Matt's RV-8 Project



Matt Dralle's RV-8 Project


Builder:
Matt Dralle
Location:
Livermore, CA - USA
Aircraft:
Van's Aircraft - RV-8
Manufacturer:   
http://www.vansaircraft.com/
Engine:
Lycoming - IO-390
Prop:
Hartzell
Total Build Time:
3140 Hours

Greetings!

This blog documents the further adventures of Matt Dralle and the construction of his RV-8 serial number 82880, N998RV "Ruby Vixen".

If you have any questions or would like high-resolution versions of any of the photos found herein, please don't hesitate to email dralle@matronics.com.

You can also check out the High Definition 1080p Videos on my YouTube Channel:

http://www.youtube.com/MattsRV8
Landing Mishap - May 1 2011

On May 1 2011, returning home from a weekend of flying at the West Coast Formation Flying clinic, I was faced with a gusty direct crosswind. I made a nice wheel landing on 25R and brought the tail down and applied some brakes to make the closest right turn off. Just as I was beginning the turn to the right, a strong gust of wind caught under the right wing and popped it back up in the air. The left wing dragged on the payment. The left gear remained firmly planted on the ground, but the right gear was up in the air. I gave hard left rudder and aileron to get the right wing back down again and was successful in getting it going straight and level again, but not before the wing-high, sideways movement caused two solid sideways crow-hops on the left main landing gear. The RV-8 gear is made to take pretty good bounce loads directly down and back, but definitely not much in the way of sideways loads it turns out. The plane came to a stop on the runway and a cursory look around didn't yield the perception of any damage, so I taxied back to the hangar. I noticed that the left wheel seemed to be a bit "out of balance", but other than that everything seemed fine.

Well, back at the hangar, everything wasn't exactly "fine". A closer inspection reveled that the sideways loads on the left landing gear had done quite a number on the left gear tower and side of the fuselage. The dog ear mount between the fuselage and the fuel tank was displaced upward about 1.5" inches and the end rib of the fuel tank took most of the stress. Basically, the whole left gear mount and underside is up about 1.5" all around, and the left gear tower is buckled. Amazingly, the Grove Airfoiled Gear did NOT break, although the left one is pretty badly bent at the axle end. The left wing fiberglass tip is cracked in a few places and the left aileron is bent where is scraped on the pavement as is the outboard aileron hinge. No other damage to the left wing and the right wing, tail, engine, and prop are all fine.

There's basically no way to "fix" the fuselage. The nature of the damage is such that it isn't practical or really even "safe" to try and repair. Not to mention it would look like a giant Band-Aid. Fortunately, Van's has a new QuickBuild fuselage in stock, so I will have to start with that. But, that means that there's going to be a sizable amount of work to get the 'ol RV-8 back in the air. Basically all of the internal wiring will have to be redone, and that's a lot of wiring. There are quite a few things that can be salvaged from the old fuselage like the interior and carpet and many of the various side panels. The instrument panel and most of the wiring directly behind it will likely be salvageable as is. Unfortunately, the front windshield and the beautiful mold-in-place fiberglass bezel will not survive the disassembly of the fuselage to recover the instrument panel and other bits. That fiberglass windscreen bezel is probably the one thing that I am the most disheartened about. It was an incredible amount of work and I dread having to start over from scratch on that. :-( All of the electronics and autopilot servos and controls will be salvageable as is. That will save a lot of time. I'll have to rivet the turtledeck top skins on again which was moderately stressful. Firewall forward should simply unbolt and bolt right onto the new fuselage assembly.

The lesson learned here is DON'T TRY TO MAKE THE TURN OFF. If you don't have it made without applying brakes, don't try to make it. Just coast down to the next one or go around. Its not worth the chance of a rather disappointing afternoon. :-(

Under the Category "Rebuild", I will detail the rebuild process from start to finish. I hope to be back in the air by the Spring of 2012. Photos of the carange and start of the rebuild process begin here:

http://www.mattsrv8.com/Rebuild
-Matt Dralle



Recent Activity
 Date Hours Work Log Summary Details
 05-28-2015
1.0
Ready For First Taxi Test - Part 3
       

 05-28-2015
1.0
Ready For First Taxi Test - Part 2
       

 05-28-2015
1.0
Ready For First Taxi Test - Part 1
Details
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Wheel Pants & Gear Fairings - Part 6
     

 05-27-2015
1.0
Wheel Pants & Gear Fairings - Part 5
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Wheel Pants & Gear Fairings - Part 4
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Wheel Pants & Gear Fairings - Part 3
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Wheel Pants & Gear Fairings - Part 2
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Wheel Pants & Gear Fairings - Part 1
Details
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Pitot & Static Testing - Part 3
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Pitot & Static Testing - Part 2
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Pitot & Static Testing - Part 1
Details
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Matt Tries Front & Rear Cockpits - Part 7
     

 05-27-2015
1.0
Matt Tries Front & Rear Cockpits - Part 6
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Matt Tries Front & Rear Cockpits - Part 5
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Matt Tries Front & Rear Cockpits - Part 4
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Matt Tries Front & Rear Cockpits - Part 3
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Matt Tries Front & Rear Cockpits - Part 2
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Matt Tries Front & Rear Cockpits - Part 1
Details
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Almost Ready To Fly - Part 5
     

