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Forum: Primers 11-06-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By xblueh2o
One question. Are you planning on applying the...

One question. Are you planning on applying the primer followed shortly by the top coat or is the idea to prime during construction and then down the road apply the top coat when the aircraft is...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-02-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,635
Posted By xblueh2o
Well done! Now the hard part is keeping it...

Well done! Now the hard part is keeping it current.
What I would suggest is go IFR in one direction to keep current and hone your skills but then go VFR for the return leg just to enjoy the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-13-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By xblueh2o
Didn't Stein or EAA or somebody do a video on how...

Didn't Stein or EAA or somebody do a video on how to reassemble a vernier cable once you had goofed up and it fell apart?
I know it was linked here at VAF.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 03:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,182
Posted By xblueh2o
Interesting. I also note the same feature where...

Interesting. I also note the same feature where they show up when looking at the sectional but are not depicted when looking at Foreflight Aero chart.
Curious indeed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2018, 09:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,182
Posted By xblueh2o
Today's front page & Class E airspace

Seeing the article about Class E airspace got me thinking about something a former student of mine asked the other day that I couldn't find a good answer for. Wondering if there is anyone in the VAF...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By xblueh2o
Are you talking about the dab of Proseal at the...

Are you talking about the dab of Proseal at the trailing edge of the stiffeners?
I believe there was an issue with some rudder skins cracking near the ends of the stiffeners over the long term and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,666
Posted By xblueh2o
This is one of those things like the restriction...

This is one of those things like the restriction against using your mobile phone in the airplane. It isn't really the FAA, its the FCC.

47CFR§87.107 in short requires you to use either your N number...
Forum: Fiberglass 09-02-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,013
Posted By xblueh2o
This...

This (https://www.permagrit.com/hand-file-flat-coarse/) is what you are looking for. Spruce has them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,303
Posted By xblueh2o
I celebrated by going back and forth to...

I celebrated by going back and forth to Hawaii.
Does that count?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2018, 10:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,198
Posted By xblueh2o
Already in contact with Tom. As was noted in...

Already in contact with Tom.
As was noted in another recent thread, he really is first rate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2018, 10:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,198
Posted By xblueh2o
I saw them. Like everyone else they only have...

I saw them. Like everyone else they only have straight, 45 or 90.
I have been to Summit, Jegs, Holley, Russell, Phenix, Earls and untold other automotive "AN" suppliers along with every source for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,198
Posted By xblueh2o
AN to NPT adapters

Thought I would ask the VAF braintrust since I am sure this is out there somewhere but I just can't find it.

Does anybody make an adapter to go from AN to NPT like an AN823...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-09-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By xblueh2o
Transfer punch. Secure the stab in the correct...

Transfer punch.
Secure the stab in the correct position and then mark the spar from below through the structure with a transfer punch.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-03-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,947
Posted By xblueh2o
Drain it. Don't use it in your airplane. Don't...

Drain it. Don't use it in your airplane. Don't even think about it.

AvGas and Jet A will mix very easily with no easy way to tell without letting it sit for hours or days.
To test for the presence...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,845
Posted By xblueh2o
I have flown and cared for several show type...

I have flown and cared for several show type planes and just plain water works fine for bugs if you do it relatively soon after flying.
Spray it on or soak a rag and run it down the leading edge....
Forum: Safety 06-26-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,530
Posted By xblueh2o
The little bit I know about fuel farms and the...

The little bit I know about fuel farms and the requirements for them I find it hard to believe any solid contaminant as large as the flakes in the pictures could be pumped in. Anything is possible...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,084
Posted By xblueh2o
More avgas.

More avgas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,711
Posted By xblueh2o
Let's hope it isn't a free form jazz odyssey.

Let's hope it isn't a free form jazz odyssey.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 795
Posted By xblueh2o
Often in hydraulic systems they can be used to...

Often in hydraulic systems they can be used to connect a mule to perform mx and testing of systems if the normal hyd pump is engine driven. Some aircraft require a mule or some other pressure source...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,520
Posted By xblueh2o
Nice. Always good to see another fastback. I have...

Nice.
Always good to see another fastback. I have not had much chance to work on mine the last few months.
The cockpit shot. Was that taken pre first flight? I notice some missing hardware on the...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 05-23-2018, 02:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,822
Posted By xblueh2o
Only the known or planned ones. This teaser...

Only the known or planned ones.
This teaser article (https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2018-05-22/gps-jamming-and-spoofing-rise) from one of the trade mags was put out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-17-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,166
Posted By xblueh2o
Parallel jaw pliers...

Parallel jaw pliers (http://knipex-tools.com/index.php?id=1023&page=group_detail&parentID=1368&groupID=1500) are your friend. They will squeeze -3 easily and -4 if you have a gorilla grip. If I am...
Forum: RV-10 05-12-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,322
Posted By xblueh2o
If I had a choice between a weeping wing or an...

If I had a choice between a weeping wing or an electric wing I would take electric wing every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Weeping wings do work but there are several problems.
1. Keeping...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 918
Posted By xblueh2o
Agreed. The visual approach is an IFR procedure...

Agreed.
The visual approach is an IFR procedure with the restriction of not being allowed to go IMC. Track, altitude (within limitations obviously) and terrain separation are all on you.

Depending...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,249
Posted By xblueh2o
Had the same problem and I also assumed the...

