VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.


Go Back   VAF Forums > Search Forums
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Showing results 1 to 64 of 79
Search took 0.01 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: ScottK
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2022, 11:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 660
Posted By ScottK
That film looks nasty. I'm curious what causes it...

That film looks nasty. I'm curious what causes it to get stuck so bad. It seems like age alone isn't the sole factor, some older kits still peel easy, some are awful like this. Did I hear a rumor...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2022, 05:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 776
Posted By ScottK
I'm nowhere near that yet, but if you have your...

I'm nowhere near that yet, but if you have your preview plans it talks about this part in section 8. A skim reading says that the tail fitting comes after the wing fitting, so already I'm suspicious...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2022, 04:52 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,575
Posted By ScottK
:mad: I'm not dissing a free market, but for...

:mad:

I'm not dissing a free market, but for such a scarce resource as tail numbers I'd be open to the idea that taking ownership of one might ought to come with some kind of bona fide requirement...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-22-2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Posted By ScottK
Like Paul, I made a female dimple die by...

Like Paul, I made a female dimple die by countersinking a piece of 3/16 steel plate, which fits inside the narrow end of the rib. For the male die I've just used a rivet and gunned it with a mushroom...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-20-2022, 10:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By ScottK
-9 flaps are just about 7', but having a little...

-9 flaps are just about 7', but having a little extra space on the ends is nice. I'd built several EAA101 tables, I put two of those together to make a flap table, using wood shims under the legs to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,539
Posted By ScottK
Lightbulb Time saving tip, inventory your tools often

I pranked myself pretty good today, so I thought I'd share a time-saving build tip. But I'm not much of a lecturer, so I'll just say that if (a) you finish a component like a flap and are happy with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-11-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,648
Posted By ScottK
Question Panic buying an engine - choices to make

I'm fighting an urge to pull the trigger on my engine order with Vans, ahead of the upcoming price increase. I'm torn about whether it's a good idea considering I'm still working on the wings and I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2022, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By ScottK
Hard, flat, and heavy? Sounds like a back rivet...

Hard, flat, and heavy? Sounds like a back rivet plate. Mine's a chunk of cutoff scrap from the remnant room, 1/2" thick by 8 by 20 or so. I grabbed a cheap set of angle grinder grind/polish wheels...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-09-2022, 05:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,089
Posted By ScottK
Click wrenches require a little finesse. At low...

Click wrenches require a little finesse. At low settings the click is hardly there at all, very easy to miss it and overtorque. The smallest wrench from Harbor Flight just barely has a bump for -3...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-04-2022, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,288
Posted By ScottK
...I thought the AP servo usually goes in the...

...I thought the AP servo usually goes in the right wing, specifically because the left one is full of pitot hardware? Hmm. I haven't got to that part of my build yet.



Vans has a wing wiring guide...
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2022, 10:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,224
Posted By ScottK
I used a split-point bit and it wandered anyway....

I used a split-point bit and it wandered anyway. Stainless is stubborn stuff. I got better results as Jon did, using the drill to just barely mark the tube in assembly, then disassemble, get it on a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-22-2022, 04:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,293
Posted By ScottK
Man plans, God laughs. I started on my -9...

Man plans, God laughs.

I started on my -9 thinking that one year was attainable. Eleven months later I estimate I'm only 18-24 months from first flight!

My actual goal in building, aside from the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-22-2022, 12:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 852
Posted By ScottK
I arrived at the ratchet strap method too, doing...

I arrived at the ratchet strap method too, doing ailerons. Works great when I cleco the bottom first, then use straps to pull the top into position. It does not work for me if I cleco the top first,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-21-2022, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 852
Posted By ScottK
Unhappy Flap assembly is vexing me

I'm working on flaps, I have the skeleton done and ready to start skinning. Is there a trick to getting the nose skins into position? I'm clecoing the top into place, then trying to maneuver the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-26-2022, 11:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,321
Posted By ScottK
FWIW I'm much happier after I added a dedicated...

FWIW I'm much happier after I added a dedicated regulator and outlet just for the rivet gun. They usually come with a flow valve that sorta lets it work at 90psi, but I'm getting more consistent...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-25-2022, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,569
Posted By ScottK
Resurrecting this thread because I found another...

