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Forum: RV-8/8A 06-22-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,120
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I think the issues are mostly with -8As due to...

I think the issues are mostly with -8As due to the nose gear.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks George, that would be great.

Thanks George, that would be great.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,225
Posted By Nihon_Ni
That's great to hear, because I've been stuck on...

That's great to hear, because I've been stuck on the design phase for months!

BTW, I don't know if you recall Bruce, but you were kind enough to let me steal two hours of your build time back in...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,225
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks for all the input. It's helpful to me to...

Thanks for all the input. It's helpful to me to read about how others went about the learning process. I wish there was a like button in VAF, I would have clicked it on every one of the above...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
George, thanks for that additional explanation. ...

George, thanks for that additional explanation. I see how temperature has an effect on the function of a current limiter. I had another builder recommend a 70A CB in lieu of the planned current...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Joe, I feel like I'm going to have to paint your...

Joe, I feel like I'm going to have to paint your name on the side of the plane as a contributing builder will all the time you've spent helping me understand electricity! ;)



Thanks for that info....
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
George, Thanks for the time you took to offer...

George,

Thanks for the time you took to offer this feedback. It's really helpful to me!



Thanks, I'll ask about that.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2018, 05:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Gents, I really appreciate the continued...

Gents,

I really appreciate the continued dialogue. I took down the link to my latest version last week because I thought I had gotten so far off track that I was afraid others would use it as a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-20-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,225
Posted By Nihon_Ni
How do I get electrical experience?

In the past few months I've been working hard on learning about electricity so that I can make informed decisions about how to design and implement an electrical system into my RV-8. I've watched...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-16-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I think I've reached a solution!

I wanted to post an update to my design. I really appreciate all the help folks have given me with my design, and all the time they have spent to review my architecture and offer input. Special...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-29-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks! Bob's design had a 2A CB there, but I...

Thanks!



Bob's design had a 2A CB there, but I was trying to avoid a round trip to the CB console. I suppose I could mount a CB somewhere other than the CB console since I wouldn't reset it in...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-27-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
File Link

Several people have asked for a copy of my file. Below is a link that will take you to the current version, which is still a working draft with issues I'm correcting that are brought up in this...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-27-2018, 05:37 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks again Charlie! The one thing I'm not...

Thanks again Charlie! The one thing I'm not comfortable with is knowing when I could break the rules. If the super conservative method you've suggested provides the same circuit protection and the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-27-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Joe. I knew diodes used in that fashion...

Thanks Joe. I knew diodes used in that fashion prevent arcing, but didn't understand it completely until you explained it better. When I had an electrical whiz from the chapter he told me I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-26-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Yves, where do you have this panel mounted?

Yves, where do you have this panel mounted?
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-26-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks for the info, I didn't realize that was...

Thanks for the info, I didn't realize that was the case. I do have autopilot and servo CBs next to each other, so I guess in a runaway trim situation I'd need to pull both of them. I'll have to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-26-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Charlie, that's really helpful. So...

Thanks Charlie, that's really helpful.



So this is what is confusing me about fusible links. So if I started with the wire sized at 20 AWG for the load, and stepped it down 4 sized for the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-26-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Ed, thanks for the additional input. Good point...

Ed, thanks for the additional input.

Good point about the G3X Hobbs function. I just checked and it does have a total time record feature that can be set to oil pressure, engine RPM >100, or GPS...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-26-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Version 10

Thanks again to everyone who offered feedback. The discussion brought out weak points in both my design and my knowledge and I'm working to fix both of them. I've created a new version of my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-26-2018, 03:34 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks for the input Ed. Yes, I am going to...

Thanks for the input Ed.

Yes, I am going to fly the -8 IFR. I appreciate your perspective, but I'm way too far down this path to switch horses. All planes are a series of compromises, and the -8...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-26-2018, 03:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Joe. In the schematic I posted, as soon...

Thanks Joe. In the schematic I posted, as soon as power is applied to the main bus by closing the battery contactor, the avionics relay would close breaking the path between the main bus and the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Bob's Z-13 and his Avionics Switch designs both...