Had the same problem and I also assumed the welding had cause a slight distortion. Running a reamer through fixed it. Out of curiosity I did it over a white paper towel to see how much material was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,034
Posted By xblueh2o
I have seen this happen too. Also, do your family...

I have seen this happen too.
Also, do your family a favor. Don't hang on to your airplane for sentimental reasons while you are still alive but unable to fly it. I personally know of four instances...
Forum: California 05-02-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,220
Posted By xblueh2o
I had a similar issue when I purchased my wings...

I had a similar issue when I purchased my wings and fuselage kits but with a different outcome. I read the instruction on both the BoE and Franchise Tax Board websites and they clearly said I could...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2018, 01:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 994
Posted By xblueh2o
I had the same problem. I too took a little off...

I had the same problem. I too took a little off after exchanging emails with Van's. I used a carbide burr and took a slight scallop out of the bracket with enough room to allow a socket wrench to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,169
Posted By xblueh2o
I am in Livermore so I know the weather but I...

I am in Livermore so I know the weather but I don't know the building code in town off the top of my head.
My first choice wold be to hang them from the garage ceiling. Make it "earthquake...
Forum: California 04-17-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,416
Posted By xblueh2o
Interesting. My folks are just outside Plymouth....

Interesting. My folks are just outside Plymouth. I have flown over their place but can't say I have ever really noticed a strip in the vicinity.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2018, 01:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 641
Posted By xblueh2o
I think it depends on the wrap material. I have...

I think it depends on the wrap material.
I have had both good and bad results when polishing near things other than paint. Some seemed all but impervious to mechanical polishing and others would...
Forum: Steam Gauges 04-10-2018, 01:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 919
Posted By xblueh2o
You could get an attitude indicator with a cage...

You could get an attitude indicator with a cage knob and cage it after you were done flinging the bird around.
Probably not the best for the longevity of the gyros but it is better than nothing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 782
Posted By xblueh2o
If your intention is to paint the airplane there...

If your intention is to paint the airplane there is zero need to protect the skins from normal scuffs during the build. Go visit a paint shop. One of the very first steps to painting an airplane is...
Forum: Tools 03-19-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,301
Posted By xblueh2o
Interesting idea. Here's another option...

Interesting idea. Here's another option (http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Tools_by_Job/Tools_for_Maintenance/Micro_Vacuum_Hose_Kit.html)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 12:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,843
Posted By xblueh2o
And shimming from underneath isn't an option?

And shimming from underneath isn't an option?
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 678
Posted By xblueh2o
Are you talking about a reflective shade inside...

Are you talking about a reflective shade inside the cockpit? The reflective window shades you put on the inside of the window are fine for your car with its glass windows but not the best plan for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-27-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,366
Posted By xblueh2o
If memory serves there is/was an AD for the Ham...

If memory serves there is/was an AD for the Ham Standard props on T-28s for similar reasons. Water gets in causing corrosion on the shanks and in the hub so it isn't a new problem.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2018, 05:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 626
Posted By xblueh2o
I would go with option 1 and 2. Offer as is with...

I would go with option 1 and 2.
Offer as is with spare or upgrade (price accordingly). Just be up front with the buyer. You can never have an aircraft that appeals to all potential buyers.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,775
Posted By xblueh2o
For the short bits, the drill indexes just like...

For the short bits, the drill indexes just like Mickey.
For the half dozen longer bits I have a foot long chunk of 4X4 that I drilled appropriate holes in that I just stick the bits in to hold...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 800
Posted By xblueh2o
Depends on what you want to build. If you want to...

Depends on what you want to build.
If you want to build a very stock or slightly modified aircraft then QB is a good way to go.
If you want to go wild with mods then you will spend time going...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 02-03-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 769
Posted By xblueh2o
A client of ours was a multi-car sponsor for a...

A client of ours was a multi-car sponsor for a while so for about four years straight I went to Daytona for the both the Cup and the Busch races (that will give you an idea of how far back its was)....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,339
Posted By xblueh2o
This is why I donate for this site (That reminds...

This is why I donate for this site (That reminds me, new year, time to pony up) Pitch trim had totally slipped my mind.
Mounting bracket for the A/P pitch servo is already in. Waiting on battery...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,339
Posted By xblueh2o
Whats in your tail cone?

I am close to putting on the aft turtle deck for real. Over the course of the build I have had a pad of paper on the bench where I write down steps I hope to do while the aft fuselage is an open...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,516
Posted By xblueh2o
Start here...

Start here (http://vansaircraft.com/pdf/Wing_Heavy.pdf).
Forum: Reviews 01-11-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,317
Posted By xblueh2o
Wait. They has something worse than the 90's...

Wait. They has something worse than the 90's peeler blue?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 02:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,228
Posted By xblueh2o
They look like they work sort of like Huck bolts

They look like they work sort of like Huck bolts
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-19-2017, 08:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,066
Posted By xblueh2o
Duly noted, since I am creeping up on closing in...

Duly noted, since I am creeping up on closing in on maybe needing to possibly start thinking about engine choice.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,489
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: 1,131
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: 1,315
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: 4,175
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: 5,245
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: 5,076
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: 938
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: 791
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: 791
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: 1,915
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: 1,247
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: 1,107
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: 1,107
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: 763
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: 2,509
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...
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