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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,725
Posted By N546RV
Still says NIB in the thread title, though:...

Still says NIB in the thread title, though: https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=185195

One thing I'll point out is that his profile shows the last time he was online was 7-30, two...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-01-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By N546RV
Interesting - that's significantly off from my...

Interesting - that's significantly off from my numbers (which are, to be fair, semi-educated WAGs). I ended up with an arm of 3.7" for either a Hartzell metal or Whirlwind prop. To get these numbers,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-01-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By N546RV
I'll be interested to know the final value. I put...

I'll be interested to know the final value. I put together a little empty W&B calculator in an attempt to quantify the effects of equipment choices - different props and engines in particular. I did...
Forum: COMM 07-31-2020, 12:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By N546RV
Something else you might consider if you want a...

Something else you might consider if you want a second radio and a real audio panel is the PS Engineering PAR200B. You get the audio panel and radio in a single unit, and can save some panel...
Forum: COMM 07-29-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By N546RV
One of the advantages of using a Skyview radio...

One of the advantages of using a Skyview radio with a Skyview system is that the EFIS integrates with the radio; you can load frequencies and otherwise control the radio from the EFIS, for example by...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-27-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,161
Posted By N546RV
Just want to say THANK YOU for this incredible...

Just want to say THANK YOU for this incredible idea. I downloaded the X-plane demo, bought the RV-8 add-on, and this morning taught myself the ins and outs of repainting.

I dunno if this is an...
Forum: Propellers 07-24-2020, 10:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,966
Posted By N546RV
Oh reeeealllly...well this is very interesting...

Oh reeeealllly...well this is very interesting info to me, since the Titan IO-375 I'm going with is a counterweighted engine.

Maybe I'll end up with a 74HRT hanging off the front of my plane after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By N546RV
I haven't done it yet, but my intention is to...

I haven't done it yet, but my intention is to paint the Duckworks mounts flat black. Doesn't seem like something to draw attention to with a light/bright color or anything like that.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-21-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 660
Posted By N546RV
Looking forward to the replay going up. The first...

Looking forward to the replay going up. The first half-hour overlapped with a work meeting, and I made a brief attempt to multitask with the forum and the meeting and it just wasn't working.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-21-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By N546RV
I have alignment tools I made for this same...

I have alignment tools I made for this same purpose. Just some 3/16" rod stock from your favorite home improvement store, with a little hook bent in the end. Having the long handle makes it worlds...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2020, 11:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By N546RV
As a counterpoint, I found it easier to store...

As a counterpoint, I found it easier to store both stabs with the control surfaces installed - just my experience. Probably depends on how you store it - I had mine mounted to a wall, and later in a...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-20-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 196
Posted By N546RV
Maybe check and see if this one is still...

Maybe check and see if this one is still available: https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=184109
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-16-2020, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By N546RV
I think it'd be a pretty major project to try and...

I think it'd be a pretty major project to try and retrofit the gear towers into an already-built fuselage, involving substantial disassembly of the forward fuse.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-14-2020, 11:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,186
Posted By N546RV
And now we've kind of come full circle. Barry's...

And now we've kind of come full circle. Barry's words here reflect what I get out of the installation manual, that separating the power leads is best practice. This, however, seems to contradict this...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-14-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,186
Posted By N546RV
Right, but if the purple and red wires are tied...

Right, but if the purple and red wires are tied together on the same circuit - as depicted in the aforementioned diagrams that demonstrate using a single switch to both remove power and/or activate...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-13-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By N546RV
The cutout part should be easy; just mimic that...

The cutout part should be easy; just mimic that of the left-side door. The forward upper skin comes with the outline of the door perforated, you just get to finish cutting it out before doing the fab...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-11-2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,186
Posted By N546RV
Interesting. I take it this setup only has two...

Interesting. I take it this setup only has two bus feeds (one for each switch) rather than the four described in the manual? What are your fuse/breaker values? Naively one might go with 20A by...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-10-2020, 07:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,186
Posted By N546RV
Hmm...I didn't think of it earlier, but I'd have...

Hmm...I didn't think of it earlier, but I'd have this same problem with my proposed switch setup. There's no way, in one switch, to provide two separate switched current paths and a switched ground...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-10-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,186
Posted By N546RV
Yup, this is pretty much exactly the procedure I...

Yup, this is pretty much exactly the procedure I had in mind; I kind of feel like the switch setup has a certain elegance to it.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-09-2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,186
Posted By N546RV
Couple SDS CPI2 install questions

Planning, planning, planning...such is my life these days. This must be that last 90% everyone talks about. This has surfaced a couple questions about installing/packaging the CPI2 components.

#1:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2020, 11:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 662
Posted By N546RV
Very interesting. I'm wondering - what's the...

Very interesting. I'm wondering - what's the purpose of what looks like a Delrin block at the base of the stick with a vertical piece of aluminum attached? It doesn't seem related to the attach...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-07-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,161
Posted By N546RV
I had a really wild idea for a while to come up...

