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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2022, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 910
Posted By Mhead
I've moved my -7 twice in last year with a flat...

I've moved my -7 twice in last year with a flat bed tow truck. Pulled it on tail end first with a choker strap in front the the vertical stab attach pieces. Then used a basket strap over each main...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-28-2022, 08:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,097
Posted By Mhead
Gerry and Dorothy Ruschke

Gerry and his wife Dorothy both passed away in the last few weeks. Gerry was an early RV-4 builder and an active RV group flyer in the Chicago area. He built a hybrid Harmon Rocket in the early...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,317
Posted By Mhead
worked with Greg to include the Vans logo on my...

worked with Greg to include the Vans logo on my panel from SteinAir. It didn't take much effort to get approval and now I don't need to worry about him seeing it at Oshkosh and getting mad at me....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,411
Posted By Mhead
My wife has been in the #2 category for the...

My wife has been in the #2 category for the thirteen years of my build and I'm not done yet. I tried hard and was mostly successful in not allowing the project to interfere with family time. Early on...
Forum: Southeast 11-10-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,023
Posted By Mhead
Need hangar in NW Arkansas

I am looking for hangar space in NW Arkansas for final assembly of my RV-7. Fayetteville, Springdale, or Huntsville are my preferred choices, but would consider anywhere in the area at this point....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,664
Posted By Mhead
Congrats Michael on your RV-8 from one ex-con to...

Congrats Michael on your RV-8 from one ex-con to another. We've met a couple times at Morris EAA meetings and the open house when you and Glenn were buildings your -8's in the same shop. Glenn was...
Forum: Southeast 04-20-2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,615
Posted By Mhead
I'm west of XNA building a -7. Send a PM if you...

I'm west of XNA building a -7. Send a PM if you want to reach out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,370
Posted By Mhead
I just spent the day in a large facility with a...

I just spent the day in a large facility with a basement reviewing a project to correct a multitude of issues for big dollars. Dont do it! Build a loft and use an old forklift mast as a lift for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,370
Posted By Mhead
Good advice here, especially from the contractors...

Good advice here, especially from the contractors with years of experience. The plastic vapor barrier under the slab is key. I have a lot of experience with construction in the food industry. If...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-02-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,255
Posted By Mhead
I am still plugging away on my RV-7 build and...

I am still plugging away on my RV-7 build and want to revive this old thread. My paint scheme plans haven't changed and I'm still interested in finding out more about Captain Fickler and Lt Kuhlman. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,772
Posted By Mhead
Thanks everyone for your replies, pictures, and...

Thanks everyone for your replies, pictures, and perspective. Rick and Walt, I get down to your area for work occasionally and will look you up. Seeing both options in the same hangar would be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-07-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,772
Posted By Mhead
(2) G3X 7" portrait or 10.6" landscape?

I am working with Stein on a panel layout for my -7. I expect my mission will be trips with my non-pilot wife and occasional flights with my sons that may become pilots down the road. Solo flights...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-23-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 63,714
Posted By Mhead
Sam, thanks for the detailed response. I like how...

Sam, thanks for the detailed response. I like how yours looks and agree with the gloss advantages. Please post the color codes or send me a PM. Thanks again. Gary
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-20-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 63,714
Posted By Mhead
Your plane looks great Sam! I will be painting...

Your plane looks great Sam! I will be painting my -7 to honor an A-6 crew that went missing in January of '69 from VMA(AW) 242. There is an A-6A painted in 242 colors at the Miramar Flying...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,767
Posted By Mhead
Can someone email me the pdf template for a...

Can someone email me the pdf template for a Hartzell BA prop? Thanks.
Forum: Southeast 07-19-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,615
Posted By Mhead
I just relocated to NWA and have an RV-7 under...

I just relocated to NWA and have an RV-7 under construction southwest of Bentonville you could look at and discuss.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-11-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,567
Posted By Mhead
I bought one of these from Harbor Freight and cut...

