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Old 12-04-2019, 05:44 PM
judoka5051 judoka5051 is offline
 
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Default No oil door....

I was hesitant to post this. What seems like a great idea to one guy... Anyway my recently finished RV8 doesn't have an oil door. It does however have an oil access hole; with a gas cap in it. Not only will I never have an oil door pop open, if I ever break or lose a gas cap it's no big deal, got a spare right there! I figured I'd post this since two other Rv'ers wandered into the hangar and thought it was a good idea.

Truth be told, I went a little crazy on a number of things. Moved the baggage door to the left side, made my own fastback turtledeck, hinge pins go in from the back, fiberglass wing fairings etc.

Just got it flying, and yes, I'm wearing the grin!

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Old 12-04-2019, 06:41 PM
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Very slick!
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:55 PM
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baggage on the left side... you’re a genius!!! wish i had thought of that.
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Old Yesterday, 04:24 AM
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Oh that's sleek -
I like the oil access hatch, it gives the diver a chance to see inside the engine bay at least the rear end and access to the battery terminals and piano hinges. Anyway that's the beauty of these machines you can make them stock or wildly individual -
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Old Yesterday, 07:15 AM
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Default Thanks for the comments!

Hey Capt,

I can see the battery terminals (the top battery anyway), and I used the extruded hinges that are sized for the hinge pin, so no broken hinges to worry about. You'd think the pins would be hard to put in, but it's pretty easy.
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Scratchbuilt Biplane
Preceptor N3 - Sold
Zenith Zodiac 601HD - Sold (good riddance)
Kitfox IV - Sold my share, but loved that plane
RV8A Sold! Loved the plane, but not the nosewheel!
RVX (RV6/4) Sold
RV8 Project purchased (Can't help myself)
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Old Yesterday, 10:50 AM
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How dare you be innovative and modify your amateur built kit aircraft.... oh and that beautiful picture is forcing me to scroll the screen....

Congrats.

Oil door replaced by fuel cap deal... I assume cap/door removed you have sufficient access to the stock Lyc oil dipstick/filler hole. With the right funnel no issue. I flew piston twins with very small oil dip stick access doors.

One reason I wouldn't do this modification I like having a good look at the accessory case and have Aux access to battery terminals to connect battery to charger (not jumper). Also it might be heavier. However great mods, all of them.
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Old Yesterday, 12:35 PM
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Hope that gas cap never comes off in flight. Gas cap versus canopy.... might get interesting. I know you must have considered this possibility? With that said...
Absolutely spectacular looking aircraft.
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Old Today, 07:41 AM
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Default Ever try to get one out when it's locked?

That gas cap needs a pretty good tug to get it out when it's unlocked. When it's locked, it's stuck in there firmly enough that I suspect you'd start cracking the cowl long before it comes out!

That being said, IF id did come out, it wouldn't decelerate to 0 mph for a few feet anyway. It might cause a scratch on the windshield, but I'd be more concerned about denting the H stab.
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Preceptor N3 - Sold
Zenith Zodiac 601HD - Sold (good riddance)
Kitfox IV - Sold my share, but loved that plane
RV8A Sold! Loved the plane, but not the nosewheel!
RVX (RV6/4) Sold
RV8 Project purchased (Can't help myself)
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Are there any other pictures? All I see is one overview shot of the airplane.
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