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Forum: RV-14 10-11-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,049
Posted By tyconnell
I was fortunate enough to have a very well known...

I was fortunate enough to have a very well known builder on these forums inspect my tail kit at about the 1/2 way stage. One comment that stuck from that visit was something to the effect of "it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,060
Posted By tyconnell
X-Plane has a fairly vibrant community of 3rd...

X-Plane has a fairly vibrant community of 3rd party developers who supply scenery, aircraft models, etc. You might find that combination in a 3rd party airplane. That stack is pretty new though,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,060
Posted By tyconnell
I'm running X-Plane 11 on OSX, and mostly like...

I'm running X-Plane 11 on OSX, and mostly like it. Don't have rudder pedals or throttle, so that stuff is kinda clunky operationally through the joystick. That aside, it's pretty good for learning...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,795
Posted By tyconnell
Larry, that's great, thanks for posting that!

Larry, that's great, thanks for posting that!
Forum: Tools 10-11-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,274
Posted By tyconnell
I have that specific item on my todo list...

I have that specific item on my todo list...
Forum: Tools 10-11-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,274
Posted By tyconnell
Not sure who had the original idea, but I...

Not sure who had the original idea, but I stumbled across it in one of the Bingelis sportplane building books (which if you don't have, you should). I have a similar setup to the ones posted here,...
Forum: Tools 09-29-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,262
Posted By tyconnell
If at all possible, take a builders class first....

If at all possible, take a builders class first. You can figure out most of the tools you will want to purchase during the class. It may spoil you. Tungsten bucking bars, DRDT-2 and a pneumatic...
Forum: Tools 09-27-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,314
Posted By tyconnell
Probably due to my lack of skill, the bandsaw is...

Probably due to my lack of skill, the bandsaw is a "rough cut" tool, taking off most of the material (be it wood or metal). From there, depending upon size, a belt sander, Scotch brite wheel or...
Forum: Tools 09-26-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,314
Posted By tyconnell
I purchased the same, +1.

I purchased the same, +1.
Forum: Texas (North) 09-04-2019, 10:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 325
Posted By tyconnell
RV-8 @ 4TX2

Think I witnessed an RV-8 on downwind over my street (Goldenrod Ln / Marshall Ridge / Keller, TX) going into Stage Coach Hills sometime around 5:45 CDT today.

Nice looking airplane; howdy neighbor.
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,107
Posted By tyconnell
Definitely guilty of that. Sometimes, though,...

Definitely guilty of that. Sometimes, though, you just gotta play with your tools man! :D
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2019, 10:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,107
Posted By tyconnell
Bandsaw - I created a...

Bandsaw - I created a jig:

https://n997tl.com/images/IMG-0763_25_A.JPG

I believe the clamp attached to the board is a toggle clamp.

I rounded the corners after cutting using the disc sander...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-07-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,298
Posted By tyconnell
Transfer complete

Made it into Keller about midnight Monday, and unloaded the final U-Haul yesterday. Wow it was hot! At any rate, we have arrived!
Forum: Texas (North) 06-18-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,298
Posted By tyconnell
That would be great - I'll be keeping my current...

That would be great - I'll be keeping my current job and working remotely, so can be pretty flexible on lunch. Especially if it's Hard 8 / Roanoke we are talking about...
Forum: Texas (North) 06-17-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,298
Posted By tyconnell
It's happening.

Update: Looks like we'll be in Keller 1st or 2nd week of August. I talked to Tina's pilot shop and got a few numbers I can call, and also have a possibility of something out at Hicks. Thanks for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By tyconnell
Get one

Also have a 4Ē belt / 6Ē disc and itís amazing at part shaping. Used it extensively shaping stiffeners.

As with all things that spin, be careful, else it will eat your parts.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-08-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By tyconnell
May be more involved than you want

Tarrant county community college offers a full AMT program at the Northwest campus which I believe is close to Ft. Worth Alliance. The below class is offered as part of that program. Obviously not a...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-29-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,298
Posted By tyconnell
Thanks, I'll give them a shout. I appreciate...

Thanks, I'll give them a shout.



I appreciate the offer, but I'm still in Atlanta, and that's likely to far to drive if I'm going to make any progress on a kit. Google is telling ~50 minutes each...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,533
Posted By tyconnell
That's awesome.

That's awesome.
Forum: Texas (North) 05-29-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,298
Posted By tyconnell
52F and T67 hangar availability

Greetings,

There's a good chance the wife and I will be moving to Keller, TX, sometime in the next 6 or so months.

It's likely I'm going to lose a significant amount of garage space in this move,...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-20-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 861
Posted By tyconnell
Ironically, we made it that day

We flew in from the ATL on Saturday courtesy of one of Delta's human mailing tubes, landing ~10:00 a.m., and arriving in Keller right before the weather really hit the fan.

