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DeltaRomeo 05-28-2005 03:20 PM

Show us the status of your RV-3 project!
 
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Best always,

DeltaRomeo 05-28-2005 03:22 PM

Randy Lervold's latest construction status picture (more can be found at www.rv-3.com) :


Ian 04-22-2006 06:53 AM

Very nice prop !!!..........should be rather blowy behind there !........

What type of governor did you install.......and how deep the reccess in firewall ?

randylervold 10-30-2006 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ian
Very nice prop !!!..........should be rather blowy behind there !........
What type of governor did you install.......and how deep the reccess in firewall ?

It's a Whirl Wind 151 with the Jihostroj governor that WW has adjusted for them (425 psi). The smaller hub on this prop requires the higher pressure. I put the standard Van's RV-7/9 firewall recess in and it provides plenty of room. Pics of the recess...
http://www.romeolima.com/RV3works/FWF/DSC_0581.jpg
http://www.romeolima.com/RV3works/Gallery/DSC_0583.jpg

randylervold 11-28-2006 12:20 PM

Hey guys, making progress...




Paint work is nearly complete but I still have a few weeks to go on my buddy's RV-8 we're painting at the same time. Then it's time to finish up the wiring and plumbing and take it to the airport.

szicree 11-28-2006 03:12 PM

WOW! That thing looks great with the paint on! I am gearing up to shoot mine and this definitely helps to inspire. Congrats.

smokyray 11-29-2006 08:01 AM

Back to the future...
 
Dang it Randy that looks good! I was having flashbacks of your Eight seeing the same scheme, nicely done...You will love the RV3, trust me.

Rob Ray

randylervold 11-29-2006 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smokyray
Dang it Randy that looks good! I was having flashbacks of your Eight seeing the same scheme, nicely done...You will love the RV3, trust me.

Rob Ray

Thanks Smokey. Same white, same red, but different gray. The darker gray makes the red look deeper and richer for some reason. I like it better (which I suppose is good!).
Pic of my old RV-8 for those who are interested in the comparison...
http://www.romeolima.com/RV8/Pictures/Dscn2666.jpg

rvaitor87 12-01-2006 04:28 PM

Randy;

Excellent paint job! Makes me envious. You will like the way that the -3 will fly, I love mine. I see that you went without the leg stiffners. Be sure to post final pics.

Mike Bauer
RV-3 flying (17 years now!) :D
RV-4 building :D :D :D

rph142 02-11-2007 10:51 AM

Check out my status at www.myrv3.com. This airplane is an exercise in extreme delayed gratification.

rph142 05-07-2007 09:50 PM

3rd try

RV-3Bravo 12-14-2007 01:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rph142 (Post 104521)
Check out my status at www.myrv3.com. This airplane is an exercise in extreme delayed gratification.


That is really impressive! My Apt complex isn't too keen on me building on their property!:(

Aden Rich 03-29-2008 06:31 AM

Awesome bachelor pad
 
All bachelor pads should look like this! Airplanes in the kitchen with West system epoxy and acetone on the counters. Will be interested in seeing the "birth" when it has to come out of the apt. Aden.

rph142 04-02-2008 10:01 PM






It's officially ready for the hangar. In the words of Borat "wa wa wi wa"

rph142 04-02-2008 10:03 PM



After about 50 hours of sanding I think it's ready for paint.

N941WR 04-02-2008 11:29 PM

Rob,

Years ago one of my brothers told me the story of a co-worker who built a Pitts S1 in his appartment. Only one problem, it was on the 2nd floor.

On the day he was to move to the airport he hired a crain, flatbed truck, carpenters, painters, and a carpet guy.

They cut a hole in the side of the appartment, reached in with the crain, pulled the Pitts out and left for the airport while the carpenter and the rest of the crew put the appartment back together.

Oh, they did that while the appartment manager was on vacation and he moved out.

I've always wondered if that story was true.

rph142 04-08-2008 09:34 PM

Thanks for the comments. I'll be sure to tell people that story when I'm told its crazy to build a plane in the living room. At least mine should fit through the door.

ShadesOfGray 04-10-2008 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rph142 (Post 124179)
3rd try

Dude, you are DEDICATED. Just wanted to state how in awe I am of your dedication. I'm amazed.

I'm a college student right now myself, with enough money to get the tools and the empennage, and the more I think about it the more I want to go balls out and let an airplane project take over my dorm room.

1flyer 04-11-2008 07:40 AM

If you are in Edwardsville, which airport are you moving to? I checked your web site and then got curious and checked your wedding site. I think I stayed at the place you are having your wedding a long time ago. I used to be stationed at an AFB in New Jersey and often went to New Hope and Washington's Crossing. That area was really pretty and the B&B?s there were all first rate. Can't tell from the picture but your future bride is smiling under that canopy, isn't she?

