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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2018, 04:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,497
Posted By whittfic
Thoughts are with you both during this tough...

Thoughts are with you both during this tough time. We haven't met, just a very happy customer from down under offering best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Clive Whittfield
Auckland
New Zealand
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-18-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,336
Posted By whittfic
Acrylic thickness

A couple more complicating factors:

The thickness of acrylic sheet stock as it comes from the manufacturer can vary slightly across it's surface. Part of our business is making acrylic aircraft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,042
Posted By whittfic
I used a length of steel angle (2" x 2") on the...

I used a length of steel angle (2" x 2") on the edge of my workbench. The aluminium sheet is clamped to the bench with the angle underneath and lined up with the trim line. Assuming you have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2017, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 817
Posted By whittfic
How about...

How about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 817
Posted By whittfic
Hmm, my first attempt with Google photos. Seems...

Hmm, my first attempt with Google photos. Seems to work OK when I click on the link but not sure if that is relevant. Any suggestions anyone?

Clive
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 817
Posted By whittfic
Work light

I know this is probably nothing new but thought I would pass this hint on anyway. Recently bought a 5 metre strip of LEDs to string up inside the fuselage and under the panel. Lights everything up...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-21-2017, 09:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,251
Posted By whittfic
Repaired!

So here it is. I decided to attempt a repair and it didn't come out too bad, acceptable if not perfect...

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq282/whittfic/elevator%20tip%20repair%201.jpg...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-15-2017, 08:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,251
Posted By whittfic
[QUOTE=joe_rainbolt;1173260]I made exactly the...

[QUOTE=joe_rainbolt;1173260]I made exactly the same mistake as I was about to paint my elevator. I considered re-skinning, but I felt that the damage caused by me removing all those rivets was a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-13-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,251
Posted By whittfic
Repair

So there I was applying some colour to various bits and pieces at last. I had this painting thing nailed, the prep was done and the paint was going on nicely, no runs, no orange peel, nice coverage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2017, 04:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,129
Posted By whittfic
Thanks Doug

Still working my way through my RV6 and getting closer to the end of the build (or start of the real fun!). Yeah maybe I could have done it without this forum but it would have been a whole lot...
Forum: RV-14 03-29-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,285
Posted By whittfic
An option

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq282/whittfic/Windscreen%20surround.jpg

I used a slightly different approach on my RV 6. I custom made the windscreen fairing from carbon and used Sikaflex to...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-18-2016, 07:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,191
Posted By whittfic
Be careful with leftover resin. More than one...

Be careful with leftover resin. More than one composite shop has burnt to the ground due to careless treatment of exotherming resin. We usually keep a bucket about half full of water in the shop so...
Forum: Safety 08-17-2016, 09:09 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 67,247
Posted By whittfic
Hi Vic PM sent. Clive Whittfield

Hi Vic

PM sent.

Clive Whittfield
Forum: Safety 08-17-2016, 04:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,195
Posted By whittfic
Alpine Butterfly

Quick and easy once you know how.

http://www.animatedknots.com/alpinebutterfly/index.php?Categ=typemidloops&LogoImage=LogoGrog.png&Website=www.animatedknots.com#ScrollPoint
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2016, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,651
Posted By whittfic
Same thing with mine

I chamfered the outside edge of the rollers slightly which helped. I also loosened and retightened both tracks. There was just enough play in the screw holes to make a difference. Still a little...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-03-2016, 10:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,939
Posted By whittfic
The Araldite I was suggesting is the typical...

The Araldite I was suggesting is the typical epoxy glue product that can be found in the local hardware store (see photo) http://rs456.pbsrc.com/albums/qq282/whittfic/image1.jpg~c200?t=1464923425

I...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-02-2016, 11:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,939
Posted By whittfic
West systems epoxy resin will not adhere well to...

West systems epoxy resin will not adhere well to bare aluminium (or acrylic for that matter), it needs a primer of some sort to make it work. There are various ways of achieving a good bond but the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2016, 08:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,337
Posted By whittfic
Yes it's repairable. Is it worth it?? ...

Yes it's repairable. Is it worth it?? Debatable.

Look at it this way, you have already stated that it is heavy, and to carry out the repairs will require grinding and adding layers of material to...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-26-2016, 01:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,900
Posted By whittfic
Safe arrival in Australia for all three aircraft...

Safe arrival in Australia for all three aircraft a couple of hours ago.

Clive Whittfield


[ed. Moved to 'General'. v/r,dr]
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-23-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,900
Posted By whittfic
Trans Tasman adventure

Three local RVs have yesterday landed safely at Norfolk Island on the first leg of a flight across the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia. Their progress can be followed on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-14-2016, 05:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,264
Posted By whittfic
Another option

An old thread here http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=81466&highlight=design+lifting

Go to entry 8. It works for my RV6 so might work for your aircraft as well.

