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Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 782
Posted By xblueh2o
I am on the complete opposite coast so I can't...

I am on the complete opposite coast so I can't help with a test fit but I am exactly the same size.
In my research stage before deciding to build I sat in a finished 8 that had a very nice interior...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 586
Posted By xblueh2o
I don't think the normal RV-8 fairings will...

I don't think the normal RV-8 fairings will fit.
In order to fit around the Grove non-airfoil legs I think you have to get the fairings for the round gear aircraft Van's aircraft (RV-7,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-30-2017, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 889
Posted By xblueh2o
Local 8 owner polished his airfoil gear. I got a...

Local 8 owner polished his airfoil gear.
I got a set of the airfoil gear and they showed up on a hot August day. I pulled one leg from the crate and looked it over then pu it back in the crate. A...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-30-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,143
Posted By xblueh2o
I have a set of crowfoot wrenches that worked...

I have a set of crowfoot wrenches that worked very well in this application.
An easy way to get this one single application is to buy a cheap Horrible Freight box end wrench of the correct size and...
Forum: COMM 11-16-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,564
Posted By xblueh2o
The use of 123.45 for air to air chatter is one...

The use of 123.45 for air to air chatter is one of my pet peeves. Only because I fly a lot of oceanic crossings for work and 23.45 is, among other things, the overwater air to air freq. On a bright...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-14-2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,620
Posted By xblueh2o
The 7 and the 14 are quite similar, but also...

The 7 and the 14 are quite similar, but also not.
You will find the cockpit of the 14 to be a bit larger. Providing better leg, head and shoulder room. If I were you I would find a local 7 that you...
Forum: Rocket 11-13-2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 752
Posted By xblueh2o
The pedals look close to a Sea Fury but the shape...

The pedals look close to a Sea Fury but the shape of the yoke is not right.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-12-2017, 01:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Posted By xblueh2o
Thanks Don, That is pretty much the size and...

Thanks Don,
That is pretty much the size and location I was envisioning.
I did see one person who put the hatch on the lower vertical part of that panel. That intrigued me at first but then it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-11-2017, 09:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Posted By xblueh2o
Rear battery access hatch

Was noodling over adding an access hatch in the aft baggage compartment to allow simpler access to the battery and flight controls.
Searched the old threads but so many of the posts are "here's a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2017, 10:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,625
Posted By xblueh2o
eBay is your friend when it comes to odd tools...

eBay is your friend when it comes to odd tools like that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,014
Posted By xblueh2o
Ask yourself this question, With the removal of...

Ask yourself this question,
With the removal of the fairing that covers the nose wheel, is there a solid way of retaining the fairing that covers the nose gear leg?
Can you fly it with both the nose...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2017, 01:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 899
Posted By xblueh2o
The stock system is absolutely an option but was...

The stock system is absolutely an option but was wondering of the other options what people's experience was.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 899
Posted By xblueh2o
Give me some static

Ports that is.
After being away from the project for a couple months due to work I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel (might be a train headed for me). When I left the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2017, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 475
Posted By xblueh2o
A few of the guys at work were looking at buying...

A few of the guys at work were looking at buying something for them to fly on their days off. Among the various things they explored was a 10 that would be purchased flying instead of building. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,696
Posted By xblueh2o
All true. I have two HGU-55 helmets. One has ANR...

All true.
I have two HGU-55 helmets. One has ANR and the other has CEP.
In a loud warbird I also find the ANR can be overwhelmed. I notice it at take off power but once you reduce to climb or cruise...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-26-2017, 02:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,467
Posted By xblueh2o
Interesting. I wondered how far east you would...

Interesting. I wondered how far east you would have to go to be smoke free-ish.
I looked at a route during planning that was something like PDX DSD LMT RBL SAC and then another EUB ONP OTH CEC FOT...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2017, 02:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,690
Posted By xblueh2o
A couple short videos...

A couple short videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo9QCMaNSoA) from Cleaveland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4PvfylZcC0) about proper dimpling and the dies.
Forum: Tools 08-15-2017, 03:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,690
Posted By xblueh2o
Is there nobody close by you can ask to come take...

Is there nobody close by you can ask to come take a look?
Surely there is somebody here that is close.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-10-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 21,139
Posted By xblueh2o
Are your wings not installed yet? If the wings...

Are your wings not installed yet?
If the wings are not installed there should be no reason to drill the spar or belly holes. I placed the washers on the installed bolts using a washer wrench taped to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2017, 11:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,647
Posted By xblueh2o
Fantastic.

Fantastic.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2017, 12:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 686
Posted By xblueh2o
My Dwg 73 dated 11-15-05 shows the 1 23/32" in...

My Dwg 73 dated 11-15-05 shows the 1 23/32" in View A-A and the R1 detail notes that the dimension was changed from 7/8 to the 1 23/32 in zone F8.
I am curious of the date for your Dwg 73.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-02-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,680
Posted By xblueh2o
$25 mag base dial indicator...

