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Old 03-17-2012, 06:10 AM
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Default RV-8A #83243 N-251WM

As my kids returned to their mother on Chirstmas Eve, I embarked on my journey of creating N-251WM (res). With all the ways to publish on the web, I think hosting the builds ON this site makes the most sense. I look forward to sharing my progress. Although I will providde updates here, I am still tracking my daily progress the old fashion way:


So far: 71 hrs since 12/24/11

Completed: Horizontal and vertical stabs (except for fiberglass) and parts for the elevators and rudder ready for priming.



Had to take a break when I realized the 1/2 car garage was not going to be big enough. Fortunately the lease was up and the landlord was selling. Now my new shop is set up and I'm ready to crank up the production again.


Now back to work ...
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:07 PM
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Wow. That build log is old school. Is that made out of PAPER??

It's looking good, and I like the new shop!
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:26 PM
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Default It only matter if you think it important to have a possibility of a long term record

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Wow. That build log is old school. Is that made out of PAPER??

It's looking good, and I like the new shop!
Software/electromagnetic or photooptic records require maintenance to survive for years. The paper record can last for centuries without maintenance and be read by a human without support equipment. All I have to do is walk into the den and access perfectly clear tamper free legal records with signatures and dates and printed photo correlation. WOW! NEW SCHOOL you put all of your once in a lifetime event records in a series of non-human readable, invisible coded bits that will never remain constant as long as printed english and feel good about it... In the late 1970s I personally made a determined effort to read the data on a 9-track tape using a small hand tool with floating metal particles that would align with with the charged areas of the tape. It was a very important tape and I spent days trying to develop a method for salvaging any part of it and as I recall it was simple BCD code. I could identify the header blocks, the inter record gaps, etc. but nowhere near the byte let alone the bit level. My point is if it is important to you, you should print it even if you put it in some machine readable form. If you lose the source documents and nothing has been printed your record is very volatile in the meaningful human sense.

Well done original record keeper.

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:57 AM
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Default Pre-Thanksgiving Progress

It has been slow going with all of my travel this summer but with the exception of a couple of short overnight trips to DC, I am home and can work on the TARDIS (an ode to my kids favorite TV show "Dr Who").

The wing build-up continues with the wing tips drilled and fitted to the wings. I am using the Cleveland RV wing tip kit with #4 screws and nut plates. I do wish the -8 wing design had an additional inspection plate toward the wing tip. I am contemplating adding one. If anyone has done this type of mod I would be interested in getting some pictures.



I found a Sherwin Williams product called MacroPoxy. It has a heavy solid content and gives more of a textured feel which is what I wanted for the floors and seat pans. It can be tinted but I like the gray of the base color.





For the control sticks and side panel accents, I am using a metallic cobalt blue. This will be the same color used for the exterior waves/accents.

I did manage to install the roll and pitch servos for the TruTrak GX Pilot but discovered I put the roll servo too far forward so it hits the front seat floor stiffener. A little trimming and adding a second stiffener is the plan.




One thing I have discovered is extra care is required when working in tight spaces like a garage with both wings and fuselage (with horizontal stab mounted). When I was flying F-15Es we called them "Eagle Bites" - injuries sustained when working in and around the aircraft. It is her way of showing love in return!



Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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N-251WM
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:06 AM
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Default Pre-Christmas progress

With the kids coming out in a week and a half, it is time to get things cleaned up and move all of the parts out of the boys bedroom. What better way than to "assemble" the plane, right?

Now that the interior paint is done, progress toward getting components installed is moving forward. The FCP switches, rudder pedals, and controls are in. Once I get the panel complete I will run the wires.



Following a suggestion from one of my helpers who has his own E/AB and reading many recent comments regarding floor access, I installed nutplates under the rear baggage lower deck (every other hole) using flush screws for the bottom and AN515s for the sides.







I added a stiffener on the upper deck to allow more than a pillow to be stored.



My monthly inspiration (and need to clean out the boys bedroom) came in the form of clecoing the upper forward skin.



Now where to put the canopy and engine when they arrive in a few weeks ...

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N-251WM
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:04 AM
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Default Back riveting

Back to work in the new shop. I did an acid wash and alumi prep conversion coating followed by an Azko prime layer of the internal rudder and elevator parts (the parts below are pre-primer).



To rivet the stiffeners I routed a cut-out in my bench and put in a small back riveting plate.



After a little rivet tape to hold the 3-3.5s in place, flipped the rudder over and got to work.



There was some additional riveting of the rudder skin but had to quit when I put a Phillips screwdriver through my finger (don't ask ... the only advise I can give is NEVER use a screw driver to help displace a blind rivet stem from the tool). I am giving new meaning to sharing your blood to provide soul for the airplane!
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RV-8A Phase II
N-251WM
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:12 AM
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Default Elevator work

After a couple weeks of travel, I finally primed the elevator parts and got to work.

After reading about how to use 2x8s or 2x10s to create a bending break for the rudder and elevators, I decided to incorporate it into my work bench. When not in use it is the back splash and when I need, it is a very stable, convenient tool.



Since my squeezer yoke is not deep enough to get around the rib flanges, I had to get creative with the back riveting plate and tungsten bar..



And after about 5 hours and a little help, I am ready to close up the right elevator then move on to the challenge of the left side.

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RV-8A Phase II
N-251WM
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:35 AM
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Default Looking Good Strike !

I enjoyed visiting your shop last week. Great to spend some time with you.
Keep up the great work. The project is coming along well.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:35 AM
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Default Weight and Balance

As I wait for replacement parts to be shipped and time to prime, I put together a Weight and Balance spreadsheet to run different scenarios. Obviously the end result numbers will be different but I can play around with the CG to see what my final operating capacity will be. If anyone wants a copy of the file drop me a note.

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RV-8A Phase II
N-251WM
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:27 AM
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Default cg file

Mike: That really looks useful, with great features. I would love a copy if you don't mind, at least if it will run on Excel for Mac.

Bill Dicus
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