 05-27-2015
1.0
Almost Ready To Fly - Part 4
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Almost Ready To Fly - Part 3
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Almost Ready To Fly - Part 2
       

 05-27-2015
1.0
Almost Ready To Fly - Part 1
       

 05-25-2015
1.0
Wings Going On - Part 5
     

 05-25-2015
1.0
Wings Going On - Part 4
       

 05-25-2015
1.0
Wings Going On - Part 3
       

 05-25-2015
1.0
Wings Going On - Part 2
       

 05-25-2015
1.0
Wings Going On - Part 1
Details
       

 05-24-2015
1.0
Hangar Final Assembly Continues - Part 4
       

 05-24-2015
1.0
Hangar Final Assembly Continues - Part 3
       

 05-24-2015
1.0
Hangar Final Assembly Continues - Part 2
       

 05-24-2015
1.0
Hangar Final Assembly Continues - Part 1
Details
       

 05-23-2015
4.0
Hangar Reassembly Begins
Details
       

 05-14-2015
1.0
Engine Cowling Gets First Gelcoat - Part 2
       

 05-14-2015
1.0
Engine Cowling Gets First Gelcoat - Part 1
Details
       

 05-13-2015
1.0
New Cowling Interior Primed - Part 4
       

 05-13-2015
1.0
New Cowling Interior Primed - Part 3
       

 05-13-2015
1.0
New Cowling Interior Primed - Part 2
       

 05-13-2015
1.0
New Cowling Interior Primed - Part 1
Details
       

 05-11-2015
1.0
All New Front Headrest Design - Part 5
     

 05-11-2015
1.0
All New Front Headrest Design - Part 4
       

 05-11-2015
1.0
All New Front Headrest Design - Part 3
       

 05-11-2015
1.0
All New Front Headrest Design - Part 2
       

 05-11-2015
1.0
All New Front Headrest Design - Part 1
Details
       

 05-08-2015
1.0
New Engine Cowling Finish Work - Part 3
       

 05-08-2015
1.0
New Engine Cowling Finish Work - Part 2
       

 05-08-2015
1.0
New Engine Cowling Finish Work - Part 1
Details
       

 04-27-2015
1.0
Windshield Complete! - Part 4
       

 04-27-2015
1.0
Windshield Complete! - Part 3
       

 04-27-2015
1.0
Windshield Complete! - Part 2
       

 04-27-2015
1.0
Windshield Complete! - Part 1
Details
       

 04-25-2015
1.0
Windshield Seam Touch Up & Primer Sanding - Part 4
       

 04-25-2015
1.0
Windshield Seam Touch Up & Primer Sanding - Part 3
       

 04-25-2015
1.0
Windshield Seam Touch Up & Primer Sanding - Part 2
       

 04-25-2015
1.0
Windshield Seam Touch Up & Primer Sanding - Part 1
Details
       

 04-25-2015
1.0
Engine Cowling Oil Door Finish Work - Part 3
     

 04-25-2015
1.0
Engine Cowling Oil Door Finish Work - Part 2
       

 04-25-2015
1.0
Engine Cowling Oil Door Finish Work - Part 1
Details
       

 04-24-2015
1.0
PM - Windshield Bezel Primed - Part 5
       

 04-24-2015
1.0
PM - Windshield Bezel Primed - Part 4
       

 04-24-2015
1.0
PM - Windshield Bezel Primed - Part 3
       

 04-24-2015
1.0
PM - Windshield Bezel Primed - Part 2
       

 04-24-2015
1.0
PM - Windshield Bezel Primed - Part 1
Details
       

 04-24-2015
1.0
AM - Windshield Bezel Gelcoat Sanded - Part 3
       

 04-24-2015
1.0
AM - Windshield Bezel Gelcoat Sanded - Part 2
       

 04-24-2015
1.0
AM - Windshield Bezel Gelcoat Sanded - Part 1
Details
       

 04-23-2015
1.0
Fiberglass Windshield Bezel 1st Gel Layer - Part 3
       

 04-23-2015
1.0
Fiberglass Windshield Bezel 1st Gel Layer - Part 2
       

 04-23-2015
1.0
Fiberglass Windshield Bezel 1st Gel Layer - Part 1
Details
       

 04-05-2015
1.0
All New Metal Windshield Bezel Yet Again - Part 04
Details
       

 04-05-2015
1.0
All New Metal Windshield Bezel Yet Again - Part 03
Details
       

 04-05-2015
1.0
All New Metal Windshield Bezel Yet Again - Part 02
Details
       

 04-05-2015
1.0
All New Metal Windshield Bezel Yet Again - Part 01
Details
       

 03-29-2015
1.0
Windshield Complete - Part 02
     

 03-29-2015
1.0
Windshield Complete - Part 01
       

 03-29-2015
1.0
Matt's Tries Out Cockpit
Details
       

 03-29-2015
1.0
Final Fill Coat - Part 02
     

 03-29-2015
1.0
Final Fill Coat - Part 01
Details
       

 03-29-2015
1.0
Custom 3D Printed Windshield Standoffs - Part 05
       

 03-29-2015
1.0
Custom 3D Printed Windshield Standoffs - Part 04
       

 03-29-2015
1.0
Custom 3D Printed Windshield Standoffs - Part 03
       

 03-29-2015
1.0
Custom 3D Printed Windshield Standoffs - Part 02
       

 03-29-2015
1.0
Custom 3D Printed Windshield Standoffs - Part 01
Details
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 14
     

