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Welcome to rv8.ch!

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This little site will document the progress on the building of our Van’s RV8 experimental aircraft. We will load lots of images, tips, tricks and techniques that we learn ourselves and from others on the net.


Danny King's RV8 Beautiful Doll

Danny King’s RV8 Beautiful Doll

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26 Jun 2004 Flop tube

I'm working on putting in the flop tube into the right wing. Now I found a little problem. Why is the ID of the aeroquip hose less than 1/4" when it should be 3/8"? Flop...

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22 Jun 2004 Removing Canopy Scratches

Q: Greetings all, Installed the painted canopy and removed all the protective coatings today. Despite taking precautions I've got some pretty noticable scratches. Some are light , like chaff marks and others are scratches you can...

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21 Jun 2004 Finish Kit Arrival

My finish kit arrived from Van's, along with Paolo's tail kit, Emmett's battery and tires, and my two Odyssey PC680 batteries. All unpacked, inventoried, and shelved, for now. There are many very nice parts in there....

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17 Jun 2004 Roll Bar

Bolting on the roll bar, I find that one side has a bit of a gap, about 1/8 inch, as you can see from the photos below. I wonder if I can just continue to drill...

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31 May 2004 Pipe thread lubrication

--> RV-List message posted by: "Dan Checkoway" Austin, I had a similar situation, a leaky brass fitting on my brake cylinder. In my limited experience, I found that using Loctite 565 (white teflon pipe thread sealant paste) works great...

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30 May 2004 Pitot Tube Mount

I've decided to use the Dynon pitot tube, without heat. It's about 200 USD, and includes pipes for Angle of Attack (AOA). I already have the Proprietary Software Systems AOA Sport, and the Dynon will...

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17 May 2004 Canopy fit

From Dave Brand: Lucky, I followed the "manual" pretty closely here. I got good results. Most of your trimming is done at the front of the windscreen, followed by at the aft end of the bubble. Good advice would...

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03 May 2004 Rear Seat

Getting the rear seat/baggage area door done was not too difficult. I got sent two left sides instead of a left and right, and after that got straightened out, it was just a matter of...

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15 Apr 2004 Van and me

I had the honor of talking to the designer of my airplane, Mr. Richard VanGrunsven, a.ka. Van, founder and owner of Van's Aircraft, at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, USA today. I caught him quite...

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