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Forum: RV-8/8A 11-25-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 325
Posted By Mikeyb
Maybe build in the garage and use the basement...

Maybe build in the garage and use the basement for storage so you don’t end up like this.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,422
Posted By Mikeyb
If you are really concerned about it you can use...

If you are really concerned about it you can use a 200 amp terminal fuse on the battery itself.

https://www.bluesea.com/products/5191/MRBF_Terminal_Fuse_Block_-_30_to_300A

Or use a battery like an...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,619
Posted By Mikeyb
Upside down or not I got the idea and am gonna...

Upside down or not I got the idea and am gonna try it. Thanks
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-09-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,495
Posted By Mikeyb
Getting closer

Getting closer
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,027
Posted By Mikeyb
I found the snap caps to be lifesavers on 1/8...

I found the snap caps to be lifesavers on 1/8 universal head rivets.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-01-2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,495
Posted By Mikeyb
Liíl Red

Getting There
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-29-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,495
Posted By Mikeyb
Itís a single stage thatís been buffed

Itís a single stage thatís been buffed
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-29-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,495
Posted By Mikeyb
Imron Ferrara Red

Imron Ferrara Red
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-28-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,495
Posted By Mikeyb
RV8 Kit

At Corona airport
Iíll Move Fuselage to paint soon
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-25-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mikeyb
I used RV Bits on the lowers and Fairings Etc on...

I used RV Bits on the lowers and Fairings Etc on the uppers.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-06-2021, 12:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,384
Posted By Mikeyb
The lead times are so much longer than when I...

The lead times are so much longer than when I started mine 2 years ago itís hard to compare build plans.

To me the fuselage is more interesting to build than the wings. I built my fuselage first...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-03-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Mikeyb
Thanks all It seems like it doesnít block much...

Thanks all
It seems like it doesnít block much where it is. I picked that spot so I could get to the RDAC by only taking the top cowl off. I am reserving the other side of the engine for the typical...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-03-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Mikeyb
Thanks Paul If I mount it on the firewall can I...

Thanks Paul
If I mount it on the firewall can I use ClickBond Studs?
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-03-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Mikeyb
MGL RDAC location

Before itís too late. Has anyone tried mounting their RDAC in this location?
Itís close to the oil cooler discharge. I donít know if thatís good or bad.
Mike
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Posted By Mikeyb
I looked at your kit log. You are moving right...

I looked at your kit log. You are moving right along. These are the type of ďwhatís good enoughĒ questions you are going to have to make all the time.
Good luck!
Mike
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-13-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,492
Posted By Mikeyb
The ground adjustable pedals are designed to work...

The ground adjustable pedals are designed to work with the rear pedals.

I would suggest anyone planning on using the ground adjustable pedals install them early in the build before you rivet the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 910
Posted By Mikeyb
Eventually the holes have to be big enough for a...

Eventually the holes have to be big enough for a 7/16Ē socket. Once you have the gear legs on you canít get a wrench on them anymore. Itís no big deal. The gear leg fairings cover the holes. I didnít...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-17-2021, 09:55 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,495
Posted By Mikeyb
Skybolt progress

Fun picture
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,180
Posted By Mikeyb
I bought a set from Fairings Etc as per...

I bought a set from Fairings Etc as per EXTAAFLYís suggestion. They fit much better in front. There is a gap at the back of the gear leg which will be easier to fix. If I even do. If I would have...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-23-2021, 01:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,178
Posted By Mikeyb
I did the finishing kit before I got my wings. I...

I did the finishing kit before I got my wings. I donít find a conflict. Almost ideal. You can do everything except the upper gear intersection fairings.
Mike
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,180
Posted By Mikeyb
Update

I contacted Cleveland Aircraft Tool who I bought them from. Mark took two pair of uppers they had in stock and tried them on his own RV8 and found the same thing. A big gap around the wing.

I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-19-2021, 02:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,111
Posted By Mikeyb
Since none of the big kids chimed in...Other than...

Since none of the big kids chimed in...Other than having to drill big holes through thick material squarely while upside down the only thing I can think of is you donít have access to the tooling...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-18-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,180
Posted By Mikeyb
RV Bits fairing fit

I bought a gear leg fairing set Cleveland last year. The lowers fit wonderfully. I the uppers on and the fit the fuselage perfectly but there is a gap at the wing that is almost half an inch. I canít...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-14-2021, 01:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
Posted By Mikeyb
Thanks! Mike

Thanks!
Mike
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
Posted By Mikeyb
Thanks Send me a message when you are going to...

