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Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-25-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,678
Posted By Bill Boyd
A middle ground...

Just one bubba's opinion here. My paint job has cost me 5.5k so far. Half of that to Stewart Systems and half to the A&P friend who loaned me his turbine gun and many, many hours of his labor and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-25-2022, 08:11 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
I saw that thread. I am shocked, shocked I tell...

I saw that thread. I am shocked, shocked I tell you, to hear you insinuate that they can't get results that good straight out of the gun! :p

(It actually makes me feel better that they might have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-25-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
I did the barber shop hot towel treatment for 1/2...

I did the barber shop hot towel treatment for 1/2 hour just now, followed by vigorous hand wiping with a microfiber rag. It sorta kinda works, as in the specks are disappearing little by little. If...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-25-2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Thanks, Dan. I'll give that a try this morning. ...

Thanks, Dan. I'll give that a try this morning. I have a BFR scheduled this evening and I'd hate to let the CFI see my windscreen all speckled with zits, especially since he's an RV-10 guy who had...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-25-2022, 06:24 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
A quick question on cleaning up

I've managed to get rubbing/polishing compound "sling" on my transparencies. Even with the slow-start buffer, it was easy to do. These little splatters have dried into tint hard bumps on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2022, 04:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,516
Posted By Bill Boyd
I bet that works - exactly once. :D And then...

I bet that works - exactly once. :D

And then randomly after the first time.

Like another poster above, if you don't have marks on the tires, you will get very good at reaching in and feeling for...
Forum: RV-10 09-12-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By Bill Boyd
I found these:

Right tail pipe location. Pressure relief valve included. Minimal coking found at the 25 and 50 hour inspections. Possibly due to flying LOP a lot. At the observed rate of buildup I'd be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2022, 07:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,516
Posted By Bill Boyd
This addresses exactly what I was wanting to...

This addresses exactly what I was wanting to know, Larry.

Thank you for that explanation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2022, 07:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,516
Posted By Bill Boyd
Not attacking (I'm on your team), but I'm clearly...

Not attacking (I'm on your team), but I'm clearly not understanding the perceived importance of valve stem caps. I ditched them about a decade into my 20 year RV-6A ownership and never looked back,...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-10-2022, 11:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,676
Posted By Bill Boyd
Very well done.

Her self-talk through the maneuvers is fun to listen to, reminds me of my own piloting habits, and is probably one of her secrets to preforming so well.

It feels strange to say, but eventually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,516
Posted By Bill Boyd
I leave the valve caps off. Access the 90 degree...

I leave the valve caps off. Access the 90 degree stems through a hole similar to yours using an inflator with a whip hose on the end. Ground off the toggle latching mechanism so it functions as a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-08-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 838
Posted By Bill Boyd
Thanks!

That's the first thing I'll check.

At least I have an operational one on my side to do some comparisons with.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-08-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 838
Posted By Bill Boyd
Eyeball vent issue

I'll be looking at the latest squawk this weekend - my pax reported their eyeball panel vent wouldn't work. They tried Turing the collar and no joy. Tried poking the shutter vanes open with a...
Forum: RV-10 09-08-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,959
Posted By Bill Boyd
Ready to move forward with my original plan here...

Ready to move forward with my original plan here and about to pull the trigger on some pourable foam to play around with - carefully - as a removable partial-length floor-raising platform substrate. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-07-2022, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 791
Posted By Bill Boyd
On the transmix issue: seems like the stuff would...

On the transmix issue: seems like the stuff would be perfect for those of us who happily burn suitable mogas in our Lycomings.

Don't truck it back cross country to the originating refinery for...
Forum: Tools 09-05-2022, 04:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,433
Posted By Bill Boyd
Seriously, I think Harbor Freight is your friend...

Seriously, I think Harbor Freight is your friend here.
Forum: Fiberglass 09-05-2022, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,101
Posted By Bill Boyd
Nice. I've discovered that if I use conventional...

Nice.