I had a really wild idea for a while to come up with a scheme that invoked some of the WWII Navy camo schemes. I was specifically going to invoke one of the measures applied to USS North Carolina,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-07-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,161
Posted By N546RV
I'm always kind of torn about the warbird...

I'm always kind of torn about the warbird schemes. The -8 lends itself very well to P-51-esque schemes, and I definitely think they look good, but I feel somewhat iffy about going with one. I think...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-07-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,161
Posted By N546RV
Or if you really want to fry your brain with P-51...

Or if you really want to fry your brain with P-51 options: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?1112761-P-51-Mustang-Squadron-Markings-Reference-Thread
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 720
Posted By N546RV
Tested out my Flyleds combo lights today

It's been a while since I assembled these units and gave them a nighttime test, but today my wigwag controller arrived, which of course necessitated another test. This time I decided to set both...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-29-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 639
Posted By N546RV
Request: photos of avionics shelf(s) behind the panel

Hey folks...I'm having lots of fun making cardboard models of avionics units and putting them around the fuselage to figure out packaging. I'm wondering how people chose to mount things behind the...
Forum: GPS 06-29-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By N546RV
Thanks for the info. To clarify a bit, the...

Thanks for the info.

To clarify a bit, the GPS175 will be providing certified GPS data to the transponder for ADS-B Out compliance. This is mainly because I picked up an older SV-250 GPS puck for...
Forum: GPS 06-28-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By N546RV
GPS175 install questions

Tonight I'm reading through a GPS175 install manual to wrap my head around the wiring requirements, which means...questions. Oh yes indeed.

Brief overview of my intended installation: EFIS will be a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,049
Posted By N546RV
The SafeAir1 kit I have has color-coded lines...

The SafeAir1 kit I have has color-coded lines already, so I'm there. I'm still going to label the tubing out at the wing end, because to Greg's point, when I pull this back out in however-many-years,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,049
Posted By N546RV
Access shouldn't be necessary. I'm going to trim...

Access shouldn't be necessary. I'm going to trim the hard lines from the pitot down to about 6" or so, and have service loops in the wing bay for both the pitot/AOA lines and the wires from the heat...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,049
Posted By N546RV
Sometimes, you just have to sit back and enjoy the hilarity...

So for several work sessions, over the past couple weeks, I've been agonizing over my pitot tube position. Inboard of the bellcrank? Just outboard? Further outboard? Out at the wingtip?

I spent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 777
Posted By N546RV
Possibly. I'm making the assumption that, in my...

Possibly. I'm making the assumption that, in my testing, I was causing the heater to run full-bore, but I didn't confirm that. One thing I could have done, but didn't, would have been to measure the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 777
Posted By N546RV
Heated pitot tube testing: how long do the hard lines really need to be?

As I continue with the saga of working out pitot tube packaging, one part that's consistently annoyed me is dealing with the hard lines on the pitot unit itself. Due to the need to be fed through the...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-20-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By N546RV
We had some spotty showers and a bit of...

We had some spotty showers and a bit of convection. Developed into persistent but mostly light rain on the field from about 1:00-2:30 or so. Phil ran home ahead of the weather, everyone else waited...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-20-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By N546RV
Well, the weather wasn't super great, but we at...

Well, the weather wasn't super great, but we at least got a good variety of planes. Good seeing everybody, we'll do it again...when it's cooler.

https://i.imgur.com/APWPcOyl.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,782
Posted By N546RV
Which, ironically, will actually be pretty much...

Which, ironically, will actually be pretty much the right thing to do in this case.

The only flaw I see in my supposition is how this person would know the right day to come. But I have enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2020, 08:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,782
Posted By N546RV
Here's what I keep thinking about: I figure,...

Here's what I keep thinking about: I figure, given the hundreds of thousands of annual attendees, it's almost a statistical certainty that at least one person is going to travel to OSH without having...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-18-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By N546RV
Boooo :( Made the grocery run today. I may have...

Boooo :(

Made the grocery run today. I may have overdone it a bit. Hopefully everyone brings their appetites.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-15-2020, 10:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,420
Posted By N546RV
This is also an aspect of my system plan. The B&C...

This is also an aspect of my system plan. The B&C SB1B-14 regulator includes a pin to activate a warning light when the standby alternator is awake. I'll be connecting that to a contact input on the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-15-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,420
Posted By N546RV
The hall sensor is a red herring in this...

The hall sensor is a red herring in this discussion - the regulators do all the work. Both regulators are energized at all times. Since the primary regulator is set to a higher point than the...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-14-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By N546RV
Well, I haven't done a good smoke in a while, so...

Well, I haven't done a good smoke in a while, so I did a test cook with some ribs today, and I'm pleased to say they didn't suck. Other stuff on the planned menu:


Jalapeno poppers
Collard greens...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2020, 11:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By N546RV
Hey, just wanted to thank everyone for the...

