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  1. kl7jw added a post in a topic Sweating hangers   

    I agree with Leonard.  Spray on foam insulation is the best way to do it.  It don't have to be thick, just an inch or so.  I've never seen a metal building with that stuff on the inside sweat.

    John Hart
    Model IV Kitfox
    Wilburton, OK
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  2. 84KF added a post in a topic anyone flying?   

    Not me.....
    Not since the year 2007.
    Lousy Michigan winter weather. Either snow, sleet, rain, or wind....usually all on the same day.

    Steve.
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  3. akflyer added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    anyone flying?
    Anyone out burning some air?  I be stuck at work for a couple more weeks, but I have been dreaming of flying lol.  I got in one flight on eskflyers Kitfox last time home.  I love the looks from guys when you take off on floats... in the middle of winter lol..
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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    I would say it is more like comparing say... grove gear flyers to bungie gear flyers  .  Good luck with it, they are a hell ova lota fun!  I will try and get some airwolf vids up next time I am home.
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  5. 84KF added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    Training gear? Absolutely. Impossile with out.
    I know what you mean about getting it out of ground effect, but soon, that is when my troubles begin. With limited space I have to chop throttle at the first sign of danger which saves it from wall impact, but it sometimes will slide along the floor and blades "touch" the wall.

    I know I'm doing every thing wrong playing in a confined area. I'm taking it out to the airport later and trying it in friends an empty hanger.

    A friend has a Esky Blade CP and it seem very nice. He can hold a hover (in his basement too) for the endurance of the battery. Of course by now it's a total rebuild and HE has learned HIS lessons.

    Duel rotors? Pashaw...  real men fly singles. That's like comparing, say, an Avid to a Kitfox. 

    Steve

    Keep an eye on me with this... I'm
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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    The walkeras are pauged by radio glitches and poor QC.  I have flown one that was great and another that was un-flyable.  I lost several helis to radio glitches. I finnaly sprang for a 7DX spectrum radio and all problems went away.  The other option is something like the eflite blade CP pro.  it comes with the spectrum radio and is not outrageous on the price.  and for under 200, you can get one of the twin rotor jobbies like the blade CX.  they will get you a long way down the road for flying helis.  the controls are the same but they are damn near impossible to destroy.

    One other tip.  you need to pop the heli off the ground 2-3 feet.  any lower and you are in ground effect and it is real skittish.  it will be alot more stable when you get the rotors into clean air.  Do you have training gear for it?

      <hooked on helis brew
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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic John Oakley tells it like it is.....   

    I cant beleive that MG had to ask... I am pretty sure he is the unfriendly dick...  I have to atleast give Guy props for answering my emails and being a decent person... even if he is king 


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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic Sweating hangers   

    better insulation.... the only way I know.  I have seen alot of them up here sweat like a biatch.. but several that have the spray on foam dont sweat a drop..I had an aluminum boat that was the same way..
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  9. 84KF added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Sweating hangers
    Anyone have any good tricks or tips on how to keep hangers from sweating inside when the humidity and temps are just right, other then the old "increase the air circulation" method?


    Steve.  drip, drip, drip.
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  10. 84KF added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    John Oakley tells it like it is.....
    So I wasn't just imagining it all in the first place.....

    http://lists.matronics.com/viewtopic.php?t=37932&sid=4abc1004e3929ebd7b652cbc802088ee

    2nd post on page.           

    It had to be said sooner or later. 

    (I'll drink to that.... and I don't drink!)

                 
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  11. 84KF added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    Eh Leni,
      It's a 6 ch Walkera 22E.  I've been told it's not much to speak of, but it's fine by me, from what I see. It was way out of balance and I've spent a lot of time now fine tuning the rotor head alignment but I'm enjoying that more then trying to master it.
      I've had it set up perfect and it will lift off smoothly, very stable and all that, but , as you know, in 10 seconds all that goes to hell. My big mistake is playing in the basement with it, just not enough room.  I've never actually crashed it, but the blades have  banged the wall a few times....and it's back to the work bench for blade nick patching and rebalancing.
    I'm amazed at the number of little parts and the workings of the head system. Pretty cool. I've never had much (real) helo exposure, just the basics. Eventually I'll spring for a bettey battery, maybe the brushless motor... but that would be wasted on me at this stage. This will get me through the lousy weather untill it's time to do the Kitfox thing again.

    Steve
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  12. akflyer added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    what chopper you got?  I have too many to count..  I learned to fly them 20 years ago when they were really hard to fly.. There are some out there that fly great, and some are marginal in the control.  I have a Trex450 that flys as solid and steady as my larger glow helis.  I put an airwolf body on it (with retracts) and it is VERY solid on the controls.
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  13. kl7jw added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    Good luck on that R/C helicopter!  I got in the neighborhood of 6000 hours in helicopters that I can sit in, but I can't handle one of them damn models.  The control inputs just plain don't react like the real McCoy. 

