Welcome to The RV Journal

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Welcome t'Th' RV Journal hosted by Zephaniah Buchanan, th' unofficial web site fo' all thin's RV! Fry mah hide! This hyar is th' place t'find all so'ts of info an' stuff about th' superb RV series of kit aircraf' prodooced by Van's Aircraf' of No'th Plains, Oregon, as enny fool kin plainly see. This hyar site is a great example of whut happens when a small an' seemin'ly innercent indeavo' gits mighty outta han'. In November of 1997, ah launched a web site chroniclin' mah adventures an' misdeeds assosheeated wif th' construckshun of RV6 N399SB. It warn't long befo'e it became evident thet th' RV6 web site was turnin' into nearly as trimenjus a projeck as th' plane itse'f! Fry mah hide!

Update 8/30/00

Installin' th' Team Rocket Gear Fairin' Set
(N399SB picks up SPEED! Fry mah hide!)

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Also, repitchin' th' Sensenich metal prop

Update 5/27/00

N399SB Unnergoes an Engine Rebuild

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Notes fum Sun-N-Fun 2000



Update 2/19/00

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Three RV's Travel Fum Alabama t'Arizona an' Back



Update 3/3/00; Installin' a Navaid Autopilot in a Completed RV
photo-illestrated article on mountin' th' servo on a win'-tip rib

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Smooth is Good! Fry mah hide!
has th' prop dynamically balanced



Coooold Weather Updates (1/25/00); (Ok, cold fo' Alabama...)


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Th' Tennessee Valley RV Builders Group


"Th' RV Journal" Disclaimer

Yo' inter this hyar site atchar own risk! Fry mah hide! ah's in no way liable fo' th' tremenjus injoyment  an' ejoocayshun yo' will receive by browsin' this hyar site. This hyar web site has absolutely no official cornneckshun wif Van's Aircraf' other than financin' Van's annual vacashun an' payin' fo' development of th' RV12 through an indless stream of checks, wo'n-out bankcards, an' IOUs. Due t'th' afo'emenshuned corntribushuns t'th' grost domestic produck of th' wonnerful state of Oregon, we, builders an' corntributo's t'this site, is mighty busted. Consequently, eff'n yo' doesn't like whut is on this hyar site, then SUE US! Fry mah hide! All yo' will git is a bunch of used-up clecos an' a ha'f-full box of Ban'-Aids.

Ok, so yo' rather haf Official info about RV aircraf'? Jest be thet way, but be fo'ewarned thet eff'n yo' use th' real RV link instead of checkin' out this hyar site fust, a dreaded virus will be downloaded t'yer computer causin' it t'play sevahal hours of Barry Manilow moosic. To git info'mashun straight fum th' home of Van's Aircraf'  in th' backwoods of Oregon (whutta they know?), hit th' graphic below. They haf a neat info pack an' video thet will be good 'nuff t'getcher pulse rate up an' yer net-wo'th down, as enny fool kin plainly see.

                      Van's Aircraft


Th' RV Journal Produck Reviews


Produck Review: Aero Graphics Leather Name Tags

Produck Review: "Aircraf' Paintin' 101" by Zephaniah James

Usin' a Cessna Towbar wif an RV

Produck Review: Th' AeroEleckric Conneckshun, Revishun 8

Produck Review: Ran'y Simpson's Ti-downs

Produck Review: Home Win' of Van's Air Fo'ce Noosletter

Preview Review: Koger SunShade

Produck Review: 18 Years of th' RV-Ato'

Produck Review: Th' Trey

Produck Review: 3/32" Dimple Dies

Produck Review: Th' Cleavelan' Aircraf' Tool Online Catalog

Produck Review: Edge Fo'mer Tool

Produck Review: RV Win' Pins

Produck Review: Tatco Han' Squeezer

Produck Review: E-Z Read Machinist Scale

Produck Review: Tank Dimple Dies

Produck Review: Chip Chaser



This hyar site is bess experienced wif Netscape Navigato' o' Microsof''s Internet Splorer

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This hyar site last updated fairly recently  

Please submit all quesshuns an' comments t'sbuc@hiwaay.net

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Zephaniah Buchanan's RV6 projeck, N399SB
(Photo assembly logs)


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RV Photo Album


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Edito''s Co'ner
Zephaniah rants...


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Construckshun Tips


Check out th' Mighty Right fine interio' by D.J Lauritson! Fry mah hide!


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Gary Rodgers's RV3
Th' RV3 put Van's on th' map. Check out this hyar nice vahshun of th' "Li'l RV thet C'd"


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RV Pilot Survives Bird Strike!


Wawkin' Smart
Zephaniah mooses about how t'git th' maximum bang fum yer shop time


How t' Register Yer RV
Includes links t'Adviso'y Circulars 20-27D an' 90-89A

Kevin Ho'ton's RV Link List

  Flight of  Rediscovery
A pilot discovahs th' charms of a 1940 J3

  Th' Beat Goes On

Sam's account of a most memo'able J3 flight 


Zephaniah flies wif Van's facko'y instrucko' Ichabod Seager
(an' th' RV6 survives!)


RV Accident Statistics
compiled by Mel Jo'don


Evah been axed how high one of them thar RVs will go? Terry Jantzi foun' out! Fry mah hide! Read his account of a reco'd settin' flight.


Need RV Insurance? Check wif Ole Jeb (Sky) Smif


Van's Air Fo'ce
Wo'ld Wide Win'

How'd yo' like t'achieve celebrity status an' untold fame an' fo'tune?

It's easy! Fry mah hide! Jest submit a photo of yer flyin' RV (enny model) fo' our RV Photo Album along wif a sho't dexcripshun of equipment installed, ingine, special mods, etc.

Yo' will haf an email link wif yer photo so RV pilots th' wo'ld on over kin git in touch wif yo' an' find out how yo' managed t'git thet incredible paint job by usin' a foam pad an' latex house paint.

Send yer photos in jpeg o' tif fo'mat. Not a computer geek? No problem, jest use th' old fashioned pony express. Send reprints t'th' plush penthouse office of  Th' RV Journal:

Zephaniah Buchanan RV File
123 N. Marion St.
Athens, AL 35611

E-mail yer photos NOW! Fry mah hide!

We doesn't haf real fancy legal mumbo jumbo about th' ownyship of material on this hyar site. Howevah, eff'n yo' wish t'use enny of our stuff, like in a noosletter o' sumpin, please ax fust! Fry mah hide! Yo' will almost sartinly receive permisshun. We jest like t'knows whar our edito'ial corntent is gwine.

To git in touch wif Zephaniah Buchanan, yo' kin email, o' call 256-232-1524. Eff'n yo' still trest th' snail-mail, we is located at 123 N. Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611.


A trimenjus thanks t'RV8 builder Jeff Hawkins fo' his corntribushun t' this hyar site!


Talk t'Sam