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Forum: RV-14 01-16-2018, 11:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,388
Posted By Polar
You could maybe look up member Ralph Inkster and...

You could maybe look up member Ralph Inkster and ask him. He just wrapped a 7 that he's been repairing after a hangar fell on it. It looks great, you really have to look close to see that it isn't...
Forum: RV-14 12-11-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 999
Posted By Polar
I just completed that process last week, it's a...

I just completed that process last week, it's a bit of a haul countersinking all those holes. I did a couple with the nutplates installed but didn't like the finish of the countersunk hole....
Forum: RV-14 08-21-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 117,526
Posted By Polar
This is good info, and great news :) Thanks

This is good info, and great news :)

Thanks
Forum: RV-14 08-14-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 117,526
Posted By Polar
I spoke with a builder at Synergy about his...

I spoke with a builder at Synergy about his experience installing a Titan 370 in his 14. He alluded to numerous headaches with the cowl, exhaust, intake, CofG. The XP-400 sounds less troublesome....
Forum: RV-14 07-31-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,444
Posted By Polar
While you're at it...

You should probably prime inside the engine cylinders too, just in case.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,630
Posted By Polar
Hahaha, someone has watched Top Gun too many...

Hahaha, someone has watched Top Gun too many times!

'You're dangerous Maverick...'
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,630
Posted By Polar
I recommend building hours on type prior to...

I recommend building hours on type prior to making a firm decision regarding which ratings and what type of flying you'll peruse. I was set on flying IFR when I started out, but the more I flew, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 21,481
Posted By Polar
Thankfully they don't have a similar "less...

Thankfully they don't have a similar "less terrible than the competition' attitude with their aircraft! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 21,481
Posted By Polar
I'd settle for a new website

I'd say an upgrade to Vans antiquated website should be on the to do list. A more intuitive layout, get rid of the 'mouse over' menus, a functioning mobile version. That would be easier to design...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,027
Posted By Polar
Hi Leo, I bought a kit from Brown Tools. It...

Hi Leo,

I bought a kit from Brown Tools. It proved to be a good selection of tools at an economical price. I've been adding to the tool kit steadily as I've been working on my 14, but a basic kit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 672
Posted By Polar
Hats off to Vans shipping dept.

I live in a relatively remote part of central Alberta. Despite the marketing mottos, couriers won't deliver here. By the time I arrange to have parcels actually show up at my door they've often been...
Forum: RV-14 07-02-2017, 09:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,595
Posted By Polar
Chair scrapes work well on plexiglass edges as...

Chair scrapes work well on plexiglass edges as well.

http://wwwcdn.popularwoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/3-Veritas-scraper-shave.jpg
Forum: RV-14 07-02-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,716
Posted By Polar
I ended up buying a 12" straight set to get into...

I ended up buying a 12" straight set to get into those. I set the first rivet with an offset, but didn't like how much pounding it took to get a good shop head. The long straight set made quick work...
Forum: RV-14 06-30-2017, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,251
Posted By Polar
This is sure disappointing to hear. It would be...

This is sure disappointing to hear. It would be interesting to hear details regarding Vans internal QA/QC policy. If work such as this makes it to the consumer, how bad does workmanship have to be...
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2017, 08:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,251
Posted By Polar
I have heard this sentiment before,...

I have heard this sentiment before, unfortunately. Would you care to elaborate? I'm still undecided regarding slow/quick build fuselage.
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,300
Posted By Polar
Would you possibly elaborate on this Carl? Is it...

Would you possibly elaborate on this Carl? Is it the quality of the harnesses that you found insufficient, or the type of harness used? Do you, as per the OP's original enquiry, feel the supplied...
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,106
Posted By Polar
I'm envious! As I get back to work on my...

I'm envious!

As I get back to work on my elevators... :)
Forum: Primers 06-21-2017, 01:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,136
Posted By Polar
I've also been actively searching for someone who...

I've also been actively searching for someone who really wishes they had taken the time to prime the inside surfaces. Haven't found a single such story though.

I'm in the 'priming everything, but...
Forum: Canada 06-13-2017, 11:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,929
Posted By Polar
I spoke to the MDRA inspector, and sent him page...

I spoke to the MDRA inspector, and sent him page 08-11 from the plans. He said that the rivets below the forward spar should be visible with a mirror and flashlight through one of the lightening...
Forum: Canada 06-12-2017, 09:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,929
Posted By Polar
Your reputation precedes you Ralph, I've actually...

