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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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17 Jan 2004 QB Kit Arrival

Finally, after 4 months of waiting, the kit arrived today, Friday, January 16, 2004. I've been preparing the shop during all this time, and of course had already finished the empennage in October of 2003....

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09 Jan 2004 PreKote Environment-Friendly Metal Preparation

Promising new replacement for Alumiprep/Alodine metal preparation. From their web site: "PreKote™ is a non-chromated metal preparation chemical utilizing a safe, hazard-free process. PreKote offers off-the-chart adhesion, improved paint flexibility, and superior corrosion protection on...

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10 Nov 2003 How to use alumiprep

From: Dukeav8r@aol.com Date: Jan 31, 1998 Subject: Re: How to use alumiprep?? I prefer Metalprep over Alumiprep for the reason that you can use it on steel also. I believe they cost the same. To...

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09 Nov 2003 invisible hinge oil door

From Dan Checkoway, some part numbers for an invisible hinge oil door. Really slick, and I wanted to make sure I could remember the trick, and the part numbers from http://www.mcmaster.com/. Dan has nice photos...

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06 Nov 2003 More about Subaru engines

I was recently reminded: > The standard Lycoming/Continental motor is > designed to purr along all day at 65/75% power. Don't you mean "shake and rattle"? :-) I'm not sure which is more important in an airplane engine,...

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23 Oct 2003 Right Elevator – 6 hrs

Preparing the right elevator was very similar to the rudder. Cutting stiffners, clecoing parts together, drilling out holes using either #30 or #40 drill bits, deburring, scuffinging, and dimpling all the parts and the skin. I...

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05 Oct 2003 Why an RV8?

There are thousands of different homebuilt aircraft out on the market, so I thought I might explain how I came to choose an RV8. As is often the case, exposure to someone else's airplane is the...

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