Thanks
Send me a message when you are going to drill yours and maybe I can lend you the brackets and bushings.
Mike
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
Posted By Mikeyb
Rear Spar Drill Fixture

I put the wings on my plane today. Iím a hazard with a hand drill and would have died of a heart attack if I would have messed up the hole that attaches the rear spar

I made a little drill jig. Itís...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-28-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 961
Posted By Mikeyb
I used the ground adjustable pedals too and being...

I used the ground adjustable pedals too and being frustrated at that point. The basic fuselage plans/procedures assume you will use the in-flight pedals and it was difficult to get the rails to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-24-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,178
Posted By Mikeyb
They offered to replace them with a new set of QB...

They offered to replace them with a new set of QB wings or a wing kit and refund the QB charge
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-23-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,178
Posted By Mikeyb
QB wing update

I was very excited when my wings showed up a couple of months ago and I gave them a 5 star rating. Then I started working on them. First I took the tanks off to add the fuel senders, pickups and leak...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-15-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 909
Posted By Mikeyb
I canít see why that would be a problem. I did it...

I canít see why that would be a problem. I did it the way they said to and wondered why. The other thing is the battery box itself was designed for a much bigger battery than what people use now. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-12-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,195
Posted By Mikeyb
Pretty cool Mike

Pretty cool
Mike
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2021, 12:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,752
Posted By Mikeyb
This is the AFP pump from Vans that fits in the...

This is the AFP pump from Vans that fits in the brackets in the kit. The frustrating thing is it is plumbed differently than shown in the drawings. It has an internal return to supply side of the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-28-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,698
Posted By Mikeyb
I was bored waiting for parts and got interested...

I was bored waiting for parts and got interested in this. I went to the Vans website first flight reports for RV8ís and looked at roughly 45 reports from Jan 2019 to October 2020. Of those 17...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 933
Posted By Mikeyb
Drawing 68 From a kit shipped in 2019

Drawing 68 From a kit shipped in 2019
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-20-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,556
Posted By Mikeyb
I was talking to myself about how much that...

I was talking to myself about how much that wrench cost. I bought both the socket and crowfoot from McMaster. Built the way it is shown it drops right on the nut and you get just enough rotation to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-20-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,556
Posted By Mikeyb
The 3/8 drive crowfoot might be too wide too fit...

The 3/8 drive crowfoot might be too wide too fit though
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-20-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,556
Posted By Mikeyb
I just used a 1/4 drive because I had it and it...

I just used a 1/4 drive because I had it and it fit.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-12-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,556
Posted By Mikeyb
Thanks You can grind off the margins of the...

Thanks
You can grind off the margins of the crowfoot to get more wrench clearance.
Mike
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-11-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,556
Posted By Mikeyb
Tightening RV8 NAS1804 Landing gear nuts

I made this offset socket to torque the nuts in the gear towers. Itís a 12 point 7/16 socket driven by a 1/4Ē drive 9/16 crowfoot wrench and brazed tougher. The 1Ē offset allows you to reach under...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-02-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 844
Posted By Mikeyb
I just happen to have mine level with the wings...

I just happen to have mine level with the wings off.
Itís 45 1/5 inches tall at the canopy split and 49 inches at the tallest point n the canopy. Itís just over 36 inches wide at the firewall
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-02-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,840
Posted By Mikeyb
Not sure where you are but if you just have parts...

Not sure where you are but if you just have parts of the forward fuse done Look ahead at the drawings and fabricate the parts like the tank brackets and pushrods.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-28-2020, 12:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,579
Posted By Mikeyb
I feel so bad for you. I canít wait for this to...

I feel so bad for you. I canít wait for this to be over for both of us!
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-27-2020, 11:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,579
Posted By Mikeyb
I just went through this yesterday on my QB...

I just went through this yesterday on my QB wings. I agonized about which way to do it and practiced on .040Ē scrap. The machine countersink left a knife edge hole when it was deep enough for the...
Forum: Tools 12-26-2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,159
Posted By Mikeyb
I posted a review of how much I liked the Boeing...