Resurrecting this thread because I found another answer to clecos falling out: they come in more than two sizes! Well, we knew this, but more sizes than that, too. Frustrated with 3/32 clecos falling...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-24-2022, 11:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By ScottK
I've made set retainer "springs" out of steel...

I've made set retainer "springs" out of steel fencing wire (12 gauge-ish?) I had on hand. All it has to do is keep the set from falling out until I get it onto the work piece. Plus a little trigger...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,046
Posted By ScottK
My field-expedient answer to a 1/4-28 drill shank...

My field-expedient answer to a 1/4-28 drill shank adapter - if you have a dogleg deburring tool (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/doglegDeburring.php), the coupler sleeve on the end is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-08-2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,288
Posted By ScottK
Yes, you now have an extra hole. The mast types...

Yes, you now have an extra hole. The mast types basically mount to the skin behind the spar. You can fill the hole with a plastic snap plug or a capped AN fitting. The masts I've seen look like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,972
Posted By ScottK
Garage is fine, some are built in a one-car. Some...

Garage is fine, some are built in a one-car. Some climate control is nice, but don't go overboard. It only needs to be warmed/cooled when you're working, and it's a shop, not a lounge. In winter 60...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-22-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,044
Posted By ScottK
Well I hope not, I just drilled mine on by...

Well I hope not, I just drilled mine on by eyeballing the alignment. The handbook section 8 (8-14 in mine) talks about this, and refer to drawing 38 for the arrangement of mating bracket F-996A. It's...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-14-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,854
Posted By ScottK
Mine does. I'm 90% certain that these holes come...

Mine does. I'm 90% certain that these holes come pre-punched when, only when, the stall switch kit option is purchased along with the wing kit. The switch kit includes drilling templates and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-06-2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,321
Posted By ScottK
The oversize holes here are expected and OK. This...

The oversize holes here are expected and OK. This flange is sandwiched between two other pieces with good support for the rivet, and the dimpled skin above serves to locate on these oversize...
Forum: RV-10 11-01-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,706
Posted By ScottK
Don't let that make you feel bad - you are...

Don't let that make you feel bad - you are setting the tone for the rest of your build, making honest and realistic decisions about your own work. It's good. The alternative is to let things...
Forum: Primers 10-29-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,497
Posted By ScottK
With epoxy primer you might be OK with...

With epoxy primer you might be OK with prime-then-dimple. I'm using rattlecans, it is not as tough so I've been dimple-then-prime, faying surfaces only, scuff before dimpling. At some point I messed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 995
Posted By ScottK
I did about the same thing, built to plan and saw...

I did about the same thing, built to plan and saw too late that the rod sits slightly off center in the slot. However...it's not binding, seems to operate smoothly through the full range of motion...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,138
Posted By ScottK
My first thought is, how would I know I did it...

My first thought is, how would I know I did it right? Even as a hobbyist I can look at a rivet and see that it's right with a good degree of confidence. OTOH I've done plenty of epoxy work that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,077
Posted By ScottK
Without intending to be contrarian, this is...

Without intending to be contrarian, this is something I'd like to see investigated a bit more, such as why does the restriction exist. Perhaps it's for a good reason. Perhaps it's an old wives tale....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 959
Posted By ScottK
Google for "compressed air regulator", they are...

Google for "compressed air regulator", they are not expensive. The shop air probably isn't really high pressure, but you do want to be able to control your own air supply. Rivet guns in particular...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,248
Posted By ScottK
I've (mostly) completed my -9 emp kit with only a...

I've (mostly) completed my -9 emp kit with only a pneumatic, I have not run into a situation where a hand squeezer was really wanted. But every shop is different - as pointed out above, if you only...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,478
Posted By ScottK
It's interesting (for me anyway) to note that...

It's interesting (for me anyway) to note that there's such a tool as a torque screwdriver (https://www.mcmaster.com/torque-drivers/torque-screwdrivers-8/) that go as high as 40 inch-pounds, which is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-19-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 807
Posted By ScottK
FWIW my wing list from last week (therefore...

