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Old 10-30-2021, 04:37 PM
HFS HFS is offline
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Default That's Not Quite Right, Unless ...

You have the original Spar Drwg. #5, drawn on 1-10-84 and valid until superseded by Spar & Access Plates Drwg. #5, drawn on 7-15-98, with R1 on 7-99.

The later drawing does not have a call out for the cap strips - they are milled bars as opposed to laminated strips of the earlier design.

RV4 S/N 1136
Harmon Rocket II S/N002
RV3 S/N 11226 - Building
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Old 10-30-2021, 06:21 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Originally Posted by sailvi767 View Post
The RV3 kits are very inexpensive....
Got to wondering about this so I checked. As far as I could determine, these kit prices are consistent: taildragger, no options.

-3B -- $24,325

-4 -- $25,000

-7 -- $27970

-8 -- $27,750

-9 -- $27,750

So compared to the RV-8 or RV-9, the RV-3B would be about 12% cheaper. You can decide for yourself if the more difficult construction experience or the worse quality of the kit makes the price seem "very inexpensive."

RV-3B, just connected the rudder cables to the rudder for the first time.
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Old 10-30-2021, 07:33 PM
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Default Thatcher CX4

OP is looking for a scratch built plane that is simple, no canopy, O-200, no electrics.
Thatcher CX4 is like a poor mans RV3 and can be completed for under $20K apparently. It is plans built. Worth considering?
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Old 10-31-2021, 02:18 PM
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all good thoughts. Paul, Yes a radial engine RV-3 would be awesome. It would look like a little Boeing P-26 Peashooter. This is a distant thought of a project. I would be doing the scratch building part of the project purely for the enjoyment of it. I love fabrication. It doesn't make much sense for most people, but I love working on them as much as flying them.
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