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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 840
Posted By xblueh2o
I am in Livermore so I know the weather but I...

I am in Livermore so I know the weather but I don't know the building code in town off the top of my head.
My first choice wold be to hang them from the garage ceiling. Make it "earthquake...
Forum: California 04-17-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,211
Posted By xblueh2o
Interesting. My folks are just outside Plymouth....

Interesting. My folks are just outside Plymouth. I have flown over their place but can't say I have ever really noticed a strip in the vicinity.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2018, 12:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 389
Posted By xblueh2o
I think it depends on the wrap material. I have...

I think it depends on the wrap material.
I have had both good and bad results when polishing near things other than paint. Some seemed all but impervious to mechanical polishing and others would...
Forum: Steam Gauges 04-10-2018, 12:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By xblueh2o
You could get an attitude indicator with a cage...

You could get an attitude indicator with a cage knob and cage it after you were done flinging the bird around.
Probably not the best for the longevity of the gyros but it is better than nothing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By xblueh2o
If your intention is to paint the airplane there...

If your intention is to paint the airplane there is zero need to protect the skins from normal scuffs during the build. Go visit a paint shop. One of the very first steps to painting an airplane is...
Forum: Tools 03-19-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,131
Posted By xblueh2o
Interesting idea. Here's another option...

Interesting idea. Here's another option (http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Tools_by_Job/Tools_for_Maintenance/Micro_Vacuum_Hose_Kit.html)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 11:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,481
Posted By xblueh2o
And shimming from underneath isn't an option?

And shimming from underneath isn't an option?
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By xblueh2o
Are you talking about a reflective shade inside...

Are you talking about a reflective shade inside the cockpit? The reflective window shades you put on the inside of the window are fine for your car with its glass windows but not the best plan for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-27-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,846
Posted By xblueh2o
If memory serves there is/was an AD for the Ham...

If memory serves there is/was an AD for the Ham Standard props on T-28s for similar reasons. Water gets in causing corrosion on the shanks and in the hub so it isn't a new problem.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2018, 04:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By xblueh2o
I would go with option 1 and 2. Offer as is with...

I would go with option 1 and 2.
Offer as is with spare or upgrade (price accordingly). Just be up front with the buyer. You can never have an aircraft that appeals to all potential buyers.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,773
Posted By xblueh2o
For the short bits, the drill indexes just like...

For the short bits, the drill indexes just like Mickey.
For the half dozen longer bits I have a foot long chunk of 4X4 that I drilled appropriate holes in that I just stick the bits in to hold...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 574
Posted By xblueh2o
Depends on what you want to build. If you want to...

Depends on what you want to build.
If you want to build a very stock or slightly modified aircraft then QB is a good way to go.
If you want to go wild with mods then you will spend time going...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 02-03-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 560
Posted By xblueh2o
A client of ours was a multi-car sponsor for a...

A client of ours was a multi-car sponsor for a while so for about four years straight I went to Daytona for the both the Cup and the Busch races (that will give you an idea of how far back its was)....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2018, 10:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,089
Posted By xblueh2o
This is why I donate for this site (That reminds...

This is why I donate for this site (That reminds me, new year, time to pony up) Pitch trim had totally slipped my mind.
Mounting bracket for the A/P pitch servo is already in. Waiting on battery...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,089
Posted By xblueh2o
Whats in your tail cone?

I am close to putting on the aft turtle deck for real. Over the course of the build I have had a pad of paper on the bench where I write down steps I hope to do while the aft fuselage is an open...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,274
Posted By xblueh2o
Start here...

Start here (http://vansaircraft.com/pdf/Wing_Heavy.pdf).
Forum: Reviews 01-11-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By xblueh2o
Wait. They has something worse than the 90's...

Wait. They has something worse than the 90's peeler blue?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 01:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,100
Posted By xblueh2o
They look like they work sort of like Huck bolts

They look like they work sort of like Huck bolts
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-19-2017, 07:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,711
Posted By xblueh2o
Duly noted, since I am creeping up on closing in...

Duly noted, since I am creeping up on closing in on maybe needing to possibly start thinking about engine choice.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,260
Posted By xblueh2o
I am on the complete opposite coast so I can't...

I am on the complete opposite coast so I can't help with a test fit but I am exactly the same size.
In my research stage before deciding to build I sat in a finished 8 that had a very nice interior...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 800
Posted By xblueh2o
I don't think the normal RV-8 fairings will...

I don't think the normal RV-8 fairings will fit.
In order to fit around the Grove non-airfoil legs I think you have to get the fairings for the round gear aircraft Van's aircraft (RV-7,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-30-2017, 06:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,129
Posted By xblueh2o
Local 8 owner polished his airfoil gear. I got a...

Local 8 owner polished his airfoil gear.
I got a set of the airfoil gear and they showed up on a hot August day. I pulled one leg from the crate and looked it over then pu it back in the crate. A...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-30-2017, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,665
Posted By xblueh2o
I have a set of crowfoot wrenches that worked...