FWIW my wing list from last week (therefore probably yours too) is basically identical to airguy's, different order but the same stuff.



I sort of hope not. I should have my wing kit on site this...
Forum: Tools 08-28-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,079
Posted By ScottK
Well...I've been using mine on -3 rivets and for...

Well...I've been using mine on -3 rivets and for dimpling, so far so good. For rivets, any technique can cause a bent shank (clinching). I haven't found that the adjustable ram by itself has any...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-16-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By ScottK
I'm pleased to report some success, it isn't...

I'm pleased to report some success, it isn't perfection, but I was able to back-rivet this line after all. It takes more attention, pulling the skin open causes the surface to curve back on itself...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-14-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By ScottK
Apparently without too much trouble - see...

Apparently without too much trouble - see attached pic. Much like you describe, I have the top skin clamped to the table, and a 2x4 brace holding it open. I posed my rivet gun pretty much where it...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-14-2021, 12:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By ScottK
Riveting elevator upper skin to spar

I know this is an often visited subject, but I promise if I'd found the answer by searching previous threads I wouldn't be posting again.

The short version: If I proceed to run the...
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,546
Posted By ScottK
The pneumatic is definitely the more popular...

The pneumatic is definitely the more popular style. I have not used the hydraulic version. I wonder how much of a hassle it is to drag the ram and foot valve with you as you move around the work...
Forum: Tools 06-01-2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,152
Posted By ScottK
Observe that the shop head is not perfectly...

Observe that the shop head is not perfectly cylindrical, but a bit bulged. There's a sweet spot where the rivet gauge will just fit over the top of the shop head, but won't slip all the way down....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-30-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,597
Posted By ScottK
Don't get hung up on creating the perfect...

Don't get hung up on creating the perfect back-riveting bench. No such thing. Think flexibility. So far in my emp kit I've done about a third of my back-riveting on my perfect riveting bench, the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,647
Posted By ScottK
Based on messing up the same parts on my rudder,...

Based on messing up the same parts on my rudder, and for the job they do, I think you'd be fine with your patch. But I am not an engineer. I also think I didn't want to set the tone for my build that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-24-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,744
Posted By ScottK
I bought the Isham kit that doesn't even include...

I bought the Isham kit that doesn't even include a manual squeezer. So far (80% through the empennage) I haven't yet found a single rivet I wish I'd had a hand squeezer for. If you can get a yoke...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-22-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,644
Posted By ScottK
Wood shims. Plain cheap builder's shims, like...

Wood shims. Plain cheap builder's shims, like you'd use to put in a door frame or a cabinet. I built EAA tables and I like them, but my carpentry is not perfect, and that doesn't matter because my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-20-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,324
Posted By ScottK
That would mesh well with advice not to drop it,...

That would mesh well with advice not to drop it, though. If you do, try to drop it on your foot. Bones heal but tungsten is brittle and expensive. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,601
Posted By ScottK
Perhaps not. I ordered my tail kit just days...

Perhaps not. I ordered my tail kit just days before the lead time went from immediate to four months, and it was shipped immediately (well, within a couple of weeks, which is normal). This guarantees...
Forum: RV-14 05-19-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,503
Posted By ScottK
Parts department tells me they expect them in...

Parts department tells me they expect them in stock June 18.
Forum: RV-14 05-19-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,503
Posted By ScottK
Yep, I've got elevators I can't work on until I...

Yep, I've got elevators I can't work on until I get the back ordered control horns. At least I've got a rough date for those. I'm noodling around with the trim tab, but as a first timer I'm hesitant...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-17-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 636
Posted By ScottK
I inferred that the cable would have greater...

I inferred that the cable would have greater excursion and possibly less force than the servo, ergo the difference in attach points. But that would not change the stop-to-stop angular range of the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-17-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 636
Posted By ScottK
Question Trim tab horn trimming rationale

I have a nit-picky "why is the sky blue" kind of question. Looking at the elevator trim tab horn on drawing 4, it comes with two clevis attach points, and we're directed to trim away one of them...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-16-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,211
Posted By ScottK
Ouch! It happens, it sucks, but it's usually not...

