RV-8 from hangar 9


The success of the RV series helped Van’s Aircraft, founded in 1973 by Richard VanGrunsven, become and remain one of the most popular homebuilt airplane kit manufacturers in the world. Hangar 9’s sport-scale version of Van’s tandem low-wing RV-8 is just as nimble, responsive and maneuverable as its full-scale counterpart, making it a great choice for sport and aerobatic flying fun.

The RV-8 offers pilots tremendous scale-like flight performance thanks to its similarity to the original design. Constructed from sturdy, lightweight balsa and plywood, assembling it is simple because much of the work has already been completed, such as control surfaces that have been pre-hinged and control horns that have already been installed. The RV-8’s simple, classy trim scheme is highlighted by a red-and-white checkerboard design that adorns the tail to provide just the right amount of pizzazz. 

You can fly the RV-8 as either glow or electric since all of the hardware is included. The easy access top hatch allows for quick changing of the flight batteries for the electric flyer. Storing and transporting the plane to the flying field is also convenient, since the two-piece bolt-on wing removes quickly and easily.

Fast, maneuverable and aerobatic, the RV-8 offers an exciting flying experience any inspired pilot should explore.


  • Functioning flaps allow for an enhanced flight envelope
  • Plug-in wings make for easy assembly and disassembly, as well as easy transport to and from the flying field
  • Durable but lightweight fiberglass cowl and wheel pants offer attractive finishes to the plane’s looks
  • Completion time reduced thanks to pre-hinged control surfaces and installed control horns
  • Hardware included for mounting glow or electric power, meaning no additional items to purchase and no guesswork when it comes to electric option installation
  • Lighter weight of tail dragger design provides excellent scale flight performance
  • This model is one of the many available for the Phoenix RC Flight Simulator



Radio icons

FrSky X20

FrSky XE

PNG (300x280)

BMP Recommended (300x280)

FrSky X18

FrSky Twin

PNG (180x166)

BMP Recommended (180x166)

FrSky X10

FrSky X12s

PNG (180x160)

BMP Recommended (180x160)

FrSky X10

FrSky X12s

PNG (192x114)

FrSky X9D

FrSky X9E

BMP (64x32)

BMP (64x32)

FrSky X10

FrSky X12s

JPG (155x100)

Similar Models

Some content in menu 2.

We cannot guarantee that the shops listed below do sell the RV-8 in particular but at least we know they do distribute hangar 9.

Wingspan: 1549mm (61 in)
Length: 1321mm (52 in)

Weight: 3200 g (7.1 lbs)

Wingspan: 61 in (1549mm)
Length:  52 in (1321mm)
Wing Area:  732 sq in ( sq dm)
Weight: 6.5–7 lb (2900–3200 g)
Radio:   5-channel with 6–7 servos

  • 0.46–0.52 2-stroke,
  • 0.72–0.82 4-stroke
  • EFL Power 46 EP
4,622 models
(55,464 icons in the database)

Although I do my best to complete this library, you may not find the model you are looking for.

In this case, do not hesitate to ask me to add it : You're not bothering me. Please be patient, depending on my workload, I may take a few days to work on your model and gather information.

I'm sometime asked to add a non flying model to this library but unfortunately, it's not the focus of this website

Ask for a new model

Viper Jet 82.6"
Eclipse 360
T-2A Buckeye

A simple 'thank you' or a kind message is my first salary but if you think this website is useful, if you like the content, the service and if you want to participate to the hosting, feel free to donate. I thank you in advance.

SkyRaccoon and AIR-RC are the largest online databases about RC Model Flying and it's growing...
Each model has description, specifications, photos, video, icons for your radio and links to shops and manufacturers.
We sell nothing, it's made by RC hobbyist for RC hobbyists. Enjoy !
Copyright SkyRaccoon © 2024