Clive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2016, 07:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,213
Posted By whittfic
Ron - The lay-up process is standard composite...

Ron - The lay-up process is standard composite practice. I worked directly on the closed canopy, bridging all gaps with plastic packing tape. The main difference with what you see on the videos is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2016, 07:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,213
Posted By whittfic
Smile http://s456.photobucket.com/user/whittfic/media/Wi...

http://s456.photobucket.com/user/whittfic/media/Windscreen%20surround.jpg.html

One more for consideration. I made this from a layer of fibreglass twill and two layers of 400gm double bias carbon...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,121
Posted By whittfic
Airflow

The airflow speeding up over the top of the wing theory has always left me a little confused too, but mainly because any explanations I have read always seem to talk about the flow of air molecules...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,364
Posted By whittfic
Back in an earlier life as an auto mechanic one...

Back in an earlier life as an auto mechanic one of the guys I worked with became so enraged when repairs weren't going well that he lashed out with a ball pien hammer. He kept his job but had a very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,559
Posted By whittfic
Hi Dave Check your PMs Clive

Hi Dave

Check your PMs

Clive
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,559
Posted By whittfic
PM sent. Clive Whittfield

PM sent.

Clive Whittfield
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,559
Posted By whittfic
Last chance...

It's been a while and so far no takers. Last chance folks, it could be a good project for someone but I cannot hold onto it for ever, so it will be going in the bin after this weekend.

Clive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,559
Posted By whittfic
Still available

Any takers on this? It's inching ever closer to the rubbish bin.

Clive Whittfield
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,559
Posted By whittfic
Hi Sam, PM sent. Clive

Hi Sam, PM sent.

Clive
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,559
Posted By whittfic
Plenum pattern - free

Readers may recall this thread http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=67276 regarding the development of an engine plenum for my RV6. Sadly my RV has gone from a ‘slow build’ to a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2014, 03:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,196
Posted By whittfic
Thanks for the replies folks. I will probably do...

Thanks for the replies folks. I will probably do what Sam and others suggest and go ahead with fitting shortened steps. Better to do it now before painting and I'm pretty sure it's going to make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2014, 03:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,196
Posted By whittfic
RV-6 access

Calling on the collective wisdom of those who have been through this already. After close on ten years of on and off building I am now getting scarily close to seeing this beast take flight. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,536
Posted By whittfic
Certainly possible to build strong, leak proof,...

Certainly possible to build strong, leak proof, fuel resistant and long lasting fuel tanks from composite materials. As already indicated, there are pros and cons to be considered:
Weight – they can...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-02-2013, 09:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,847
Posted By whittfic
Heat gun and thin scraper. It's a two person...

Heat gun and thin scraper. It's a two person job, hold the frame down reasonably firmly and don't be in too much of a hurry. Probably easier if you break away the bulk of the acrylic before...
Forum: RV-12 11-19-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,871
Posted By whittfic
Lower cowl

Have a look at:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=81466 entry #8.

Don't know if this would work with the RV12 set-up but it makes life a lot easier with the RV6 cowl whan I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-19-2013, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,243
Posted By whittfic
Difficult to see exactly what is happening from...

Difficult to see exactly what is happening from the photos, but similar to what has already been suggested; you could cut/sand the tight fitting edges of the skirt back until there is clearance i.e....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,998
Posted By whittfic
We often use aluminium (aluminum?) tape on...

We often use aluminium (aluminum?) tape on smaller parts. It sticks and conforms well to the shape. It also works well for holding something like an oil door firmly in position when forming a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 716
Posted By whittfic
Thanks Bill. As is often the case, if I had done...

Thanks Bill. As is often the case, if I had done as you suggest right from the get-go I would have saved myself a lot of head scratching. All became very simple once I looked the right place. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2013, 07:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 716
Posted By whittfic
Capacitive sender wiring

I have installed Westach supplied capacitive senders to my fuel tanks and am installing a Dynon EMS. I have the Dynon capacitance voltage converters but am not sure about the wiring process with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,663
Posted By whittfic
The light bulb inside a box works well but be...

The light bulb inside a box works well but be sure to protect the bulb from damage, and check that it's still in good condition from time to time. Resin fumes and air inside a confined container can...
Forum: COMM 09-09-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,254
Posted By whittfic
Good thought Gil. I already have an access panel...

Good thought Gil. I already have an access panel in the floor of the baggage area so tried the ELT there but unfortunately it wouldn't quite fit. It's close but....:( There is a little more room...
Forum: COMM 09-08-2013, 03:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,254
Posted By whittfic
Antennas

I have searched through the threads on this, and while there is plenty of info and opinion, much of it varies and is sometimes contradictory to the point that my head is starting to spin!

