RV-8 BUILD: Empennage almost complete - wing kit ordered

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RV-8 BUILD: Empennage almost complete - wing kit ordered

Unread post by Induna » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:03 pm

Hi all,

I have decided to bite the bullet and start with a RV build. I have decided on the RV-8, as I want this to be my personal "fighter", because of its tandem seating and its sexy looks.

Although still in the very early stages of the build, I have acquired the necessary tools (thanks Juri!) and also sourced an untouched RV-8 empennage kit locally.

I will be building it in stages, starting off with the tail, and continue as my time (and budget) allows. Note that I am employed abroad, so building time will be limited, so bear with me, as updates will be slow.

I am very excited and will update as soon as I receive my first shipment of tools and kit

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey begins (ALMOST)

Unread post by Whirly » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:09 pm

Good luck! I envy you but realized years ago that I don't have the ability. :)

The RV8 is the one I would go for too, the only one, in fact. :D

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey begins (ALMOST)

Unread post by Induna » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:55 pm

Whirly wrote:Good luck! I envy you but realized years ago that I don't have the ability. :)

The RV8 is the one I would go for too, the only one, in fact. :D

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Thanks! Yes, I like both the 4 & 8, but the 8 is more advanced as it have pre-punched holes, so it reduces build-time and it ensures a straight aircraft.

I am a taildragger fan (and most of my hours are TD), so naturally I will build the TD version. (i think it's wrong to build a tri-gear RV-8... :roll: )

Any suggestions or areas in the tail kit that are problematic in building, please share your thoughts and experiences.

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey begins (ALMOST)

Unread post by lampiesJR » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:12 pm

Induna wrote:
Any suggestions or areas in the tail kit that are problematic in building, please share your thoughts and experiences.

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey begins (ALMOST)

Unread post by Induna » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:16 pm

lampiesJR wrote:
Induna wrote:
Any suggestions or areas in the tail kit that are problematic in building, please share your thoughts and experiences.

J
Installeer SB 14-01-31 nou as jy kan. Sal jou lewe BAIE makliker maak indien jy sou krake kry in die toekoms
Hou ons op hoogte!

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Thanks. I think it is included in the tail kit I am getting.. :wink: I will make sure.

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey begins (ALMOST)

Unread post by JvTonder » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:33 pm

Ja nee het geweet! :twisted: Baie geluk en geniet dit Jacques! Weet die een gaan ook net so mooi wees soos die voriges.
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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey begins (ALMOST)

Unread post by Firefly » Tue May 08, 2018 6:09 pm

Hi Jacques,

Congrats met die RV 8. Het ook onlangs a RV 4 gekoop Vlieg lekker, Oja dis a Hanger 9 30cc RV4. :lol: :lol: Het nav lights alles in gesit en hy vlieg leker, dag en in die Nag. Sal kom inloor as die bakkie daar sein.

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey began

Unread post by Induna » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:41 am

Hi

I got some work done on the horizontal stabilizer. Fit, match drill, debur, dimpel, primed and final assembly in progress.

Pics to follow..
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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey began

Unread post by Induna » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:09 pm

So,

i have completed the horizontal stabilizer and I am very happy with the results. It came out beautifully, not issues and the surface finish is great!

Here are a few pics. I have also done the SB on the front spar attachments.
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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey began

Unread post by Goose1 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:21 pm

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey began

Unread post by Induna » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:53 am

UPDATE: The Horizontal stabilizer has been build and internally primed.

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey began

Unread post by Induna » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:58 am

UPDATE: Rudder has been built. The most challenging part was rolling the leading edges...

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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey began

Unread post by V5 - LEO » Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:13 am

.....them rivets looks nice and flush!
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Re: RV-8 BUILD: The long journey began

Unread post by Induna » Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:22 pm

V5 - LEO wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:13 am
.....them rivets looks nice and flush!
Agree. The flush rivets creates a beautiful surface finish..
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Unread post by Goose1 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:49 pm

Looking good J
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