We did, however, make...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-13-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 972
Posted By tyconnell
That looks like so much fun

We were unable to get to Hard Eight the last 2 visits to Keller. Looking forward to fixing that the next time.
Forum: Tools 01-03-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,054
Posted By tyconnell
OMG, totally building one of those once I get...

OMG, totally building one of those once I get re-situated.
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-27-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,336
Posted By tyconnell
This is a good, albeit long and opinionated, view...

This is a good, albeit long and opinionated, view of tools. Also, itís a bit dated so tool vendors, part numbers, etc. will likely be different.

http://www.meyette.us/MikeCrowe.htm

Another plug...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-26-2018, 03:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,336
Posted By tyconnell
This looks similar to the Avery kit I got years...

This looks similar to the Avery kit I got years ago which has served me well so far. Hard to say if they are the same without going line by line.

I *think* the Tatco yokes are incompatible with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,904
Posted By tyconnell
- or - use the google search page and...

- or -

use the google search page and do

<search terms> site:vansairforce.com
e.g., this morning I was interested in the term "mogas"

mogas site:vansairforce.com

Axdditionally, you may find the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,103
Posted By tyconnell
RE: SSL - I use Let's Encrypt...

RE: SSL - I use Let's Encrypt (https://letsencrypt.org/) to encrypt a couple of sites I run. It's free, and legit.
Forum: Texas (North) 12-18-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 775
Posted By tyconnell
Ditto. My wife's parents and sister have moved...

Ditto.

My wife's parents and sister have moved to Keller, and it looks like we'll be spending more time there. Would love to connect with some of the local builders / RV folks at some point.
Forum: Texas (North) 12-17-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 775
Posted By tyconnell
EAA members in Keller, TX

What's the closest EAA chapter to the Keller, TX area?

Also, are there other builder groups in this area?

I know 52F and Hicks are "close", and I know there's a fair amount of RV activity at...
Forum: RV-14 11-11-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,249
Posted By tyconnell
Ditto, would love to understand this. +1

Ditto, would love to understand this. +1
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,588
Posted By tyconnell
Grew up in Virginia, been in Athens / Atlanta...

Grew up in Virginia, been in Athens / Atlanta since late '93. The humidity is _just_ _awful_ here. I know it's worse elsewhere, but every year it gets harder to tolerate. My workshop is 1/2 of a 2...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 27,241
Posted By tyconnell
When should we approach this task - during the...

When should we approach this task - during the empennage build or later when mounting everything up?

I'm close to finished with my emp., and I *think* I read something about mounting the elevators...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-26-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,187
Posted By tyconnell
Welcome to the zaniness! You didn't mention, and...

Welcome to the zaniness!

You didn't mention, and shockingly no one else has, a tungsten bucking bar. I started without one, but can't imagine not having it now.
Forum: Fiberglass 07-20-2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,251
Posted By tyconnell
Thanks gents. <edit> Never mind, the page Gil...

Thanks gents.

<edit>

Never mind, the page Gil linked answers my question. Thanks again!
Forum: Fiberglass 07-20-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,251
Posted By tyconnell
403 cotton microfibers vs 407 low density filler

So, I bought the fiberglass training kit from ACS, and it contains 2 bags that are unmarked. I'm assuming one is 403 cotton micro and the other is 407 filler as these are the only 2 unanswered for...
Forum: Tools 07-20-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,996
Posted By tyconnell
I just purchased the #6 variant...

I just purchased the #6 variant (http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/pndrilljig.php) one from ACS - it's a #6 which will do both single and double lugs (if that's the right terminology). ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-17-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 888
Posted By tyconnell
Thatís a great reference, thanks! And to answer...

Thatís a great reference, thanks!

And to answer the other question, yes platenuts.
Forum: Tools 07-16-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,895
Posted By tyconnell
Boelube

I also use Boelube on the blade. Works well for me, especially when cutting the lead counterbalance weights. YMMV.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 888
Posted By tyconnell
Empennage tip cs4-4 hole to #6 screw conversion

Greetings,

RV-9 empennage, fiberglass attach points: Iíve drilled / dimpled the skins for the CS4-4 rivets per the plans. Now Iím rethinking that. I *think* a #6 screw is a slightly larger hole....
Forum: Texas (North) 07-02-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,548
Posted By tyconnell
Not to thread jack

I'll be helping the in-laws move to Keller, TX the week of Osh, but hopefully I can steal a car for a morning and come out to see some RV's. If there are any around that week...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,342
Posted By tyconnell
Congratulations, sir!

Congratulations, sir!
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,062
Posted By tyconnell
If you have the scrap (empennage trim kit bundle)...

If you have the scrap (empennage trim kit bundle) and need to, you can likely remake the stiffeners using an improvised bench brake.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,317
Posted By tyconnell
Hopefully not too much of a thread necro here,...

