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Forum: Texas (South) 10-07-2022, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (October 2022)

It's finally starting to feel like fall in Houston, and the weather's looking promising next weekend - let's head down to Lake Jackson for some seafood.

When: Saturday, 10-15, 11:30 AM
Where: Runway...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2022, 12:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,768
Posted By N546RV
Back when I was doing my TW training I picked up...

Back when I was doing my TW training I picked up a pair of minimalist running shoes. I briefly considered those five-finger ones, but couldn't quite bring myself to wear those. Instead I got a pair...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2022, 11:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,949
Posted By N546RV
Another thing I'd throw in here is that trigger...

Another thing I'd throw in here is that trigger control is very important. I personally prefer to keep the pressure to my gun cranked up pretty high, and when I shoot, I put my middle finger behind...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-13-2022, 06:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 495
Posted By N546RV
Also forgot to mention, I've got some stuff going...

Also forgot to mention, I've got some stuff going on Saturday and won't be able to make it this time. Catch you all next month.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-13-2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 495
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (September 2022)

Looks like we've made it through yet another month, so it's time to grab some lunch again. We'll keep it simple this time around and do Hooks again.

When: Saturday, 9-17, 11:30 AM
Where: Aviator's...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-05-2022, 11:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,819
Posted By N546RV
Yowza...I knew prices had gone up but that's...

Yowza...I knew prices had gone up but that's roughly 50% more than when I ordered my -370 about two years ago.

:eek:

In any case, I'll +1 getting with JB - great to deal with and very responsive.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,631
Posted By N546RV
The difference is undersize vs final size...

The difference is undersize vs final size prepunched holes.

RV-8 typical assembly process:


Cleco parts together
Final drill rivet holes
Disassemble parts
Deburr
Dimple as needed
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-29-2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,403
Posted By N546RV
Matt Dralle was working on a design for...

Matt Dralle was working on a design for magnetically-attached mirrors earlier this year. Not sure if that's still a work in progress or not, but I was really interested in buying a pair if he got...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-29-2022, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 801
Posted By N546RV
Hey folks - wanted to follow up here. As...

Hey folks - wanted to follow up here. As mentioned above, Tom sent me an email with some helpful information. I still had a bit of a struggle finishing the install, until I "customized" a wrench for...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-27-2022, 10:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 801
Posted By N546RV
AS Flightlines FT60 mount kit - anyone had any luck with this?

Working on FWF stuff for my Titan IO-370 install, and the FT60 transducer mount kit (http://www.aircraftspecialty.com/FT60Mount.html) from AS Flightlines looked like a good way to easily handle this...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-16-2022, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 742
Posted By N546RV
Nice - I like the backing plate idea. I've been...

Nice - I like the backing plate idea. I've been giving myself fits trying to figure out how best to get the prepunched holes in the battery box to coincide with the firewall angles. That's a really...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-16-2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 402
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (August 2022)

OK, we've all had 2+ weeks to recover from Oshkosh, so let's get out and have lunch again. This time we'll go back to the old standby at Hooks.

When: Saturday, 8-20, 11:30 AM
Where: Aviator's Grill...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-16-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 742
Posted By N546RV
Photo request: firewall battery box mounts

Background: I have an EarthX ETX-900 battery and their thermal battery box. I'll be mounting this in the engine compartment of my -8, but I've done a pretty absurd amount of head-scratching and...
Forum: Texas (South) 07-10-2022, 04:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 726
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (July 2022)

Yup, it's that time again. For a change of pace, let's try out the new-ish restaurant at Brenham this time around.

When: Saturday, 7-16, 11:30 AM
Where: Dreamliner Diner at Brenham airport (11R)
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-22-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,170
Posted By N546RV
Before ordering wire, I made up a rough road map...

Before ordering wire, I made up a rough road map of harness routing and component location, and used that to rough out lengths of each run and work out estimated quantities. Then I padded each amount...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2022, 12:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,058
Posted By N546RV
Hung the engine. Decided to break the prop out of...