I've discovered that if I use conventional wrap-around sanding blocks much, I cannot use my fingerprint scanner to log into my MacBook until the ridges on my fingertip grow back. :eek:
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-05-2022, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 788
Posted By Bill Boyd
Ocracoke is a much more "happening place" than...

Ocracoke is a much more "happening place" than Tangier. I'm under the impression that much of the tourism infrastructure there is in operation until the end of October-ish. Howard's Pub has a...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-05-2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 788
Posted By Bill Boyd
Just checked my photo albums on the laptop - much...

Just checked my photo albums on the laptop - much more accessible than the pilot logbook - it was July of last year. How time flies! We had a nice day-trip visit last summer. Pics attached.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2022, 08:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,676
Posted By Bill Boyd
For me, the preference of where to locate the...

For me, the preference of where to locate the particular controls that can be placed on either side to accommodate pilot preference comes down to how comfortable I'd be trying to tune radios and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2022, 03:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,676
Posted By Bill Boyd
I like to be the pilot, so: 'Left' is right for...

I like to be the pilot, so: 'Left' is right for me.

If it's someone else's plane I'll settle for right seat.
Forum: Reviews 08-31-2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,739
Posted By Bill Boyd
The only restriction I got from Advanced Flight...

The only restriction I got from Advanced Flight was not to power any electronic ignition system from the Advanced Control Module, but I ran the power from a separate bus and wired per Ross's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,124
Posted By Bill Boyd
about the radio and controlled fields...

I believe what Larry is feeling is understandable and relatively common. We all differ in what we are comfortable with. I've been licensed since 1990 and have logged over 1500 hours, plus 40 years...
Forum: RV-10 08-30-2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By Bill Boyd
I don't know if these are helpful but they are...

I don't know if these are helpful but they are from my construction album. The answer you need is probably in the post above.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,004
Posted By Bill Boyd
We made it back in good time, Vlad. Had to rinse...

We made it back in good time, Vlad. Had to rinse off the airframe in some precip, and tour the entire OBX on the way out - just to make sure it's still there :D

Going to mow the runway now so it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,004
Posted By Bill Boyd
Did what it was made for!

The famed Ocracoke Run - to W95 for the weekend. Idyllic.

Solid undercast crossing the Pamlico sound, broke up right at the edge of the OBX. Looks like a beautiful morning in store for the return...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-21-2022, 06:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 489
Posted By Bill Boyd
Back in the day, deciding between Advanced Flight...

Back in the day, deciding between Advanced Flight and the big G, it was details like this and the refusal to support custom approaches into private airstrips (a feature I thought I wanted but will...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2022, 01:53 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Stewart does indeed have a water based degreaser....

Stewart does indeed have a water based degreaser. They even specify tack rags must be a brand compatible with WB products.

As to drying times we allowed, I cannot from memory answer that question...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
We scuffed the whole airframe with Red...

We scuffed the whole airframe with Red Scotchbrite - the fiberglass was done dry and the aluminum was done wet with sprayed on Eko Etch. Pressure washed afterward to remove.

Priming was with Eko...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Fresh micro is white. 2-3 year old West Systems...

Fresh micro is white. 2-3 year old West Systems micro that's been flown unpainted is definitely somewhere between ivory and yellow. This has been my experience across two airframes and 20+ years....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Exactly, Dan. It's micro slurry over the...

Exactly, Dan. It's micro slurry over the transition/blend area between canopy top and tail cone skin on a -10. It was scuffed with red Scotchbrite prior to priming. Months before that it was wet...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2022, 12:52 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
That may be a part of my issue, Larry. During...

That may be a part of my issue, Larry. During the etch we went over the whole plane with Stewart etchant in spray bottles and scuffed the etch with Scotchbrite on a Velcro DA sander before flooding...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Well, I was sanding with 1500 and 3000 wet last...

