Here are a few photos of RV-8 C-GNHK. Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Side View of Paint SchemeIn the Paint ShopFern Villeneuve visited Smiths Falls while the aircraft was being reassembled after being painted. He was very happy to see the aircraft in his old colours.Photo by Ron MacEwenRoundel on Wing - Photo by Ron MacEwenHawks Head - Photo by Ron MacEwenFirst Take-Off with the new paint - Photo by Ron MacEwenPhoto by Fred GrayNext to the Vintage Wings Sabre, in Golden Hawks coloursNext to the Vintage Wings Sabre, in Golden Hawks coloursVintage Wings Sabre, in Golden Hawks coloursNext to Phil Kaye's RV-9A, in RCAF Golden Centennaires coloursPhoto taken during EAA Photo ShootPhoto by Andy Weiher
Great plane - Cool Story.
I'm falling in love with the RV-8 myself.
At 6'4" - 275lb - very broad shoulders..... im thinking a story like yours will be in my near future.... (sadly not many RV8's in Australia)
Hopefully you can find an RV-8 to drool over. At 6'4", you should easily fit in the aircraft, unless you have a very atypical balance of legs and torso (e.g. 6'4" with the leg length usually seen on a 7'6" guy, would be a problem). Van's also has a tall guy option, with a different weldment that supports the front seat back. The tall guy option puts the front seat support several inches further aft at the top, and is reported to be useful for some people.
If you ever make it to North America, or the UK, you should be able to easily find an RV-8. I'd be happy to show you ours, and take you flying if you fit in the back seat.
I'm your size almost exactly (in fact, I used to be 350 lbs, but am currently 275) and my RV-8 is a perfect fit. I flew it for many years at 350. The rudder pedals are adjustable, so you can set them where you need them for height.