I have a set of crowfoot wrenches that worked very well in this application.
An easy way to get this one single application is to buy a cheap Horrible Freight box end wrench of the correct size and...
Forum: COMM 11-16-2017, 01:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,790
Posted By xblueh2o
The use of 123.45 for air to air chatter is one...

The use of 123.45 for air to air chatter is one of my pet peeves. Only because I fly a lot of oceanic crossings for work and 23.45 is, among other things, the overwater air to air freq. On a bright...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-14-2017, 07:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,364
Posted By xblueh2o
The 7 and the 14 are quite similar, but also...

The 7 and the 14 are quite similar, but also not.
You will find the cockpit of the 14 to be a bit larger. Providing better leg, head and shoulder room. If I were you I would find a local 7 that you...
Forum: Rocket 11-13-2017, 09:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 846
Posted By xblueh2o
The pedals look close to a Sea Fury but the shape...

The pedals look close to a Sea Fury but the shape of the yoke is not right.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-12-2017, 12:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 641
Posted By xblueh2o
Thanks Don, That is pretty much the size and...

Thanks Don,
That is pretty much the size and location I was envisioning.
I did see one person who put the hatch on the lower vertical part of that panel. That intrigued me at first but then it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-11-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 641
Posted By xblueh2o
Rear battery access hatch

Was noodling over adding an access hatch in the aft baggage compartment to allow simpler access to the battery and flight controls.
Searched the old threads but so many of the posts are "here's a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,775
Posted By xblueh2o
eBay is your friend when it comes to odd tools...

eBay is your friend when it comes to odd tools like that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,136
Posted By xblueh2o
Ask yourself this question, With the removal of...

Ask yourself this question,
With the removal of the fairing that covers the nose wheel, is there a solid way of retaining the fairing that covers the nose gear leg?
Can you fly it with both the nose...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2017, 12:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,022
Posted By xblueh2o
The stock system is absolutely an option but was...

The stock system is absolutely an option but was wondering of the other options what people's experience was.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2017, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,022
Posted By xblueh2o
Give me some static

Ports that is.
After being away from the project for a couple months due to work I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel (might be a train headed for me). When I left the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2017, 04:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 614
Posted By xblueh2o
A few of the guys at work were looking at buying...

A few of the guys at work were looking at buying something for them to fly on their days off. Among the various things they explored was a 10 that would be purchased flying instead of building. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,083
Posted By xblueh2o
All true. I have two HGU-55 helmets. One has ANR...

All true.
I have two HGU-55 helmets. One has ANR and the other has CEP.
In a loud warbird I also find the ANR can be overwhelmed. I notice it at take off power but once you reduce to climb or cruise...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-26-2017, 01:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,672
Posted By xblueh2o
Interesting. I wondered how far east you would...

Interesting. I wondered how far east you would have to go to be smoke free-ish.
I looked at a route during planning that was something like PDX DSD LMT RBL SAC and then another EUB ONP OTH CEC FOT...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,035
Posted By xblueh2o
A couple short videos...

A couple short videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo9QCMaNSoA) from Cleaveland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4PvfylZcC0) about proper dimpling and the dies.
Forum: Tools 08-15-2017, 02:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,035
Posted By xblueh2o
Is there nobody close by you can ask to come take...

Is there nobody close by you can ask to come take a look?
Surely there is somebody here that is close.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-10-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 23,758
Posted By xblueh2o
Are your wings not installed yet? If the wings...

Are your wings not installed yet?
If the wings are not installed there should be no reason to drill the spar or belly holes. I placed the washers on the installed bolts using a washer wrench taped to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2017, 10:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,136
Posted By xblueh2o
Fantastic.

Fantastic.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 745
Posted By xblueh2o
My Dwg 73 dated 11-15-05 shows the 1 23/32" in...

My Dwg 73 dated 11-15-05 shows the 1 23/32" in View A-A and the R1 detail notes that the dimension was changed from 7/8 to the 1 23/32 in zone F8.
I am curious of the date for your Dwg 73.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-02-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,821
Posted By xblueh2o
$25 mag base dial indicator...

$25 mag base dial indicator (http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=1593&category=1319044103)
Its no Brown and Sharpe or Starrett but it will do what you need it to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-29-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,500
Posted By xblueh2o
A friend upgraded his non RV type and did a G3x...

A friend upgraded his non RV type and did a G3x Touch and a VAL radio. I seem to recall him having some difficulties initially but he was able to resolve them. It's been far enough back that I don't...
Forum: COMM 07-29-2017, 12:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,544
Posted By xblueh2o
AC 91-70B...

AC 91-70B (https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_91-70B.pdf) is another good place to start. As I said, the ICAO NAT Doc is the bible for the North Atlantic but if you look...
Forum: COMM 07-26-2017, 11:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,544
Posted By xblueh2o
I have done a bunch of relays over the Pacific...

