My 3 has the small tail which I assume is similar to your 1. The adverse yaw only becomes a problem on a long cross country in turbulence as I am working all the time to keep the ball centered. The later mixer could possibly minimise this. I don't see much difference in xwind ability with my big tail 4 unless I three point which isn't advisable with the smaller rudder which is blanked in wing turbulence. The taller tail isn't affected as much. My 3 has the small wing tanks but if it had the big tanks inertia may factor into the tail swing(my brother has a 4 with the small tail but big tanks and is definatly more wandery in the tail)
My gear is slightly toed in but hasn't been a problem but she is a bit squirrelly,I intend to put a grove setup on in the next few weeks but i don't want to make it too easy for the instructors or students
Roll your plane forward and back as this will give an indication of alignment.My 3 has good bungees and sits with the gear up snug to the belly,but push it backwards into the hanger the legs pull away at different rates and looks like yours.
I have the stolspeed vg's under the tail of my KF4.Fitted as per the instructions (4" forward and30mm spacing)from memory.The airplane is now a joy to land,I can even get the tail wheel on first if needed.Over the fence is now 5-8 kts slower and I feel more confident knowing the nose isn't going to drop when I run out of elevator. they are well worth the effort.
The best dryer I have found is a air to air intecooler (any radiator that can handle the flow and pressure )between the compressor and the pot.The air has to get cool enough to drop he moisture before it gets to the pot,also put the pot in the airflow of the cooling outlet of your compressor if possible,keeping it warm will minimise internal condensation.Any pot that has a full pressure drop on shutdown is prone to moisture buildup,unfortunately the alternatives are hard to justify in a non commercial situation.When you do a media recovery add around 25-30% new material,this will give a more predictable flow and blast profile. apologies for the late reply but I trust this information may make any future blasting a little easier cheers Dusty
The Matco appears to be are reliable design that when set up right are just about foolproof (and will unlock in a ground loop as I had an instructor demonstrate to me recently) the happy feet comment is sound advice
Having just replaced my broken 2 leaf spring with a 3 leaf,how tight should the mounting bolt/clamp be.I assume there needs to be some allowance for flexing.There is a thin reinforced rubber pad between the Spring and rear clamp.(Fox 4 1200) cheers Dusty
Someone may want to check my math but my 582 powered 25 year old fox has over 1300hrs on the clock. 45 knts would be a realistic average speed over the aircrafts life. that's around 58000 nautical miles,nearly 3 times around the world without an oil injection failure(or any other failure other than loosing one ignition)these engines if cared for are very reliable. I'm sure over that time someone would have forgotten to add oil to the mix
A good example of what NOT to do,however it takes a lot of and practice and discipline to get it right. Get some height and practice practice practice till ithe correct recovery is second nature.I had a similar event a few years back and had a satisfactory outcome.A kitfox will recover very quickly from a seemingly impossible situation. thanks for posting as there is a good lesson here,I feel for the pilot (and his bank account) but it could have been worse if the personnel and vehicle were a little further forward.