Bob's Z-13 and his Avionics Switch designs both have the E-Bus feed on a fuse, so that's why I added circuit protection to mine. I decided to change it from Bob's fuse to a CB switch to keep the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Dan, as always, your posts are very insightful...

Dan, as always, your posts are very insightful and helpful. I had thought through appliance failure modes, but I didn't think through all the dead short modes. The one you point out is pretty bad,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Charlie, This is really good insight,...

Charlie,

This is really good insight, thanks!



One thing I've learned from this post is that I didn't clearly understand the purpose and function of the crowbar. I have a better understanding...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks!

I really appreciate everyone's input. I'll address everyone's questions and comments individually, and your comments are helping me better understand what I've done wrong.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2018, 05:02 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks, I'll correct that in the next...

Thanks, I'll correct that in the next version.



Wow, I missed that. Would you recommend adding a diode between the avionics relay and the endurance bus, or moving the power source for the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2018, 04:45 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks for the feedback! The SD-8 should make...

Thanks for the feedback!

The SD-8 should make 7.6 amps at 2500. I failed to mention that I'm going to use a constant speed prop, so that will give me a little more control over the power generated...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Please critique my electrical design

I've been working on the electrical architecture for my RV-8 and I'm getting close to a solution, but before I start buying and installing components, I'd like to get some feedback on my deign.

I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 356
Posted By Nihon_Ni
G3X equipped RV in National Capital area?

If anyone in the VA/MD/DC area has a G3X Touch-equipped RV, I'd love to come see it in operation. I'm making decisions on the G3X Touch in the RV-8 I'm building, but I'd like to see one fly before I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-07-2018, 05:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,593
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Can anyone confirm the thickness of F-7129 in the...

Can anyone confirm the thickness of F-7129 in the Van's ELT mount? I'm looking to adapt it to an RV-8, but the Van's part is only for the RV-7/9.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-27-2017, 11:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,352
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Ray, I'm looking to fabricate a set of...

Ray,

I'm looking to fabricate a set of annunciator lights and I really like your design. Can you give me some details on how the controller board functions? Is that an off-the-shelf board, or did...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2017, 05:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks for the input guys. Ed, I sent you a PM...

Thanks for the input guys.

Ed, I sent you a PM with my email address.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Checklist Wanted

I'm building an RV-8 and I'm in the process of planning my switch and CB layout. I'd like to see if anyone has a set of checklists for a similarly equipped RV so I can run through the various phases...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2017, 05:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,991
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Brian, Thanks for the wonderful news! Merry...

Brian,

Thanks for the wonderful news! Merry Christmas to you and Kris.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2017, 04:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,523
Posted By Nihon_Ni
What would you recommend instead of butt splices?...

What would you recommend instead of butt splices? Any specific type of connector?
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-03-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,744
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Opinions Wanted

I'm in the initial stages of planning out my wire runs, and I'm looking for feedback on my proposed location of the forest of tabs grounding block. I don't want to give up the lower forward baggage...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-07-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Additional Vents

I've been thinking about adding an additional vent or two to my RV-8. I found these RV-10 style vents in Van's catalog -- has anyone installed these in an -8? ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,581
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks for all the advice and input. I ended up...

Thanks for all the advice and input. I ended up countersinking the flap hinge and adding a backing strip. I'm happy with the results.

Rob
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2017, 08:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,645
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I found this advice on another forum I visit, and...

I found this advice on another forum I visit, and the solution worked for me and takes less than a minute, so I thought I'd share it here.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-27-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,581
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Carl. Yes, the flap brace and bottom...

Thanks Carl. Yes, the flap brace and bottom skins are both dimpled. My bottom skins are riveted to the wing ribs and both spars, but they aren't riveted to the Flap Brace yet.

There's a note on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-27-2017, 04:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,581
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Unfortunately, my flap brace and bottom skin are...

Unfortunately, my flap brace and bottom skin are already riveted in place. I followed the plans which lead me to dimple and then rivet them both in sequence. However, now I'm realizing the challenge...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2017, 08:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,581
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I followed the plans be apparently still did it wrong

Reviving this old thread yet again.

I'm at the point where I'm ready to attach the flaps to the wing, but I can't find any instructions on how to accomplish this (other than the choice of hinge pin...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-18-2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,949
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I love mine too!