Hung the engine. Decided to break the prop out of its crate too and attach it briefly just to make the photo op that much more fun. FWF fun is about to...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-14-2022, 11:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 590
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (June 2022)

Hey everybody - it's that time again. Let's keep it simple this time and just head up to Hooks for burgers.

When: Saturday, 6-18, 11:30 AM
Where: Aviator's Grill at Hooks airport (KDWH)

I probably...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2022, 11:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,725
Posted By N546RV
Work inside the fuselage is mostly done at this...

Work inside the fuselage is mostly done at this point. Panel isn't installed at the moment but is complete and has been tested - with the exception of engine-related stuff, of course. The motivation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2022, 11:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,725
Posted By N546RV
My fuselage finally grew legs and got rolled out...

My fuselage finally grew legs and got rolled out into the fresh air for all the airport neighbors to appreciate.

https://rv-wp-static.s3.amazonaws.com/content/uploads/2022/06/img_3361-1024x768.jpg
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2022, 10:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 886
Posted By N546RV
Mobility options with the gear legs installed

Looking to hear what people have done to handle this. After a lot of year spent on sawhorses, I'm working on installing the main gear legs on my -8 this week. One of the things I'd like to get out of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,280
Posted By N546RV
What I've done is to just buy solder-cup...

What I've done is to just buy solder-cup connectors that mate with the harness spots you want to test. Putting a multimeter lead into one of those solder cup terminals is still a little fiddly, but...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2022, 11:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 638
Posted By N546RV
I'd expect a pneumatic squeezer to set them just...

I'd expect a pneumatic squeezer to set them just fine. If we're talking hand squeezers, a Main Squeeze would do it, but I wouldn't try it with any regular squeezer. They also set just fine with a 3x...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 10:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,070
Posted By N546RV
I've had a couple PMs asking about the labels...

I've had a couple PMs asking about the labels too, so I'll just go ahead and replicate my blurb here. The labels are custom printed, and I very closely followed the procedure laid out in this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2022, 11:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,070
Posted By N546RV
Working on panel labeling. Shot flat black base...

Working on panel labeling. Shot flat black base coat, added dry transfer labeling on top, then topped it off with two-part clear for protection. Then reinstalled everything to get some beauty shots....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2022, 10:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,144
Posted By N546RV
There's been lots of stuff going on but I've been...

There's been lots of stuff going on but I've been trying to stick with the "do something every day" mantra, generally working towards getting my panel and stuff painted and labeled. As of now my...
Forum: COMM 05-17-2022, 03:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By N546RV
Sounds similar to the problems I've had with my...

Sounds similar to the problems I've had with my Zulu 3 set and my intercom: https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=205863

Unfortunately I don't have a resolution to share so far.
Forum: Texas (South) 05-16-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (May 2022)

Heyo folks! The third Saturday draws near, so let's sit down and get some food and chat handled. This time we'll rotate back to Hooks for burgers at the Aviator's Grill.

When: Saturday, 5-21, 11:30...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2022, 02:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 833
Posted By N546RV
Fuselage closeout inspection? (maybe a good question for Mel)

OK, so it's been my understanding that here in the US, there are no required inspections during the course of building an E-AB aircraft - just the final airworthiness inspection. However, while...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-24-2022, 12:00 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 335
Posted By N546RV
Odd headset noise

I've been working on cabin electrical stuff this week, which included wiring up and testing the headset jacks. I took care of the rear jacks a couple nights ago and then tested them with a Flightcom...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-11-2022, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 791
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (April 2022)

Wow, it's that time again already...once again, weekend weather is looking good, and since I missed out on the last seafood run, let's give Lake Jackson a try again.

If anyone needs a lift down,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-03-2022, 11:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,075
Posted By N546RV
Anyone else have issues with tailspring rust?

This is really starting to annoy me. I left the tailspring for my -8 bare for a long time because it was serving as a rear pivot point for my rotisseries setup. I figured a good coat of epoxy primer...
Forum: Texas (South) 03-14-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 857
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (March 2022)

Heyo folks! The third Saturday draws near, so let's sit down and get some food and chat handled. This time we'll rotate back to Hooks for burgers at the Aviator's Grill.

