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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,682
I feel your pain. I was just thinking of this...

I feel your pain. I was just thinking of this yesterday. I used to love flying my plane back to Mass. to visit my mom and today marks one year since I've seen her. I just haven't been able to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,976
Just be careful about dropping coverage and...

Just be careful about dropping coverage and stuff. It's illogical to me to go through all the hoops some builders go through -- hello, primer! -- to guard against things that aren't likely to happen...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-16-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,971
Boy, this takes me...

Boy, this takes me back.

https://youtu.be/-84oX4tkVvw
Forum: Virtual Hangar 07-22-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,389
They used to leave the hole in the fence over on...

They used to leave the hole in the fence over on your hangar side of the field open, I think, so that the coyotes could get in and get the geese. I presume the FAA has since ordered them to close it...
Forum: RV-12 07-21-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,061
Cool. I guess I'll just make it work according to...

Cool. I guess I'll just make it work according to the schematic and ignore the labels.
Forum: RV-12 07-21-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,061
Not this year. Life is moving too fast for me to...

Not this year. Life is moving too fast for me to keep up. Hope to retire next year and resume living it properly.

Been working part-time gig at Target Field (usher for the Twins) in addition to...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-20-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,569
Videos are great but I just like hearing a...

Videos are great but I just like hearing a Massachusetts accent again
Forum: RV-12 07-20-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,061
Disagreement on numbers in brake cylinder

On the RV-12iS instructions, chapter 28, page 2 figure 4, the call-out for WD1211-L&R show different orientations of the Tabs on the drawing that what the actual part shows.

It would appear that...
Forum: RV-12 07-20-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,140
Thanks, fixed. I've been chatting with Jessica...

Thanks, fixed.

I've been chatting with Jessica w.r.t. the new parts. I have to say I've been very impressed with Van's conscientiousness in rolling out the RV-12iS and the anticipated very design...
Forum: RV-12 07-19-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,140
Yeah, the tank is now directly behind the seats....

Yeah, the tank is now directly behind the seats. The fuel line and return line come out of the tank bottom center, the lines go aft through the channel back to a shutoff and the fuel pump which sit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2018, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,981
Guil Barros' by any chance?

Guil Barros' by any chance?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 479
RVers always welcome

RVers always welcome
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 479
Oshkosh enroute housing available

KSGS -- South St. Paul, MN -- is a great place to overnight if you're flying into Oshkosh. You can tie down the bird, spend an evening in the not-that-luxurious Casa Collins, and after a night's rest...
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,140
Fuel line vs. Flaperon mixture arm

Apparently, there is a missing step in the RV-12iS instructions. You have to countersink or enlarge the holes on the three plastic "holders" for the fuel lines through the main channel. Otherwise you...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 04-15-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,716
Tom Irlbeck

Famed RV-8 pilot Tom Irlbeck was killed in an accident in Florida today.

Tom is near the top of the list of a who's who of RV builders and pilots.

http://www.mnwing.org/completed-rvs/tom-irlbeck/
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Curious. What's on the other side of that?...

Curious. What's on the other side of that? Doesn't look like there's a nutplate.
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 995
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CHcyGo7JITA/Wq-xvxWh1PI...

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CHcyGo7JITA/Wq-xvxWh1PI/AAAAAAAAoA4/jTfR60bd8lkgBqhXq97VE6CFUYN1erajQCLcBGAs/s400/holes.jpg
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Yikes. A lot of thread drift in that one, but...

Yikes. A lot of thread drift in that one, but good info on that line of rivets. I'll go ahead and zip those up. But, there are two holes, in particular, that have no rivet call out that were my...
Forum: Midwest 03-19-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,757
... if you guys are ever looking for 172 pounds...

... if you guys are ever looking for 172 pounds of ballast....
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Open holes in RV-12 side skin attach

Somewhere around page 7 or 8 of the RV-12iS instructions of Section 23, when you get to actually rivet on the side skins, it refers to Figure one and the line of rivets on the bottom row of the side...
Forum: RV-12 03-16-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,124
I like to think I come by the term...

