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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 06:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By PaulvS
spares

Yup, me too, and even after many holes. And if you don't have a spare (same goes for dimple dies) then it's forced down time till a replacement arrives. Now I keep a spare for the most critical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 740
Posted By PaulvS
mpg

Another interesting calc will be miles per gallon, I'm going to try that with the downloadable version. And if it correlates with the speed ratio. Van's were originally a bit unique with being able...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 05-26-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,240
Posted By PaulvS
beacon clue

The beacon for ET to phone home?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,183
Posted By PaulvS
Video of AV-30

The video link works, but it shows that particular AV-30 unit doesn't, which is a bit disconcerting. Must be a faulty unit so hope it can be remedied under warranty without too much trouble.

I am...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-20-2020, 10:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,008
Posted By PaulvS
Source

There was a recent post on here, sorry can't seem to find it now, but someone redid his panel using the metal from a road sign. Don't know where or how he got the road sign though...;)
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 871
Posted By PaulvS
Pictures

Hi Mike,
In post #4 the first image looks right the way you have it, assuming both boards are 8 inches wide and face to face, as the lower board is not clearly visible.

The second picture in this...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-19-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 871
Posted By PaulvS
hinge orientation

Apologies I'm not 100% sure from the photos but it looks like the hinges may be oriented in a way that is limiting movement. If the hinge pin faces out rather than in, as it does on a house door,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-19-2020, 06:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Build date 9925

I have been drilling on the belly skins beneath the baggage compartment and the seats, there are a lot of ribs and pretty well every cleco in the district has been used. My wife came into the shed...
Forum: RV-14 05-18-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,828
Posted By PaulvS
Panel cost

A simple day VFR panel can be done for $5-$10 AMU's.

For example, using the following as a base:

GRT Sport EX 7" EFIS $1,500.00
GRT engine monitor package $1,210.00 (less with discount)
Garmin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 611
Posted By PaulvS
Inspection panels for access to aileron...

Inspection panels for access to aileron bellcranks?

The tanks are attached at the leading edge to the fuselage via an angle bracket (T-405), it sounds like you have taken out that bolt.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-16-2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 536
Posted By PaulvS
Glue

If it is the frame itself that is moving then some adhesive in the joints should firm it up. It will mean some disassembly but if you can get some woodworking PVA or polyurethane or construction...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-16-2020, 06:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Building along

Hi Matt, yes indeed we are just about at the same stage. I've got more done in the last 2 months, thanks to isolation, than in the preceding 20 years. Apart from also moving house twice in those 20...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-15-2020, 08:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By PaulvS
Fix

I am sure it can be fixed by countersinking/chamfering "just" enough, but it is an expensive part, so I would take it to a good machine shop that has the right setup, rather than risk making things...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-14-2020, 02:44 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 319,012
Posted By PaulvS
congrats

Well done Karsten, I like the paint scheme and the shade of blue. Looks like there are a few vortex generators installed.
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,116
Posted By PaulvS
Drilling

A normal good quality jobber drill bit should be fine for a 1/4 inch hole like that. Not sure if you are using a drill press? (recommend)
Unibits are not without their risks as it is easy to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-13-2020, 06:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Wink Started on fuse skins

It was quite a battle to get the aft side skins fitted onto the fuselage. Initially, the curved over section of the long side skins was not rolled enough to properly fit over the belly skin. So I...
Forum: International 05-13-2020, 02:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 634
Posted By PaulvS
Options

In Australia the situation is similar, all of those products are imported and unless there is enough volume to make it worthwhile for a local retailer, you need to be prepared to order it from the US...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 11:23 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 21,974
Posted By PaulvS
Torque?

It would be interesting to try and straighten it, maybe by slipping a bit of pipe over the end, just to see how difficult/easy it is to bend it back.

Is someone perhaps able to do this and share the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-12-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Update

Good news; after widening bulkhead F-606 by 0.125 per side the aft skins fit properly and the rolled section that was causing a problem now sits flat over the belly skin and doesn't ripple up any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,480
Posted By PaulvS
Comments

I'm a -6A builder and for me safety comes first, performance second and aesthetics is third.
I prefer to dimple wherever possible and only countersink if I cannot dimple e.g. .040 is difficult to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-11-2020, 03:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks for sharing, I am just about to do on my...

