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  1. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    I got the engine mount cleaned up and repainted, today. I trimmed off the front of the aluminum mounting plate, so I’ll be able to change the gear lube without removing the engine, now. Just waiting on parts to get it put back together. 
    I don’t want to tear the ribs and other structure out of the wings until I get the new wing tanks. Well, I kind of do want to, but I’ve been holding off, just in case something happens.
    Can anybody tell me how much the 13 gallon fiberglass wing tanks weigh? I ordered them a couple weeks ago, but I’m having some second thoughts about adding the weight. My plane was originally 414 lb, empty. My scale has it close to 400, after I junked the battery, ELT, and the aluminum wing tank with the heavy stainless steel cover. They said the boxes weigh about 30 lb. each.... that made me think.



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  2. TJay added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    Nice to see you made it here. sharp looking bird there. I love my model 1 and I'm sure you will too.
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  3. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    I’m irritated at the A&P who put 23 holes in the spars, plus some in the cap strips, to mount a cover for the wing tank, which still leaked. Debating what to do with that. Not sure if the new, 13 gallon wing tanks will work around that piece of stainless that’s securely fastened to the rear spar, but I’d sure like to get rid of it. 






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  4. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

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  11. Good old number 29 added a topic in Kitfox I   

    Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life
    Hi,
     
    I took a wrong turn and wound up in the teamkitfox forum. A couple guys pointed out to me that this forum is geared more to what I am doing. Rather than reproducing my posts in the other forum, I’ll try to post pics to get up to date. 
    Kitfox Model 1, serial no. 29, Rotax 503 dual carb, single Bosch points ignition. 
    Bought it last month. Had some fun taxiing it around my yard, then tore it all apart. Most of the way apart. 195 hours total, when I bought it, but it sat for the last seven years.






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  12. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid Magnum project with floats on barnstormers   

    Do you have to tell her?  JImChuk
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  13. Turbo added a post in a topic Prop length   

    As Nlappos indicated, these Bing carburetors are not ideal for airplane use.  I agree.  My approach has been to rig an altitude compensation setup like the one Cowlove came up with, using reduced float-bowl pressure for leaning, then jet the carbs as if I were flying out of someplace near sea level.  Well, actually I am, since the Columbia basin bottoms out just a little above S.L.. Having it set up as if you're flying out of an airport at sea level is important if you ever go into a field lower in density altitude than your home field, as you won't be running too lean on T/O and climbout.   Cowlove's solution used a small, 12V diaphragm suction pump, hooked up to a 100 ohm, (5 watt) rheostat, sucking on all the float-bowl ports, and working opposite a drilled-hole "calibrated orifice", since, even at the roughly1/2 atmosphere vacuum that the pump can generate, it's way too much (like leaning for 18000 ft!).  I'll see if I can find his explanation & pics.  It's freakin' elegant!  The suction pumps are apparently used for certain medical devices and are super cheap.  Mine came from China and cost under $2.00!  I have not flown my plane at altitude using the system yet, but Cowlove shows a panel pic of his Catalina at 13999 ft, indicating 60 mph, and 6000 rpm!  If I lean too much at idle I can easily kill the engine, so I think I'm in the ballpark.
    The nice thing about leaning with float-bowl pressure is that it affects all 3 of the carb's circuits.  The Arctic Sparrow leaning system, if I understand it correctly, would leave the Idle and main jets unaffected (and too rich) at altitude.  Even with our planes' awesome T/O and climb performance, having the ability to lean for high density altitude takeoffs (and cruise) makes sense.  Still - too lean means high EGT.
    Found Cowlove's post!  It's under "Rotax and other engines"/"Leaning the carbs for altitude - on the cheap" .  FWIW.
    Sorry if all this seems tangential.  It's just that this business of setting up for one field elevation seems to me to be too limiting.  
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  14. Avid Randy added a post in a topic Avid Magnum project with floats on barnstormers   

    I seen that....If I could figure out how to get it past my Wife, it would be in my garage tomorrow!    Randy
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  15. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Mangy Fox Video?   

