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Old 05-15-2015, 03:50 PM
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Congratulations!

Nice looking prop - and the brakes work, too.

Thanks for sharing it, Andy!

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Old 05-21-2015, 02:06 PM
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Panel: [ there's no "show us your Panel" thread for the RV-3 ]

(will be a mini-tablet/smartphone GPS to right of D-180)

Cockpit:

(VHF & Xpdr: space for them on Centre Pedestal above Map Box)
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Old 06-09-2015, 02:22 PM
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Default N66GB gets Panel Upgrade

My 30+ yr old RV-3 got a panel upgrade! I labored over the decision to get an engine monitor which would have required a lot of work, probably a new back panel all together. I opted instead for new engine instruments from Electronics International, they fit in the same holes and I only needed to make some dress-up rings to trim them out. Having flown with them a couple times now...very happy. I swapped out EGT/CHT, Fuel Pressure, Fuel Quantity, Amp/Volts, and Oil temp/Pressure. I put in a dimmer for the LED's, and also added light rings to my 3 1/8" instruments so I can fly N-VFR. EI was great to work with, very helpful.

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Old 06-09-2015, 04:06 PM
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If all goes well, flying within a week or 2?



Spec: IO-320, VP Prop, Full Inverted Oil/Fuel, Day VFR, priority lightweight

Optimistic that painted <750lb Basic Weight
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:59 PM
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Wow Andy - you really kicked the project into high gear! Looking forward to seeing how you like it!
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:05 PM
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Looking good !!!
Most RV-3's are around 800 lbs, where did you save the most? Did you use primer?
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:09 AM
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Thanks Paul - it's been a long time, but lots else on Probably a day's solid work to prep for flight, but no spare diary time for some days.

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Most RV-3's are around 800 lbs, where did you save the most? Did you use primer?
Yes - all interior primed with Zinc Chromate Etch. I have a list of where I think the savings were made, using a few (2 in particular) well documented RV-3 builds on here. There is no single item that "saves a lot", it is just thinking weight at every point / decision. The panel above shows the idea - the easiest way to save weight is not to put something in at all.

Easiest tip is avoid avionics that start with a G Whilst high quality, they are heavy, and that's not just on the wallet.

It still needs a VHF & Xpdr, albeit Dittel VHF arrives next day or 2 (360g, 0.75lb), and I'll take bets on how much the blue film weighs (the canopy plastic and masking tape was >8oz).

I used blocks of Minicel foam to do the seat - quite easy, and <2lbs for both 'cushions'.

Engine is narrow deck, small (SD-8) Alternator, Sky Dynamics sump / exhaust / intake / flywheel, XLT starter, no relays.

Beringer wheels/brakes.

It would not be right to compare it directly to specific other RV-3s - some on here are full IFR cruising aircraft, with comforts and redundancy I will not have.

More photos as I get time, hopefully a flying video before too long
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:31 AM
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Default Looks very good.

Andy

Will have to fly down or you fly up and meet up once you are airborne.
I'm near Tibenham.

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Old 06-10-2015, 05:25 AM
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I'll take bets on how much the blue film weighs (the canopy plastic and masking tape was >8oz).
Andy,
I'll bet it weighs almost exactly as much as a vinyl wrap (instead of paint) from the guys at Aircraft Wraps (http://www.aircraftwraps.com).

I'd also bet that the transport costs to get the plane to them (or them to you) would blow right through your budget.....

It's looking good! Best of luck with first flight and phase 1.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:37 AM
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Default You're going to love it!

Congratulations to both of you! Have fun.
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