When: Saturday, 3-19, 11:30...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2022, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 973
Posted By N546RV
At the risk of being a bit prickly, do note that...

At the risk of being a bit prickly, do note that "the washer remedy" is really just a matter of following the instructions. This is from page 8-63 in my manual, which is the very end of the "rudder...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-06-2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,678
Posted By N546RV
I located mine with the BNC hole just aft of the...

I located mine with the BNC hole just aft of the pushrod hole; this, in turn, places it just ahead of the low point of the footwell. If you look at this photo you can see where I drew the profile of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2022, 08:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,093
Posted By N546RV
Pretty sure NAFCO was the last bank in the kit...

Pretty sure NAFCO was the last bank in the kit loan business. I was talking them when I was about ready to start buying expensive stuff last year, and in the end the business with having to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-18-2022, 08:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By N546RV
The longest components for the fuselage kit will...

The longest components for the fuselage kit will be the main longerons; these are a pair of 16' aluminum angle pieces. However, the longerons are not normally shipped with the fuselage kit; instead,...
Forum: Texas (South) 02-11-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 728
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (February 2021)

OK kids, it's that time again. Next weekend's weather forecast is looking promising, so let's give Lake Jackson another try. That's the Runway Cafe at KLBX, next Saturday (2-19) at 11:30.

As per...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,204
Posted By N546RV
I don't think moving the SV batteries aft is...

I don't think moving the SV batteries aft is workable. The installation manual has some pretty specific info about constructing your own harness:



I'm not sure if the concern here is excessive...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-30-2022, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,204
Posted By N546RV
I built shelves both behind the instrument panel,...

I built shelves both behind the instrument panel, and back where the aft battery would otherwise be. The aft shelf is where the ELT, ADS-B receiver, and transponder live, along with a network hub....
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-28-2022, 11:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,989
Posted By N546RV
This actually isn't the case with the -8 manual....

This actually isn't the case with the -8 manual. The wing sections are pretty sparse, but the fuselage has the same sort of detailed checklist layout seen with the empennage.

Now once you get to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,997
Posted By N546RV
Yup, I put in conduit runs on both sides. I know...

Yup, I put in conduit runs on both sides. I know I had to make holes on one side, though I don't recall specifically that it was the right, and I'm not finding the relevant build log entry off the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2022, 12:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,997
Posted By N546RV
In a general sense, my wiring runs out from the...

In a general sense, my wiring runs out from the panel area on the right side, down the right gear tower, through the spar on the right side, through conduit under the seat floors back to behind the...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-10-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 957
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (January 2022)

UPDATE 1-14: LOCATION CHANGE

Due to the forecast winds tomorrow (looks like 35-knot gusts by midday), I'm opting out of flying to Lake Jackson, as I imagine most folks would.

Instead of LBX, let's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2022, 05:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,782
Posted By N546RV
An addendum here: a gold mast doesn't...

An addendum here: a gold mast doesn't automatically mean "bad." The masts referred to here are the SafeAir1 units, which I'm pretty sure are no longer available since Bob Avery retired. A gold...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-06-2022, 08:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,676
Posted By N546RV
Just as a data point re:Vetterman, I ordered a...

Just as a data point re:Vetterman, I ordered a four-pipe exhaust for my -8 in mid-September last year. At the time, Clint told me they were running "about six weeks out." My exhaust shipped last week...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,184
Posted By N546RV
Lots of good info, and some stuff for me to try...

Lots of good info, and some stuff for me to try out with tonight's work session. Maybe comparing my technique to Mike Arnold's isn't the best way to start. He makes it look really easy in those...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2022, 12:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,184
Posted By N546RV
Looking for some micro consistency feedback

Cutting to the chase, I'm finally getting my hands dirty (literally) with fiberglass work. While working on my rudder bottom, and sanding the tail light pad flat, I went too far and needed to build...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-01-2022, 11:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,233
Posted By N546RV
Interesting. Now I really want to know what that...

