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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-11-2022, 09:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,664
Posted By vfrazier
Cerakote https://www.cerakote.com

Cerakote

https://www.cerakote.com
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-21-2022, 09:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,070
Posted By vfrazier
The iwantarocket link is super old. Blake has...

The iwantarocket link is super old. Blake has handled that product for years!

Blake has pneumatic tires too. See his site for details.

www.flyboyaccessories.com (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com)
Forum: Rocket 06-16-2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,988
Posted By vfrazier
Vince here. Let me say a few things here: 1) No,...

Vince here. Let me say a few things here:

1) No, we're not out of business, nor do we plan to be.

2) Yes, we've had continual trouble with our website. Blake is supposed to be migrating it to a new...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-07-2022, 09:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By vfrazier
There are various plastic tube solutions. Here's...

There are various plastic tube solutions. Here's one that is truly light:

https://flyboyaccessories.com/product/non-split-wire-loom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2022, 10:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,046
Posted By vfrazier
+1 for FlyLEDs. They are...

+1 for FlyLEDs. They are great.

https://flyboyaccessories.com/product-category/flyleds-diy-led-lighting-kits
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-19-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Posted By vfrazier
That tire is HEAVY. You could save well over a...

That tire is HEAVY.

You could save well over a pound by swapping to Blake's tailwheel fork and lightweight tire.

https://flyboyaccessories.com/product-category/tailwheel-products
Forum: Rocket 01-24-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 705
Posted By vfrazier
Here's what Van's sells to the...

Here's what Van's sells to the masses:

https://store.vansaircraft.com/lord-dynafocal-1-engine-mount-vibration-isolator-ea-dyna-vi-std-lord.html
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-13-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,084
Posted By vfrazier
We've started replacing powder coating with...

We've started replacing powder coating with Cerakoting on all of our coated parts. It's so much superior (so far!) that I can't imagine powdering anything ever again. Cerakote is very thin, so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-12-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 956
Posted By vfrazier
Get a new tire from Blake. The Deluxe tire is...

Get a new tire from Blake. The Deluxe tire is what I use and it's light, tough, and has sealed bearings. Should last up to 1000...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-31-2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,294
Posted By vfrazier
Put enough weight in the plane to simulate...

Put enough weight in the plane to simulate typical flying conditions.

Get some greased plates and put the tires on them so they can find their happy place.

Adjust the toe to zero with the tail...
Forum: RV-4 12-23-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 967
Posted By vfrazier
It depends on who drilled your existing spring.

It depends on who drilled your existing spring.
Forum: RV-4 12-21-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 674
Posted By vfrazier
Larry, That is correct, you'll need to cut the...

Larry,

That is correct, you'll need to cut the side skin too.
Forum: Midwest 12-14-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,143
Posted By vfrazier
Yeah, come to Glenndale! Woot! Bob, don't give...

Yeah, come to Glenndale! Woot!

Bob, don't give away my hangar!:eek:
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-09-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 714
Posted By vfrazier
Wicks Aircraft has a 12' shear and can cut strips...

Wicks Aircraft has a 12' shear and can cut strips for you.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,028
Posted By vfrazier
I must be overlooking something, but I can't find...

I must be overlooking something, but I can't find "the list". It would be a super inconvenience to us old farts if "the list" is unavailable. I use it all the time. Anyone have the hidden (from my...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,004
Posted By vfrazier
So many questions and problems can be resolved...

So many questions and problems can be resolved forever just by reading the maintenance documents that Blake provides here:

tailwheel maintenance documents...
Forum: Rocket 11-17-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,044
Posted By vfrazier
The M1 Speedcruiser never quite made the cut. If...

The M1 Speedcruiser never quite made the cut. If I recall, one was built and it was a bit overweight and not particularly attractive. I'm not trying to berate the plane, but the Super 6 Rockets are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,176
Posted By vfrazier
Wow. You guys covered the floorboard/plywood...

Wow. You guys covered the floorboard/plywood support thing very well.

HOWEVER, here's a couple of tips to make the experience a bit more tolerable:

1) go to the Christmas aisle at Walmart, or your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,955
Posted By vfrazier
Blake Frazier, at www.flyboyaccessories.com, is...

Blake Frazier, at www.flyboyaccessories.com, is the heir/owner of the Tailmate product. He and Todd Reifers, the original builder worked out an agreement some time ago... before Covid appeared and...
Forum: RV-4 10-28-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,492
Posted By vfrazier
For the two wire involved accidents that I'm...

For the two wire involved accidents that I'm aware of, one died and one ended up completely paralyzed. I'd choose the corn field instead.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,916
Posted By vfrazier
Uphill in the rain, on a nose wheel with a wheel...

Uphill in the rain, on a nose wheel with a wheel pant? This is not a recipe for success for the Minimax tug. There simply won't be enough weight on the nose/tug unit to get optimal traction....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-12-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,904
Posted By vfrazier
Larry, I don't believe that David's bucking bars...

Larry, I don't believe that David's bucking bars were intended to hold a die, though they could do that too if needed.