    Wonder if the guy in the red and white biplane was Bill from the Red Green show?  Some of my takeoffs and  landings might look like his, but it's only when I'm saying "don't do it like this"  (or at least thought that afterwards)   Guess he was enjoying him self though, and I don't think anything got bent.  Close though.....  JImChuk
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  16. nemesisnxt added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Mangy Fox Video?
    Found this, looks like Mangy Fox at 1:39.  Maybe you guys already know.  
    https://youtu.be/ZxbG_itjkK4
    -Joshua
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  17. Durham66 added a post in a topic Just picked up this Model 1 kitfox   

  18. Turbo added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    Vance, I'm bang in the middle of exactly what you're going thru.  I could taxi slowly but once the speed built up It got too wobbly with my jerky pedal movements.  I too am paying attention to the good tips in this thread you started.  One thing that helped me was to take out the slack in the chains linking the tailwheel to the rudder, eliminating most of the delay that was causing.  This allowed me to taxi faster with confidence, and certainly helps in that just-post-touchdown moment when you seemingly have sooo much speed.  Maybe it's just me, but it seems the minimum idle speed is just a bit high, and the plane doesn't really want to slow down very fast.  I am currently very carefully applying brakes - a bad habit, I know.
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  19. 1avidflyer added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Avid Magnum project with floats on barnstormers
    Just saw this on barnstormers.  If you read the add, you will know as much as I do about it.  JImChuk

    AVID MAGNUM KIT W/ AQUA FLOATS • $15,000 • OR BEST OFFER! • Avid magnum kit including aqua floats. This is a complete kit unmolested. The wings are quick built by the factory. Includes polished, gundrilled grove landing gear, scott tail wheel, disk brakes, wheels, complete interior, all assembly parts. Have photos of all parts. Photos only shows some of the parts This is a complete kit that has not been started. Please call for all details. • Contact James Krimmel, Owner - located Oshkosh, WI USA • Telephone: 9202032885 . 920 203 2885 • Posted September 16, 2018 • Show all Ads posted by this Advertiser • Recommend This Ad to a Friend • Email Advertiser • Save to Watchlist • Report This Ad • View Larger Pictures

     
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  20. Tree top pilot added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Lift strut / Spar attach fittings
    Back during the construction of my project I had to remake A lot of the parts that were given to me because they were basically junk and unfit for their purpose given. All of parts were made from 4130 chrome moly sheet stock from Aircraft Spruce. Countless hours we're spent making dies and Moulds to make these parts. I had 8 lift strut attach brackets that were sent out to be welded and used four. There are however enough parts to make up another set possibly two or more sets. I'm asking $125 for all of the pulley brackets and parts. they're being sold as parts and no more than that - for mock-up and test purposes. I may sell the dies as well later if there is an interest. There was a bit of weld push through on a couple that were done and I didn't want to chance it and that could be repaired I was told...figured someone here could use them before they get lost in the shop. PM me or make a post will try and look out for interest...don't have much PC time lately. Also have a sheet of 1/4"-12 ply ac plywood from spruce 2' x 4'. $25 plus shipping.....
     


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  21. Jeromef added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Flight to the D-Day beaches
    This weekend I flew to Normandy to see the D-Day beaches from the air, and landed for lunch at the small airstrip at Courseulles - just 2km  from Juno Beach. A total of 3 flight hours in a nice and calm early autumn weather


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  22. C5Engineer added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    I started cracking up when I realized we were having a discussion about how to land on PAVEMENT haha 
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  23. dholly added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    I had tape on both my KF's, it's rather surprising seeing the correct sight picture vs. what you might convince yourself is straight without the aid. I was consistently off and the tape helped a lot. IMO, these round cowls and tailwheel are a P.I.T.A. for short folks. I would have swapped out for a smooth cowl in a jiffy but that also required a very pricey new FWF kit. 
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  24. TJay added a post in a topic First Flight Avid Flyer A   

    Very nice Mr. I come across the threshold around 50, very smooth there.
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  25. TJay added a post in a topic covering process   

    My thought exactly.
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