BTW, the first impression my wife of 30 years had when she saw my apartment before we were married was not very good. I had told her the only piece of furniture I had was a tool box where I ate what meals I did fix. Several days later she asked me to stop with her at an Ethan Allen store where she had bought all the furniture for her apartment. We still use the couch, ottoman, and ?chair and a half? I ended up buying. Future wives tend to take control very quickly. :D

Good Luck!

rph142 04-12-2008 10:52 PM

I finally got around to moving the plane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyXTvsSbYw0

Quote:

If you are in Edwardsville, which airport are you moving to?
I just moved it to the Bethalto airport, just north of Edwardsville.

Quote:

That area was really pretty and the B&B?s there were all first rate. Can't tell from the picture but your future bride is smiling under that canopy, isn't she?
Yeah the area around New Hope is really pretty. I grew up in Doylestown and would ride my bike by the Centre Bridge Inn all the time. Unfortunately the developers are doing a pretty good job of destroying the countryside. Its funny you mention her smiling under the canopy...I wish I could say that was her natural reaction.:D

Quote:

the more I think about it the more I want to go balls out and let an airplane project take over my dorm room.
I remember my RA flipped out when he found a candle in my room..i wonder what they would say if you had an air compressor!

leesafur 05-27-2008 07:45 PM

My little helper
 
http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/6...ture628tc3.jpg
http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/4...ture626mt2.jpg

rph142 06-09-2009 12:09 PM

Ready for the engine...


robert ruggles 06-09-2009 05:19 PM

WOW!
 
Great looking airframe, the wheel pant intersections look awesome.
Robert Ruggles RV3A N633TB
Surprise AZ.

flytoboat 06-09-2009 09:30 PM

It looks great Rob. It also looks like you have more room in PA than you did in your Edwardsville living room...

papa-papa 06-16-2009 10:29 PM

my project
 
This is my RV-3 project here in Illinois.
Not sure if this is going to work or not.

Perry


http://i40.tinypic.com/2rm1c95.jpg

hydroguy2 06-16-2009 10:58 PM

here you go
 
Lookin' good


papa-papa 06-16-2009 11:15 PM

???
 
Don't know how you placed that picture on here, but thanks

Perry

hydroguy2 06-17-2009 12:19 AM

perry, that pic needed to be shared. ;)

Also, I sent you a Private Message about photo posting

cjensen 06-17-2009 09:21 AM

Holy cow Perry! I hadn't heard you were doing a 3!! That's awesome! Still have the 6? Cassut? Pitts? ;)

papa-papa 06-17-2009 11:16 AM

RV-3
 
Hi Chad, I sold the Pitts, but I still have the RV-6 and the Cassutt. I have considered trying to trade all three for an RV-8 so I would only have one plane.

I see that you are coming along great with your project.

Perry

papa-papa 06-17-2009 11:33 AM

all three
 

cjensen 06-18-2009 08:44 AM

Great pic Perry! Hey, if the weather is good next Tuesday, I'm planning on flying the Comanche over for some food...you gonna be around?

mvs163 06-23-2009 08:52 AM

My -3B project
 
I've loaded some pics at http://profile.imageshack.us/user/mvs163/
QB wings,160hp, slider,Raven inverted oil, Ellison throttle body, Hooker Ratchet seat belt, Grove Light Wt. wheels and brakes with Lamb tires, 4" tailwheel, Wing root fillet fairings,full turtledeck bulkhead, carbon wing tips,Vetterman exhaust and Catto prop on order.
My apologies, the pics aren't very organised.
Thanks to Randy, Rob and Tony for their websites.
Mike

http://profile.imageshack.us/user/mvs163/

mvs163 06-23-2009 08:59 AM

One pic
 


One pic from site

rph142 06-23-2009 02:05 PM

Nice looking planes guys....it looks like we are all at about the same point in constuction. I just need to find me a nice engine.

Tony Spicer 06-25-2009 09:57 AM

Nice work, Mike! Couple of observations based on your photos. Unless you have arms like an orangutan you might find it difficult to reach the fuel selector where you have it located. Before/after photos of mine here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/tonyboyt...01450446098130

http://picasaweb.google.com/tonyboyt...11067757349634

If you're fitting the cowl without the spinner in place, don't forget that the spinner/bulkhead extends aft of the prop flange.

Tony

mvs163 06-25-2009 05:41 PM

Check you're comments Tony. The fuel valve may get moved (should have used the Andair) and I did use the spinner backplate for the front cowl.
I think I have as much time in the fiberglass as I do the fuselage structure. It's all part of the -3 experience !
I'm trying to finish and paint before the winter comes with Oshkosh 2010 as the goal.
Mike

RV-3Bravo 09-11-2009 05:38 PM

Here's my status for today! Horizontal stab in the jig!! 2 hours of work on making the jig and stab perfect... :D


danbenua 09-22-2009 04:32 PM

Rolled the Canoe!
 
Does anyone need an RV-3B fuselage jig near Portland, OR?
Free to a good home...

- Dan Benua
#11426


rph142 10-13-2009 09:36 AM

I finally found my engine
 
After a year long daily search I have finally found my engine. Its on the truck as I type this. So its a IO-320 from BP engines that came out of a One Design in Colorado with 280 smoh and no damage history. As you can see it came with all necessary accessories and even a few that I don't need. I am REALLY excited about mounting this thing on my plane! I just have to finish renovating my house first...
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