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Old 08-11-2022, 12:19 PM
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Default What is your mission ?

A 160HP 3B is a pretty hot toy. By contrast, an 0200 3A would be light and nimble for safe fun flying without CN1 and CN-2 mods. Wing tanks are not required for simple short trip fun flying. Space for lots of avionics is VERY limited. What is your mission ?
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Old 08-12-2022, 04:10 PM
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A 160HP 3B is a pretty hot toy. By contrast, an 0200 3A would be light and nimble for safe fun flying without CN1 and CN-2 mods. Wing tanks are not required for simple short trip fun flying. Space for lots of avionics is VERY limited. What is your mission ?
Thatís a great question. I think it would be great to have a flying rv3. Iím worried about the skills that it would take to build it though. The price of the kit keeps pulling me back in though hahaha. There has been some great advise in this thread though so thank you everyone for that. The parts a corrosion free and I really think I could get it for less than $2000.
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Old 08-12-2022, 04:17 PM
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I would not consider building an RV-3 without the wing mods.
The mods were incorporated for a reason.
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Old 08-12-2022, 05:34 PM
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I would not consider building or flying an RV-3 without the wing mods.
The mods were incorporated for a reason.
If I decided to buy it I will look into the wing mods. Thank you!
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Old 08-12-2022, 05:49 PM
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Buy it, build it and have a real blast flying in it! Great little plane.
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Old 08-12-2022, 06:35 PM
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Default Old kits

The old kits are a lot of work, as others have said, and not for everybody.
$2,000 is cheap for the kits compared to current prices and 18 month wait times.
How much will it cost you to complete the plane including jigs, new wing spars, finishing kit, engine, prop, FWF, panel, paint etc? I'm guessing at least $50K depending on choices. Is it all worth it to you?
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Old 08-12-2022, 08:03 PM
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My experience is that the jigs are not all that expensive, compared to so many other things.

And the old spars are fine, as long as you do the wing mods. But if you decide to build wing tanks, then contact the factory for advice as to whether you need new spars too.

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Old 08-13-2022, 05:05 AM
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Default Why are wing mods a big concern

Should we ground all Cessnas with standard category 4.4g wings ? What am I missing ?
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Old 08-13-2022, 06:37 AM
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Should we ground all Cessnas with standard category 4.4g wings ? What am I missing ?
I don't think anyone said that unmodified RV-3s should be grounded. I simply firmly believe that when building, the mods are not that difficult to include and should be incorporated. How many people want a non-aerobatic RV-3?

Before the mods, there were several fatal accidents due to wings departing the aircraft in flight. Not all of these occurred during acro.
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Old 08-13-2022, 10:39 AM
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Default Melís point well taken.

Wing mods are no big deal when building.
My point was there have been a lot of fun hours flown with standard category aircraft. I suspect a lot of RVís become poorly conceived (engine and electrical) and overpriced due to unrealistic mission definition.
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