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Old 11-23-2011, 08:37 AM
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What are the non-slider canopy options for an 8, and how much extra time and money would be required to achieve a tip-up or tip-over configuration? Also, if a person bought a quick build fuse, would there be significant changes needed on the fuse, such that in the end there would have been little to no advantage buying the QB vs SB fuse?
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:42 AM
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RV-8 Fastback mods often include a tip-over canopy, like an RV-4's, but the fastback's canopy is cut down in size a fair amount from the standard -8's canopy.

A regular RV-8's full-size canopy is awfully big and bulky to modify into a tip-over, but I guess you could do it if you were really determined.

Having a slider canopy is a big part of the sexy fighter-plane-like aura of the RV-8. Taxiing back to the ramp, after a smooth landing in front of an audience, with that canopy slid back and your arm hanging out over the side is priceless.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:47 AM
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QUOTE=Neal@F14;598956]RV-8 Fastback mods often include a tip-over canopy, like an RV-4's, but the fastback's canopy is cut down in size a fair amount from the standard -8's canopy.

A regular RV-8's full-size canopy is awfully big and bulky to modify into a tip-over, but I guess you could do it if you were really determined.

Having a slider canopy is a big part of the sexy fighter-plane-like aura of the RV-8. Taxiing back to the ramp, after a smooth landing in front of an audience, with that canopy slid back and your arm hanging out over the side is priceless.[/quote]

Agreed on the taxi back option, Joe Cool P-51 driver look-a-like!
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However, larger RV "like" airplanes have the tip-over. My only concern would be that big canopy acting like a huge sail in any type winds. no so much tipping the airplane over but being bent beyond limits and cracking/bending something.
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Old 11-25-2011, 12:52 PM
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Tip over considerations:
You should have roll over protection, so you may end up with an RV-4 type roll over bar between the seats. The front seat view is better, but the back seater might not like it...
Tip over canopy would allow antenna mounting on top of the fuselage, behind the back seat.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:33 PM
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This is hilarious! For years people wanted a slider canopy on the RV-4. We have now come full circle.
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:37 AM
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Why in the heck would anyone want a tip over on an RV-8? I fly a -4 and wish I had a slider. I had to make a bracket on the side rail and the canopy to keep it open a bit so I wouldn't roast while taxiing in the summer in Missouri. The problem with that is too much wind blowing your hat off or breaking squelch on the radio every time you push up the power. I would love to modify my -4 to a slider but it looks to me to be quite a task.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:18 AM
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Only reason why im building a Fastback tip over is that i hate the roll bar in front of my forehead on the std RV-8
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:01 PM
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What is the weight difference between stock slider and the Showplane canopy?

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Old 11-26-2011, 04:59 PM
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Default Instead of a tip over

Instead of a tip over go with a Todd's Canopy slider and delete the slider canopy from the Van's Aircraft ofer.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:38 PM
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Why in the heck would anyone want a tip over on an RV-8?
In my case, the tip over gives 3 very nice benefits.

1 more shoulder room.

2 better forward visibality.

3 better access to the front side of the panel.

If I ever get to do an eight, it will have the ShowPlane canopy.
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