Hey, just wanted to thank everyone for the feedback. After some more consideration and experimentation - including bending up a piece of Romex as a stand-in for the hard pitot lines - I've concluded...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2020, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By N546RV
Interesting, I was just wondering this last...

Interesting, I was just wondering this last night. The reason for me is to enable making the holes in the fuselage sides for wiring and pitot/AoA line entry, mainly the former. My wiring conduit will...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-08-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (June 2020) (WE'RE BAAACK)

That's right, it's time to get this going again. I'm putting the notice out a bit early for this one since it's different from the norm. As alluded to previously, this month I'm going to host at my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By N546RV
Definitely a possibility I've considered. It'd...

Definitely a possibility I've considered. It'd remove that one bit of complication, at the cost of making accessibility a little worse (but probably not substantially so). I'd probably also have to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By N546RV
Some pitot questions

#1: Location. I see from previous discussions that at least one person has mounted the pitot tube in the most outboard wing bay (vs the more common ~mid-span location). I'm very interested in using...
Forum: COMM 06-06-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,876
Posted By N546RV
You know, I've been planning for some time to...

You know, I've been planning for some time to have a single radio and a handheld for backup, with that ICOM switch box...but the more I read and think about it, the more I'm leaning towards just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,084
Posted By N546RV
So far...pulled the wings out of the corner...

So far...pulled the wings out of the corner they've been sitting in for a couple years, in preparation for getting them closed out. Today was mostly doing cleanup work...mud dauber nests, general...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-05-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By N546RV
Looking back in my build log, it doesn't seem so....

Looking back in my build log, it doesn't seem so. In the photos they seem to sit flush, and I didn't make any notes about needing to adjust to deal with fitment...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-04-2020, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By N546RV
For some context, take a look at DWGs 67 and 74....

For some context, take a look at DWGs 67 and 74. The F-844 aux longerons will end up being riveted in assembly with the weldment, the firewall angle, and the skin. There will be five 426-4 rivets in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By N546RV
Oooh, Tractor Supply is a good call, seems pretty...

Oooh, Tractor Supply is a good call, seems pretty obvious in retrospect.

It is odd for my brain to see the gray color on my monitor (following Blake's Cardinal link) and believe that it really is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By N546RV
I'll be curious to see if anyone in the US finds...

I'll be curious to see if anyone in the US finds this in stock anywhere. Looks like Home Depot carries it, but as a special order item, and only in packs of six cans. I'm kind of interested in having...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2020, 06:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,198
Posted By N546RV
Your AFS display will not have the capability to...

Your AFS display will not have the capability to load approaches, pure and simple, whereas the GPS-175 will. Keep in mind that the GPS-175 is a full-fledged GPS navigator unit, whereas the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-25-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,166
Posted By N546RV
Thanks for all the commentary, folks. After...

Thanks for all the commentary, folks. After reading all this, I've decided to stick with the diode; overall, I think the talk about failure rates is what really put me over the line.

I'm also liking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 911
Posted By N546RV
Yup. Somewhat apples to oranges, but this is what...

Yup. Somewhat apples to oranges, but this is what I do with the harnesses in my car when I'm on-track without a passenger. Granted, they get tossed around a heck of a lot more than would happen in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-22-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By N546RV
Very helpful indeed; I have a similar gap on my...

Very helpful indeed; I have a similar gap on my wings, though maybe not quite as pronounced. I mostly chose to not think about it when I put the wings aside to move on to the fuselage, but it's about...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-22-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,197
Posted By N546RV
That's almost exactly the engine I have in mind....

That's almost exactly the engine I have in mind. IO-370, cold sump, high compression, with dual SDS CPI2 in lieu of magnetos.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-21-2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,166
Posted By N546RV
I don't think this idea qualifies as "eliminating...

I don't think this idea qualifies as "eliminating one of those paths." It still provides two possible paths to power the E-bus, just like Bob's diagrams. The primary difference is that the alt feed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-21-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,197
Posted By N546RV
The -390 announcement certainly caught my eye,...

The -390 announcement certainly caught my eye, but now that it's had a few days to age, I think I'm still in the camp that the Titan -370 is the sweet spot. Not really convinced that the extra ~10...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-20-2020, 10:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,166
Posted By N546RV
I'll certainly confess that I've wondered if the...

I'll certainly confess that I've wondered if the E-bus is unnecessary complexity in my case. I'm already planning a dual alternator setup, with the #2 alternator set up as a standby to come online...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-20-2020, 09:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,166
Posted By N546RV
The E-bus alt feed: a different idea

So I've been thinking about the Nuckolls E-bus setup, specifically the handling of having an alternate feed off an always-hot battery bus in case of a failure affecting the main bus. Bob's setup...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,267
Posted By N546RV
Can't say I'm too fond of those from the photo....

Can't say I'm too fond of those from the photo. My ideal solution would fit more within the "footprint" of the roll bar as seen from aft, rather than sticking out into the cabin like these...
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