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Forum: My RV Build Project 10-28-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Brian. Welcome to the forums!

Howdy Brian. Welcome to the forums!
Forum: Builder Website Links 10-25-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 418
Posted By Karetaker
RV 7 YouTube Channel

Howdy everyone. For those who don't know or are new to this site, here is a link to my YouTube channel documenting my RV7 Build. A search for Karetaker Aero will also get you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-27-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 917
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Everyone. I used a cross bar with linkage...

Howdy Everyone. I used a cross bar with linkage to connect the left and right side hooks behind the seats. This setup was incorporated with manual flaps on my -7. The link below is the final video in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-16-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,058
Posted By Karetaker
Agree with the awl. Works really well and no...

Agree with the awl. Works really well and no chips, burrs, etc.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,999
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks all for the on going replies. The roll bar...

Thanks all for the on going replies. The roll bar is riveted in place and the rear window is sealed/screwed in place. If I would have added enough sealant to completely cover the roll bar, I would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,999
Posted By Karetaker
For those who may not be aware, this link is to...

For those who may not be aware, this link is to the Vans Website and their acrylic/Lexan hints.

https://www.vansaircraft.com/faq/acrylic-canopy-and-lexan-window-hints/

I was going to use simple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,999
Posted By Karetaker
To better explain: I have a tip up canopy under...

To better explain:

I have a tip up canopy under construction, just about complete. I did not paint the roll bar. I am adding a "targa" strip to the canopy so when the canopy is closed, the targa...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 12:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,999
Posted By Karetaker
Vinyl Wrap on Canopy

Howdy Everyone. I know there are certain chemicals that should not be used on our canopies. Anyone know if the self adhesive vinyl wraps used on cars would create problems if attached to the canopy?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,463
Posted By Karetaker
I have been flying air combat sims for many, many...

I have been flying air combat sims for many, many years...mostly all tail wheel fighters. I fly the sims called DCS, IL2 and some Rise of Flight. It's nice to set different weather conditions, time...
Forum: Reviews 08-29-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,235
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks for the picture upload update! Attached...

Thanks for the picture upload update!

Attached is a picture of the first piece which was bent in the middle, (Right) the other piece is what was shipped as a replacement. Absolutely outrageous!

I...
Forum: Reviews 08-27-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,235
Posted By Karetaker
Never Buying Online Metals Again

Howdy everyone. I am not the type to rant publicly, but this needs to be addressed. I'll try to keep it brief.

I placed an order with Online Metals for a custom cut piece of aluminum to be used as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2021, 05:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,870
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy everyone. Depending on skills, consider...

Howdy everyone. Depending on skills, consider building your own system and wiring harnesses. (Knowledge can be obtained; if you want to put in the work.) You will better know and understand the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-06-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 803
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy. Here is a link to one video in a series of...

Howdy. Here is a link to one video in a series of videos about canopy work I have posted on my YouTube channel. As you stated, numerous ways to get the job...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-25-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 744
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy. My fuel floats as ordered from Vans both...

Howdy. My fuel floats as ordered from Vans both came in their own rather sizable box; guessing about 3" X 3" X 8". As already stated they are ordered as an option.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Glenn. When I did my rigging of the...

Howdy Glenn. When I did my rigging of the elevators, I tried to ensure the trailing edges were in line with each other. The elevator horns may or may not line up with each other, but that is fine....
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-22-2021, 05:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 785
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy. Drawing 16A, top left corner. The call out...

Howdy. Drawing 16A, top left corner. The call out is in fact AN426AD3-4.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 820
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Irv. I jacked a Z bracket or two as well...

Howdy Irv. I jacked a Z bracket or two as well and I decided to buy new. My thought was that when full of fuel, the tank is heavy, (and if you pull the full +6 Gs...) and there are multiple, beefy, Z...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-11-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 722
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Mike. If you flute in the wrong place; like...

Howdy Mike. If you flute in the wrong place; like where you find you need to drill a hole or the flute somehow interferes with another part; you can also use a pneumatic squeezer, (if you have one)...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-10-2021, 07:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,018
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Ryan. I am currently building an RV-7....

Howdy Ryan. I am currently building an RV-7. Check out my You Tube link below. As stated, I can confirm most all sheet aluminum is pre-punched undersize and final drilling is necessary and some...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks. I am not going the Sika route. I have...

Thanks. I am not going the Sika route. I have talked with Van's tech support and was recommended to use fuel tank sealant as a sealing mechanism. Apparently, it is also paintable and I have some on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-06-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By Karetaker
Tip Up Sealant

Howdy everyone. I have read the threads about Sikaflex and the like, but rather than hijack those threads, I thought I would start my own.

I am getting close to installing my tip up canopy and rear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 966
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Jeremy. I drilled/riveted those holes in...