Hopefully not too much of a thread necro here, but approximately how much does a finished wing, sans fiberglass, weigh? I too will likely have to hang mine from the ceiling in the garage.

The...
Forum: Tools 05-23-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,460
Posted By tyconnell
Something I stole from the woodworking world is...

Something I stole from the woodworking world is having a "vise” that runs the length of the table - not sure how well this will show...
Forum: Tools 05-18-2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,276
Posted By tyconnell
I'm SUPER bummed about them moving - it was a...

I'm SUPER bummed about them moving - it was a very convenient store location wise, and they seemed to always have what Home Depot didn't.

My harbor freight purchases have been limited to a few odd...
Forum: Tools 05-18-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,276
Posted By tyconnell
So, stopped by the Ace store today, which is...

So, stopped by the Ace store today, which is moving due to strip mall construction, and picked up Irwin Hanson 4-40, 6-32, 8-32, and 10-24 Taps plus a t-handle for ~$20. Good sale they have going on...
Forum: Tools 05-17-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,276
Posted By tyconnell
Since I have a PDF preview plans, I searched for...

Since I have a PDF preview plans, I searched for "tap" in it and ran across the list of ones you will need in the tools section and a number of spots where they get used. I'm surprised by the number...
Forum: Tools 05-16-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,276
Posted By tyconnell
Actually, I did mean on the threads, and not on...

Actually, I did mean on the threads, and not on the Phillips bit, so I had that all wrong!



Sorry, I wasn't more clear in my post. The question regarding tap and die set wasn't for removing the...
Forum: Tools 05-16-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,276
Posted By tyconnell
Tap (and die) set

I don't own a set yet. I'm currently finishing up the left elevator on my -9A emp kit. So that the hardware would not get lost, I screwed in the trim cable cover plate, and two of the SS screw heads...
Forum: RV-14 03-14-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,149
Posted By tyconnell
I had very good results using the VHB tape on my...

I had very good results using the VHB tape on my -9 rudder trailing edge. I bought a ~ 4' piece of aluminum angle from Aviation Depot. This angle was mounted on the front of my work bench, flush...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,361
Posted By tyconnell
"You find out who your friends are..."

"You find out who your friends are..."
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,780
Posted By tyconnell
I may be blind, but I don't see that on the...

I may be blind, but I don't see that on the exploded drawing on my printed plans (kit ordered last summer). Nor do I see it on the PDF plans I ordered prior to that. No matter, if that's what it...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,780
Posted By tyconnell
A good suggestion, I'll have to look at it later....

A good suggestion, I'll have to look at it later.

That said, it's also not on the list (https://www.vansaircraft.com/public/parts.txt). Maybe not everything is?
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,780
Posted By tyconnell
R-00001

Does anyone know what this is?

http://n997tl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/R-00001-1.jpg

I'm assuming it's a rudder part, given the "R-" nomenclature, and it came with the empennage. I believe it...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-12-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Posted By tyconnell
DOH!

Unrelated, I was reading ahead in the plans, and came across page 6-12 which demonstrates this.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-12-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Posted By tyconnell
We are in the exact same place, and bruceh's...

We are in the exact same place, and bruceh's picture shows how to set it up. You will need to reach around / over the spar with a bucking bar and set it with a mushroom set. My tech counselor had...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,309
Posted By tyconnell
My 2 cents

The tungsten bucking bar cannot be over recommended. Attach a strap to your wrist and the bar so you don’t drop it inside a structure.

I have both a hand squeezer and a pneumatic. I use both. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 14,246
Posted By tyconnell
Is it possible, then, to build a -3 or -4 from...

Is it possible, then, to build a -3 or -4 from plans? I don't have my -9 plans in front of me, but I don't remember dimensions, et. al. in those plans. Are the -3 / -4 plans different in this...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-30-2017, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,916
Posted By tyconnell
The wife uses Adobe Lightroom for that stuff.

The wife uses Adobe Lightroom for that stuff.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-21-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 633
Posted By tyconnell
About to assemble the horizontal stab

Greetings,

I'm 2 - 3 days out from assembling / riveting the horizontal stab. All I need to do is to dimple the skins, counter sink the spar doublers in a few places, and mark up the skins with the...
Forum: Tools 08-21-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,124
Posted By tyconnell
Well, to wrap it up, I ended up buying a Rikon 8...

Well, to wrap it up, I ended up buying a Rikon 8 inch Bench Drill Press (http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/rikon-8-in-bench-drill-press.aspx). I'm fortunate to live pretty close to a high quality...
Forum: Tools 08-18-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,124
Posted By tyconnell
I'm totally stealing this idea. I have a bandsaw...

I'm totally stealing this idea. I have a bandsaw that needs a home, and if I can fit a drill press and other items on it, this would be a total win.

Thanks for all the feedback in this thread. ...
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