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ddsrph

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I bought this RV-3 less engine about 4 years ago from original builder. He had flown it 200 hrs, lost medical and sold the 0320 then sold the airframe to me. I installed a newly overhauled 0235 C1 108hp and have flown it about 270 hours so far. It's my first tail dragger and I flew it with only 8 hours in a Champ. It cruises at 160mph and I have seen 208 with a stiff tail wind. It is a great flying airplane.
 

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Pops

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Why did you post that? I have been wanting a RV-3 for many years. I had one of the early set of plans and gave them away because I didn't need another project.

Sure looks like a nice one. Like the paint scheme.

Dan
 

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Pops: I bet you wish it had a "for sale" sign hanging on the prop. ;) it is a sweet looking RV-3
 

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RV3 is one of the 1st home built aircraft I day dreamed about building back in the 70's
 

ddsrph

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I think the 0235 is a perfect engine for the plane. You can find a lot of cheap 0235 c series, expensive to overhaul but are great engines. I have three of them including the one in the plane. With this small engine I don't need to have a oil cooler. I tried one and after a few hours of flying with it I took it back off. My oil temp gets to slightly above 200 on the hottest of days. Most of the time 180 to 195. It is also a very easy tail dragger to fly. I only had a total of 8 hours tailwheel time when I started flying it all in a champ. I was a little shaky at first but now feel very comfortable flying it.
 

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I think the 0235 is a perfect engine for the plane. You can find a lot of cheap 0235 c series, expensive to overhaul but are great engines. I have three of them including the one in the plane. With this small engine I don't need to have a oil cooler. I tried one and after a few hours of flying with it I took it back off. My oil temp gets to slightly above 200 on the hottest of days. Most of the time 180 to 195. It is also a very easy tail dragger to fly. I only had a total of 8 hours tailwheel time when I started flying it all in a champ. I was a little shaky at first but now feel very comfortable flying it.
And getting about 22.8 MPG , with all of that fun.
 

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RV's are quite efficient. My 6A would consistently do 172 knots true at 7.2 gallons an hour at 8000 feet.

That's over 27 MPG at 197 MPH!

Constant speed prop, modern ignition and plugs all helped, ran about 65 degrees lean of peak.
 

ddsrph

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And getting about 22.8 MPG , with all of that fun.

That is probably extremely close to the MPG. I mainly use it to fly up to Southern Indiana to visit family (I live in southern middle Tennessee). I used to have a Piper Colt and the trip was 2.5 hrs each way. In the RV3 its 1.5 hrs.
 

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There use to be a covey of RV3 at my airport. Two normal and one like a P-51B like canopy. Two here husband and wife; they traveled in formation. Unluckily two were destroyed, one landing at Oshkosh and one by a new owner. Tow were sold when the worry of LSA needs came. I would love to have some original RV3, 4 or 6 plans where you can scratch build from.
 

ddsrph

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There use to be a covey of RV3 at my airport. Two normal and one like a P-51B like canopy. Two here husband and wife; they traveled in formation. Unluckily two were destroyed, one landing at Oshkosh and one by a new owner. Tow were sold when the worry of LSA needs came. I would love to have some original RV3, 4 or 6 plans where you can scratch build from.
Another possibility, probably as cheap or cheaper in the long run, is buy a unfinished kit. There are many out there that can be purchased very cheaply due to health issues or loss of interest.
 

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How about build a 4 as a single seat with a good size trunk? Just think of the fuel you could tanker; intercontinental?? Relief tube?
That has been done, including circumnavigated the Earth. One also could move the front seat aft, lower it, and eliminate the sensation of sitting on a stool.


BJC
 

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I used to see an open cockpit RV3 at Honolulu sitting on the tie down. Don't know anything about it but I did see a pic of the airplane in flight, its yellow. I had an RV3 kit serial # 21 I acquired in a trade deal a long time ago. Like many good airplanes/projects I pissed it away for something else. What would keep a builder from scratch building an RV3 and operate it under LSA criteria. Placard it on rpm level flight, put big tires on it and operate it like the carbon cub people do. Since you scratch built it you call it something else to keep from raising eyebrows if it was called a Van's RV3. I'm sure it's been discussed on VAF forum. The RV 3 is the only Vans model I've flown. I did take a ride at the factory in the back seat of an RV8A once. The 3 is the best RV in my uneducated opinion.
 

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3 and 4 are what VG says are the best fliers. All the original 3s and 4s were plans built with at best a materials kit. Finding a set of plans is the hard part; the new ones are not dimensioned. There have been built a few 3s and I think a single seat 7 that claim LSA if you really put instruments on them would they stand up. A lot of work for close. Slowing a plane down top speed is easy; stall flaps up is the tough one.
 
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