Howdy Jeremy. I drilled/riveted those holes in my-7 when building the rudder.
Forum: Polishing your RV 06-28-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,426
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks for the replies guys. It is nice to...

Thanks for the replies guys. It is nice to confirm I am on the right track mind-wise.

I'll get back on here when the time comes to talk surface prep for paint and polish, polish materials and tools,...
Forum: Polishing your RV 06-28-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,426
Posted By Karetaker
Yes, that is basically what I am asking. I have...

Yes, that is basically what I am asking. I have no experience polishing aluminum knowing I also need to paint right up to it, so I am hoping to get some procedures.

In my mind, I could prep and...
Forum: Polishing your RV 06-28-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,426
Posted By Karetaker
Polished Aluminum and Paint

Howdy everyone. I am curious how to handle the line between highly polished aluminum and the painted area. What to do first; paint, then polish the adjacent aluminum, or polish the bare aluminum and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-23-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,277
Posted By Karetaker
If concerned about loose bolts, perhaps in worn...

If concerned about loose bolts, perhaps in worn out nut plates, you can add a lock washer of your choice between the flat washer and bolt head.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,137
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Mike. Welcome to the show! I sent you a...

Howdy Mike. Welcome to the show!

I sent you a private message but I am sure others will jump on here as well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,390
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks Matt!

Thanks Matt!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,390
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Matt. Very impressed with this fairing!...

Howdy Matt. Very impressed with this fairing! This is exactly what I want to try on my -7.

Can anyone tell me how I can acquire a copy of the 1997 June RVator article?

I am heading over to your...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-31-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 872
Posted By Karetaker
Cool Paint it! Just kidding! Could not resist! I...

Paint it! Just kidding! Could not resist!

I know nothing about polishing an aircraft, but I do give you guys a lot of credit; I have heard it is a lot of work to get it right and it does look...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-21-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,567
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy. I have used Emachineshop over the years...

Howdy. I have used Emachineshop over the years from time to time. It is free and serves my purposes well. I use it mostly to make full size, accurate templates that I can print, cut and trace on to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,641
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Doug. I am building a -7 and do not know...

Howdy Doug. I am building a -7 and do not know how the rudder cables fit to the rudder pedals on the -8. However, on the -7, the builder has the option to drill multiple locations for mounting the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 991
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks for the tips guys.

Thanks for the tips guys.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-13-2021, 02:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 991
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks Scared. I see now what you mean by the...

Thanks Scared. I see now what you mean by the canopy sitting over the roll bar; missed that originally.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-13-2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 991
Posted By Karetaker
How Does the Tip Up Sit?

Howdy everyone. Looking through the construction of the tip up canopy, it is not clear to me how the canopy "sits" nor how it seals. I see spacers are used to keep the frame off of the longerons and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-02-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 918
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Brian. The SV-1 is 8.5" long and 4" wide....

Howdy Brian. The SV-1 is 8.5" long and 4" wide. The duct connection point is 2" OD. I believe these are the only ones Vans sells.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-23-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Posted By Karetaker
Cool Great! Thanks guys!

Great! Thanks guys!
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-21-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Posted By Karetaker
Cool LEMO 6 Pin Wire Diagram Needed

Howdy Everyone. My plan is to use a 6 pin LEMO connector for my headsets, (Bose, Lightspeed, etc.) I am in need of the wire/pin callouts for the panel mounted jack. I want to start wiring these panel...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-13-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,539
Posted By Karetaker
Augghhh! You guys are killing me! (in a good...

Augghhh! You guys are killing me! (in a good way!) I get it..."fixing" something that isn't broke...I am coming to terms with not opening up a can or worms and just keep it simple. Thanks for keeping...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-13-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,539
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks Dennis. Since making the video, I have...

Thanks Dennis. Since making the video, I have figured out the items in question and understand the baffles, tapered cylinders, etc., etc. I also understand the subtleties associated with these...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-13-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,539
Posted By Karetaker
I am not concerned with the warrantee; nor...

I am not concerned with the warrantee; nor customer service. Aero Sport Power has treated me quite well even long before acquiring this engine. I am fine voiding the warrantee.

Engine video on my...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-12-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,539
Posted By Karetaker
Paint Completed Engine...Already Painted

Howdy Everyone. I'm struggling with how to handle this situation. I just bought a "new" engine, never mounted nor ran since built/tested by Aero Sport Power in 2012. The engine is dirty and I hate...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,056
Posted By Karetaker
You are quite welcome. The good news about the...

You are quite welcome. The good news about the X/Y table, mill, center drills, center finder, etc. they are not aircraft specific; you'll use them for all kinds of cool things.

