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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 700
Posted By fl-mike
You can also make one by taking a rivet a dash or...

You can also make one by taking a rivet a dash or two longer and plumping up the shank by slightly squeezing it between your flush sets in a manual squeezer.
Experiment until you get a good fit in...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-01-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 357
Posted By fl-mike
My brother had a bunch of model kits from an...

My brother had a bunch of model kits from an abandoned storage unit. I found two Monogram 1/48 P-51’s. Built them and epoxied a dowel rod in the radiator exit flap. Serves the purpose well.

There...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 277
Posted By fl-mike
Right angle drill, pilot drill #30, then use...

Right angle drill, pilot drill #30, then use piloted countersink to enlarge hole to 3/8 or 1/2” (depending on c/s body size)
Use your hole punch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,715
Posted By fl-mike
I sure wish Vans would use drywall screws on the...

I sure wish Vans would use drywall screws on the battens. The staples just pop out when they push or pry on them with the forks. The bottom battens are almost always sheared off from sliding the...
Forum: Safety 11-23-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,070
Posted By fl-mike
https://www.kitplanes.com/diy-airport-glideslope-i...

https://www.kitplanes.com/diy-airport-glideslope-indicator/

Using parallax to achieve similar. Seems like a simple method. An interrupted bar of lights and a single light placed a distance in...
Forum: Safety 11-23-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,070
Posted By fl-mike
would be an interesting optical/mechanical design...

would be an interesting optical/mechanical design challenge, using LED landing lights or similar and baffles. But don't forget to add tamper/tilt switches in case the mower hits it, etc. Lots of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 592
Posted By fl-mike
Use them all the time for platenuts. I mostly...

Use them all the time for platenuts. I mostly use the one that came with the brake rivet set kit from Avery, but also have a couple others including a longer one I made. The old Southbend gets...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-19-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,076
Posted By fl-mike
This, unless we could get a 540 powered Tucano...

This, unless we could get a 540 powered Tucano style tandem with stadium seating and retractable tricycle gear. The current crop of mini-Tucanos are too small and slow.

A bigger, beefier 8 would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,359
Posted By fl-mike
The Citizen alloy frames (Rome, etc.) are pretty...

The Citizen alloy frames (Rome, etc.) are pretty light and priced well.
I bugged them a few years ago to make some lighter models for us RV'ers.
Forum: Formation Flying 11-16-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 794
Posted By fl-mike
Come down to sunny Venice, FL! I'll expect your...

Come down to sunny Venice, FL! I'll expect your call in February....

The Redstar FAST guys run good clinics too. You might have better luck with them in your area.
Forum: Formation Flying 11-16-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 794
Posted By fl-mike
FFI is the most common RV standard for formation....

FFI is the most common RV standard for formation. I would use FFI as your group standard. I'm carded in both FFI and FAST, but only FAST for participating with the Red Star guys, since that is what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,345
Posted By fl-mike
I used vinyl base molding on my sliding door. ...

I used vinyl base molding on my sliding door. 120 foot rolls at HD.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By fl-mike
I know the website you are talking about. Had...

I know the website you are talking about. Had many different styles for zenith etc. I think the website disappeared.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 09:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,715
Posted By fl-mike
Carl, That is not the current way the 8/8A plans...

Carl,
That is not the current way the 8/8A plans and manual align the ailerons and flaps. After the wing incidence is set and the rear spar attachment is drilled, the ailerons are set first, using...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-29-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
Posted By fl-mike
Correct on the fixture and tooling holes. The rod...

Correct on the fixture and tooling holes.
The rod ends are both right-hand thread, so to adjust, you have to remove one of the bolts (I used the bellcrank end) and turn one end in or out. As you...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-29-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,043
Posted By fl-mike
memorial service flyover

The formation group out of Venice (Gulf Coast Raptors) is planning a flyover at the start of Jan's memorial service at 11AM on Saturday Dec 4. Nearly all of us got our transition training with...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-29-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 700
Posted By fl-mike
Any of the larger paint companies should have...

Any of the larger paint companies should have formulas for FED-STD-595 colors. If not, you can get the paint chips of the colors you want and have the local shops match.

Or, you could buy a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-26-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,231
Posted By fl-mike
A “V” shaped crack is visible in the second...

A “V” shaped crack is visible in the second photo. This is the typical crack on this bad batch. Sort of slides a chunk of the shank off in the shop head.

The stuff under the head is just primer....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-25-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,231
Posted By fl-mike
There was a bad batch of 4-7’s. I had the same...

