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Forum: RV-10 10-28-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,532
Posted By ppilotmike
Well, your inquiry motivated me to catch my build...

Well, your inquiry motivated me to catch my build log up. It is now up to date.
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,532
Posted By ppilotmike
See my kitlog entries, under...

See my kitlog entries, under "Options".
http://www.mykitlog.com/users/category.php?user=mikrettig&project=803&category=10899 Sorry, but I haven't updated my kitlog site in 2 1/2 years! :o I really...
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,073
Posted By ppilotmike
Fiberfrax Sandwich

I believe the fiberfrax / SS sandwich was recommended as added fire protection, not to simply solve a problem with a hot tunnel. There was an RV-10 that had a fire in the engine compartment and the...
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,748
Posted By ppilotmike
That's what I used. Combined with my pneumatic...

That's what I used. Combined with my pneumatic squeezer, dimpling nutplates was a breeze.
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. Get all three of them. I've used them all...

Yup. Get all three of them. I've used them all and was glad I had them.
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,073
Posted By ppilotmike
I used 1/16" thick FiberFrax on the belly,...

I used 1/16" thick FiberFrax on the belly, sandwiched under 0.005" thick stainless steel sheet. For the firewall, I intend to use 1/8" thick Fiberfrax under the same stainless steel sheet. I did...
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,532
Posted By ppilotmike
David should be able to shoot you a PDF of the...

David should be able to shoot you a PDF of the instructions for the hard-point installation. That will show you the locations of interest. I know, that the hard-point kit is able to be retrofit to...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,592
Posted By ppilotmike
Nicely Done!

Congratulations on this incredible milestone.
Forum: RV-10 09-02-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By ppilotmike
I believe you are allowed one "do-over" for...

I believe you are allowed one "do-over" for dimples (so, you only get one extra chance to get them right). Also, since you only did a few, this shouldn't be a problem. Learn from the mistake...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,975
Posted By ppilotmike
DRDT2.... Set up correctly.

I also have used both the c-frame and DRDT2. Love the DRDT2! Once it's set up correctly, per the instructions, it is a set it and forget it machine for dimples. It's much quieter and (IMHO) easier...
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,026
Posted By ppilotmike
SFSA for me too. Nice interior, great options...

SFSA for me too. Nice interior, great options and VERY helpful! Eliane is the best. It's like having your own personal interior designer. Prices are good too.
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,033
Posted By ppilotmike
EMAG Summary

Can either of you guys give a summary of how the 6 cylinder EMag setup works? I'm interested in a comparison between the emag technology and the EFII / SDS technology. Differences, similarities,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,222
Posted By ppilotmike
Good Prioritization Skills

I really liked your write up. I too have experienced a lot of the same things along the way. Forgetting to eat, sleep or bathe is easy to do; especially early on in the build. My story started in...
Forum: Interiors 04-03-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks nice! It looks similar to the set you made...

Looks nice! It looks similar to the set you made for me, only I went with red accent thread and darker leather. You guys certainly turn out a quality product.
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,070
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks Larry and Eulice!

Thanks Larry and Eulice!
Forum: RV-10 03-04-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,070
Posted By ppilotmike
Well done!

I am envious of your paint job too. Can you tell me more about that? How much (ballpark) would you say you spent and what was your prior experience before painting. I am interested in painting my...
Forum: RV-10 02-28-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,473
Posted By ppilotmike
WD-1017-1 Only?

For those of us RV-10 builders that have not yet installed our nose gear, is it possible to get just the new WD-1017-1 part, instead of the whole SB kit? Or, is there other special parts/hardware...
Forum: RV-10 01-17-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,968
Posted By ppilotmike
Well Done! We want pictures all over your flying...

Well Done! We want pictures all over your flying bird. I want to see the panel and how the interior came out, please.
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-04-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,074
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

Now that you've picked your build, it's time to get started. I am also building an RV-10, although I'm going slow build everything with some mods that have pushed my build time out quite a bit (2...
Forum: RV-10 10-14-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,628
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

I'm feeling the same way about my build after 8 years, but I continue to soldier on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,435
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome..

..to yet another New Builder in Colorado. Your work space will pay dividends, for sure. Keep it in your house as long as you can.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 399
Posted By ppilotmike
I think it's a neat idea. There are a few people...

