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Old 02-18-2010, 08:28 AM
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Default RV-3 Build Sites.

As some of you know, I am building an RV-3B. I have researched this project over the last eight to ten months and I looked at various builders web sites to get as much information as possible. I bit the bullet a few weeks ago and ordered the emp kit which quickly turned up on my doorstep two weeks later. I have had the emp kit for about a week now and I am slowly going through the plans and the instructions in order to get a mental picture of how things go together and how the different spars are constructed. A recent thread started by Ironflight commented on getting the build picture by study and reference to the plans plus the additional experience of having built another pre drilled RV in the past. I must admit, that this is my first home built project and I have seen Randy Levold's recommendation that the RV-3 is best built by someone with previous experience. However, I am starting to get that mental picture and a feeling for how this thing is put together. I have had previous experience in working in metal and I owned a Super Cub for a few years. Owning an aeroplane opens up your eyes to the mechanics of aeroplanes For example, I replaced the brakes on the Cub with Grove discs, (what a difference!). I replaced the original tail wheel with an Alaskan Bushwheel and the tail wheel spring carrier that also mounted a Töst tow hook. I changed the oil and the cleaned and gapped the plugs numerous times.

The purpose of this post is to put something back into the VAF archive and make it easier for future would be 3 builders to research sites. Here is a list of builders sites and photo albums that have made my life easier:


Steve Johnston's photo album.

Randy Levold's RV-3 Headquarters.

Rob Holmes's

Fred Bauer Jr's photo album. (Added at Gasman's request)


Steve Sampson's RV-4.

I have included Steve Sampson's RV-4 site, because the 4 is very like the 3 in that the kit is not match drilled like the rest of the current RV fleet.

As you can see there are not many sites out there on the Internet. If I have missed yours, then I apologise now. If you know of any other sites then please let us know. Maybe Doug will make this thread a sticky as he is starting to build his 3.
Anthony Johnston
Brit working in Zurich, Switzerland.
1500 hour pilot and ex instructor and examiner.
RV-4 s/n 4572 Emp Kit.
RV-3B s/n 11460 Emp Kit. (In storage).
Anthony's RV-4

Last edited by islandmonkey : 12-25-2011 at 07:57 PM. Reason: Replaced broken link
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