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Old 02-09-2020, 10:11 AM
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Default New RV-14A Build Site

While my project is nearly done (inspection scheduled for 2/20/20), I've only recently completed a build site for it. Prior to this, I've been posting photos to my personal Facebook page and sharing those posts with the Vans RV-14 group.

The URL is: RV-14a.com

Take a look; I hope it's of use to the many -14A builders still working on their projects.
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:04 AM
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Just checked it out - well done!
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:57 AM
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Default Well done Ken

This will be an excellent resource when I get started on the fuselage in a few months.
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:28 AM
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The site looks great, Ken! Your posts on Facebook and now this site have been extremely helpful in the construction of my RV-14A.

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Old 02-10-2020, 10:20 AM
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Thanks, guys, for the kind words.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:53 AM
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Well I know what I'll be doing all day today lol!

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Old 07-13-2021, 11:17 AM
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While my project is nearly done (inspection scheduled for 2/20/20), I've only recently completed a build site for it. Prior to this, I've been posting photos to my personal Facebook page and sharing those posts with the Vans RV-14 group.

The URL is: RV-14a.com

Take a look; I hope it's of use to the many -14A builders still working on their projects.
Beautiful writeup and work on plane.
Being experienced in building both an 8 and 14 how would you compare the projects? I know the 14 has match sized holes. Does that give a noteworthy drastic advantage over building the 8. I ask because those are the only two models I'm interested in. I keep flip-flopping back and forth. I'm getting close to making the purchase. Any input you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2021, 03:49 PM
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Beautiful writeup and work on plane.
Being experienced in building both an 8 and 14 how would you compare the projects? I know the 14 has match sized holes. Does that give a noteworthy drastic advantage over building the 8. I ask because those are the only two models I'm interested in. I keep flip-flopping back and forth. I'm getting close to making the purchase. Any input you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Hey Gary,

Thanks for the kind words; much appreciated!

With the understanding that my experience with the -8 is 20 years old and the kit has probably changed at least somewhat since then, here are my thoughts:

The -8 kit came with prepunched skins, but none of the structure was correspondingly prepunched. It required jigs for the empennage, wings, and fuselage. While all of the steel parts came welded and powder-coated, the vast majority of the smaller aluminum components had to be fabricated from raw stock. Opening each kit crate was a shock as one contemplated the vast array of AL angle, plate, and bar stock. Each section of the instructions began with fabricating many of the necessary pieces prior to fitting and assembly. One became adept very quickly at reading and understanding the plans.

The -14 kit, on the other hand, is that most modern of creations. It's practically a Snap-tite model. All of the skins and nearly all of the substructure is prepunched, much of it to final size. No jigs are required; by definition, if everything clecos together, the structure is straight. Offhand, I can't think of a single component that had to be fabricated from raw stock, some bandsawing of edges in a few cases (and cutting of piano hinges to length) notwithstanding.

That said, neither project presented any insurmountable issues. Van's, as they've always said, sells an airframe kit, not an airplane kit - and by the time you've finished, you'll have mastered any number of new skills. I think that the -8 kit would be a big surprise (not in a good way) to someone whose only experience was of the -14 kit, but if you're open to the adventure, I wouldn't hesitate to build the -8 if that's the airplane which grabs you.

You didn't ask for my comments on the two airplanes, only the kits, so I've refrained from doing so. Suffice it to say that you'll thoroughly enjoy flying either model, though they have very different primary missions. Which is best for your mission, only you can say.

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Old 07-21-2021, 06:18 PM
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The RV-8 kit has changed a lot in 20 years.
It is now nearly fully prepunched (including all sub structure) but not quite to the extent of the RV-14 and not to final size
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