There was a bad batch of 4-7’s. I had the same issue. Toss them.
Forum: Canada 10-25-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,137
Posted By fl-mike
can you use 406test? ...

can you use 406test?
https://www.acrartex.com/survival-products/406test
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-24-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 470
Posted By fl-mike
Many radios and antennas have an inductor to...

Many radios and antennas have an inductor to ground to provide a discharge path for static buildup. This is a short at DC, but a high impedance at the working radio frequencies.

So, I would not...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-17-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,109
Posted By fl-mike
Only one underwing NACA vent is used. Right...

Only one underwing NACA vent is used. Right wing.
Other side would collect exhaust.
Bonding the fuselage vent is covered on page 8-67, forward upper fuselage section. You can use the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 434
Posted By fl-mike
I used stainless socket head cap screws.

I used stainless socket head cap screws.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,941
Posted By fl-mike
Similar. Buddies widow spreading his ashes from...

Similar. Buddies widow spreading his ashes from the stern of a boat. Whoops. I'm sure he would have laughed too.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,551
Posted By fl-mike
Buddy did his in the driveway. No problem. ...

Buddy did his in the driveway. No problem.
Think he got it done in one day, then moved back in the shop.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,678
Posted By fl-mike
Well, AMP is very proud of them for sure, but...

Well, AMP is very proud of them for sure, but they are far from "simple". When you use one, you'll understand. Sort of like a fine S&W wheel-gun action.

Like the AFM8, they are a joy to use.

Keep...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-01-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By fl-mike
my guess is that your G3X dimmer control is tied...

my guess is that your G3X dimmer control is tied to the nav/strobe fuse bus. If you lose the 12V bias on the dimmer voltage divider, the G3X will see basically ground on the dimming input, i.e....
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-30-2021, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 857
Posted By fl-mike
Todd, and then Lance, had their own tooling and...

Todd, and then Lance, had their own tooling and blew the canopies themselves. I picked mine up at Lance’s shop in Indiantown.
Not sure of the current Aerocanopy situation.

Sure would like to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-23-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,299
Posted By fl-mike
We use Utica and Sturtevant-Richmont torque...

We use Utica and Sturtevant-Richmont torque screwdrivers on the production line at work and they are very good, but expensive.

I have a S-R myself, but I'm sure there are more affordable options out...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,444
Posted By fl-mike
can you cite a reference for this?

can you cite a reference for this?
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,700
Posted By fl-mike
air vents, and/or cabin heat intake on the...

air vents, and/or cabin heat intake on the baffles.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,299
Posted By fl-mike
A torque screwdriver is plenty for AN3 and...

A torque screwdriver is plenty for AN3 and smaller.

I visited a -10 builder early on, and he had this big Craftsman digital wrench. Waaaay too big for our stuff. Not only that, I took it in to our...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-16-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,479
Posted By fl-mike
Right!? Why on earth would PP think that...

Right!?
Why on earth would PP think that switching the alt on after start is a reasonable operational/design limitation.
Looking for the head slap emoji....


and to think that I've been...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-16-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,069
Posted By fl-mike
Run your #30 reamer though and rivet. The shank...

Run your #30 reamer though and rivet. The shank will swell to fit the small irregularity.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 11:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 933
Posted By fl-mike
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B96AKF4/ref...

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B96AKF4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


They're even for RVs! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 678
Posted By fl-mike
No need. Just make sure there is no...

No need.
Just make sure there is no paint/powdercoating on the bearing surfaces.
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 677
Posted By fl-mike
drill 1/4", then make a couple laps with the...

drill 1/4", then make a couple laps with the dogleg deburring tool.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-05-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,043
Posted By fl-mike
A real loss to the RV community. Jan gave me the...

A real loss to the RV community.
Jan gave me the skills and transition training to get on this magic carpet ride of RV's. I had only about 65 hours total at the time and after a few hours with Jan...
Forum: Interiors 08-31-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,008
Posted By fl-mike
RV-8 package. The stick boots were way too big. ...

RV-8 package. The stick boots were way too big. I modified the rear myself with scissors and glue. I won't be using the front boot. I got the heaters and inflatable lumbar option. Side panels...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-31-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,481
Posted By fl-mike
Faston male/female. Flip the sexes if you have a...

Faston male/female.
Flip the sexes if you have a + / - pair of wires. You should be able to mix the crimp sizes, but if you can't, strip the #18 long and fold back it on itself to fatten it up for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,119
Posted By fl-mike
Right! Looks too much like work. This is...

Right! Looks too much like work. This is supposed to be fun.
(but, you do need to be aware of lead times and plan accordingly.)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,764
Posted By fl-mike
Raptor practice. Lead's having a little trouble...

