping...
Forum: International 04-23-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,394
Posted By nzrv8
Hi Jay, Quite a few in Oz and Nz. The scene...

Hi Jay,

Quite a few in Oz and Nz. The scene isn't as big as it is over there though. I'll send you an email with some info for both Oz and Nz..

Hugh :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-22-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,820
Posted By nzrv8
Yes, but they still fail. Which is why critical...

Yes, but they still fail. Which is why critical systems run direct from a battery bus, not through the contactor.

The OP was asking about using relays to run specific critical systems. I'm not...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-20-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,293
Posted By nzrv8
Also, it helps to drill slowly or the drill bit...

Also, it helps to drill slowly or the drill bit can wander slightly while moving through the material. Using a short drill bit helps too. If the exit holes are even slightly off centre compared to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-19-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,820
Posted By nzrv8
And if it was me - I wouldn't use relays in a...

And if it was me - I wouldn't use relays in a EI/EFI system in the air (automotive applications are a different story). A properly rated switch without a relay is going to be more reliable. Adding...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-19-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,820
Posted By nzrv8
For most relays, the 87 and 87a terminals are...

For most relays, the 87 and 87a terminals are rated the same. To turn the 87a output off, the relay needs voltage applied across 85/86. Which means the relay will be drawing power to hold it 'off'.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-04-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,960
Posted By nzrv8
Voltage and current aren't the same thing.. You...

Voltage and current aren't the same thing.. You can't use a CB to protect for an over voltage situation.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-01-2018, 11:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,764
Posted By nzrv8
I ordered my finish kit with my QB fuselage 8...

I ordered my finish kit with my QB fuselage 8 years ago, to save on freight. Since then, I've changed my mind on the engine (a cheap 200hp fell into my lap) which means I can't use the scooped 180hp...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-05-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,251
Posted By nzrv8
Diodes

Here is a photo showing the two kinds of Diodes I was talking about - Both are robust, and the Deutsch style one (black) is also mountable using the silver mounting clip. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,251
Posted By nzrv8
Deutsch diodes

If you want something more robust at a slight weight penalty, have a search for Deutsch diodes. These come in 3A, and have a 2 pin Deutsch connector which you can use to run two wires out to your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,700
Posted By nzrv8
That doesn't look right.. My 10 year old RV-8...

That doesn't look right.. My 10 year old RV-8 paper plans are super crisp with great resolution.

I'd talk to Van's, and also get the electronic plans so you can get your local print shop to re-print...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2018, 12:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 689
Posted By nzrv8
Flap spar countersinking

Hey guys,

I'm working on the flaps, countersinking the flap spar to accept the flap skin dimples, using the hinge to back up the countersink pilot as per the instructions.

The issue I'm having is -...
Forum: RV-14 01-31-2018, 12:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,073
Posted By nzrv8
Regarding the rigidity, I found that there was...

Regarding the rigidity, I found that there was more than enough 'slop' in the shaft of the rotating head that allowed the fuselage to move up and down as required during rotation. The slop in the...
Forum: RV-10 12-12-2017, 01:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,425
Posted By nzrv8
They're great. You may find them cheaper at your...

They're great. You may find them cheaper at your local Caterpillar dealership. We use them in the mining industry - They have become a mining standard and we won't use anything else.

The Deutsch...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2017, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 694
Posted By nzrv8
I think they had quite a few people report back...

I think they had quite a few people report back (myself included) after finding it impossible to meet edge distance on some of the doubler plate holes, maybe there were variances in the HS-702...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2017, 04:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 16,439
Posted By nzrv8
Hey Vlad, if you're going to fly around...

Hey Vlad, if you're going to fly around Australia, you might as well head across the Tasman to New Zealand also :) It'll blow your mind...
Forum: Primers 03-15-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,531
Posted By nzrv8
Hey, Since you're in NZ - Have you looked at...

Hey,

Since you're in NZ - Have you looked at Resene Durepox? I've used it on my RV-8 project, it is pretty amazing stuff.. And readily available at any Resene Automotive outlet..

HUgh
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-21-2017, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,514
Posted By nzrv8
Thanks Martin, great photos. That angle on my...

Thanks Martin, great photos.

That angle on my 2008 QB is quite a bit shorter than yours, which means I won't be able to meet MED without replacing it. Seems to be an issue on earlier QB's. Yours...
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