$25 mag base dial indicator (http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=1593&category=1319044103)
Its no Brown and Sharpe or Starrett but it will do what you need it to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-29-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,257
Posted By xblueh2o
A friend upgraded his non RV type and did a G3x...

A friend upgraded his non RV type and did a G3x Touch and a VAL radio. I seem to recall him having some difficulties initially but he was able to resolve them. It's been far enough back that I don't...
Forum: COMM 07-29-2017, 01:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,377
Posted By xblueh2o
AC 91-70B...

AC 91-70B (https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_91-70B.pdf) is another good place to start. As I said, the ICAO NAT Doc is the bible for the North Atlantic but if you look...
Forum: COMM 07-27-2017, 12:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,377
Posted By xblueh2o
I have done a bunch of relays over the Pacific...

I have done a bunch of relays over the Pacific from single engine guys down low on delivery flights etc and the occasional C-130 down in the 20s. They have an HF radio and can usually hear Radio but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2017, 02:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By xblueh2o
It must be possible because I installed them in...

It must be possible because I installed them in my QB fuselage and all that hardware was already in place. I do recall having to back some hardware off, install and then re-torque and it was a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-04-2017, 04:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 16,807
Posted By xblueh2o
One of today's chores was to cut in the second...

One of today's chores was to cut in the second fresh air intake. My smoke tank just got much smaller but I want the extra airflow. Laying out the four corners for the template and this is the real...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-04-2017, 04:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 16,807
Posted By xblueh2o
I was doing some work on the fuselage today and...

I was doing some work on the fuselage today and was searching for an answer to a question I had. Of course I did find it on VAF and that got me to thinking I haven't done any sort of an update in a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-01-2017, 03:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,790
Posted By xblueh2o
I am sure Mike will be along shortly for the...

I am sure Mike will be along shortly for the proper introduction but welcome to VAF and the madness.

You mention the possibility of missing parts. Everything is available from Van's but I might make...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-28-2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,211
Posted By xblueh2o
I'm with Larry. You are going to have to learn to...

I'm with Larry.
You are going to have to learn to drill out rivets sooner or later so why not try. The worst thing that can happen is you order new parts.

A little tip for rivet drilling. Do Not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2017, 01:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,724
Posted By xblueh2o
OK, now that I understand the idea and...

OK, now that I understand the idea and process.
If it were me doing it I would build up a test article and spend a lot of time testing it.
1. If you are sealing the outer edges but leaving an air...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2017, 01:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,724
Posted By xblueh2o
Are you talking about adding a small shaped inner...

Are you talking about adding a small shaped inner layer that would be bonded to the inside of an existing canopy?
My questions are:
1. How to ensure no bubbles in the bonding process or are you only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2017, 11:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,963
Posted By xblueh2o
I don't think Parker makes Fuel Lube any more. I...

I don't think Parker makes Fuel Lube any more. I don't know how long ago they stopped but it has been a while. EZ Turn is for all intents and purposes the same thing. I think it is even made to the...
Forum: Safety 06-19-2017, 02:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,392
Posted By xblueh2o
Work flying rule is one guy does the box or...

Work flying rule is one guy does the box or whatever, the other guy's only job is to fly the airplane. That becomes a bit harder single pilot as you learned. I have a personal rule when flying single...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-16-2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,437
Posted By xblueh2o
A long time family friend who is a guitar player...

A long time family friend who is a guitar player of some talent has been doing some traveling in his retirement. I have a picture of him in front of that "window" with the girl my lord in a flatbed...
Forum: Oregon 06-09-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 290
Posted By xblueh2o
It certainly wouldn't be any simpler than using...

It certainly wouldn't be any simpler than using Atlantic.
Not sure what their ramp fees are (if any) for little airplanes but I do know they charged me a ton when I picked up and drop of college...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-08-2017, 09:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,420
Posted By xblueh2o
A really interesting adaptation. Should be a fun...

A really interesting adaptation. Should be a fun challenge to get it working right.
Having flown things with radio altimetry and audio callouts I would reduce the number of annunciations from your...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2017, 11:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By xblueh2o
I turned the time I spent training with Mike into...

I turned the time I spent training with Mike into a mini vacation. Fly in the morning and then the girlfriend and I went exploring the coast in the afternoons.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Posted By xblueh2o
I have only ever flown things that burn turbine...

I have only ever flown things that burn turbine fuel there so we always parked on the north side. I recall there being plenty of piston powered stuff parked on the south side of the runway which is...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-28-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,417
Posted By xblueh2o
I saw the picture and from just the corner of the...

I saw the picture and from just the corner of the car window and thought to myself "that looks like a 64.5-66 hard top". How bad is that?
I am the second owner of an unrestored 66 fastback which I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-28-2017, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 999
Posted By xblueh2o
Finally found the picture I promised a few days...

Finally found the picture I promised a few days ago. Sorry for the delay.
The link is a 10-32 threaded rod if memory serves. All the hardware comes from large scale RC car stuff as was suggested by...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2017, 06:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 999
Posted By xblueh2o
I have my Ray Allen POS-12 mounted to a removable...