Raptor practice. Lead's having a little trouble holding stable pitch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Posted By fl-mike
Push harder…. Actually, you’ll never notice it in...

Push harder….
Actually, you’ll never notice it in flight. And you’ll rarely put in that much stick.
Forum: RV-14 08-27-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,185
Posted By fl-mike
yes, dimple in-place if you can reach it.

yes, dimple in-place if you can reach it.
Forum: RV-10 08-25-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,363
Posted By fl-mike
1983 Honda Civic? That was the hit I got for...

1983 Honda Civic? That was the hit I got for the 14158. No experience with that unit.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-25-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,214
Posted By fl-mike
I used some old RG-59 CATV coax to simulate the...

I used some old RG-59 CATV coax to simulate the cables for determining length. Allowed a similar bend radius, etc. Worked for me.

Put firesleeve on all the cables FWF, and wrapped the firesleeve...
Forum: COMM 08-20-2021, 04:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,606
Posted By fl-mike
How are you powering this rig?

How are you powering this rig?
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-09-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 19,999
Posted By fl-mike
This is what is on Airbus uses. If you want to...

This is what is on Airbus uses. If you want to buy new, AirCostControl supplies most Airbus part numbers.
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2021, 12:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,993
Posted By fl-mike
I use aluminum honeycomb "kill-flash" material...

I use aluminum honeycomb "kill-flash" material off of ebay. Rough cut on the bandsaw to the ID of the vent plus a smidge. Press into the vent barrel and secure with a bit of RTV, or not. Minimal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,294
Posted By fl-mike
Seems that some went xpndr off and snuck in. I...

Seems that some went xpndr off and snuck in. I was watching the ADS-B tracks on Sunday and guys were complaining about line jumpers at Ripon, but there were no tracks displayed. Saw other goofs,...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-31-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,437
Posted By fl-mike
Luftwaffe A400M

Luftwaffe A400M
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2021, 12:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 884
Posted By fl-mike
Small triangle file. Notch it halfway, snap it...

Small triangle file. Notch it halfway, snap it off, dress the end. Fast, accurate, easy.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-22-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,079
Posted By fl-mike
Those are comfortable chairs and light, but you...

Those are comfortable chairs and light, but you sit "in" them.
I also pack a small, simple, folding stool to sit "on" for putting on shoes and such at the tent.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-19-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 481
Posted By fl-mike
FYI: G3X GDU 460 display lead time is LONG

Ordered 1 June.
Estimating October delivery.
So, about five months best case.

Guess I'll work on something else!
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-19-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,961
Posted By fl-mike
see...

see thread:
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=196354
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,781
Posted By fl-mike
Safety wire, as Dan shows.

Safety wire, as Dan shows.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-16-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,273
Posted By fl-mike
Titan IOX-370, FM 150, Titan cold air...

Titan IOX-370, FM 150, Titan cold air sump:
Custom mixture and throttle cable lengths
Custom fuel line lengths
Custom oil lines since I went with the showplanes cooler mount
Bump in cowl to clear...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-15-2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,309
Posted By fl-mike
If you don’t have access panels, those boxes will...

If you don’t have access panels, those boxes will be near impossible to service once the rudder pedals are installed. Especially if you used standard nuts.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-12-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,343
Posted By fl-mike
Looks just like my Lowe’s/HD/Ace denatured...

Looks just like my Lowe’s/HD/Ace denatured alcohol can with the plastic top popped off. Keep it Tony original!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,461
Posted By fl-mike
Some Saturday morning practice.

Some Saturday morning practice.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-02-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,381
Posted By fl-mike
Practice! Load up your plane heavy and aft CG and...

Practice!
Load up your plane heavy and aft CG and go figure out how to fly 90 knots and hold altitude. Lock down those numbers. Don't be the Slinky guy.
Now practice a bit slower because you'll end...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 06-25-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,788
Posted By fl-mike
But what a way to wake up! Love it and why I...

But what a way to wake up! Love it and why I like to camp in HBC. Immersive.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-25-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 956
Posted By fl-mike
Make a shelf like this. The G3X display is...

Make a shelf like this. The G3X display is pretty shallow, so you can put a lot behind it. Watch the avionics though. They can be deep. I put the GMU on the rear deck under the VS.
Forum: RV-4 06-24-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,512
Posted By fl-mike
There is a cross bolt hole, right? Can't see it...

There is a cross bolt hole, right? Can't see it in the photo.
I would rig up a puller to put tension on the bracket and then tap/heat/tap to break it loose if frozen on. Or maybe even an impact...
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