Interesting. Now I really want to know what that skin is for...

Edit: Oh, that's a rudder skin, probably R-801PP. Notice how there are a lot more chordwise rivet lines compared to the stab skeleton...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-30-2021, 11:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 855
Posted By N546RV
Required clearance between rudder bottom and tailspring?

This question specifically concerns my RV-8, though I'd expect the answer can be generalized to any model. Today I was working on fitting the fiberglass rudder bottom, and after working through...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-26-2021, 08:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 984
Posted By N546RV
Generically, my wiring has a single large trunk...

Generically, my wiring has a single large trunk that goes down the right gear tower, under the mid-cabin cover, and through the right-hand spar holes to get to the back of the plane. The only thing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-18-2021, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,500
Posted By N546RV
Here's what I dug out of my build log. Static...

Here's what I dug out of my build log.

Static ports installed. I'm using the fancy milled ones instead of the factory blind-rivet...
Forum: Texas (South) 12-13-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,079
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (December 2021)

Third weekend is coming up again! Hopefully not everyone will already be out of town for the holidays. Let's go up to Hooks again for some burgers, and I can talk at length about how much I don't...
Forum: GPS 12-12-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,015
Posted By N546RV
1) Yes - this is exactly how I wired up the...

1) Yes - this is exactly how I wired up the auto-on for my 175.
2) I think opinions may vary on this one, but I'm using the 175 for my XPDR source, and I simply used a single 22AWG wire to do the...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-20-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,655
Posted By N546RV
Good times! Nice to have a ramp full of RVs...

Good times! Nice to have a ramp full of RVs again, really glad everyone was able to make it out. Hopefully next time I’ll be showing off a hung engine…
Forum: Tools 11-14-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,879
Posted By N546RV
I'm up to four rolling tool chests now. Way back...

I'm up to four rolling tool chests now. Way back when I started the build I got what, at the time, seemed like a massive 6' high chest from Harbor Freight. (They don't seem to offer this same set any...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,836
Posted By N546RV
And if there are problems with these then someone...

And if there are problems with these then someone should probably tell Stein so he can stop selling them. I have three of these going into my build and my presumption buying them from SteinAir was...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-12-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,655
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (November 2021)

Why wait until Thanksgiving to nuke your weight-control goals? Come out to my place at Sport Flyers the weekend before and get a head start with some ribs fresh off the smoker!

OK, more seriously,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-07-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 837
Views: 1,015,603
Posted By N546RV
It occurs to me that I never posted a pic of my...

It occurs to me that I never posted a pic of my panel all lit up for testing. Everything has tested out OK so far - the GPS-175 drives the Dynon HSI, the transponder says it has an ADS-B compliant...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,438
Posted By N546RV
I'm in a brief holding pattern on my canopy frame...

I'm in a brief holding pattern on my canopy frame work (misdrilled the slide block), so I decided to work on the engine mount today. Got the two upper attache holes drilled in the firewall, which was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,484
Posted By N546RV
Good deal, thanks for confirming. Now to see if I...

Good deal, thanks for confirming. Now to see if I can rustle up something like an F or G bit. Time to hit up some airport neighbors tomorrow morning...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,484
Posted By N546RV
OK, updates on what I'm sure will be a continuing...

OK, updates on what I'm sure will be a continuing saga.

First, I think I've found a resolution for the gap issue. I tried fitting the frame without the anchor block to see just how far forward I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-27-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,484
Posted By N546RV
Canopy frame fitting questions

I suppose it was high time the training wheels came off...it's been fun seeing the detail of the construction manual fall off a cliff as I start on the canopy. Tonight I started working on fitting...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-10-2021, 11:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,297
Posted By N546RV
Looks like you made time to hop over to LBX for...

Looks like you made time to hop over to LBX for some seafood, too. I thought I recognized the plane and pilot from the Runway Cafe FB page:...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-10-2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,016
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (October 2021)

https://vansairforce.net/community/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=1510&day=2021-10-16

OK yeah, I said last month we'd try again at my place this time, but I wasn't thinking about our vacation. This'll be...
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