RV-8 Building Log, A re-birth.

Cheers to a new beginning! After taking a few months off of the RV-8 build it has come that time where I really miss building my airplane. I have been making stupid excuses lately and have realized that I have let fear of making a mistake get in the way of building. In result, I decided that with a new year comes a new year’s resolution to begin building once more. With that being said, from here on out I will being using this website not only as my personal flying blog, but also my RV-8 Building log. Each day (which I plan to build each day) I will post a small excerpt with multiple pictures recording my progress from here on out. Not only will this share the experience with all my readers but it will also act as a logging use for me to keep track of the time I have spent on the project.

A vast majority of experimental aircraft builders elect to post pictures on a personal site to provide others with helpful visual aids in the process building. Although I am completely new at every aspect of building, this will show how a pilot can be turned into a “newbie” aircraft builder!

The Build:

These past three days I have been trying to get my bearings straight and have tried to figure out where I left off a few months back. After I got that done, I organized my work area and began tackling the front spar assembly. In the last two days I was able to drill the inside eight holes of the HS-810-1 and HS 815 brackets. Six of the eight holes were drilled with a #30 and then the 4 holes that will have a bolt in them needed a 3/16 bit (Which I had to go to Menards to get). I think it is time to buy me a Cleveland Tool fractional bit kit.

Now it is time to taper the brackets and bend them…. Both of which I don’t have a clue where to begin! So I think I may wait until I go down to Cincinnati in two weekends when I have a building session with a friend. Until then I guess I will debur and flute some ribs!

Pictures for your enjoyment! 21.3 hours spent working on the airplane so far!

Decaling the Work Area
Decaling the Work Area
Work Bench
Work Bench
Organizing parts
Organizing parts
HS-702 Spars
HS-702 Spars
Finished Deburring Ribs, time to flute
Finished Deburring Ribs, time to flute
Dont try deburring lightening holes with this tool!
Dont try deburring lightening holes with this tool!