    That email server is the only way I mess with that group.  I thought at first it might be a pretty good source of info for Kitfox stuff, but it now appears like if you aren't a newby at flying, you get ignored.  That's OK with me.  I got more help on this board than anywhere.

    John Hart
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  14. 84KF added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    Hey guys...
      I've never been "un-booted" from last year. But I can still get there through the Matronic e-mail server. When a new post is put up I get a copy in my Avidfox@Gmail.com account and  I can reply to anything that shows up there.
    I think this is what pisses off Mikey G. and Guy so much. They don't have the internal authority to block me from doing that. I just can't sign in and start a new topic of my own.

    I've just been sitting back and watching the circus the last few days. Besides, There are enough others giving them grief right now. But in a few days or so I'll reply to someones post about something, at drop in the words "Light-Sport" or "Sport Pilot Privileges" just to get Mikey G's blood pressure going again. (Opps...I did it again... haha)

    BTW...I'm trying to lean to fly a collective pitch electric RC helicopter in my basement  for 3 days now...This might get expensive. No...wait...it already has.  15 second of hover time would be a miracle. I need to get out side where there are no walls but the weather here sucks lately.  My hats off to you John.

    Steve
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  15. kl7jw added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    I thought the whole damn thing was funny!  Some of those fine folks don't even know the AIM exists as far as I can tell.  It appears that they do something, then flip their wig when somebody calls them on it.  Also, 'pears to me that some of 'em got a burr under the saddle blanket, too! 

    John Hart
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  16. akflyer added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    Steve ytou got talent... how the hell did you get booted again.. I read some of the shit over there but I saw nothing that was boot worthy, especially from you..  They got to get their panties outa their crack and lighten up a tad...


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  17. 84KF added a post in a topic RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...   

    Never mind...

    Now that I look close at the ends, mine are square with flats, and gundrilled, they are Grove.
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  18. 84KF added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    RC Fun....? was-Landing gear questions...
    Anyone,
    First post of 2008.... I'm honored. ( Ya, right)

    How do you tell the difference between Grove gear and Hammerhead gear.

    What is the difference between the two?

    When were they first available to home builders?

    I see Hamerhead has a website, but not much info. on the gear specs. (at least that I saw)

    To be honest I just recently heard about Hammerhead although they seem to have been around for a while.

    I would put the question up on the List too, but.... hey... I'm banned there and can't start a new thread, only reply to existing ones received via e-mail notification.
    Plus...Mikey G is all pissed off again. Check it out over there. Kinda funny to see him rant and rave.

    In case anyone cares, I starting to wonder what I actually have on 84KF
    I'm attaching some pics of the installed gear and if any can tell anything by them I'd appreciate it.

    Oh well.

    Steve


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  19. kl7jw added a post in a topic LF/MF trailing Antenna (Old Maritime Antenna used in AK in the 50' &60's)   

    Might be some suds in it for you, IF you succeed in getting it unbolted!

    Merry Christmas!

    John Hart
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  20. akflyer added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Merry Christmas everyone
    A big Merry Christmas and a hellova happy New Year guys.  My newyears resolution is to getoff my fat ass and get my plane in the air... funny how I kiscked ass on it for the first few months then when it is down to a few days left to get it in the air, I have fallen on my face.  At any rate, dont walk away from a good christmas party hungry or sober, it allways feels better to get stuffed and stupid on your buddies dime


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  21. akflyer added a post in a topic LF/MF trailing Antenna (Old Maritime Antenna used in AK in the 50' &60's)   

    dont know of one off hand, but I bet I can get tossed out of the museum while trying to unbolt one off an old plane though.


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  22. kl7jw added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    LF/MF trailing Antenna (Old Maritime Antenna used in AK in the 50' &60's)
    I'm looking for one of the old Maritime antennas that we used in AK in floatplanes during the 50's and 60's.  I'd like to get a complete one to install in my Kitfox for use on the Amateur bands.  They were usually made of Bakelite, black in color, had a plate that mounted to the airframe and a reel on the plate with a friction knob about 6" in diameter isolated from the airframe, a ceramic tube to feed the trailing wire out of the cockpit thru the skin.  There was also a ceramic insulator (tubular) that mounted to the top of the vertical stabilizer to keep the wire clear of the fuselage while in flight.  The wire that was used is not a requirement because I can get that locally.  If any of you AK guys know of one, let me know about it. 

    Thanks,
    John Hart
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  23. akflyer added a post in a topic Prop   

    love it when a plan comes together!


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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic Leni's Christmas Cheer...   

    LMAO... good one... let the games begin !!!!


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  25. 84KF added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Leni's Christmas Cheer...
    http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1440508842
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