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 13
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 12
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 11
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 10
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 09
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 08
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 07
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 06
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 05
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 04
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 03
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 02
       

 03-28-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel Complete - Part 01
Details
       

 03-23-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel - Part 02
       

 03-23-2015
1.0
Windshield Bezel - Part 01
Details
       

 03-15-2015
1.0
Third Attempt At Windshield & Metal Bezel - Part 5
     

 03-15-2015
1.0
Third Attempt At Windshield & Metal Bezel - Part 4
       

 03-15-2015
1.0
Third Attempt At Windshield & Metal Bezel - Part 3
       

 03-15-2015
1.0
Third Attempt At Windshield & Metal Bezel - Part 2
       

 03-15-2015
1.0
Third Attempt At Windshield & Metal Bezel - Part 1
Details
       

 02-13-2015
4.0
Final Assembly - Bat, Servo, Baggage Area - Part 2
       

 02-13-2015
4.0
Final Assembly - Bat, Servo, Baggage Area - Part 1
Details
       

 01-22-2015
10.0
Lasercut Labels For Panel & Interior
Details
       

 01-17-2015
1.0
New Canopy Panels With Bridges & Paint - Part 03
       

 01-17-2015
1.0
New Canopy Panels With Bridges & Paint - Part 02
       

 01-17-2015
1.0
New Canopy Panels With Bridges & Paint - Part 01
Details
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 24
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 23
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 22
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 21
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 20
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 19
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 18
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 17
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 16
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 15
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 14
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 13
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 12
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 11
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 10
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 09
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 08
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 07
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 06
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 05
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 04
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 03
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 02
       

 12-23-2014
1.0
Fuselage Comes Home From Paint Shop - Part 01
Details
       

 07-19-2014
1.0
New Left Engine Baffle & Oil Cooler - Part 02
       

 07-19-2014
1.0
New Left Engine Baffle & Oil Cooler - Part 01
Details
       

 07-19-2014
1.0
Interior Parts Back From Powder Coaters - Part 02
       

 07-19-2014
1.0
Interior Parts Back From Powder Coaters - Part 01
Details
       

 06-29-2014
2.0
Baggage Door Assembly & Lift Strut - Part 04
       

 06-29-2014
2.0
Baggage Door Assembly & Lift Strut - Part 03
       

 06-29-2014
2.0
Baggage Door Assembly & Lift Strut - Part 02
Details
       

 06-29-2014
2.0
Baggage Door Assembly & Lift Strut - Part 01
Details
       

 06-21-2014
2.0
Rounding Bottom Flange of Baggage Door - Part 05
     

 06-21-2014
2.0
Rounding Bottom Flange of Baggage Door - Part 04
       

 06-21-2014
2.0
Rounding Bottom Flange of Baggage Door - Part 03
Details
       

 06-21-2014
2.0
Rounding Bottom Flange of Baggage Door - Part 02
Details
       

 06-21-2014
2.0
Rounding Bottom Flange of Baggage Door - Part 01
Details
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 10
     

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 09
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 08
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 07
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 06
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 05
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 04
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 03
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 02
       

 06-01-2014
2.0
Fuselage Wiring Complete - Part 01
Details
       

 05-18-2014
2.0
Firewall-Forward Wiring Complete - Part 08
       

 05-18-2014
2.0
Firewall-Forward Wiring Complete - Part 07
       

 05-18-2014
2.0
Firewall-Forward Wiring Complete - Part 06
       

 05-18-2014
2.0
Firewall-Forward Wiring Complete - Part 05
       

 05-18-2014
2.0
Firewall-Forward Wiring Complete - Part 04
       

 05-18-2014
2.0
Firewall-Forward Wiring Complete - Part 03
       

 05-18-2014
2.0
Firewall-Forward Wiring Complete - Part 02
Details
       

 05-18-2014
2.0
Firewall-Forward Wiring Complete - Part 01
Details
       

 05-05-2014
1.0
Complete Schematics
Details
       

 04-20-2014
2.0
New PMag Electronic Ignition - Part 05
       

 04-20-2014
2.0
New PMag Electronic Ignition - Part 04
       

 04-20-2014
2.0
New PMag Electronic Ignition - Part 03
       

 04-20-2014
2.0
New PMag Electronic Ignition - Part 02
Details
       

 04-20-2014
2.0
New PMag Electronic Ignition - Part 01
Details
       

 03-29-2014
2.0
Riveting GPS Antenna Box To Firewall - Part 03
     

 03-29-2014
2.0
Riveting GPS Antenna Box To Firewall - Part 02
       

 03-29-2014
2.0
Riveting GPS Antenna Box To Firewall - Part 01
Details
       










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