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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 116
Posted By kbalch
FL -14A visit?

I installed my rudder pedals today and am still undecided on which position to use. Iíve gone with the middle one and could always move it later if necessary, but would rather get it right from the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 03:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By kbalch
If using the rudder pedal's forward position, the...

If using the rudder pedal's forward position, the stock links don't permit full rudder deflection. Another hole (or two) is necessary. Hence...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By kbalch
FS: Extended rudder links

In the course of having a set of extended rudder links cut for my project, I was able to get an additional ten sets done from the piece of 4130 I supplied to the waterjet shop.

I'll sell those...
Forum: RV-14 01-18-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 778
Posted By kbalch
Brilliant! :D Doug, this is why we need a post...

Brilliant! :D

Doug, this is why we need a post 'Like' button...
Forum: RV-14 01-15-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 974
Posted By kbalch
Good info. I just ordered my engine and prop...

Good info. I just ordered my engine and prop last Friday and was told 12 weeks by the girl at Van's. That should work out well, but I hope it doesn't go much longer than that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 491
Posted By kbalch
Iím in Clermont and as RV-friendly as it gets. ...

Iím in Clermont and as RV-friendly as it gets. :)

Former -8 builder/pilot and current-14A builder.

Send me a PM and we can go from there.
Forum: RV-14 01-10-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By kbalch
Absolutely!! I tried to post this question last...

Absolutely!! I tried to post this question last night, but the site flakiness prevented it from going through properly (or at all). See below

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OK, guys, thanks. I didn't have to use the...
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By kbalch
I’m thinking of trying the middle pedal position...

I’m thinking of trying the middle pedal position and the rear seat bottom hinge. Will that work with stock links to yield full rudder throw?
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By kbalch
Seat cushion thickness & rudder pedal positioning...

Given that I'm getting ready to order my seats and am also about to start work on the rudder pedals, I've been wondering about optimal dimensions.

I should say upfront that I'm 6' tall and have a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-08-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By kbalch
Yep, I remembered those after posting. Even...

Yep, I remembered those after posting. Even there, though, the holes were already predrilled. :D
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-08-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By kbalch
Beyond the excellent quality of the -14 kit...

Beyond the excellent quality of the -14 kit (including matched-hole prepunching) and instructions, the biggest difference from the -8 I built (#81125, started 12/99 and first flew 5/02) is the amount...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-07-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By kbalch
Excellent! Keep on building. I'm about six...

Excellent! Keep on building. I'm about six weeks into the fuselage kit at this point with about the same again to go before my finish kit ships. Lots to do... :)
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-05-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By kbalch
RV-14A #140494

Fuselage join accomplished this morning. A complete non-event, as everything clecoed right together as expected. For anyone whoís built an earlier, pre-matched hole, kit, these -14 kits seem like...
Forum: RV-14 01-04-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 591
Posted By kbalch
Yep, I agree with all of that. By "both sides" I...

Yep, I agree with all of that. By "both sides" I meant left/right. I've moved on and have now completed Section 29 - less the air vents, as I'm waiting for the arrival of the aluminum units.

A...
Forum: RV-14 01-03-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 591
Posted By kbalch
Substitute AN426 for AN470?

29-20 Step 5

In an uncharacteristic episode of carelessness, I managed to countersink the aft four holes meant for AN470 rivets - on both sides, no less! Can I substitute AN426 rivets with impunity?
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By kbalch
I did it this way years ago on my -8. It worked...

I did it this way years ago on my -8. It worked great, but that was a VFR-only installation. For the new -14A, which will have a very complete IFR package, I'm not willing to deviate from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,780
Posted By kbalch
2018 was a great year. I started a new RV...

2018 was a great year. I started a new RV project (my first since finishing my old RV-8 too many years ago to mention) and, as of a few weeks ago, am fully current (single & multi, VFR & IFR) again....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,683
Posted By kbalch
Exactly. Whenever I hear about "life" getting in...

Exactly. Whenever I hear about "life" getting in the way, it almost invariably comes down to an unsupportive spouse.

My wife (who'd rather do almost anything than go flying herself) has always been...
Forum: Florida (Central) 12-22-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 793
Posted By kbalch
Iím a little south of there in Clermont. Send me...

Iím a little south of there in Clermont. Send me a PM if youíd like to see my -14A project.
Forum: RV-14 12-22-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,882
Posted By kbalch
This is very true. Having built an early -8, the...

This is very true. Having built an early -8, the changes to the kit that I've seen with my current -14A project are astonishing.

All of the pre-punching (to full size, even!) aside, the new kit has...
Forum: RV-14 12-13-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,335
Posted By kbalch
I've just come in from wrestling with my control...

I've just come in from wrestling with my control column installation.