There is always going to be a little spring back after you squeeze a rivet, because the rivet resists deforming into the shop head that you are performing. My technique is to hold the non-moving...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2017, 08:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,543
Posted By Nihon_Ni
What if you typed out a sticker and covered the...

What if you typed out a sticker and covered the entire entry with a new one?

I've thought about this too. I did work on my first airplane and signed it off as the owner/operator with my SSN before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2017, 07:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,880
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Just to offer a data point. I saw these lights...

Just to offer a data point. I saw these lights at the Wick's booth at OSH. I asked the salesman to compare and contrast them with AeroLEDs, which were about twice the price. He said the Avero...
Forum: Autopilots 08-01-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,886
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks! It seems pricey for what's in those...

Thanks! It seems pricey for what's in those kits, but I'm sure it would take me hours and hours to fabricate something similar.
Forum: Autopilots 08-01-2017, 07:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,886
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Where did you guys get brackets for Garmin...

Where did you guys get brackets for Garmin servos? I saw them mentioned on the Garmin website, but I can't find them listed there for sale.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-01-2017, 05:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 715
Posted By Nihon_Ni
No worries, this is good discussion!

No worries, this is good discussion!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-31-2017, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 715
Posted By Nihon_Ni
When to rivet the bottom wing skins

I need some advice from the collective. When I built my RV-8 wings I decided to delay riveting the bottom skins in place because I thought I might need access to the wings later in the build. I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,559
Posted By Nihon_Ni
We used to stop at Racine, WI when the wife and I...

We used to stop at Racine, WI when the wife and I flew to OSH in our Yankee. RAC is about 80 nm from OSH. After 3 legs sweating it out under the canopy, we would stop at Racine for the night:...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-10-2017, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,897
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I did mine about the same as you. I left the...

I did mine about the same as you. I left the hinge pin long enough so that I can pull it out and remove the door if necessary. That's the plan, but I don't have the top skin on yet so I'm not sure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Dan -- that means a lot coming from...

Thanks Dan -- that means a lot coming from you!



Thanks for the tip. That would have cut a day's curing time out of the process. When I was doing this I understood why some builders recommended...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 21,495
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I have very similar rules as those expressed...

I have very similar rules as those expressed above. I never use a rivet once it's taken a trip to the floor. There's just too much opportunity to damage a rivet by stepping on it, rolling over it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I cut out a foam rib to fit into the end of the...

I cut out a foam rib to fit into the end of the stabilizer tip when it was clecoed in place. Once it was the right size, I covered the foam rib with a glass bubble epoxy slurry and let it cure. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I thought that was an original idea until I...

I thought that was an original idea until I walked the RV line at AirVenture last year. It took a lot longer than I expected to end up with the final result. "Stick to the plans" has been my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2017, 11:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Ta Da!

It's been a while since I started work on the elevator tips, so I thought I'd give everyone an update. First, thanks for all the great input that helped guide me through this step. For the benefit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2016, 06:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Update

Here's a few pics after this morning's work.

http://i458.photobucket.com/albums/qq304/misterblitz/File%20Dec%2031%207%2058%2040%20AM.jpeg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2016, 06:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I just used files to do the shaping work. I...

I just used files to do the shaping work. I didn't try using a knife, so I can't speak to it.

MarineEA6BNFO

;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2016, 07:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
How's...

How's this?

http://i458.photobucket.com/albums/qq304/misterblitz/File%20Dec%2030%209%2004%2000%20AM.jpeg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2016, 08:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Ron, I was wondering how far I should sand off...

Ron,

I was wondering how far I should sand off the gelcoat, and wasn't sure how much I need for proper adhesion of the new glass to the old.

If you're looking at the black mark in the bottom...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2016, 05:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,045
Posted By Nihon_Ni
What type of wax do you use? I did the Composite...

What type of wax do you use?

I did the Composite 101 at OSH a few years ago. We did a fiberglass layup on a square of aluminum that was waxed, but I forget what they said to use.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2016, 05:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,870
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I had a big day in the factory today and I'm...

I had a big day in the factory today and I'm happy with the results. As suggested, I removed some material from the corners of the Counterweights to follow the contour of the Counterbalance Skin,...
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