David left out a couple of points that you can see in the photo:
1) the cord on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,486
Posted By vfrazier
BTW, Blake sells the replacement parts UNDRILLED...

BTW, Blake sells the replacement parts UNDRILLED so that you can match what you need regardless of how misaligned the original holes might be.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-11-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,486
Posted By vfrazier
+1 for Blake's tech...

+1 for Blake's tech sheets.

http://flyboyblog.com/

He addresses many tailwheel and gascolator problems. Also, you'll find tips for using "Tom's oil filter cutter", gear leg stiffeners, and more.

A...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,820
Posted By vfrazier
Gaffer's tape, Scotch cloth wound tape, any cloth...

Gaffer's tape, Scotch cloth wound tape, any cloth type tape works OK, so find one you like and buck on.

BTW, it goes on the rivet set, not the rivet, unless you want to risk getting a piece under...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,973
Posted By vfrazier
After a career of fixing equipment as a day job,...

After a career of fixing equipment as a day job, I can assure you that the smoke eventually comes out of every electronic device ever devised. :eek:

But I use the electronics just like everyone...
Forum: RV-4 10-06-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,973
Posted By vfrazier
I threw mine away and built a couple custom...

I threw mine away and built a couple custom storage areas.

1) Built a map tray from scrap. I made it to hold a sectional that is sort of folded into a square, along the normal sectional fold...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,880
Posted By vfrazier
+1 for the longer shafts. The 6" wheels are...

+1 for the longer shafts.

The 6" wheels are fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,471
Posted By vfrazier
See more FlyLED options...

See more FlyLED options here:
https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/category-s/64.htm
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 09-20-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,926
Posted By vfrazier
I'm surprised that no one mentioned that having...

I'm surprised that no one mentioned that having the canopy all the way open also helps keep clumsy passenger butts off of your canopy frame.
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 09-20-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,926
Posted By vfrazier
Aside from marrying my wife, it was the best idea...

Aside from marrying my wife, it was the best idea I've ever had. ;) It works GREAT!

(Of course, I'm a bit biased!)
Forum: Rocket 09-20-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 859
Posted By vfrazier
Very nice!

Very nice!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,340
Posted By vfrazier
Dead link?

Dead link?
Forum: Rocket 09-20-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Posted By vfrazier
Um, what do you need? New TR parts, photos, or...

Um, what do you need? New TR parts, photos, or other advice? Have you checked your Dropbox info? How about my old rocket website, which shows a completely different method of making a wheel pant...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,307
Posted By vfrazier
A temporary thing while the parts wind their way...

A temporary thing while the parts wind their way through the production queue! Check back later.

(Covid is a REAL pain in the behind and keeps screwing up deliveries and other production processes!...
Forum: RV-14 09-01-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,145
Posted By vfrazier
I've soldered up several "Works" kits for Blake...

I've soldered up several "Works" kits for Blake at www.flyboyaccessories.com It's a great kit and works very well. Order them from Blake, or Paul. Same great product!
Forum: RV-4 08-23-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,534
Posted By vfrazier
As others have mentioned, the more you remove up...

As others have mentioned, the more you remove up front, the more your already tail heavy RV-4 will get.


N94VF weighed 940# using calibrated digital scales.
Sensenich GA prop
painted, no...
Forum: Rocket 08-23-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,345
Posted By vfrazier
What the others said about using the engine mount...

What the others said about using the engine mount is fine.

Here's another option:

1) Grab a set of wing jacks. My hangar mate had a set for his Piper.
2) Make a saddle from scrap Nylon or HDPE. ...
Forum: RV-4 08-17-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,700
Posted By vfrazier
I just "slimed" two lawn mower tires for the same...

I just "slimed" two lawn mower tires for the same reason. There were no holes in the new tires, they just didn't seal well on the hub.

Actually, it wasn't actually "Slime", I went to the parts store...
Forum: RV-4 08-17-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,700
Posted By vfrazier
Or you might consider a Condor fork and tire from...

Or you might consider a Condor fork and tire from Flyboy.

https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/RV-and-Homebuilt-Tailwheel-Products-s/1.htm
Forum: RV-4 08-13-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 862
Posted By vfrazier
I have a thick board that was planed down to...

I have a thick board that was planed down to 1.25", which is the thickness of the spar.

The spar opening in the #4 bulkhead is slightly larger, so you can get the spar to slide in. This dimension...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-10-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,886
Posted By vfrazier
A trick I've heard of, but never used, is to put...

A trick I've heard of, but never used, is to put Vaseline on the parts you don't want painted. After painting, just wipe them off.
Forum: RV-10 08-05-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,379
Posted By vfrazier
I respectfully disagree with Carl. I drilled...

I respectfully disagree with Carl.

I drilled the skins in place on all of my projects, then set them aside while building the seats, floor boards, controls, etc. and temporarily installing as much...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-05-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,380
Posted By vfrazier
I've been building RVs since 1987 and can assure...

I've been building RVs since 1987 and can assure you that the longer you leave that film in place, the harder it will be to remove.