I bought one of these from Harbor Freight and cut the bottom of the angle iron legs off even with the bottom horizontal flat stock support. The height works out good to level my -7 fuselage. The tail...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-20-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,836
Posted By Mhead
I have been mulling this decision for a few years...

I have been mulling this decision for a few years now as I slowly build my -7. Reading this forum, visiting the vendors at Oshkosh every year and talking with RV builder friends wasn't enough for me...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-19-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,983
Posted By Mhead
Thanks for the replies and suggestions. I've...

Thanks for the replies and suggestions. I've looked at Mike's site a fair amount and some other older ones which has been very helpful with some things, but I am hoping to find someone with similar...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-18-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,983
Posted By Mhead
Builder site recommendation

I'm building a -7 slider with a Superior (Barrett) IO-360, AFP-150 horizontal induction, dual P-mags, Hartzell BA prop, Dual Garmin G3X. Any recommendations on the best builder project logs with...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-20-2017, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,624
Posted By Mhead
Any issue with using 295-UVW which is white in...

Any issue with using 295-UVW which is white in color?
Forum: RV-10 06-05-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,673
Posted By Mhead
I'm running up against this same issue with my...

I'm running up against this same issue with my Superior IO-360. Anyone have a description or photos of a good solution?
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-01-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 14,772
Posted By Mhead
9WN2 - Voyager Village as previously mentioned. ...

9WN2 - Voyager Village as previously mentioned. It has a great golf course, clubhouse, bar and grill/restaurant a couple hundred yards from the tie down area on south end of the runway. A great...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,255
Posted By Mhead
Ok great, thanks. Anyone else have some ljcs to...

Ok great, thanks. Anyone else have some ljcs to share?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2017, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,255
Posted By Mhead
I just mounted the trombone dual muffler exhaust...

I just mounted the trombone dual muffler exhaust to my Barrett/Superior IO-360 on an RV-7. Does anyone have pictures of the rear hanger details they could share?
Forum: Safety 12-17-2016, 11:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,549
Posted By Mhead
Thanks Tom and Kyle. Once I confirm they are all...

Thanks Tom and Kyle. Once I confirm they are all the right length I'll decide what I want to do. Tom, you did some brake lines and fuel lines for me already, great workmanship and service, thanks....
Forum: Safety 12-17-2016, 05:16 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,549
Posted By Mhead
My firewall forward kit arrived yesterday,. What...

My firewall forward kit arrived yesterday,. What is the best option for fire sleeving the braided oil lines that came with it? The fuel lines are already fire sleeved. Thanks.
Forum: Safety 01-15-2016, 11:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,349
Posted By Mhead
My employer had a Cessna 441 Conquest II that...

My employer had a Cessna 441 Conquest II that took off with the tow bar attached. Pilots heard a banging and nose wheel wouldn't retract fully. They landed on the mains and held the nose up as long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2016, 10:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 19,241
Posted By Mhead
Does anyone have more recent Lasik experience to...

Does anyone have more recent Lasik experience to share and more specifically, monovision correction? I've talked to my AME and he said I would just need glasses to correct the monovision when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 12,274
Posted By Mhead
If it was me, I would have them saw cut the...

If it was me, I would have them saw cut the perimeter of the bad part, remove the slab and repour it. Every other proposed fix on this post is a bandaid that will save the contractor money now, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 22,392
Posted By Mhead
I just received some shortened fuel hoses from...

I just received some shortened fuel hoses from Tom yesterday. Best wishes Tom on your recovery.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2015, 05:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,480
Posted By Mhead
Great trip Roger. I need to come and see your...

Great trip Roger. I need to come and see your bird.......
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,225
Posted By Mhead
I opened up the actuator and relocated the split...

I opened up the actuator and relocated the split pin as mentioned by Kent N in a previous post. I moved it 5/8" which yielded a reduction in flap travel of approx five degrees. With full down flap I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 592
Views: 863,996
Posted By Mhead
Congratulations Roger, Julie, and sons! You have...