I think it's a neat idea. There are a few people who have played with making up their own boards and/or using Arduinos, so maybe someone will do it.
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 954
Posted By ppilotmike
I ran 3 conduits from the tailcone forward; 2 in...

I ran 3 conduits from the tailcone forward; 2 in the right side and 1 on the left, baggage door side. I am about to start wiring up my runs, but have not done this yet. Worst case, i believe it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By ppilotmike
I thought the spinner that Vans supplies with the...

I thought the spinner that Vans supplies with the Hartzell 2-blade for the RV-10 is fiberglass, not metal. Does Hartzell (or Vans) sell a metal spinner for the 2-blade Hartzell on an RV-10, that...
Forum: International 08-29-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 20,396
Posted By ppilotmike
Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.

Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.
Forum: RV-10 08-26-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,291
Posted By ppilotmike
Glad you're okay. I think it would be very...

Glad you're okay. I think it would be very helpful to post some pictures of what remains.
Forum: International 08-13-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 20,396
Posted By ppilotmike
Watching..

..with great interest.
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,532
Posted By ppilotmike
Doug, If the price is low enough, you will...

Doug,

If the price is low enough, you will surely get offers "sight unseen." However, if the workmanship is good and corrosion minimal, I see no reason you couldn't get way more than $10K (which is...
Forum: RV-10 07-31-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 488
Views: 487,031
Posted By ppilotmike
Really nice looking paint job. The color scheme...

Really nice looking paint job. The color scheme and pattern are similar to what I'm planning, if I can ever get it to fly. Would you please send me a PM with the information on your paint guy,...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,696
Posted By ppilotmike
One more story for you: Back in 2011, after a...

One more story for you:

Back in 2011, after a year spent researching the various planes and kits available and deciding on a Vans kit, I knew I wanted a 7A. I simply loved it, and thought it was...
Forum: RV-10 06-24-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,052
Posted By ppilotmike
Love it. Nice write-up.

Love it. Nice write-up.
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,321
Posted By ppilotmike
I'll be there again this year, but with my whole...

I'll be there again this year, but with my whole family. (2 adults and 2 kids). Looking forward to it.
Forum: RV-10 06-17-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 488
Views: 487,031
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks real nice, Justin.

Looks real nice, Justin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,316
Posted By ppilotmike
Cool Pics, Dan!

I'll be there again this year, with my whole family (kids too), so probably won't close it down this year. ;)
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-22-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,868
Posted By ppilotmike
I went with the largest Harbor Freight compressor...

I went with the largest Harbor Freight compressor I could find that was 1) oiled, 2) 2 stage (quieter) and 3) 110V. It has served me well for the last 8 years of building. All my tools are air...
Forum: RV-10 05-21-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,240
Posted By ppilotmike
South Florida Sport Aviation..

I went with South Florida Sport Aviation's interior because their kit covers everything except the doors. I didn't hardly have to do any fit and finish on the canopy interior, since it all gets...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-03-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,432
Posted By ppilotmike
I like this! Cool project. I too am interested...

I like this! Cool project. I too am interested in what it weighs and whether or not it folds. Nicely done!
Forum: RV-10 04-19-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,092
Posted By ppilotmike
I agree. A kick or a push on the door from the...

I agree. A kick or a push on the door from the inside and it would open. There's also the side windows, front and back, that could be broken with the right tool.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-17-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,540
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice Write-Up!

Thanks for posting your adventure. It's nice to see pictures of people having fun at SnF. I've never been, but would like to some day, when my bird is flying.
Forum: Tools 04-15-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 955
Posted By ppilotmike
I also bought by tool kit from planetools.com. ...

I also bought by tool kit from planetools.com. Can't say how they compare now, as it's been a while since I bought my kit, but back then it was very complete and a good price. I would recommend...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-10-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,232
Posted By ppilotmike
Use Epoxy

My understanding is that you can use epoxy resin with polyester parts, but not polyester resin with epoxy parts. I could be wrong about that, but my friend, who's a fiberglass guru, told me to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,566
Posted By ppilotmike
You do not need to enter your plane to be judged...

