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Old 06-16-2015, 09:51 AM
ben barron ben barron is offline
 
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Default Flap Lever thumb saver

Here is a simple fix to save pinching your thumb on the flap lever.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/d0qnv2eeow...parts.JPG?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/l8wwnjii2v...ished.JPG?dl=0
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:32 AM
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Default thumb saver

Great idea,

Stopped counting the amount of times I've pinched one or more fingers.
It's usually due to a distraction both on the ground and in the air. One way that seems to help, is to push the handle or gear bar down with the palm of your hand, then depress the end button.

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Old 06-16-2015, 04:54 PM
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Mine only pinched me ONCE!
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:22 PM
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After getting hurt 3 or 4 times, I finally modified the flap button. I do not have a lathe like Don.
So I cut the guillotine off with a hacksaw and smoothed the knob with a file and sandpaper.
The red vinyl cap is off the end of a countersink bit tube.
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:41 AM
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Joe and I did another thing as well, this was a nice conversion I think:

http://www.mykitlog.com/users/displa...200630&row=137
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:49 AM
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Don,
Good job. It looks like you can deploy the flaps by just pulling on the handle. Retracting the flaps requires depressing the flap handle button first.
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:06 PM
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I could never understand why Van's designed that "finger-pinching" tiered button (weight reduction perhaps? ). I keep waiting for some enterprising soul with a lathe to offer solid Delrin plastic replacement buttons -- slick sliding and no pinching!! Much $$$ to be made here!
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:23 PM
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Hard for me to understand this. I have never had a problem as designed.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:14 PM
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I had some fun with a lathe and made this for my 12. I drilled some holes from the bottom to reduce the weight, not as light as the Van's part but zero pinch potential.

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Old 06-05-2016, 11:58 AM
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This thread is a year old, I know, but the issue is new to me. I just got checked out in an LSLA RV-12, and I like the plane a lot. But the flap handle "bit" me twice, on two consecutive days. The first time, it tore the skin on my thumb. I'm daydreaming about buying an SLSA, but the RV-12's flap handle is a deal-breaker for me. Has anyone figured out a solution that can be implemented on an SLSA version of the RV-12? Maybe a rubber or plastic cap that fits over the button and covers the gap between the button and the handle?
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