The worst was a 15 year old kit that I purchased. The plastic film...
Forum: RV-10 07-25-2021, 09:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,767
Posted By vfrazier
Come try one out at Flyboy Accessories, space 644...

Come try one out at Flyboy Accessories, space 644 in the North end homebuilt vendors area.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,124
Posted By vfrazier
Take a look at Blake's tailwheel maintenance...

Take a look at Blake's tailwheel maintenance documents here:

Flyboy Accessories tailwheel maintenance documents...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,772
Posted By vfrazier
https://www.f1aircraft.com/meet-the-team/#jp-carou...

https://www.f1aircraft.com/meet-the-team/#jp-carousel-691

https://www.f1aircraft.com/meet-the-team/#jp-carousel-691

See you there!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,547
Posted By vfrazier
Hoo haaaa... I love it. It looks identical to...

Hoo haaaa... I love it.

It looks identical to the one that Blake and I made!!!

Great minds think alike!
Forum: Rocket 07-14-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,054
Posted By vfrazier
Rocket gear leg installation and alignment

HR2 gear typically bolts to the EM similarly to the RV-4. I don't know the bolt size required.

The F1 Rocket upper gear legs are completely different and align into a tapered socket. The F1 upper...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-14-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,702
Posted By vfrazier
What Jake said is spot on. It is possible to...

What Jake said is spot on.

It is possible to re-bend the spring in a press. Be careful.... it's a SPRING. You don't want it taking your head off.

If that doesn't work, Blake sells the tapered rod...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-13-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,702
Posted By vfrazier
Take a look at Blake's tailwheel maintenance...

Take a look at Blake's tailwheel maintenance documents here:

Flyboy Accessories tailwheel maintenance documents (https://flyboyaccessories.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/tailwheel-maintenance-documents/)
Forum: Texas (North) 07-04-2021, 07:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,474
Posted By vfrazier
Don't look at those things when they're turned...

Don't look at those things when they're turned on....

Face melt (https://youtu.be/agV16iSND3o)

:eek:
Forum: Reviews 07-01-2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 847
Posted By vfrazier
Blake is amazing. He must've got it from his...

Blake is amazing. He must've got it from his mother. :D

Thanks for the kind words!
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-29-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,958
Posted By vfrazier
Sorry for your loss. He sounds like the kind of...

Sorry for your loss. He sounds like the kind of guy we'd all like to know.
Forum: RV-4 06-28-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,880
Posted By vfrazier
We make an under the floor flap kit for the F1...

We make an under the floor flap kit for the F1 Rockets and F4 Raiders. I see no reason that it wouldn't work on an RV-4 (and maybe the RV-8) with some trimming.

The system is as described......
Forum: Rocket 06-08-2021, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,591
Posted By vfrazier
Indeed we do make such a part: HR2 Rocket...

Indeed we do make such a part:

HR2 Rocket Lycoming IO-540 Engine Mount (https://www.f1aircraft.com/product/hr2-rocket-engine-mount-using-f1-gear-legs-and-leg-geometry/) using F1 gear legs and leg...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-03-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 855
Posted By vfrazier
Here's a link to the tailwheel maintenance...

Here's a link to the tailwheel maintenance documents (https://flyboyaccessories.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/tailwheel-maintenance-documents/) mentioned above.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,157
Posted By vfrazier
When installing the tailwheel tire, snug enough...

When installing the tailwheel tire, snug enough to remove side to side play is enough. There is no need to overtighten, you'll just ruin the bearings.

Blake has an instruction sheet on the website....
Forum: Rocket 05-28-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,788
Posted By vfrazier
Note the dates on this thread. >>>>>>>>THIS IS...

Note the dates on this thread.

>>>>>>>>THIS IS NOT BRAD'S NEWEST F1 <<<<<<<

To see his newest (as of 5-28-2021) F1 EVO Rocket, please go to this...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-27-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,586
Posted By vfrazier
A similar technique that doesn't require wire EDM...

A similar technique that doesn't require wire EDM is to take a square of scrap steel (or a bucking bar) and weld it to a sturdy chunk of steel bar that is long enough to transit the aileron work...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-21-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,137
Posted By vfrazier
Pick paint protection film...

Pick paint protection film (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/Paint-Trim-and-Finish-s/8.htm) over UHMW any day of the week.
Forum: Safety 05-08-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,805
Posted By vfrazier
I'm not sure if Carol was trying to point out a...

I'm not sure if Carol was trying to point out a specific hazard that I missed? OTOH, if you look at the MSDS for caffeine, you'd swear off coffee forever.

For MGR1977, if my panel catches on fire,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-07-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,298
Posted By vfrazier
Rich, Check www.flyboyaccessories.com for tech...

Rich,

Check www.flyboyaccessories.com for tech tips on maintaining your tailwheel (https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/RV-and-Homebuilt-Tailwheel-Products-s/1.htm). I believe he includes a section...
Forum: Safety 05-07-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,805
Posted By vfrazier
I didn't see this mentioned. Forgive me if it...

I didn't see this mentioned. Forgive me if it was.

Firegone foam extinguisher...
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