I like to think I come by the term honestly.:)

https://youtu.be/DbAEuFbFaco
Forum: RV-12 03-16-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,124
Ah, OK, that makes sense. I thought it was...

Ah, OK, that makes sense. I thought it was referring to knocking down the sharp edges.

I always referred to this task as "rolling the edges" or "forming the edges" (thus edge-rolling and/or...
Forum: RV-12 03-16-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,124
Right but if you're already deburring the side...

Right but if you're already deburring the side skins, wouldn't that involve breaking an edge. I'm curious why there would be separate attention for the bottom and aft edges?
Forum: RV-12 03-15-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,124
RV-12 side skin deburring

I'm about 350 hours into the RV-12 project and am continually amazed by the kit.

Occasionally, not often, I find some specifics in the instructions that make me say, "I wonder why that is?"

Take...
Forum: RV-12 02-19-2018, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,379
Ah, OK. I went back out and checked. No mention...

Ah, OK. I went back out and checked. No mention of a bend in the aft end, just a note of a line for a weight-saving cut.

TFYH

Proceeding with steps 1-3 on the front end.
Forum: RV-12 02-19-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,379
(puts on coat at night, heads out into the ice...

(puts on coat at night, heads out into the ice storm and heads to the hangar. Because some things can't wait,)
Forum: RV-12 02-19-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,379
What is KAI?

What is KAI?
Forum: RV-12 02-19-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,379
I just put them together to show that it's the...

I just put them together to show that it's the rear that's bent . but maybe that's how it's supposed to be.
Forum: RV-12 02-19-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,462
They tell you to leave the one hole open and that...

They tell you to leave the one hole open and that was fine.

I ended up flipping the thing over and working on it right side up on the workbench and with a little finagling, got everything to fit...
Forum: RV-12 02-19-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,379
Pre-twisted longerons?

Wondering if anyone else who's received early shipments (November) of the RV-12-iS fuselage kit got pre-bent longerons at the aft end -- at first I figured Steps 2 and 3 of Section 23 had already...
Forum: RV-12 02-18-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,462
I'll do some more beating on it.

I'll do some more beating on it.
Forum: RV-12 02-18-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,462
RV-12iS forward lower fuse mating problem

I wonder if there are supposed to be two more slots on the forward end of the mid fuselage skin.

Here's why.

When you make the lower forward fuselage, there are two large -- for want of a better...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,226
300 Hours: Then and now

I hit 299.6 hours this morning in the RV-12iS project. It's been almost a year to the day since I took delivery of the first kit. In the first year, there was a lot of waiting around. I didn't...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,563
Dimpling IS a distortion as it's stretching the...

Dimpling IS a distortion as it's stretching the skin, albeit slightly. If you're using a good set of dimple dies, you're not going to distort it more than the dies will allow.

But, I don't know...
Forum: RV-12 12-28-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,121
To conclude, it came out fine with the modified...

To conclude, it came out fine with the modified side cutters and a new drill bit.
Forum: RV-12 12-26-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,121
Drilling out CCR264SS-3-2 rivets

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-I_YG_5hIRDc/WkLBlCofw_I/AAAAAAAAlRw/d-dnzLH3AXYkxxZZwHgSCd-LgnJJV79mQCLcBGAs/s640/ccr.jpg

RV12 Section 21. Page 21IS/U-5.

Unbeknownst to me, the nutplate had fallen off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,165
Whew! I was a little nervous,...

Whew! I was a little nervous, there.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,165
Do all RV-12's have this much vibration?

Do all RV-12's have this much vibration?
Forum: RV-12 12-17-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,100
Right, which an RV-12 builder would have done by...

Right, which an RV-12 builder would have done by this point anyway since instructions on the emp kit required the dimpling of the nutplate ears with this advice.
Forum: RV-12 12-17-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,100
Since this location is skin, fitting rib, fitting...

Since this location is skin, fitting rib, fitting nutplate, I think if you're going to do it this way, why not just countersink the rib flange to accept the dimple from the baggage floor skin? You'll...
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2017, 03:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,100
I understand my options. *My* quality control is...

I understand my options. *My* quality control is not to countersink skin this thin and I can dimple a nutplate in a fraction of second.. That's why I'm not asking "is there any other way to attach...
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,100
K-1100-08D?