I got my slightly stiff bearing free with very little effort (some penetrating oil and a couple of taps) and secured that side...
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,335
Posted By kbalch
I'm nearly at this point myself and have a...

I'm nearly at this point myself and have a similar issue with one bearing. In my case, one is perfect and the other isn't stuck (can be turned with fingers), but is perceptibly tighter than the good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,120
Posted By kbalch
As always, decide on the mission first. As...

As always, decide on the mission first.

As others have said, if mostly flying by oneself, the -8 is the best choice. If often flying with a passenger, the -7 (actually, the -14) is better suited. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,437
Posted By kbalch
Agree 100%! Hanes Beefy-T is the way to go.

Agree 100%! Hanes Beefy-T is the way to go.
Forum: RV-14 12-04-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 708
Posted By kbalch
So, no thoughts on the wheel/tire situation? :)

So, no thoughts on the wheel/tire situation? :)
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By kbalch
Guys, I wasn't trying to ignite any sort of...

Guys,

I wasn't trying to ignite any sort of disagreement over cowl removal speed, as any difference in speed and/or ease of removal isn't my motivation for preferring Camlocs over hinge pins. ...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By kbalch
Good info; thanks. I wasn't aware of those...

Good info; thanks. I wasn't aware of those bottom screws. I'll have to look at it closely when the time comes to see whether I might substitute some additional Camlocs. Even if it's not possible,...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By kbalch
I'll have to check my old photos from the last...

I'll have to check my old photos from the last project to see how I did it then. I'm thinking a tapered, no-hole yoke, but I could be misremembering.



Page 28-07, Figure 2. Part F-14133-1 Cowl...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By kbalch
Understood on the shims; thanks, guys. Do I need...

Understood on the shims; thanks, guys.

Do I need to install the attach plates now or will Skybolt's interlocking flanges take their place down the road? If so, is it okay to leave the various skins...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By kbalch
Cowl Hinge Shims/Attach Plates necessary?

I'm about to begin working on page 28-07 and am wondering if the cowl hinge shims and attach plates are necessary given that I'll be using Skybolt Camlocs around the full perimeter of the cowling.
Forum: RV-14 11-29-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 708
Posted By kbalch
Wheel & tire changes from Finish kit...

I'm just about to order my Finish kit and, having thoroughly considered the options, decided to go with the standard main wheels and upgrade to Airstop tubes and either Air or Aviator...
Forum: RV-14 11-25-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 521
Posted By kbalch
Got it; thanks! I really appreciate the...

Got it; thanks!

I really appreciate the confirmation that I'm not nuts. :D While I'm not a first-time builder, it always helps to absorb the experience of those who've already passed this...
Forum: RV-14 11-25-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 521
Posted By kbalch
Baggage rib riveting...

I'm plugging away on my baggage ribs and am puzzled over 26-21 Step 3 which calls for riveting the seat ribs to the center bottom skin. However, that was done back in 26-14 Step 3.

My first thought...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, again - glad to see I've not lost it...

Thanks, again - glad to see I've not lost it completely. :)

All set now; my entire seat rib assembly has been riveted to the center bottom skin. Onward!
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By kbalch
OK, that sounds good; thanks. I did see that...

OK, that sounds good; thanks.



I did see that callout, but interpreted it as simply a mention of the intended rivet for all those holes and not as a sequence instruction. In the same sense as the...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By kbalch
Riveting seat ribs to center bottom skin...

Hey Guys,

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday and are now happily back in the garage. :D

I've just clecoed the seat rib assembly to the center bottom skin (26-14) and am wondering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 16,192
Posted By kbalch
As in the bragging idiot claims to have "P-51"...

As in the bragging idiot claims to have "P-51" time in his logbook and his cynical friend says "Yeah, right - Parker 51".

For those who aren't fountain pen guys, much of the competition between...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,700
Posted By kbalch
Wow. Glad you dodged an ugly outcome with that...

Wow. Glad you dodged an ugly outcome with that one...

I liked my stock spinner just fine (it looked good painted) on my old -8 and will be sticking with it on the new -14A.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,700
Posted By kbalch
Looks great! Every time I see an Evoke job, I'm...

Looks great! Every time I see an Evoke job, I'm really glad that I'll be working with them on my plane, too.

Since nobody else has inquired, I'll be the nosy guy and ask about your spinner. What...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,053
Posted By kbalch
I started flying in MPH, then transitioned to KTS...

I started flying in MPH, then transitioned to KTS when I got my instrument ticket. After 20+ years thinking in knots, it's become second nature. A plane marked solely in MPH is a VFR-only bird for...
Forum: RV-14 11-11-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,297
Posted By kbalch
That is absolutely brilliant! Wish I'd thought...