I have my Ray Allen POS-12 mounted to a removable bracket that is secured to the bulkhead just aft of the flap torque tube. The sensor is connected to the torque tube via a link arm that is mounted...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2017, 11:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,662
Posted By xblueh2o
Our airport requires insurance on the...

Our airport requires insurance on the hangar.
Once I ordered the fuselage and wings I added them and have upped the limit as I purchased other large things (Fastback kit etc, Grove gear etc.). I am...
Forum: Canada 04-25-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,498
Posted By xblueh2o
In my RV? None since it isn't finished yet. In my...

In my RV? None since it isn't finished yet.
In my work airplanes, all. Including all the Territories.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2017, 10:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,410
Posted By xblueh2o
Forwarded to the guy who teaches our Dispatchers.

Forwarded to the guy who teaches our Dispatchers.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2017, 09:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,039
Posted By xblueh2o
With the emphasis on gently. If you have a set...

With the emphasis on gently.

If you have a set of seaming pliers or a set of parallel jaw pliers you could try those too.
Forum: Painting your RV 03-07-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,207
Posted By xblueh2o
A friend who builds cars uses this all the time....

A friend who builds cars uses this all the time. We give him endless rations of grief because he texture paints nearly everything. Nothing wrong with it but everything he touches gets texture...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-24-2017, 12:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,374
Posted By xblueh2o
I recently finished the initial install of my...

I recently finished the initial install of my Grove airfoil gear. I am going to guess their non-airfoil gear is similar but I don't know that for certain. I think the only thing different is the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2017, 11:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,644
Posted By xblueh2o
Back when I was teaching full time I had a guy...

Back when I was teaching full time I had a guy come to me to finish his private certificate that was sort of like that.
He had received some training but then just kept on flying. Operating his own...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2017, 04:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,583
Posted By xblueh2o
I have two tungsten bars. I refer to them as the...

I have two tungsten bars.
I refer to them as the Snickers Bar and the Brownie because they are about those sizes. I use the Snickers Bar 90% of the time.
I helped a friend build a set of T-6 wings...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2017, 11:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,980
Posted By xblueh2o
I actually laughed out loud.

I actually laughed out loud.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2017, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,349
Posted By xblueh2o
That was kind of my first thought when I saw the...

That was kind of my first thought when I saw the pictures.
Because I have never done that before, and I will never do it again.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2017, 10:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,306
Posted By xblueh2o
That took a me a while too. I ended up finding...

That took a me a while too. I ended up finding two brackets not in the bags but a little investigating on my shipping paperwork showed them backordered. They showed up about a month later with no...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-30-2017, 02:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,867
Posted By xblueh2o
I used a 1/4" dowel ...

I used a 1/4" dowel (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=756114&postcount=12) but I did not use it how most people have used them.
I suspect my final bend radius is closer to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,306
Posted By xblueh2o
We should all be buying stock in Weyerhaeuser for...

We should all be buying stock in Weyerhaeuser for the amount of paper packing that comes with the kits.
The folks in the shipping department really do a good job but I think I had 5 full 33 gallon...
Forum: California 01-26-2017, 01:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,513
Posted By xblueh2o
I think he was the one who did a G3X Touch...

I think he was the one who did a G3X Touch install on a friends Long-EZ.
Somewhat complicated install due to having to interface with outside (non-Garmin) radios, auto-pilots etc etc.
Did a nice job.
Forum: Primers 01-24-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,061
Posted By xblueh2o
I would not prime the exterior now. As mentioned,...

I would not prime the exterior now.
As mentioned, unless you know exactly what your paint will be it might not be the best match to the primer but more importantly, for best results there is usually...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-18-2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,240
Posted By xblueh2o
I am a little bit ahead of you but in the exact...

I am a little bit ahead of you but in the exact same boat. Same height, inseam, airplane and options. I have sat in my QB fuselage with the in-flight adjustable pedals installed and a set of RV 8...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2017, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,500
Posted By xblueh2o
I recently picked up an airplane from there that...

I recently picked up an airplane from there that had a somewhat complex scheme. They did a nice job. It was a total strip and paint on a certified bird so they worked with a local Mx shop to deal...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2017, 09:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,920
Posted By xblueh2o
Longerons a little lower than waist high. I have...

Longerons a little lower than waist high.
I have had mine in a rotisserie about that hight and then also down lower sitting on milk crates. I liked the rotisserie hight better for most things.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2017, 05:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 18,816
Posted By xblueh2o
The VAF brotherhood?

Come on now, surely somebody needs an excuse to go flying. Isn't there anybody nearby that would be willing to spend an hour helping a non builder gain some knowledge and experience?
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-06-2017, 09:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,431
Posted By xblueh2o
The trimming on the 609-PP is for elevator...

The trimming on the 609-PP is for elevator control horn clearance to achieve sufficient travel. The instructions for when to trim are in the "Elevator Control System" section. In my plans it is on...
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