Congratulations Roger, Julie, and sons! You have a great airplane. Best of luck and wishing you many wonderful adventures.

Gary and Diane
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-06-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 592
Views: 863,996
Posted By Mhead
Looks really nice Roger. Congratulations! I will...

Looks really nice Roger. Congratulations! I will come down and see her soon.
Gary
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-08-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 17,894
Posted By Mhead
I picked up Bob Hoover's book and took pictures...

I picked up Bob Hoover's book and took pictures of him and my son's while he signed it. I remember watching him fly his engine out routine in the early 80's as a kid and it was cool to introduce my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,242
Posted By Mhead
I'm almost ready to mount and drill the wings on...

I'm almost ready to mount and drill the wings on my -7. I'm in, great idea.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-31-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,993
Posted By Mhead
Thanks for confirming this. Knowing the...

Thanks for confirming this. Knowing the importance of this step, I really didn't want to mess it up.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-31-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,993
Posted By Mhead
I'm at the point where the manual calls for...

I'm at the point where the manual calls for setting the wing incidence. I'd rather not close the wings yet though. Any other confirmations like Greg's earlier post that it is ok to mount the wings...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,367
Posted By Mhead
This year had a real highlight moment for me, but...

This year had a real highlight moment for me, but I didn't realize it at the time just how important it would be. I was going for a walk during the airshow on Saturday afternoon and saw Paul...
Forum: Safety 06-11-2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,677
Posted By Mhead
+1 for the Mountain Flying Bible. I had a...

+1 for the Mountain Flying Bible. I had a mountain checkout several years ago and the instructor in Rifle, CO required its reading before the flight. We had a couple hour review on the ground and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-11-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,594
Posted By Mhead
I used leftover J-channel from the fuselage kit. ...

I used leftover J-channel from the fuselage kit. I didn't go full length of the armrest, stopped maybe three inches short of each end. Dimpled and back riveted them on the horizontal surface, not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,137
Posted By Mhead
I have decided in the last year or so to paint my...

I have decided in the last year or so to paint my RV-7 in Marine VMA-AW-242 colors from the time period of January 1969 when they flew A-6A's. The Intruder isn't the prettiest aircraft, but when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2012, 02:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,833
Posted By Mhead
I have wasted a lot of time using masking tape in...

I have wasted a lot of time using masking tape in different locations as needed. This is a great idea, thanks for sharing!
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-19-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,578
Posted By Mhead
Pin 37, thanks for the reply and search term tip....

Pin 37, thanks for the reply and search term tip. My problem is different though in that I have the crotch strap brackets already riveted to the ribs and the bolt holes don't line up due to the two...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-18-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,578
Posted By Mhead
I also had two of the ribs in the wrong location...

I also had two of the ribs in the wrong location as mentioned in this thread and match drilled the bolt holes to the F-704 bulkhead before I realized the problem. The rivet holes match up fine and I...
Forum: Interiors 05-25-2012, 07:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,361
Posted By Mhead
Thanks for the input from everyone, I know this...

Thanks for the input from everyone, I know this topic is almost a "primer war" type discussion.

Chiefpilot Brad, do you have any pics of your interior you could post or send me? Also, my in-laws...
Forum: Interiors 05-17-2012, 11:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,361
Posted By Mhead
Rustoleum Metallic Satin Nickel for interior?

I have sprayed some test areas of my aft fuse with a few of the various rattle can paints that have been discussed on VAF to see what I liked. My favorite so far in appearance over the various...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-04-2012, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,114
Posted By Mhead
Do the crotch strap mounts come standard with the...

Do the crotch strap mounts come standard with the fuse kits or is it an option to the standard kit? My fuse kit was purchased 9/2011, but I don't see reference to any of the parts and didn't see it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2012, 06:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,716
Posted By Mhead
I used the extended backrivet set from Cleaveland...

