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Old 10-03-2012, 10:25 PM
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In Feb, a few months after moving back to the States, a couple members of my local EAA chapter took my wife and me for a formation intro ride in their RV-8As. About two minutes into the flight, my wife keyed the mic and informed me that we were going to build an -8. Within a month of that flight I found a tail kit in the VAF classifieds and set a plan to build a workshop, buy tools, acquire skills and start building by Sept.

On Sunday my wife, a friend and I completed the first step in the plans (on the last day of Sept!) and last night we achieved a landmark I've been dreaming about for a long, long time...



It's already more fun than I ever imagined!
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:42 PM
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Very nice, let the fun begin.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:16 AM
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...... About two minutes into the flight, my wife keyed the mic and informed me that we were going to build an -8.


It's already more fun than I ever imagined!
You know you have a keeper!

Congrats,
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:02 AM
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Hey Rob,
Congratulations on your first step. I remember you were travelling a lot earlier this year (as well as the cross-country move) so I am glad to see that you have sorted all of that out and now you have jumped in!

I am about 2 weeks away from ordering/starting the tail too...YIPPPEEEE!
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:18 AM
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You know you have a keeper!

Congrats,
I certainly do!!!!!



My Main Squeeze using the Main Squeeze.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:20 AM
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Hey Rob,
Congratulations on your first step. I remember you were travelling a lot earlier this year (as well as the cross-country move) so I am glad to see that you have sorted all of that out and now you have jumped in!

I am about 2 weeks away from ordering/starting the tail too...YIPPPEEEE!
Jim
Thanks Jim! Things have settled down a bit since summer and I'm finally able to start making progress on the kit.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:59 AM
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I'm nearing the 50 hr point and things are really starting to take shape. A few big decisions are looming in the near future...TW vs NW, QB vs SB...I thought I had a grip on these decisions, but the closer I get to the the more doubt I have.

Really enjoying the build!

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:32 PM
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Default Progress check!

I've logged 76 hours in the past 48 days since I started building, and it's arealdy looking like an airplane! I called Van's this morning and ordered the wing kit.

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Old 11-09-2012, 06:40 AM
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Very nice work! You seem to be moving pretty quickly. At that rate I would advise saving the money and go SB.

You ordered the wing kit, great, I assume you went SB?

Moving on to the control surfaces now....I thought that would be the easier portion of the tail. Turns out it is much more complex than the pieces you have already built. Take your time with the elevator, your wings will take time to arrive, and enjoy the build!
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:55 AM
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Way to go Rob! You are knocking it right out - keep up the good work and speedy progress!
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