N800MF Takes to the Sky!

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Today, October 19, 2020 happens to be a great day for two reasons. The first is it’s my 50th birthday and the second is my Vans RV-8, Man O’ War, took to the sky! It was an hour and a half of race track circuits abound or airport to break in the engine. I’m happy to say that it flew straight and true with no heavy wing or adverse flight characteristics. I now have the RV grin from ear to ear! I will have a full video that I will add to YouTube after editing and add it to a new post.

Prep for Painting

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In preparation for the painting I need to remove as much of the items I can like the elevators, rudder, flaps and ailerons. I also removed all antennas and fiberglass parts.

The canopy will come off as well but I’m waiting to the last minute so I can prevent as much dust from getting inside.

Working out Graphics

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So I’m nearing the paint stage of my build and figured I would start the laying out of my P-51 graphics. I have a vinyl cutter and plan on doing most of them at home using Oracal 651 vinyl. This vinyl is 2.5 mils thin and last 7 years in the sun without fading. The silver and red on the RV will be painted as will the star & bars, invasion day stripes, the camouflage and the European theater stripes. I wanted to check out sizing that I was planning on and how each item laid out with reference to seams and screws.

So we are tweaking the final design with little changes but this is how it will look. Hoping to have it in the paint shop here on our Airpark in a week or so.

My RV-8 is Official

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The day I started this adventure, with a little push from my girl Tricia, was exactly 7 years, 4 months and 7 days ago according to my blog. Today a friend, who I met online while looking for a specific paint color code, flew his RV-8 up to our home to act not as a friend but as a D.A.R.(designated airworthiness representative). These are extensions of the FAA and do the daily work needs to keep general aviation working. He job today was to look over my RV-8 with a close eye and to ensure I had all the required paperwork. He also was there to make sure I complied with law in that I was the builder of the aircraft.

Well I’m happy/proud to say that my RV-8 passed without a single discrepancy. All the i’s were dotted, the t’s were crossed and all the paperwork was in order. The D.A.R. filled out his paperwork and issued my Special Airworthiness Certificate for N800MF! That’s right, 800MF is an official and legal airplane ready to fly and be free! There is still much to do before an official first flight but we are so close! This was a BIG day for me!


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One thing I was sure of when I decided on the Hartzell composite propellor was that I would do everything to protect it when not flying. It’s such a beautiful prop I wanted to give it all the protection I could. I read about BladeSox from another builder and his blog so I looked them up. I was super impressed by the looks as well as the customer support from the owner David Otero I sent him several photos of the paint scheme I had planned out and he came up with a great design that is custom matched to the blades in my prop. I quickly approved the final design and told him to make them! It took one day for him to finish them up and send me a photo with the invoice.

Shipping was very quick and I received them in perfect shape. It only took me a few minutes to run down to the hangar and put them on.

A perfect fit and they look awesome! Thanks BladeSox for a great product and even better customer service. If you like the looks and want your own customized set see them www.bladesox.com.