You do not need to enter your plane to be judged to park/camp in the home-built camping area.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,401
Posted By ppilotmike
+1

Me too! I think, without VAF, Vans would have fewer people building their planes. In fact, I think fewer people would be building experimentals of any type, without VAF. VAF gives builders a place...
Forum: RV-10 03-28-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 714
Posted By ppilotmike
Epoxy and Micro

I used epoxy (West System) with micro-balloons mixed to the consistency you want. Then, when it's all sanded and smooth, screed a layer of just epoxy resin over it all, sand smooth, fill pinholes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,740
Posted By ppilotmike
Well, one could certainly beat him to the punch...

Well, one could certainly beat him to the punch then, right? If there's something else going on (like the FAA is giving him special treatment), then I agree with you. However, if he's just getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,740
Posted By ppilotmike
James, I'm sorry you "lost" two short N-numbers...

James,

I'm sorry you "lost" two short N-numbers that you had reserved. Sounds like the FAA failed you. What would you do if the guy in line ahead of you at the DMV wanted the same vanity plate you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,740
Posted By ppilotmike
Short N Numbers

I, for one, believe that Short N Numbers is indeed providing a service. John has not only secured a nice collection of desirable numbers, but has arranged them in an easily searchable manner and...
Forum: GPS 03-25-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 64,740
Posted By ppilotmike
Love it!

I also would like to know how these units compare to the 650/750. Do they offer the same features, but in a smaller, lighter unit, without the big screen interface?
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,157
Posted By ppilotmike
Now that there is funny! You technically could...

Now that there is funny!

You technically could do a motopod with air conditioning, but you'd have to relocate the inlet/outlet for the condenser to the side of the airplane tail cone, similar to...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,810
Posted By ppilotmike
I too want to hear more about your separator...

I too want to hear more about your separator...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,138
Posted By ppilotmike
Justin, You should look up Dan Horton's post...

Justin,

You should look up Dan Horton's post about what he did on his 8. He made some "rubberized fiberglass" skirts around the bottom section of the pant, to allow the bottom hole to flex open...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,757
Posted By ppilotmike
The Law of RV Project Scheduling

"If you quote a specific duration or finish date for your RV project, schedule will inexplicably slip, due to reasons outside of your control."
Forum: Midwest 03-21-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,240
Posted By ppilotmike
It's true that Front Range Airport has recently...

It's true that Front Range Airport has recently received its certification as a Space Port (Spaceport Colorado), but the airport still goes by the name "Front Range". The Spaceport Colorado build...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-14-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,659
Posted By ppilotmike
SR-71 Model

Lance,

That's the coolest RC plane I've ever seen. The Blackbird happens to be my favorite plane of all time. You sir, are very up to the challenge of an RV-10. Heck, now I want you to come to...
Forum: Midwest 03-14-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,240
Posted By ppilotmike
Claude, In my opinion, KFTG would be the...

Claude,

In my opinion, KFTG would be the cheapest and easiest to fly into (especially coming in from the NE). Call the airport (see website) to find out about rental cars and hangars or tie-downs. ...
Forum: RV-10 03-11-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,966
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob, Be sure to check out South Florida Sport...

Bob,

Be sure to check out South Florida Sport Aviation's Interior as well.
Forum: Propellers 02-27-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,879
Posted By ppilotmike
Weight & Cost Savings?

For the RV-10 CS Prop model, what is the savings over the 2-blade Hartzell from Vans (cost and weight)?
Forum: RV-10 02-27-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By ppilotmike
That's my understanding as well.

That's my understanding as well.
Forum: RV-10 02-27-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,237
Posted By ppilotmike
Ron, I've PM'd you the information for the next...

Ron,

I've PM'd you the information for the next person in line, so you can coordinate with him.

Leo,

Thanks again, for sharing your hard work with other 10 builders.

Mike
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,612
Posted By ppilotmike
Oops. I guess I didn't realize they weren't open...

Oops. I guess I didn't realize they weren't open all the way.
Forum: Safety 02-22-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,159
Posted By ppilotmike
I seem to remember, in the article, that he had...

I seem to remember, in the article, that he had hooked up some kind of external charger (presumably a battery-powered jumpstarter of some sort) and left it hooked up to the aircraft battery to...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,612
Posted By ppilotmike
Mark, Thanks. I primed the insides of mine, so...

Mark,

Thanks. I primed the insides of mine, so hopefully, they won't suffer the same fate. I received my steps with my fuselage kit back in early 2015, but there's no telling when they were...
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