Well, I was sanding with 1500 and 3000 wet last night and this happened. I had placed many pieces of m asking tape in the work area to warn me away from spots that were getting too thin despite...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2022, 12:08 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
This is Stewart Systems single stage waterborne...

This is Stewart Systems single stage waterborne polyurethane.

The way I figure it, I will wade in and try my hand at an airbrushed, over-thinned topcoat and some very delicate use of abrasives to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
To be more precise, this area appeared during the...

To be more precise, this area appeared during the 1500 and 3000 Trizact stage and got only slightly worse with buffing and polishing compounds, done at 1200 rpm on the 7" buffer. It's a combination...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2022, 08:45 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Question for Dan

... or anyone else with experience with blending.

I have had good success with cut and buff efforts overall. But as I progress with this part of the project I am having a few uh-oh's where I ve cut...
Forum: RV-10 08-13-2022, 06:14 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,587
Posted By Bill Boyd
Well, the cat is out of the bag now - the RV-10L....

Well, the cat is out of the bag now - the RV-10L. This is the new version for folks who want a really low wing aircraft that sheds the need for entry steps, takes full advantage of ground effect,...
Forum: Tools 08-12-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,451
Posted By Bill Boyd
Customer service reply: A few years ago, we...

Customer service reply:

A few years ago, we switched from CDX to a cabinet grade Baltic plywood that comes from Russia. It has been really good. The screws stay tight. Unfortunately, recently,...
Forum: RV-10 08-11-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 28,534
Posted By Bill Boyd
It's not readily apparent but the answer to your...

It's not readily apparent but the answer to your question is in the geometry of the attach fixture between the control lock and the stick - it's rigid. The angle between the locking brace arm and...
Forum: Tools 08-11-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,451
Posted By Bill Boyd
reply from AeroCreeper: We offered free shipping...

reply from AeroCreeper:

We offered free shipping at Airventure. We extended the offer until August 15th. You can take advantage of it if you use the discount code OSH22.
Forum: Tools 08-11-2022, 10:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,451
Posted By Bill Boyd
Email inbound to them to see if show special is...

Email inbound to them to see if show special is still a thing for those of us who are late to the party.

I'll let everyone know what they say. At $650 starting price, every little percentage off...
Forum: RV-10 08-11-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,047
Posted By Bill Boyd
Vic has a point, and closing in my control...

Vic has a point, and closing in my control surfaces was more work than I bargained for with little provable benefit in return (beyond my idea of cosmetics). There was some unexpected rework...
Forum: Tools 08-11-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,451
Posted By Bill Boyd
I have that one already. Halfway through the...

I have that one already. Halfway through the task of etching the belly and wing undersides, the adjustable headrest portion tore off the piano hinge. Typical of HF bottom-shelf stuff.
Forum: Tools 08-10-2022, 07:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,451
Posted By Bill Boyd
Was looking at the Aerocreeper website and...

Was looking at the Aerocreeper website and noticed an RV-10 featured prominently in the banner video. N54CT. Substantially damaged in January in a short-of-airport emergency landing.

That aside, I...
Forum: RV-10 08-10-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,047
Posted By Bill Boyd
A lot of work goes into getting this perfect. ...

A lot of work goes into getting this perfect. Apparently, more work than I did, because mine's not as smooth as I'd like. You can see it in places, but you absolutely cannot feel it with fingertips.
Forum: RV-10 08-10-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,047
Posted By Bill Boyd
Personally, I don't think you will ever be happy...

Personally, I don't think you will ever be happy with the appearance until those pulled rivet heads are buried under an adequately done composite transition. Be sure to sand the base metal with 60...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
I was wet sanding for awhile with the 1000 grit...

I was wet sanding for awhile with the 1000 grit purple film disks from 3m/Amazon, before I discovered they're meant for dry use only. :eek: Didn't seem to make any difference in the level of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 03:48 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
You may be right, Stoo. I wet-wipe everything...

You may be right, Stoo. I wet-wipe everything down with a sopping towel and then dry off with microfiber before commencing the next step. Until the polish stage starts to bring up the shine, the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 07:32 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
I'm mostly satisfied with results of my initial...

