Wingtip Lenses Done

Time: 4 Hours

So after I had the lenses cut, sanded and fit to the opening with a little extra gap I placed a layer of electrical tape over the edges of the lenses to do some fill work. I then screwed them back in place and use some epoxy/fiber-fil to fill the irregular gap to get a nice match to the lenses.

After that cured I removed the lenses and cleaned of the fill with sandpaper. I reinstalled the lenses to check the new fit and they look great! Very little lip to be felt as you run your hand over them. This will change with temperature as the plastic will expand and contract. But for me they are perfect!

I removed them once again as well as the nav light hardware I left on the left wing tip. This way I could prime them with a light coat to find pin holes.

I found a few pin holes and some irregular spots so I filled them with Super-Fill, sanded and re-primed. After the primer set up I reinstalled the NAV lights, Taxi/Landing lights and lenses for storage.


Time: 0 Hours

We made our annual trek to the greatest aviation gathering on the planet, EAA's AirVenture, to get our yearly aviation fix. As always the show never disappoints and we had a blast camping for 12 days. Each year I have one main goal with regards to my RV-8 build. This year was no different, the goal was to secure an engine. I have been looking at several different options over the last year and decided on AeroSport Power. They have a solid reputation on engine builds (they have over 2000 out flying now) and customized the engine for me. It will be the IO-375-M1S putting out between 195 and 200 HP. It will have a Superior case, heads, pistons, ECI crank (375) dual P-Mags, Precision Silver Hawk fuel injection, Sky Tec high torque starter, Plane Power internal regulated alternator, roller lifter camshaft, cold air oil sump, duel color paint, chrome package and several other items. I plan to attend their facility in Kamloops, Canada to attend the build school which allows me to help build my engine. This will probably take place in November depending on the kits arrival times. To say this was a huge step for the build is an understatement! Thanks to my girl, T, for helping keep me motivated with her her excitement and enthusiasm for the build!
Here are a few shots of our trip.