I posted a review of how much I liked the Boeing ST set and it almost started a primer war. I found it to be much better for me particularly when working by myself.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-17-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 812
Posted By Mikeyb
AOA pitot/mount for RV8 QB wing

Any recommendations on selecting a AOA pitot/mount for an RV8 QB wing?
Mike
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-13-2020, 12:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,245
Posted By Mikeyb
Dunno Read the accident reports about what...

Dunno
Read the accident reports about what happens when you ground loop an RV8 and then tell me itís a good idea to take metal out of that part of the airplane.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-11-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,178
Posted By Mikeyb
Quick Build Wings

Got my QB wings. 8 months from the day I ordered them. Stewart Transportation delivered them 15 days after they arrived at Vans. Same price as the shipping company and crating would have cost.

Iíve...
Forum: Tools 11-14-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,919
Posted By Mikeyb
The one tool I wish I had bought earlier was a...

The one tool I wish I had bought earlier was a right angle air drill.
Forum: Tools 11-14-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,734
Posted By Mikeyb
CnerryMAX removal lesson learned

I used CherryMAX rivets in a row of hard to get rivets on my 8. They worked out great. No problem.

Before I put them in i wanted to be sure I could remove one. I heard they were hard to remove....
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-12-2020, 10:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,143
Posted By Mikeyb
My notes show the drawing was wrong. I contacted...

My notes show the drawing was wrong. I contacted Vans and they sent me the attached drawing
Forum: Tools 11-12-2020, 10:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,151
Posted By Mikeyb
Yikes Itís a 1Ē. Add measuring to the list of...

Yikes
Itís a 1Ē. Add measuring to the list of things Iím not an expert in.
Free advice is worth what you pay for it.
Forum: Tools 11-12-2020, 01:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,151
Posted By Mikeyb
Itís a 3/4Ē. It was the same size as the...

Itís a 3/4Ē. It was the same size as the Cleveland tool plain set I had previously
I am no expert and kind of shaky. I just tried it and it worked for me.
Forum: Tools 11-10-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,151
Posted By Mikeyb
Flush Rivet Set

I havenít seen anyone post about the Boeing or ST flush rivet set that Brown Aviation sell. If you are working by yourself it is far superior to the other options. The conventional all metal one is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-01-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,952
Posted By Mikeyb
Windscreen Fairing Radius

I just about have my canopy/windscreen whipped. Im doing all SikaFlex. no fiberglass fairing. I noticed I used a 2 inch radius instead of 4 inches Vans recommended. Pictures attached. Anyone else...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2020, 10:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,076
Posted By Mikeyb
I agonized over those rivets too. If you search...

I agonized over those rivets too. If you search the archives you can find a discussion by Paul Dye and others that lead me to the decision to use CherryMax CR 3214-4-4 blind rivets. You can get them...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-20-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,940
Posted By Mikeyb
RV8 oil cooler question

Iím starting on the FWF part of my build. Iím going to use the 180hp IO 360 with inverted fuel/oil mainly for sport flying and aerobatics. I live in so cal where it seems like it is always over 80...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,207
Posted By Mikeyb
The 1/8Ē spacers effect the fit everywhere....

The 1/8Ē spacers effect the fit everywhere. Attached is a view of the front of the skirt showing the gap at the sides. Turns out this actually fits the fuse well and will be bonded like that

It...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-08-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,207
Posted By Mikeyb
I see what I did wrong

I used sikaflex on my canopy frame and skirt. I used clear 1/8Ē wall plastic tubing as spacers. I trimmed the raw skirt to the scribe lines. Using the 1/8Ē spacers makes the canopy wider in the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-01-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,855
Posted By Mikeyb
That’s about as bad as it gets. You can’t get to...

That’s about as bad as it gets. You can’t get to the underside of the longeron with the bottom skin on. It takes a borescope to see that area. I hope that Hi-Lock fix works for you.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-29-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,207
Posted By Mikeyb
Thanks for the encouragement. All the other...

Thanks for the encouragement. All the other fiberglass parts in my kit fit well. For a while I thought the skirt might have been for a different airplane. Weeks of agony and despair of work and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-23-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,207
Posted By Mikeyb
Another RV8

I have been working on it for 18 months now. The canopy skirt is sucking my will to live.
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