That is absolutely brilliant! Wish I'd thought of it before doing my bottom wing skins. Mine came out OK (they'll look fine under paint!), but undoubtedly not as nice as yours. Great idea!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,381
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, Tom, for so forthrightly addressing this...

Thanks, Tom, for so forthrightly addressing this situation; much appreciated! I figured that some version of this might be the case, but didn't want to simply make the assumption.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,381
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, I'm definitely not overlooking this...

Thanks, I'm definitely not overlooking this option. I've done it before and have all the necessary tools and knowhow. It's just a matter of efficiency with my time at this point.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,381
Posted By kbalch
TS Flightlines vs. Aircraft Specialty

As I begin to work on my fuselage kit, I'm naturally thinking ahead to the various bits and pieces that I'll need to order over the next several months. Brake lines, fuel lines, etc.

Are there any...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,767
Posted By kbalch
So, simply put, flight path (as presented by the...

So, simply put, flight path (as presented by the G3X) equals ground track? Such that they'll only coincide in a no-wind condition?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,078
Posted By kbalch
Minor thread drift here, but, so long as we're...

Minor thread drift here, but, so long as we're talking about the wingtip lenses, how exactly should one cut them?

I'm thinking of a cutoff wheel (perhaps a little one in a Dremel), but am open to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,078
Posted By kbalch
I just ordered these from...

I just ordered these from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-2173PP-Peel-Off-Markers-2-Count/dp/B000BQS168
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,410
Posted By kbalch
That looks fantastic - I can't wait to see the...

That looks fantastic - I can't wait to see the final product!

I've spoken with Jonathan about doing my -14A when it's ready late next year or early 2020 and am really looking forward to working with...
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By kbalch
Me, too. Yours is the best (very thoroughly...

Me, too. Yours is the best (very thoroughly documented!) of the top three or four -14(A) build sites and one to which I refer several times each week.
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 881
Posted By kbalch
Sounds good, guys. Option #1 it is! :D

Sounds good, guys. Option #1 it is! :D
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By kbalch
No, I'm definitely putting it in the standard...

No, I'm definitely putting it in the standard location. Since I've already installed my torque tube-to-bellcrank pushrod, however, I'd prefer to complete the trim servo install without removing it. ...
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By kbalch
Wingtip fitting...

I've been working on getting my right wing buttoned up and have only a few tasks to go. I got the autopilot roll servo installed and wired yesterday and was moving along with the aileron trim servo...
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 881
Posted By kbalch
Interesting data point; thanks!

Interesting data point; thanks!
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 881
Posted By kbalch
Wingtip sanding...?

OK, here's a bit of a strange question:

I just began fitting my left wingtip and, out of pure reflex, started to sand down the raised mold line that runs along the outer edge of the piece. Then,...
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 901
Posted By kbalch
What does the -14A have to do with conventional...

What does the -14A have to do with conventional gear? Am I missing something?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By kbalch
I built my -8 many years ago in a partially...

I built my -8 many years ago in a partially insulated, but unheated garage in suburban Boston. Suffice it to say that the winter mornings in the shop were cold. I used two small electric heaters...
Forum: RV-14 10-29-2018, 07:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,513
Posted By kbalch
Exactly right. Folks who don't have firsthand...

Exactly right. Folks who don't have firsthand experience with a -14(A) kit should refrain from answering tech questions based on their assumptions of similarity with their own RV model. That sort...
Forum: RV-14 10-26-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By kbalch
OK, I just talked to Stein and got a very...

OK, I just talked to Stein and got a very thorough answer from one of his guys.

The bottom line is twofold:

Firstly, the WH-00013 harness that runs from the wing root out to the servo is generic...
Forum: RV-14 10-26-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By kbalch
AP wiring question...

I'm currently working on the AP wiring in my right wing prior to riveting the bottom skins next week. My fuselage kit shipped today, so I'm motivated to get the last of the wing kit done. :)

In...
Forum: RV-14 10-25-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,214
Posted By kbalch
I also ordered the SB parts yesterday. With my...

I also ordered the SB parts yesterday. With my fuselage kit currently in crating, tailcone access will never be better. Good timing, for once... :-)
Forum: RV-14 10-24-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 823
Posted By kbalch
I've never seen the value of paying extra for...

I've never seen the value of paying extra for pretty colors on an area that almost nobody will ever see. That said, relatively lighter case colors (such as, for example, Lycoming gray) make the most...
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,117
Posted By kbalch
Stock exhaust vs. Vetterman?

With my fuselage kit due in a couple of weeks, I'm beginning to think seriously about the remaining bits and pieces.

While I used the Vetterman crossover exhaust on my RV-8 many years ago, I'm...
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