I have done a bunch of relays over the Pacific from single engine guys down low on delivery flights etc and the occasional C-130 down in the 20s. They have an HF radio and can usually hear Radio but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2017, 01:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 943
Posted By xblueh2o
It must be possible because I installed them in...

It must be possible because I installed them in my QB fuselage and all that hardware was already in place. I do recall having to back some hardware off, install and then re-torque and it was a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-04-2017, 03:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 18,611
Posted By xblueh2o
One of today's chores was to cut in the second...

One of today's chores was to cut in the second fresh air intake. My smoke tank just got much smaller but I want the extra airflow. Laying out the four corners for the template and this is the real...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-04-2017, 03:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 18,611
Posted By xblueh2o
I was doing some work on the fuselage today and...

I was doing some work on the fuselage today and was searching for an answer to a question I had. Of course I did find it on VAF and that got me to thinking I haven't done any sort of an update in a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-01-2017, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,550
Posted By xblueh2o
I am sure Mike will be along shortly for the...

I am sure Mike will be along shortly for the proper introduction but welcome to VAF and the madness.

You mention the possibility of missing parts. Everything is available from Van's but I might make...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-27-2017, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,434
Posted By xblueh2o
I'm with Larry. You are going to have to learn to...

I'm with Larry.
You are going to have to learn to drill out rivets sooner or later so why not try. The worst thing that can happen is you order new parts.

A little tip for rivet drilling. Do Not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2017, 12:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,054
Posted By xblueh2o
OK, now that I understand the idea and...

OK, now that I understand the idea and process.
If it were me doing it I would build up a test article and spend a lot of time testing it.
1. If you are sealing the outer edges but leaving an air...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2017, 12:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,054
Posted By xblueh2o
Are you talking about adding a small shaped inner...

Are you talking about adding a small shaped inner layer that would be bonded to the inside of an existing canopy?
My questions are:
1. How to ensure no bubbles in the bonding process or are you only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,187
Posted By xblueh2o
I don't think Parker makes Fuel Lube any more. I...

I don't think Parker makes Fuel Lube any more. I don't know how long ago they stopped but it has been a while. EZ Turn is for all intents and purposes the same thing. I think it is even made to the...
Forum: Safety 06-19-2017, 01:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,638
Posted By xblueh2o
Work flying rule is one guy does the box or...

Work flying rule is one guy does the box or whatever, the other guy's only job is to fly the airplane. That becomes a bit harder single pilot as you learned. I have a personal rule when flying single...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-16-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,708
Posted By xblueh2o
A long time family friend who is a guitar player...

A long time family friend who is a guitar player of some talent has been doing some traveling in his retirement. I have a picture of him in front of that "window" with the girl my lord in a flatbed...
Forum: Oregon 06-09-2017, 10:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By xblueh2o
It certainly wouldn't be any simpler than using...

It certainly wouldn't be any simpler than using Atlantic.
Not sure what their ramp fees are (if any) for little airplanes but I do know they charged me a ton when I picked up and drop of college...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-08-2017, 08:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,398
Posted By xblueh2o
A really interesting adaptation. Should be a fun...

A really interesting adaptation. Should be a fun challenge to get it working right.
Having flown things with radio altimetry and audio callouts I would reduce the number of annunciations from your...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2017, 10:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,195
Posted By xblueh2o
I turned the time I spent training with Mike into...

I turned the time I spent training with Mike into a mini vacation. Fly in the morning and then the girlfriend and I went exploring the coast in the afternoons.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By xblueh2o
I have only ever flown things that burn turbine...

I have only ever flown things that burn turbine fuel there so we always parked on the north side. I recall there being plenty of piston powered stuff parked on the south side of the runway which is...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-28-2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,553
Posted By xblueh2o
I saw the picture and from just the corner of the...

I saw the picture and from just the corner of the car window and thought to myself "that looks like a 64.5-66 hard top". How bad is that?
I am the second owner of an unrestored 66 fastback which I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-28-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,176
Posted By xblueh2o
Finally found the picture I promised a few days...

Finally found the picture I promised a few days ago. Sorry for the delay.
The link is a 10-32 threaded rod if memory serves. All the hardware comes from large scale RC car stuff as was suggested by...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,176
Posted By xblueh2o
I have my Ray Allen POS-12 mounted to a removable...

I have my Ray Allen POS-12 mounted to a removable bracket that is secured to the bulkhead just aft of the flap torque tube. The sensor is connected to the torque tube via a link arm that is mounted...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2017, 10:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,863
Posted By xblueh2o
Our airport requires insurance on the...

Our airport requires insurance on the hangar.
Once I ordered the fuselage and wings I added them and have upped the limit as I purchased other large things (Fastback kit etc, Grove gear etc.). I am...
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