I used the extended backrivet set from Cleaveland with very good results. Like Mike says, the length makes the slight angle caused by the rib flange a non-issue, especially if you flex the rib out...
Forum: Tools 12-26-2011, 03:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,087
Posted By Mhead
I have used #30 and #40 for match drilling rivet...

I have used #30 and #40 for match drilling rivet holes a lot. The only other one I wish I had so far was 1/4" for the aileron bellcrank bushings and the control column bushings. I am just starting...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-13-2011, 06:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,255
Posted By Mhead
I've searched the internet and have found some...

I've searched the internet and have found some good information, thanks Bubblehead and Stick for your replies too. Anyone out there with first hand experiences/photos or more obsure internet sites...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-11-2011, 02:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,255
Posted By Mhead
Marine A-6 Squadron VMA(aw)242 paint scheme...

I have decided on a paint scheme for my -7 and plan to honor a fellow Wisconsin native, Capt Edwin James (Jimmy) Fickler and his B/N Lt Robert Kuhlman from Richmond, Indiana who went missing in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2011, 12:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,659
Posted By Mhead
Great job KC Flight! It is nice to see favorable...

Great job KC Flight! It is nice to see favorable coverage of GA. Too bad they couldn't get into the background story of being homebuilts, etc. Our segment could use the good PR in particular.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2011, 10:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,698
Posted By Mhead
Talking Kevin, this is too funny! Was Bee Gee flying...

Kevin, this is too funny! Was Bee Gee flying lead? That may explain the dome shape up front!
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 08-15-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,950
Posted By Mhead
I haven't dealt with an issue like this regarding...

I haven't dealt with an issue like this regarding the FAA, but wish you luck. I did land on a "closed" runway on my checkride after an Ercoupe went off the end of it and ended up hidden in a grassy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2011, 09:14 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 23,530
Posted By Mhead
I haven't flown myself for a couple years due to...

I haven't flown myself for a couple years due to working on the project and trying to save money for it, but I do spend a lot of time driving and flying commercially. When these songs come up on my...
Forum: Tools 08-05-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,460
Posted By Mhead
I like the insulation board idea also. I'm not...

I like the insulation board idea also. I'm not sure what your humidity is down there in August, but you might have a lot of condensation to deal with. You could tape in a couple plastic windows for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,489
Posted By Mhead
It's always fun to get new stuff from the...

It's always fun to get new stuff from the delivery guy, I haven't had anything nearly as cool as your shipment delivered yet though. Looking forward to that day.

Sig, I have been thinking about the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2011, 09:00 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 42,003
Posted By Mhead
It is ironic to me how some high time...

It is ironic to me how some high time ATP/Military types on this board made a huge deal a few weeks ago out of lowly private pilots even thinking of questioning their flying behavior and potentially...
Forum: Tools 06-20-2011, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,957
Posted By Mhead
A good practice is to slope the air lines back...

A good practice is to slope the air lines back towards the compressor receiver tank to catch any condensation, just remember to drain it occasionally. Also, plumb any drops vertically off the top of...
Forum: Midwest 04-27-2011, 04:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 866
Posted By Mhead
Storm Lake, IA area builders?

I will be in the Storm Lake area every now and then and was wondering if there are any RV projects completed or underway in the area that I could visit.
Forum: Web Site Development 03-11-2011, 08:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,799
Posted By Mhead
Thanks Matt for the support.....

I had an issue with my hard drive and struggled to get Kitlog reloaded. Matt sent me instructions promptly and I was up and running again. Great support. Thanks.
Forum: Midwest 02-07-2011, 02:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 850
Posted By Mhead
Free - wooden wing jig used for -7 in Chicago/RFD area

I just built a cradle for my wings and have a wooden wing jig to pass on to another builder. The uprights are made of back to back 2x4's with one end extending to the ceiling and the other end...
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