Without the slot...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,415
Posted By Karetaker
If you have watched any of my videos, you will...

If you have watched any of my videos, you will know I am a neat freak and hate clutter/messes. I recommend you build the empennage with what you have and as you progress, perhaps add more...
Forum: Reviews 02-05-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,230
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Ross. I have "The Works" installed in new,...

Howdy Ross. I have "The Works" installed in new, unused, uncut RV-7 wing tips I am looking to sell as a package. Includes all pieces that originally came with "The Works" kit as well as the tail...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-05-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,056
Posted By Karetaker
One more thing....I cut the slits first; before...

One more thing....I cut the slits first; before drilling the holes. To get the holes 90 degrees to the slit, slide a piece of 1/16" or 1/8" thick plywood, (depending on which end you are drilling in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-05-2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,056
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Scott. Here is a link to a tool I use all...

Howdy Scott. Here is a link to a tool I use all the time to locate a hole centered over the radius of a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-05-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,398
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Scott. I just received my VP-X Pro and have...

Howdy Scott. I just received my VP-X Pro and have been reading the rather extensive installation manual on their website. In case you are not aware: be advised that any lighted switches must have the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-05-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,321
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks everyone for the replies.

Thanks everyone for the replies.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-05-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,321
Posted By Karetaker
Wire Connector Between Fuse and Wings

Howdy Everyone. I want to work on the fuselage wiring and use some type of connector so I can electrically mate the wings to it later on during final assembly. I originally wanted to use a simple...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-02-2021, 07:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 853
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy everyone. This video I posted a while back...

Howdy everyone. This video I posted a while back may be of help to some:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewhhbQ5ruHk
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-21-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,220
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy. I did nothing with that area. Since the...

Howdy. I did nothing with that area. Since the skin and underlying parts have no holes there and Vans does not state for -7 builders to add any rivets, I just left it as is.
Forum: Propellers 12-24-2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy everyone. I have made my decision, but am...

Howdy everyone. I have made my decision, but am glad to see this thread continue down this road of discovery!

Toobuilder makes a good point about cruise performance. My personal cruise settings I...
Forum: Propellers 12-23-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Agree with Dan on "dampened" and...

Agree with Dan on "dampened" and "counterweighted". Balanced crank is a different term again explained by Dan.

Yes, I was surprised and concerned when I started getting intel on the IO375 and the...
Forum: Propellers 12-22-2020, 01:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Everyone. Howdy David. I can't answer your...

Howdy Everyone. Howdy David. I can't answer your weight questions but I will share what I know as of today. As stated in an earlier post of mine down the page here, I have confirmed with Hartzell...
Forum: Propellers 12-18-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy everyone. Here is what I just received from...

Howdy everyone. Here is what I just received from Hartzell, if interested:

"The vibrational testing that Hartzell performed with the 375 undamped engine resulted in higher stress loading on the...
Forum: Propellers 12-17-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
I have no information on weight differences...

I have no information on weight differences between engine/prop. combos, David. I do agree the restrictions are livable and will look further into the Hartzell blended airfoil propeller. I am hoping...
Forum: Propellers 12-17-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
One more thing...for those wondering...I received...

One more thing...for those wondering...I received an email from Aero Sport Power today stating that switching from a non-weighted to a weighted crank is a simple swap. Consumables such as bearings,...
Forum: Propellers 12-17-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy Carl. I get what you are saying. I am...

Howdy Carl. I get what you are saying. I am seriously looking at the Hartzell BA aluminum props now. For those curious, here is the restriction from Hartzell:

For undamped 200 HP IO-360:...
Forum: Propellers 12-17-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks Carl. Curious if during those 1000 hrs. if...

Thanks Carl. Curious if during those 1000 hrs. if you abided by the restrictions as stated by Hartzell? I am hoping those restrictions are in an operational area of the power curve that is never...
Forum: Propellers 12-17-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Howdy David. I was looking at the 300 series...

Howdy David. I was looking at the 300 series Whirl Wind propellers last night. They cost more than the Hartzell aluminum 2 blade deal that Vans sells and as you noted, not recommended for...
Forum: Propellers 12-16-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
I have talked to Vans about the 72" -V- 74" and...

I have talked to Vans about the 72" -V- 74" and did not receive any intel. on performance differences. They did say that either could be used on a -7 but the owner needs to be aware of the potential...
Forum: Propellers 12-16-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Thanks. Are you using the 72" or 74"?

Thanks. Are you using the 72" or 74"?
Forum: Propellers 12-16-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,534
Posted By Karetaker
Propeller Selection Assistance

Howdy Everyone. I need some assistance in regard to propeller choice from people more experienced than I am on the subject. (Mostly everyone.)

I am building a -7 and just acquired an Aero Sport...
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