Your reputation precedes you Ralph, I've actually flown in a plane you built - Shane's Getson's Subaru-powered RV7 :)
Forum: Canada 06-12-2017, 05:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,929
Posted By Polar
If this were objectively true the HS...

If this were objectively true the HS (specifically on the 14) would need a minimum of two, but probably three, separate inspections. Either that or the inspector would have to inspect the nose ribs,...
Forum: Canada 06-12-2017, 04:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,929
Posted By Polar
This is a good point, I'm going to call the MDRA...

This is a good point, I'm going to call the MDRA and ask what they want. I knew there had to be a reason I paid them all that money ;)

I've looked for a nearby EAA tech counselor. Few and far...
Forum: Canada 06-12-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,929
Posted By Polar
It's worth noting that the requirements are...

It's worth noting that the requirements are completely different in the US and Canada. I'm speaking specifically about the MDRA pre-cover inspection required in Canada - I don't know what the...
Forum: Canada 06-12-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,929
Posted By Polar
Thanks for all the advice, I'll focus on best...

Thanks for all the advice, I'll focus on best practices and perhaps snap a few pics of the spots that might be impossible to see during the inspection.
Forum: Canada 06-11-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,929
Posted By Polar
Reversing rivet directions for inspection

While assembling the HS on my 14 today I realized that in order for an inspector to see every shop head, I would need to willfully ignore the practice of putting the manufactured head on the thinner...
Forum: RV-14 05-11-2017, 02:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,787
Posted By Polar
Check with Username: Notorious Nate. He's been...

Check with Username: Notorious Nate. He's been working on a paint scheme for my 14 for awhile, and has made all the 2D views and a 3D model. He does great work, shoot him a...
Forum: RV-14 04-21-2017, 05:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,837
Posted By Polar
I can sympathize. My 14 empennage isn't quite...

I can sympathize. My 14 empennage isn't quite complete and a friend recently mentioned the possibility of building a Lancair. I was amazed to hear myself proclaim 'I'm in, let's do it!'.
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2017, 06:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,709
Posted By Polar
I spoke recently to a fellow who installed a...

I spoke recently to a fellow who installed a Titan 370 in his 14A. It sounds like what he saved in engine cost he paid for in labor and headache getting it all to fit & work properly. But he did,...
Forum: RV-14 03-04-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,528
Posted By Polar
Very nice, I really like the way blended tips...

Very nice, I really like the way blended tips look. I'll bookmark this thread so I remember. Did you also fill your rivet heads on the rudder skins?
Forum: RV-14 01-23-2017, 11:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,740
Posted By Polar
I used to work in a body shop and one big...

I used to work in a body shop and one big adjustment I found to spraying these lightweight aircraft parts is how easy it is to inadvertently blow them around while spraying. My HVLP runs around...
Forum: RV-14 01-13-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,714
Posted By Polar
Imagine if, after ordering all your sub kits and...

Imagine if, after ordering all your sub kits and completing assembly, avionics are complete, you go to fire the engine for the first time. You think 'what the heck...' and try the key from bag 3042...
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,332
Posted By Polar
I've been checking out your blog from time to...

I've been checking out your blog from time to time. It's been helpful, thanks.
How come you built another rudder??

Sorry for the thread hijack...
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,994
Posted By Polar
When I first started my empennage I had a similar...

When I first started my empennage I had a similar experience, deburring was taking hours. I tried different things until settling on a mini right angle die grinder with a fine grit non-woven flap...
Forum: RV-14 12-31-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,797
Posted By Polar
This is great. I was wondering the exact same...

This is great. I was wondering the exact same thing yesterday while I was working on the rudder.
Forum: RV-14 12-21-2016, 10:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,432
Posted By Polar
The spars are clear anodized, not gold like some...

The spars are clear anodized, not gold like some of the other models. I noticed some light scratches and burnish marks on mine as well, but nothing concerning. Obviously I'm not sure how mine is...
Forum: RV-14 12-12-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,425
Posted By Polar
Whirlwind composite prop. To address CofG he...

Whirlwind composite prop. To address CofG he Increased weight in the starter, alternator, backup alternator along with a second battery.

I might be able to get him to chime in, he's a member of VAF....
Forum: RV-14 12-11-2016, 11:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,425
Posted By Polar
I've seen the Titan 205hp 370 installed in a 14....

I've seen the Titan 205hp 370 installed in a 14. They are considerably less expensive, and by all accounts terrific engines. I spoke to the fellow who installed it, and he did say it was more...
Forum: Primers 11-04-2016, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,157
Posted By Polar
I suppose the answer to my original question is...

