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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

03 May 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 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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09 Apr Rivnuts

Rivnuts are potential replacements for platenuts or nutplates, as they are sometimes called. I bought a boat load of rivnuts of every size and shape I could find, hoping that I could use them in...

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04 Apr Grove Landing Gear

I ordered the landing gear for my RV8 from Grove Aircraft because they are lighter, they are aerodynamic, eliminating the need for fairings, and they include the brake "line" inside the gear. They cost a bit...

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29 Feb Titanium Tie downs

From the Matronics RV-List: I'm sure randy will have a great deal on the titanium Eye Bolts when he makes them, but if you are in a hurry for some, mcmaster.com has them for $30.22 each....

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29 Feb Drilling pushrods

The pushrod ends need drilling to attach the necessary hardware. Here are a couple of pictures that show the drilling of the big fat elevator pushrod that goes in the rear. Can't recall F-number right...

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28 Feb Useful tools

Probably not news to anyone, but just in case, I'd like to point out three very useful tools. There are dozens of required tools needed to build the RV, and most are purchased from a...

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28 Feb Dimpling floors

Not much to this article, just one of those photos that prove that I was actually involved in the construction of the airplane! :-) The C-frame for dimpling is a pretty useful tool, but for people...

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