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Old 02-23-2017, 09:08 PM
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I'm in the market for a 6 project and have been offered a -6A project, the fuselage has not yet been started and does not come with finishing kit, my question is can I build it as a 6?
Thanks in advance for your help
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:42 PM
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Yes you can build it as a 6.... Call Van's for the few extra parts that you will need.
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Old 02-24-2017, 04:38 PM
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Yes you can.
I built my 7A and flew it for 6 years before converting it to a tail wheel. At the kit stage, your build will easier as a TW model.
On the TW, your gear legs are secured to the engine mount, not the gear weldments on the spar. You also need to attach the tail wheel mounting bracket on the rear fuselage.
Contact Vans to return your A model, engine mount, gear weldments & gear legs.
You need to get the TW engine mount, gear legs, TW mount & TW assembly.
You might want to check out Fly Boys (www.flyboyaccessories.com), sponsor on this site, for your TW assembly. It's much better setup. IMHO.
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:11 PM
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Sounds good, I'm looking at a 6A kit tomorrow no finish kit and fuselage is still in crate
Thanks for the help
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Old 02-25-2017, 01:46 PM
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Sounds good, I'm looking at a 6A kit tomorrow no finish kit and fuselage is still in crate
Thanks for the help
Get a copy of the plans in PDF form from Vans. Sheet 28 gives the major differences for the rear two bulkheads between the TD and -A models.

If the fuselage hasn't been started it's certainly no big deal.
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:20 AM
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Get a copy of the plans in PDF form from Vans. Sheet 28 gives the major differences for the rear two bulkheads between the TD and -A models.

If the fuselage hasn't been started it's certainly no big deal.
Thanks Az, can I get PDF off their website or do I need to call them and order the PDF plans?
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:33 AM
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I did this on my RV7. I was able to sell most of my parts to recoup the purchase price of the tailwheel engine mount, gear legs, and tailwheel.
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:06 AM
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Thanks Az, can I get PDF off their website or do I need to call them and order the PDF plans?
It's in "the list" on Vans web site, and now on a flash drive -

FD PLANS RV-6/6A Flash Drive PLANS/MANUAL 6/6A $10.00
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:59 AM
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I'm in the market for a –6 project and have been offered a -6A project, the fuselage has not yet been started and does not come with finishing kit, my question is can I build it as a –6?
Thanks in advance for your help
John
Make absolutely sure you're ok with running into things like taxi lights and parkings stakes at airshows and not seeing the runway on take off and ending up in the ditch unexpectedly and flipping over just trying turn around on a runway on a windy day.

If you answered "That's Ok" to all those, go for it! On the plus side, the nose won't collapse on gofer hole. What, kill all the golfers!?

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Old 02-27-2017, 12:57 PM
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Make absolutely sure you're ok with running into things like taxi lights and parkings stakes at airshows and not seeing the runway on take off and ending up in the ditch unexpectedly and flipping over just trying turn around on a runway on a windy day.

If you answered "That's Ok" to all those, go for it! On the plus side, the nose won't collapse on gofer hole. What, kill all the golfers!?

-Bruce
Not ok with any of these, I currently fly a Thorp T18 and have not had any of these problems in 2000 hrs of taildragger flying
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