I suppose the answer to my original question is 'do what you're comfortable with'. I still haven't seen any proof that priming is necessary, but I'll probably prime the inside of my wings too,...
Forum: Primers 11-04-2016, 01:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,157
Posted By Polar
Alclad must be permitted, as I've known a few...

Alclad must be permitted, as I've known a few local builders who didn't prime any alclad parts.
Forum: Primers 11-02-2016, 11:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,157
Posted By Polar
Did you prime the ribs and whatnot, and just...

Did you prime the ribs and whatnot, and just leave the skins bare?
Forum: Primers 11-02-2016, 11:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,157
Posted By Polar
And I'm doing the same thing, but is there any...

And I'm doing the same thing, but is there any evidence that they don't last if you don't prime? You would think if primer actually did make an airplane last so much longer there would be tons of...
Forum: Primers 11-02-2016, 10:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,157
Posted By Polar
Anyone have pictures of unprimed internal surfaces?

I just spent the last two days prepping and priming all the internal surfaces on my empennage kit. Somewhere during all the scrubbing and rinsing and spraying I was thinking about the prime / don't...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2016, 07:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,989
Posted By Polar
Maybe I should've waited for the RV15. I hear all...

Maybe I should've waited for the RV15. I hear all the parts will be pre-deburred ;)
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2016, 06:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,989
Posted By Polar
This is good to hear :) It just took me 2hr to...

This is good to hear :)

It just took me 2hr to final drill the skins on the VS, and kept wondering the whole time why I was doing it!
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2016, 05:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,989
Posted By Polar
Why final drill skins?

As I work away on my empennage I keep wondering why I'm bothering to final drill the #40 holes on the skins? So far all the holes in the flanges and skins have lined up perfectly. I can understand...
Forum: RV-14 10-03-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,061
Posted By Polar
The jaws on the fluting pliers look identical to...

The jaws on the fluting pliers look identical to the anvils on a power hammer, or a pullmax. Squeezing material around the corners of the jaw IS stretching it. I used a squeezer near the middle of...
Forum: RV-14 10-03-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,061
Posted By Polar
Time to do something else

Well, it was going ok until it wasn't.

I was close, but it cracked.

https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8280/29471193883_c25d081984_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/LUgzbt)

I was slowly squeezing small...
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,061
Posted By Polar
I would if the holes lined up! :)

I would if the holes lined up! :)
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,061
Posted By Polar
This part actually comes dimpled from vans, which...

This part actually comes dimpled from vans, which probably added to the deformation. I put a couple of flutes into the flange, and then flattened the flute back out, trying to stretch the flange and...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2016, 11:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,061
Posted By Polar
Thank you for the detailed reply. I actually have...

Thank you for the detailed reply. I actually have a planishing hammer, but obviously it's too much machine for this little part. The hammer and dolly method is a good idea. I'll give it a try when...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2016, 09:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,061
Posted By Polar
I tried to bend it over the edge of my workbench,...

I tried to bend it over the edge of my workbench, but it's much too stiff. Bending those two flanges without any relief slots anywhere is pretty tough without getting the press involved!

I'll try...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2016, 05:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,061
Posted By Polar
Fluting the other direction

I have all the ribs in my emp flattened, and all the flanges squared up, but I've left this one for last.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8614/29756678960_aa517eae2c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/MkuKWY)...
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,650
Posted By Polar
This was my exact concern! Sorry to hear about...

This was my exact concern! Sorry to hear about the replacement part, I've already ordered another spar - due to stupidity. I'll go easy with the scotchbrite wheel on the flange, and maybe test fit...
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2016, 10:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,650
Posted By Polar
Forward Flange Modification

Could someone please shed light on the step outlined below?

https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8251/29163805994_680393c3fc.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Lr78th)

In Section 5.2 it talks about tapering the...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2016, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,512
Posted By Polar
Some would argue that a photo of sasquatch might...

Some would argue that a photo of sasquatch might be less rare!

It sounds like the FAA is fussier than TCCA about proof that the builder actually did the work. However, I believe we're subject to...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 85,148
Posted By Polar
#140337 up in Alberta

#140337 up in Alberta
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2016, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,055
Posted By Polar
I know the intent isn't to start a pro/con debate...

I know the intent isn't to start a pro/con debate regarding chutes, but I know a fellow who's alive because of the chute in his Cirrus. If it can be implemented someway in a 14, I'm all ears....
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,512
Posted By Polar
Just getting started

Hi folks,

After years of planning on building a 7, I went for a test flight in a 14 a couple months ago and immediately changed my mind on the 7. I ordered a kit and the empennage arrived last week....
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