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by Mike Balzer
Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: RV 8/8A
Topic: Riveting Bottem Wing Skins Sequence
Replies: 4
Views: 6595

Thank you for all that replied, I kept wings on stand and had a helper ( fellow RV Builder ) help me shoot most of the I/B skins. It is always great to have good help and two brains thinking at the same time so you dont get trapped. Every thing worked out great and I borrowed tungston bars and what ...
by Mike Balzer
Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: RV 8/8A
Topic: Riveting Bottem Wing Skins Sequence
Replies: 4
Views: 6595

Riveting Bottem Wing Skins Sequence

I have read many ways to rivet bottem of my wing skins. Vans says to start on I/B rear spar between wing walk ribs and work in an L shaped patern. Some other builders say to Start on FWD spar and work in L shaped pattern toward o/b. And some builders start in the middle of I//B skin and work there w...
by Mike Balzer
Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: General Construction Questions
Topic: contersinking wing spars
Replies: 2
Views: 3100

You can use a scrap piece of 1/8 aluminum and when opening up the holes to the correct size drill throught the scrap piiece and then it will act as a guid for the pilot on the counter sink. Remember that you have to go deaper then just flush with an #8 screw so that the dimple in the skin sits flush...
by Mike Balzer
Sun May 27, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: RV 8/8A
Topic: Aileron Push Pull Tube Lengths ?
Replies: 3
Views: 3652

Thanks for the reply
I will cut mine to exact size.

Mike
by Mike Balzer
Sun May 27, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: RV 8/8A
Topic: Aileron Push Pull Tube Lengths ?
Replies: 3
Views: 3652

Aileron Push Pull Tube Lengths ?

I am about to build the large and small Aileron push pull tubes. Before I cut them just want to know if they should be cut 1/8 or 1/4 longer. I just want to check with other builders to see if VANS indicated length is good to go or if builders wished they would have gone a little longer. Thank you. ...
by Mike Balzer
Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: RV 8/8A
Topic: Rear Spar on Wing Question
Replies: 0
Views: 3131

Rear Spar on Wing Question

I would like to know if every one is countersinking the rear spar where the aileron reinforcing brace goes and also the aileron support bracket goes. The rear spar is built to plans and I cant seem to find out if your supposed to countersink the skins or the rear spar in this area. I have checked a ...
by Mike Balzer
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: Home-built Aircraft Survey
Replies: 10
Views: 4348

I took your survey,
My biggest block is FAMILY. I have 3 kids and two of them are in sports, all stars and traveling team. Sometimes it seems like a month will go by and no time to work on my plane
by Mike Balzer
Mon May 16, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: RV 9/9A
Topic: Trim Tab & hinge issues
Replies: 3
Views: 3996

The MIN 2X hole distance to edge is for universal head rivet AN 470 and the Edge Distance for Counter Sunk rivets AN 426 is MIN 2 1/2 times the diameter. It is always good to go more edge distance than minimums if you can. You an always order a new hing or go with what you have done it will be fine....
by Mike Balzer
Wed May 04, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: BOO!
Replies: 19
Views: 9316

Just finished ONE fuel tank on my 8. It feels like a huge milestone completed. It came out clean and now it is time for pressure testing????

Keep building,
MIke
by Mike Balzer
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: My 7 has a new playmate...
Replies: 18
Views: 7841

Thats awesome Chad, That was one of the planes I considered before I started my RV-8. At the time I looked at the CX-4 every part had to be hand formed on forming blocks that you had to shape from the prints. Way to time consuming with my schedule. I am sure you will like the plane. It looks like th...
by Mike Balzer
Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: Almost there...
Replies: 17
Views: 7535

Awesome Chad,
your feathers are almost grown from being clipped. To be free.

take care,
Mike Balzer
by Mike Balzer
Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: Carrie Elizabeth
Replies: 36
Views: 14392

Congratulations,
mine could get me a beer at 1 1/2 out of the refrigerator and be able to tell the difference between diet coke and bud light.

He would climb on my motorcycle and watch me build for hours and want to help too.

You will have a good helper too.


take care,
Mike Balzer
by Mike Balzer
Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: RV 7/7A
Topic: Holy Crap
Replies: 13
Views: 7962

Joe, I am currently building my tanks on my 8 now. The fayed sealing method works great and is less messy. Bruce's Swayze web site gives a good description of how it was done on his right tank. I used electrical tape and taped around the ribs to help keep mess down. It is a 2 person job. I did my st...
by Mike Balzer
Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: First Flight!
Replies: 23
Views: 10759

Awesome Job Mike,
it gave me the chills to see you take off for the first time in your RV-7.
I got a long way to go. I get to play with sealant putting my tank together this weekend.


Take care,
Mike Balzer
by Mike Balzer
Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: Dec 2010/Jan 2011 Annual
Replies: 11
Views: 5157

Nice work,
Looks like it will last forever now?


Happy New Year,

Mike
by Mike Balzer
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: Dec 2010/Jan 2011 Annual
Replies: 11
Views: 5157

Chad, some 5052-h32 aluminum would be less prone to cracking and maybe you could make a doubler out of .125 and rivet it to your baffle and stop drill the crack so it does not continue. 2024-t3 aluminum is brittle and when subject to vibration and stress will cause it to crack. I also recommend addi...
by Mike Balzer
Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: RV 8/8A
Topic: Extended Range Fuel Bungs by safe air
Replies: 0
Views: 3498

Extended Range Fuel Bungs by safe air

It looks like the extended fuel tank bungs from SAFE AIR are the same part as the FUEL DRAIN FLANGE. I don't know for sure but if it is the same I could compare prices with VANS and install the Fuel tank bung on the O/B rib. I notice that the bung kit offered by SAFE AIR has a different thread for t...
by Mike Balzer
Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:32 pm
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: Ghost in the wind
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

I know what you mean. Sometimes I forget my pass word and dont have Mozilla to remember it for me. Plus at my work they dont allow Rivet Bangers or any site that can allow you to chat. Thats when the IRON KEY coms into play to allow me to by pass the security. Thanks for the comment, Mike Balzer
by Mike Balzer
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: The Hangar
Topic: Ghost in the wind
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

Ghost in the wind

While looking over the rivet bangers today I noticed 6+ guest looking through rivetbangers.com. Just to let you guest know there is no spam, e-mails, harrasment, or anything you could think of to prevent your name or identity from being known. This is a great site with a wealth of knowledge and a lo...
by Mike Balzer
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: RV 7/7A
Topic: Wing spar countersinks
Replies: 5
Views: 3774

Joe, When counter-sinking the spar, you must have a piece of metal as a back up for the pilot of the countersink to keep as a guide. Without the extra piece of extrusion aluminum alloy clamped to the lower spar cap. .050 to .125 thickness would work just fine. What happens is the countersink goes so...

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