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Old 04-30-2013, 07:04 PM
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Default Finally Took The Plunge

Hi everybody,
I took the first step today. I ordered the tail and wing kits for my RV-8. I have been following this web site for several years now but was never in a position to make anything happen. That has changed and I am no longer going to sit and wonder. I have enjoyed learning from others and I look forward to smashing rivets.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:05 PM
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Default Welcome to VAF!

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Hi everybody,
I took the first step today. I ordered the tail and wing kits for my RV-8.
Al, welcome aboard the good ship VAF
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:07 PM
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Way to go!

It's a great project and you will love flying the 8. I live down in Laguna Niguel, so if you ever need a hand shoot me an email. Just finished my 9A and had the first flight last weekend. These are amazing flying machines. I can't wait to get back to the airport to take her up again.

Good Luck, have fun, don't stress when you make your first little boo boo. Build on.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:25 PM
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Congrats!!! You're in for a steep learning curve but this site will answer all of your questions.

The common advice given, but often not followed, is do SOMETHING for the build everyday. I also firmly believe in GOOD tools...even if you buy them used. Take the time now to set up your shop because you won't find the time later.

Enjoy!
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:02 AM
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Default Congrats!

Welcome to the "madness" Al It is a close-knit family here - and you are in good hands. Once you get your shop set up and your Empennage/Wing kit arrives - find a builder (or many) on the builder log sites that is slightly ahead of you. It is sometimes helpful to follow the logic and see pictures of your next steps - before actually doing the steps you are reading about in the builder's manual. You have embarked on quite a journey, so enjoy the ups and the downs! Welcome to the club!
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:08 AM
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Default Next Step, Inventory

Its a very happy day in Irvine CA, at least for me. I was at the FedEx center this morning at 0800 and took delivery of my empennage kit. I will be delivering to the factory tomorrow morning and let the building begin.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:50 PM
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Good man! Great choice!

Welcome and enjoy the journey!
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:45 PM
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Glad to have you become one of us! The journey is really rewarding.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:16 AM
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Default Me too...

Another Irvine-ite checking in. There are several builders in the Irvine/Foothill Ranch/Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo corridor. It's getting to be a regular RV ghetto, which is just fine. Welcome to the party, and do connect with everyone nearby. You'll need a ready cadre (was that 'Semper Paratus' I read?) to help you...um, drink your beer. Also buck a few thousand rivets and provide endless, conflicting advice.

It's all good.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:36 AM
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Default Finally Driving Rivets

The fun began yesterday. I completed the HS Rear Spar and started on the HS Front Spar. Driving all those rivets with a hand squeezer has left my hands a little sore this morning, but it was well worth it.
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