Ouch! It happens, it sucks, but it's usually not critical as long as it doesn't create an edge-distance issue with an adjacent fastener. Put in a filler rivet and try not to think about it, most...
Forum: Tools 05-16-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,642
Posted By ScottK
Definitely useful for me since I didn't have...

Definitely useful for me since I didn't have anything like it, but if you already have something that can do similar work it might not be worth the space. I got the 1" belt/5" disc combo and have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-14-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,336
Posted By ScottK
Not OP, but FWIW I've been using Scotch 811 as...

Not OP, but FWIW I've been using Scotch 811 as suggested in the handbook, pretty pleased with it so far. It's basically good old magic tape but with weak adhesive. It holds rivets just fine, comes...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-10-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,942
Posted By ScottK
Working inside those elevator skins...

I'm starting on my elevators, and I am having quite a time trying to work with them. Unlike the HS skins, these are pre-bent really tight. I'm struggling just to debur the stiffener holes, and trying...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,725
Posted By ScottK
Look at the tools, most will have a CFM rating if...

Look at the tools, most will have a CFM rating if they use enough to worry about, and the compressor will have a CFM rating as well. Non-continuous tools (rivet pullers, squeezers, rivet guns) don't...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,725
Posted By ScottK
I also built EAA benches, sized to suit me (2' by...

I also built EAA benches, sized to suit me (2' by 4' to get the most out of my plywood and because my shop is small, and 36" tall because I am not short). They are easy to build and sturdy if you...
Forum: RV-10 05-07-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,165
Posted By ScottK
I also got the PlaneTools kit. There's some stuff...

I also got the PlaneTools kit. There's some stuff in it I'm not sure I'll need with how the kits are made these days (the bigger rivet sets) but it's pretty good. I find that the 6" bits are useful...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-07-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,067
Posted By ScottK
Yes, and so will my neighbors. Dirty looks for...

Yes, and so will my neighbors. Dirty looks for days, too, as if I invented those special words. No, just repeating them. Loudly.

Anyway, there's as many ways to manage rivets as there are riveters....
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-06-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,067
Posted By ScottK
OK, I feel better now. My friend does, I mean....

OK, I feel better now. My friend does, I mean. Yes. He feels better.

I did get a bunch of extra rivets, only 1/8lb each but that seems like plenty to start. At least it helps offset the surprising...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-05-2021, 11:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,067
Posted By ScottK
Substituting rivets

Hypothetically, if someone were skinning a horizontal stabilizer, got the front spar riveted, then switched to riveting the ribs but forgot to switch to the shorter rivets called out on the...
Forum: Reviews 05-03-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,567
Posted By ScottK
I think you'll love the headset. I have about 40...

I think you'll love the headset. I have about 40 hours with its low-rent sibling (Sierra ANR) and it really does work. You don't notice how fatiguing noise can be until it's not there.
Forum: Tools 05-03-2021, 10:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,848
Posted By ScottK
I ran across a few YouTube videos of these (or...

I ran across a few YouTube videos of these (or tools like these) in action. They look...aggressive. It seems to me they're meant for working with considerably heavier and harder stuff than airplane...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-02-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,025
Posted By ScottK
Question Match drilling new parts to old - technique?

So, building my -9's tail, I messed up one of the HS spars, bad enough that I just ordered a new one. I've run into a question when it comes to match-drilling the new spar with the existing skins...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,875
Posted By ScottK
If it's what I think it is, the brand keyword is...

If it's what I think it is, the brand keyword is "Coban" when you search online for it. I love the stuff, but I hadn't thought to use it for bucking bar padding. I see the appeal, I'm definitely...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-28-2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,334
Posted By ScottK
Those brackets are identical and do not come with...

Those brackets are identical and do not come with all the holes, because the bottom one needs different hole patterns depending if it's on a trike or a tailwheel. Study the rear view on drawing 6.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,498
Posted By ScottK
KENV? Those hangars were build for slightly...

KENV? Those hangars were build for slightly larger aircraft. A fair bit of history out there for such a little nothin' of an airport. Also, it's cheesy, but don't forget to take a look inside that...
Showing results 1 to 64 of 79

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:10 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.