I'm getting kind of tired waiting for bag 3124 (i think) to finally be delivered from back order on the RV-12i fuse kit so I think I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy the parts elsewhere so I...
Forum: RV-12 12-14-2017, 06:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,144
Yeah, I stuck the center section on it end, put a...

Yeah, I stuck the center section on it end, put a block under the floor to take out the strain that tended to pull the flange away, kept a cleco on each side , pressure on the squeezer and started...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,954
Part of the answer depends on whether this is an...

Part of the answer depends on whether this is an amicable parting of the ways or a hostile one.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I wouldn't wish divorce on my worst enemy; it's not fun. ...
Forum: RV-12 12-12-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,144
Guys: Can't thank you enough for refocusing my...

Guys:

Can't thank you enough for refocusing my attention. There it is on step six, as you said.

I had skipped these two steps on the previous page and jumped ahead because Van's has back ordered on...
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 09:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,144
OK, cool. This'll be a first.

OK, cool. This'll be a first.
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,144
Seriously? They want me to use a flush set on...

Seriously? They want me to use a flush set on the shop head?
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,144
Baggage floor to center section riveting

And we're back.

Tonite's question involves the RV-12iS, Section 21 page three instructions for riveting the three ribs and baggage floor to the center.

Specifically, this line of rivets --...
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,904
Heard back from Van's: It's an error in the...

Heard back from Van's: It's an error in the instructions that the #40 holes and the need to dimple them in the rib isn't mentioned. So...dimple away.
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,904
That's what I thought. There are two #30 holes on...

That's what I thought. There are two #30 holes on that edge that need dimpling but not having the 40's called out was a signal to stop.

This is the new RV-12iS design, so I'm presuming the fuse...
Forum: RV-12 12-10-2017, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,904
Section 21 dimpling question

Stopping so I don't do something stupid. Need clarification on Section 21iS/U-03 step 3 which tells you to rivet F-01221-R-1 to the floor, F-01224-R-1.

Step 2 says dimple the two #30 holes but says...
Forum: RV-12 12-09-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,664
Either the G-27 or G-28 will work (although the...

Either the G-27 or G-28 will work (although the Spruce Q/A on G-28 says it won't work with CherryMax rivets; that's wrong)
Forum: RV-12 12-08-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,664
I love CherryMax rivets

Just to update on my previous thread about struggling for perfection with the 4-8 CherryMax rivets and a cheap pop riveter for the center section...

A week or so has passed and replacement rivets...
Forum: RV-12 12-01-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,149
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0ggQlUM8X2I/WiHjgwhgMfI...

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I was glad for the "0" before some of the old numbers. Made it easier to...
Forum: RV-12 11-30-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,748
That's QUALITY comedy right there!! Quality!!...

That's QUALITY comedy right there!! Quality!!

It's gold, Jerry. Gold.

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Forum: RV-12 11-30-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,748
hello? .........

hello?

.........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 06:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,163
What does "short rate" mean?

What does "short rate" mean?
Forum: RV-12 11-30-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,149
I got mine two weeks ago. I ordered it the day it...

I got mine two weeks ago. I ordered it the day it was announced BUT I already had a fuselage order into the company and they converted me to the new one. So I was sort of already in the...
Forum: RV-12 11-29-2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,748
OK.. keep going.

OK.. keep going.
Forum: RV-12 11-29-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,748
Are you referring to the wedge or the puller? ...

Are you referring to the wedge or the puller? Because that's the puller that Van's say will not work. Its instructions say nothing about using the AEX wedge that you make in the process (which...
Forum: RV-12 11-29-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,748
Also, one other question: Does the degree to...

Also, one other question: Does the degree to which the "other" pop riveters will work depend on the length of the CherryMax rivet? For example, I set the 4-2's just fine with your typical...
Forum: RV-12 11-29-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,748
Are you referring to my particular problem?...

Are you referring to my particular problem? Because the way I read section 5 is the AEX wedge tool we make as, well, step one, is not a solution.

Not sure what the tool is that's sold by Cleveland...
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