lukemn

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  1. lukemn added a post in a topic Avid amphib project for sale   

    Few more pictures




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  2. lukemn added a post in a topic Avid amphib project for sale   

    Two new kids last December (Piper & Franklin) this spring my wife encouraged me to pick up a 4 seat airplane that we will all fit in & I'm  just running out of time in the best possible way!!! 

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  3. lukemn added a post in a topic Avid amphib project for sale   

    Minneapolis MN at Anoka county airport (KANE) 
    Price wise I'm thinking around $12K (for forum members) I'll be asking more if it's being sold on barnstormers or ebay.  I'm open to reasonable offers and will discount for forum members that posted on my thread and we're helping me with the build or are contributing members to the forum.
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  4. lukemn added a post in a topic Avid amphib project for sale   

    Minneapolis MN at Anoka county airport (KANE)
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  5. lukemn added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Avid amphib project for sale
    I'm looking to sell my avid amphib project (I'm open to offers & trades)  it will come with all associated parts and pieces I've collected & made for it.  Some of the highlights are a low time 80hp 912 with mount and exhaust that is fit to the amphib airframe, new IVO IFA 3 blade prop & new in box from avid flaparons.  The airframe is completely apart but in good shape the wings are in need of total overhaul straight but all the wood pieces should be replaced. A large amount of the "grunt" work is done with this project and the hard to find parts are included. Feel free to contact me with whatever questions or offers you have as I receive questions I'll update this post.
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  6. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    Hi Jack:
    Awesome first post!!!  & welcome aboard!!  Is your plane the one on YouTube with the red and white tail?  I've watched that video several times flying on lake Granger.  I'm still working out wing / sponson / covering / etc. It's good to here from active  Catalina pilots. If you have time starting a thread on your aircraft would be great.  The wing work you've done is some of the things I've been thinking about incorporating in to my project.  A few questions (ok alot of questions) How many additional finger Ribs did you add & what type of plywood did you make them out of? Is the plastic leading edge your using sourced from kitfox? Do you have the center main fuel tank as well as wing tanks?  The S7 STi ribs look alot like the modified stock ribs with the flater bottoms I'm trying to find a builder that's willing to trace one so I can compare it to the profiles that are in the files section of the site. I did notice the STi wing uses flat bottom flaparons similar to the Catalina flaparons.
    Thanks Jack
    Luke
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  7. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    I was able to remove one of the wing tip sponsons today. It took a little finesse to get it apart without destroying it.  I'm not planning on useing them currently but there good parts for someone that needs one. I'll rally up a scale and get a weight on it there preaty light, steel brace included I'm guessing 5lbs or so.
    Luke


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  8. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    WOW that's awesome!!!!!!!  Thank you Logtrucker!!   Maybe it's just me but knowing that Dean is continuing to design and build aircraft gives me a serious case of the warm fuzzes!!  If it's OK with Dean / Logtrucker some more pictures of his project would be great. 
    I'm looking forward to talking with Dean.
    Thank you again
    Luke
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  9. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    Thanks for the info Don!!
    Centring up the dorsal tube and adjusting rigging latter on sounds good to me.  I'll post some pictures this weekend of the tubes I'm thinking need to be moved. I was planning on making new lift struts for the plane already so maybe it's a good idea to make both sides adjustable like kitfox ones are?
    Luke
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  10. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    Thanks edmo
    1/2" is about what the offset is flutter makes sense so no adjustments needed hopefuly.
    Luke
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  11. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    Throw in the inverted "flying tail"  and I'm approaching being completly lost.  The elevator has some offset left to right that I'm guessing will need to be adjusted to deal with the reversed prop wash so it will trim out correctly. I need to move and reweld in the dorsal tube and that gets things in the correct places. (I think?) Some where on the site there's a link to a write up about optimizing the early avid tail desgine hopefuly I can find it againe just to help with getting the basics right.
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  12. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    I'll get some pictures of it this weekend sooner if time permits.  The idea of P-factor being less of a factor in a pusher configuration than in a tractor configuration is going to take some head scraching for me to figure out seems backwards from my initial thoughts about it but that's the learning part of amature building.
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  13. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    Hi Don:
    Sounds a whole lot easier than what we we're coming up with!  It looked like we'd be removing and replacing everything upper longeron to tail post to correct the offset.  The adjustable vertical stabilizer sounds interesting if you have time some pictures of it would be great.  The hardest part of the engine mount was locating the propeller flange after that it's filling in the space with tube work little bit of layout involved but easy to do.  How far along are you with the subaru install?
    Thanks Don
    Luke
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  14. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    Thanks Luked for checking it out!
    I looked my amphibian over today and the tail offset is very easy to see.  I understood the rotation of the 582 but didn't take the 582 with optional gearbox installed reversing prop rotation into account when planning the conversion.  I'm working on how to mod the tail or if it's worth continuing with the project.
    Luke  
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  15. lukemn added a post in a topic Amphibian project resurrection & modifications   

    I've been reading up on the vertical stabilizer off set and it looks like I'm going to need to make some changes to the tail.  Not too sure how I'm going to do this.  Maby offset Ribs and some angle to the engine? / cut the tail off and reweld it in? (Seems like a lot of rework) / Scrap it and order a new Just super stol kit? (This choice is starting to look alot better lately)
     If reworking the tail what mods make sense? I found a link on the site that detailed an extensive tail rework project on an early Avid using vortex generators and increasing the tail size if I can find the link above I'll add it to this thread.
    Luke
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