Thanks for sharing, I am just about to do on my 6A and was planning to use a flush set and bucking bar because it is too narrow to back rivet. The 6A is upside down in the jig so it will have to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2020, 01:50 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 21,974
Posted By PaulvS
Larger nose wheel

Is it possible to install the fork and nose wheel from a -10 onto the new style nose gear for the -7A and 9A so as to have a 5 inch nose wheel? This would be done in conjunction with 380-150×5 tyres...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2020, 05:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,364
Posted By PaulvS
Also useful for designing the RV-15 wing struts?

Also useful for designing the RV-15 wing struts?
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-07-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Bulkhead adjusted

So far I have adjusted the width of the baggage compartment bulkhead by removing the rivets that hold together the three piece bulkhead (F-606) and moved each side out by about 1/8". This has...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-06-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Update

I've made a start by un-riveting the corners of the three piece bulkhead F606. This is relatively easy and low risk and I can test fit the skins before riveting it back together.

Generally the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-06-2020, 06:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks

Thanks Colin for the suggestions, I am trying a variant of the first idea and widening F606 by removing the rivets that hold the three pieces together, adjusting out, and re-riveting.

I can still...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-06-2020, 12:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Thank you. I agree about the plans, I have found...

Thank you.

I agree about the plans, I have found many errors and inconsistencies and omissions. And sometimes the kit parts themselves are not right. I've found it generally easy enough to fix a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Pictures

Thanks everyone for your responses. I must admit that I didn't get much sleep last night thinking about this problem! Here are some pictures to help explain the dilemma.

The fuselage frame has...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-05-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,156
Posted By PaulvS
Support

I agree, that might have saved a bit of angst. Though I also learned a fair bit from the discussion.

I am sure that VAF saves Vans from an ongoing bunch of support calls, and therefore real time...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Too late

Thanks, I'm afraid it's too late for that because I have already drilled on the sides! :(

I noticed the problem when doing the wrap around edges.... I knew the sides were not flat but thought this...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Pictures coming

I will get some pictures to upload in the morning.

Essentially the sides of the fuselages and the stringers are not totally flat, and so the side skins curve slightly out along their length, per the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By PaulvS
Bulging Bulkheads and Alignment Details

The fuselage (in the jig) bulkheads bulge outward slightly, by about 1/8 inch, between the back of the baggage compartment and the tail end. This is causing some difficulty in getting the two main...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-03-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Cheers

Thanks Dan, the mountains here are nothing like your Alps. ;)
Much of our land is flat and dry and any peaks stand out - this helps with local navigation!
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-03-2020, 06:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Contact

Hi Mike, happy to compare notes with a fellow partner in crime, PM if you want and I will send you my contact details. Cheers, Paul.
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-02-2020, 10:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,187
Posted By PaulvS
Firewall clearance

I also need leg room and I mounted the bearing blocks 4 inches from the firewall. Closer to the firewall would have been better, but I have the recess box higher up on the firewall and it intrudes...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-02-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 433
Posted By PaulvS
Costing

Here is a recent thread that has some good discussion on total costing, it is for a RV-7, so similar to -9.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=177984
Forum: RV-14 05-02-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Posted By PaulvS
A single small bend like that shouldn't weaken...

A single small bend like that shouldn't weaken steel. It might have been powder coated after it was bent; depends on when it was damaged. Cracked powder coat can be repaired with paint in that...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-02-2020, 08:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Working on

Resurrection of my relic project continues, I am managing to work on it almost every day, some days I make more progress than others, there has been quite a re-learning curve.

This was the view from...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-02-2020, 08:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,187
Posted By PaulvS
Alignment

Thanks Mark,

I was aware of the slight difference in pedal mounting angle for the front and back rudder bars, but appreciate you flagging it because it's not immediately obvious!

I have tested to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,464
Posted By PaulvS
option

If a mirror won't help then another option for those holes is to make them oversize in the template, fit the template, put a right sized "washer" over and and a screw into the hole, tape the washer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,464
Posted By PaulvS
Template

You could make a template from thin clear acrylic or polycarbonate sheet 1/16 thick. First mark the holes in the template by placing it over the angle nutplates. Then transfer the holes from the...
Forum: Safety 05-02-2020, 04:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,662
Posted By PaulvS
bird behavio(u)r

Northern hemisphere =====> birds go right

Southern hemisphere =====> birds go left
Forum: RV-14 05-02-2020, 12:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 553
Posted By PaulvS
Alignment of holes

That might be caused by the nut plate and the hole in the spar being out of alignment - that is not concentric, so that the threads on the rod end bearing actually contact the aluminum spar hole and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-01-2020, 06:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,187
Posted By PaulvS
I'm at that stage of construction now: fuselage...

