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Old 06-10-2015, 01:10 PM
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Lookin good, Andy! Congrats on the light weight. If TBII comes in weighing less than Tsam, I'll be happy... Heck I'll be happy enough when it's all in one piece again!
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:20 PM
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I'll take bets on how much the blue film weighs (the canopy plastic and masking tape was >8oz).
The answer is just over 3lbs So now below 730lbs and could shed another 1lb 4oz by changing Bell Fork + std Vans TW for Vans Fork + Vans Lightweight TW - but that is more CG control to me
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:02 PM
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I dropped out of sight of the Van's forum a couple of years ago when it became apparent that building an airplane under my current circumstances was impractical. Since then, I've bought a farm with a 30' x 40' barn with a nice, smooth cement floor that looks perfect for an airplane factory. I've ordered the preview plans for the RV-3 (as opposed to the -8) since this sort of flying is an individual effort. My wife sat in the back seat of an -8 and when the canopy touched her head she freaked. So she'll fly in the Diamond...

I'm going toward my instrument rating and look forward to reading more about the progress others are making toward turning metal parts into flying machines.

I'll try not to be a lurker and will work to get re-engaged with the Tennessee Valley RV Builder's Group as I live in Athens, AL. I look forward to seeing positive progress on these projects.
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Old 08-31-2015, 05:06 PM
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Welcome aboard, Jay.

If you're interested in the kit one serial number from mine, it's in Loveland, CO, unopened since it was delivered in 2012. PM me and I'll send you the owner's contact info; he's advertised it on VAF a few times.

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Old 09-19-2015, 04:19 PM
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Default Another Small Victory

My first attempt at a trim tab fits!
And it's not ugly!

The tools and materials list for this tiny project is amazing:
  • Posterboard for making the pattern
  • Steel straightedge
  • Extra-dense particle board and double-sided tape for form blocks
  • Band saw and belt sander for cutting out wood form blocks
  • Dremel or pneumatic grinder cutoff wheel for cutting out trim tab skin (distorts skin less than snips)
  • To bend the closeout tabs over the blocks: Ball peen hammer, small bucking bar, 5/16" punch, hand seamer, duckbill pliers padded with electrical tape
  • 3-in-1 Brake/Shear/Roller from Northern Tool-- not "necessary," but... yeah, it was totally necessary! Came in handy for bending the long flange on the trim tab skin and making a new trim tab spar (I lost the original somewhere)
  • Homemade trailing edge bender per Van's instructions
  • Clecos AND Cleco-Clamps
  • Assorted hand files
  • Electric drill with drill bits and deburring tool
  • Pneumatic grinder with Scotchbrite barrel
  • Dimple dies
  • Machine countersink bit and cage
  • Pop Riveter
  • Avery "Economy" Squeezer (I had to grind down the yoke to fit inside the confines of the trim tab spar on the elevator.)
  • Bench grinder for modifying the squeezer
  • Extra-low-profile flat squeezer die

I'm just happy it's done! Still have to make the control horn and roll the leading edges of both elevators, but that can wait. Now back to the canopy.




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Old 09-21-2015, 01:11 PM
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Katie, looks like the ram shaft of your squeezer is crying out for a drop of light oil! (Looks like a bit of rust from here.) Nice report, thanks for sharing in such detail. - Roger
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:39 PM
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Default Fast Back RV-3

Picture of my fuselage after riveting bottom and sides. Was wondering about fabricating a fast back mod, and doing a Spitfire paint scheme? Know RV-4 do this mod, what about an RV-3?



Yes, I have sat in the cockpit and made airplane noises!

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Old 09-30-2015, 07:16 PM
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You could use the Harmon Rocket parts.

Should work.
I`ll build one if I ever get the time.

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Old 10-01-2015, 12:44 PM
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You could use the Harmon Rocket parts.

Should work.
I`ll build one if I ever get the time.

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The Harmon Rocket 1....started as an RV3.


They stiill sell parts...
www.harmonrocket.com
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Old 10-02-2015, 07:20 PM
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Default RV-3 Fastback/Razorback parts.

Got in touch with people at Harmon Rocket, ordered bulkhead mods to make my 3 a razorback. Was considering a slider canopy but John Harmon said you would not have enough room for cockpit egress. Guess I will make it a tip over.

Thank you guys for good information.
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