So what I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-02-2013, 08:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,806
Posted By whittfic
Solvents

Almost certainly caused by exposure to some sort of solvent, usually combined with sun exposure over time. Could have happened weeks, months or even years ago.

Avoid using the aromatic solvents for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2013, 10:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,035
Posted By whittfic
Microwave??

I have found that two or three minutes in a microwave will turn the beads from pink to blue. Been doing mine this way for quite some time now and nothing has melted, broken or blown up so far. ...
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-11-2013, 09:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,291
Posted By whittfic
From the Duke website: Cooling Cooling is...

From the Duke website:

Cooling

Cooling is achieved with conventional water jackets around the cylinders and ported areas.

Seals around concentric flow passages allow the coolant to enter and leave...
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-11-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,291
Posted By whittfic
Smile http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq282/whittfic/...

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq282/whittfic/bth_IMG_0529a.jpg

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq282/whittfic/bth_IMG_0361.jpg

I had an opportunity to see the Duke engines first hand at a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,742
Posted By whittfic
Having spent twenty something years riding a Fire...

Having spent twenty something years riding a Fire Service rescue tender we have had a lot of practice with hydraulic rescue equipment etc. Occasionally the training sessions include a 'what if'...
Forum: Safety 05-27-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,900
Posted By whittfic
Anderson shelter

Perhaps something along the lines of the old WW2 Anderson shelters...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 12,416
Posted By whittfic
Would be interested in drawings/info myself if...

Would be interested in drawings/info myself if possible to: clive.cil@ihug.co.nz

Any reports on performance, issues, gotchas to watch out for?

Also, my wingtips are held on with the hinge method. ...
Forum: Safety 04-21-2013, 12:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,812
Posted By whittfic
Workshop accidents

When it comes to safety when working on the RV, my main concern has usually been the use of hand and power tools and the potential for inadvertantly drilling a hole through my finger! An incident...
Forum: Fiberglass 03-05-2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,862
Posted By whittfic
"Clive, are you flying now? Love to hear a...

"Clive, are you flying now? Love to hear a report.... static pressure numbers and structure/durability?

Mark, measurement says the stock inlet generates good static pressure. Clive's work...
Forum: Fiberglass 03-04-2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,862
Posted By whittfic
Another option...

Entry #13 on this thread http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=67276&highlight=plenum+update briefly describes how I did mine.

Be warned tho' it's fair a bit of work to do from...
Forum: Safety 02-25-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,149
Posted By whittfic
It does happen...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuZxFL9cGkI

Can just as easily happen with an aircraft. In this case the simple act of getting back into the car was enough to build up the static charge.

Clive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 27,704
Posted By whittfic
Painting spinner

A question for those who have real world experience in this, does painting a section of the spinner a different colour really work in scaring off birds (strobe effect) or is this just hanger...
Forum: International 01-01-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,347
Posted By whittfic
Kent

I am based just south of Auckland and work close to Ardmore, one of NZ's busier GA airports. I can be contacted on my cell, 027 4779637.

If you have time and are in the area his place might be...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-06-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,482
Posted By whittfic
OK, I live thousands of miles and an ocean away...

OK, I live thousands of miles and an ocean away so I'm not likely to be gatecrashing your barbques any time soon (although taking my ZK registration further afield is on the fantasy list!), but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,406
Posted By whittfic
Try googling 'lifting slings elderly'. Lots of...

Try googling 'lifting slings elderly'. Lots of ideas and possibilities there. Would loved to have had the opportunity with my own parents, but sadly they are long gone.

Clive...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-11-2012, 10:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,731
Posted By whittfic
From our experience in the composites industry,...

From our experience in the composites industry, gelcoat on the cowls would add probably a couple of pounds or so to the weight, wing tips proportionaly less. It's primary purpose is to add colour to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2012, 11:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,163
Posted By whittfic
Thanks for the quick replies. Yes Wade that is...

Thanks for the quick replies. Yes Wade that is the layout of my Otto and you have pretty much confirmed what I thought I would need to do.

Pat I had read up about being able to cancel the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,163
Posted By whittfic
Wiring diagram as it is at the moment ...

Wiring diagram as it is at the moment http://s456.photobucket.com/albums/qq282/whittfic/?action=view&current=SCN_0001-1.jpg

Put this together based on diagrams that came with the governors and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2012, 01:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,163
Posted By whittfic
Hmmm.. Not sure I follow Wade. Trim...

Hmmm.. Not sure I follow Wade.

Trim controller --------->toggle---------------> rear coolie hat sw -------------------> trim controller ??

The wiring diagrams and instructions I am looking at...
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