I'm at that stage of construction now: fuselage skeleton is upside down on jig, rudder pedals are installed on bushings, and the brake pedals are swinging free ready for the 4 master cylinders to be...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-30-2020, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,187
Posted By PaulvS
Inclination limit?

Does anyone know what would be, or how to work out, the most forward limit for inclining the brake pedals so as to avoid hitting the firewall with full rudder + full brake, depending of course on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2020, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By PaulvS
Repair

I had a similar problem when a skin slipped just as the dimple die was coming down.

I did as suggested above i.e. installed a 1/8 AN426AD4-4 rivet in a #30 hole and dimple.

The #40 hole needs to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 449
Posted By PaulvS
Getting started

The hardest part can be getting started, so 27 rivets may not sound like much, but it's significant in the long run because it got you going!

Even if the first few rivets may not have been perfect ...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-26-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Tilted firewall

Thanks Mel, so therefore mine should be OK.




I just went and measured the ribs that go between the firewall and the instrument panel, F-6107 and F-6108 (I have a slider), the dimensions match the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-26-2020, 05:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Fly it will!

Good on you Sam, keep going! It will be a great achievement to fly, and there is also joy also in the building (even fibreglass for some?)
Cheers
Paul.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2020, 04:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks

Thank you Gary and Jerry for your insightful replies and shared experience, I really appreciate it.

I will go ahead and fit the masters to my old 6A kit/project. I hadn't considered that the seals...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 21,974
Posted By PaulvS
Videoing

It sounds like it may be less difficult than I expected to mount an external video camera. It could certainly assist to develop good techniques.

The first video above looks textbook best practice...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 21,974
Posted By PaulvS
Why

That's an interesting video and an unfortunate and tragic outcome.

I wonder what was the reason for the pilot to go flying with the GoPro camera focussed on the nosewheel? (The wheel is in the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-24-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 58,106
Posted By PaulvS
Curved sections

Aha so that is where those curved channels go! I was wondering about them in my parts box as I am not yet that far along on the fuse.
That's a good idea for holding the turtle deck, thanks for...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-24-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,017
Posted By PaulvS
Kit improvements

For interest, here's and example of how much the RV kits have improved over time. The "raw" brake pedals on the left came with the fuselage kit in the mid 90's and the pedals on the right came with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By PaulvS
Cleveland vs Matco brake masters

I ordered my 6A kit in stages and the first set of master cylinders are Cleveland, the other set that I got later on are Matco.

Is there any performance difference between the brands that would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 574
Views: 493,170
Posted By PaulvS
Desperate Times Flying Selfie

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/x1cjEAvBLiN2Sskvr-Kfv9pwqD67IQt1VMLkNVsNOzU0oPWChh7PzLwXYurcvLwBPzvOxM3lUI83EIX0D4SPHshIHq-9xQfw6PxhouPGTh8xHr6nUoRO1DpSocm-lI_oKIhKnGxGHTjBhbZBtVvzUlkmLl6cU6ZwXpPGbJ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 489
Posted By PaulvS
Split off

If they have been glued on then it may be too diffficult to get them off without damaging something else. For the glue to release it will either need to be softened or overcome with physical force. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2020, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,713
Posted By PaulvS
More drag

Also would need a way of increasing drag, i.e. some form of speed brake, to allow steeper approaches into short strips that have obstructions at either end. Slipping doesn't seem to have a massive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,110
Posted By PaulvS
That's a really well thought out and nicely built...

That's a really well thought out and nicely built workshop!

Even if your mission profile has changed I'm sure you'll enjoy the process of building and finishing the RV, once you get back into it. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2020, 12:39 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 21,974
Posted By PaulvS
New gear design

My transition instructor also taught to lift the nose wheel early and to hold it off as long as possible, and to taxi with the stick fully back.

However, some of these -A flipover accidents have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By PaulvS
Suggestions

The extra pictures help a lot. Apart from the interference problem I think the holes in the J channel look a bit too close to the edge for the channel web to fully do its job.
Before ordering more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2020, 08:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By PaulvS
Trying to visualise

It's a bit hard to visualise the problem, can you post pictures with the j channel inserted?

I'm wondering if you can file a small 1/16 notch in the j channel skin flange at each of the rib...
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