I'm mostly satisfied with results of my initial cut and buff on the upper surfaces of both wings. What I'm learning from a detailed inspection of my work to date is that I probably tend to rush the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 02:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,149
Posted By Bill Boyd
Pro tip: find where the end of the pin passively...

Pro tip: find where the end of the pin passively wants to go when it's fully engaged, and drill the hole right there. You're working blind when you insert it, so might as well make it easy as you...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,149
Posted By Bill Boyd
Oil door locking pin safety

Here's mine. An easy reach through the air scoop - but very hot in there! Positive retention is assured.

Hole for the pin is drilled in the inlet ramp.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2022, 07:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,857
Posted By Bill Boyd
Sanded and polished the snot out of it. Actually...

Sanded and polished the snot out of it.

Actually just the upper surface of one wing.

"Longest journey" and all that... feels like the waiter has wheeled in another entire elephant to eat, one bite...
Forum: RV-15 07-31-2022, 10:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,519
Posted By Bill Boyd
I get that your question might be facetious, but...

I get that your question might be facetious, but I believe the answer is, "Because actuarial insurance calculations are kinda like 'settled science'?"

In the purest sense (not the sense in which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,691
Posted By Bill Boyd
I'm getting used to the AoA functionality that...

I'm getting used to the AoA functionality that came built into my AFS avionics suite. The calibration process was challenging for me: my own inability to follow directions well, combined with some...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-28-2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,731
Posted By Bill Boyd
I bet Alan would be interested in seeing that...

I bet Alan would be interested in seeing that piece firsthand for a failure analysis. You'd probably get a free repair out of it, too, knowing how he can be. They stand behind their stuff and put a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Sounds like you have a routine worked out, and...

Sounds like you have a routine worked out, and some valuable experience here.

How much do you charge for a complete cut and buff, Mike? I might opt to sit back and watch you do it for me!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Arm shields

Thanks for the tip. Done. They will arrive Thursday if the supply chain holds.

Wonder what, if anything, I should use to keep the stuff off my belly & tee-shirts. Maybe a trash bag poncho with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Well, I took the evening off from wet sanding...

Well, I took the evening off from wet sanding tonight as I'm out of 1/4" masking tape to put over the rivet lines and it's not for sale anywhere in this town, so... Amazon delivers Wednesday. In the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Cured paint allergy, anyone?

Since I started the cut and buff process in earnest, I have ruined many tee shirts and shorts with the paint slurry that gets slung out of the random orbital sanding pad - you would think that the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 159,160
Posted By Bill Boyd
Reviving a ghost thread since I'm at the cut and...

Reviving a ghost thread since I'm at the cut and buff stage now with a very orange-peely base paint job (single stage 2-part Stewart waterborne). We ventured to try what they said might not work too...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,007
Posted By Bill Boyd
here's some weirdness

Wheel pant axle extension screw appears to have backed out and disappeared in flight and allowed the flox around the end of the extension to shear off and the pant to grab the tire tread and lose a...
Forum: RV-10 07-12-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,091
Posted By Bill Boyd
If you need 26# of lead in the extreme aft tail...

If you need 26# of lead in the extreme aft tail cone, that probably equates to about 75# of ballast in the baggage compartment, maybe more. That's a lot of water.

I can imagine myself concocting...
Forum: RV-10 07-12-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,091
Posted By Bill Boyd
I too need aft ballast for CG when solo - but...

I too need aft ballast for CG when solo - but opted to use a 5 gallon collapsible water jug, which with the tool kit I now carry is even more weight than necessary. Easily disposed of if passengers...
Forum: RV-10 07-11-2022, 11:51 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,091
Posted By Bill Boyd
Did I read that right?

26 pounds of lead in the tail? That's like buying an EarthX and an Odyssey and installing both, to negate the weight savings of one and the cost savings of the other.

I suspect there will be some...
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