FredStork

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  1. FredStork added a post in a topic Luga Propellers   

    Bye-bye Warp Drive...!
    I just had the time for a very short test flight after mounting the prop and doing some initial adjustements - I still need to increase the pitch slightly. So no performance feedback, just a very first impression. Runs very smooth (and as the warp drive is already a smooth prop..) and it is noticeably quiet. I guess that is the swiped tips compared to warp drives straight cut tips... I hopefully have more to share after the weekend.
    It is a mean looking prop...

    Fred
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  2. FredStork added a post in a topic Fixing the cowl   

    I honestly don't recall how I did it... but take a piece of wood, drill 2 perpendicular holes with the diameter of the pins at the required distance and use it as a jigg is what I would do today... once the pins are in place put the tubes on them and use that half of the cowling as jigg... don't forget to put 2  sheets of thin plastic between or they will be glued forever...
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  3. FredStork added a post in a topic Fixing the cowl   

    I think I used Plastic Padding (I am Swedish after all... even if it is nowadays owned by loctite) but anything that works with the glass fiber cowling and get stiff enough would do the trick. 
     
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  4. FredStork added a post in a topic Fixing the cowl   

    I never liked the original system here you have to bend the cowling when closing it. My solution was to cement a metal pin and a corresponding metal tube on the 2 halves of the cowling, one set on each side obviously...

     
    It works great and provide a very good positioning when closing the cowling. As long as I stay subsonic ther is no tendency for the cowl to "gap"
     
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  5. FredStork added a post in a topic Luga Propellers   

    I can confirm this is correct, the final diameter depend on the number of blades, i.e. in the hub
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  6. FredStork added a post in a topic Luga Propellers   

    My Scimitar SL107 3-blades arrived today. It looks great, can't wait to try it! Very sexy prop!
    It took longer than expected... there is a monetary embargo for Europe on Ukraine so my bank rejected my initial transfer. And as my bank appears to be incompetent they didn't know why the transfer, done on the web, was rejected and pretended I had used an incorrect account number... With Roman we found a solution - and my bank messed up again (did I say there were incompetent?). Well, we got that straighten out and now the prop is here.
    I'll keep you updated on my prop experience but it might take a few days.
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  7. FredStork added a post in a topic Great Friends!   

    All I can say is, if Bryce and Liz are coming your way - Invite them!
    They are lovely and we had a great time!

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  8. FredStork added a post in a topic Solo bungee wrapping   

    Or two friends so you can have a beer while they take the pain of changing the bungees...
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  9. FredStork added a post in a topic Solo bungee wrapping   

    Hi Turbo,
    I'm not familiar with "type-1 bungees from AS&S", the one normally recommended to use (i.e. the one used in the original design) can be found at Aircraft Spruce with reference 06-12400 (3/8" shock cord) 

    I made an attempt with a "not so stiff "bungee with the same diameter from a marine store... flexed well by me just sitting down in the plane... A less stiff cord would need additional wraps and there isn't much place for that...  I assume you could use a different quality bungee but the length and/or number of wraps would need to be adjusted accordingly.  
    We need to find a better solution...
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  10. FredStork added a post in a topic L.G. bungee blues   

    Turbo,
    this is one of the areas where I admit poor design of the Avid Flyer... 
    The good solution is to install the kind of gear Trent Palmer has but as any ideal solution it is expensive...
    My recommendation is to  REMOVE the merciless safety cable to avoid having it cut the seat struss in 2 and replace it by a tight bungee between right and left leg. I know, incomprehensible as explanation so here is a picture. You can use any heavy duty bungee cord, the stiffer the better actually. In the beginning of the deflection (ie normal landing) there  will be little tention on the horisontal bungee. Only at bad landings, great deflection, will the bungee enter in action (and save both prop and seat struss). 
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  11. FredStork added a post in a topic 1st flt Avid - impressions   

    So how do they say this... If it ain't broke, don't fix it...?
    Not all planes are alike. The Avid Flyer takes a lot of footwork and some getting used to but it has a very sane behaviour. While no one will say it is the easiest plane to fly with clean turns there are no real traps to fall into. 
    But it takes a little time to fully appreciate (well, that was actually very fast) and master (takes a little longer).
    Get some airtime before deciding what to change, if not you might not improve your plane but degrade it. By degrading I could mean just that (depending of what you used to fly before...) or change characteristics of the plane that you with more experience would have appreciated (or no longer noticed).
    I changed to the the F7A bell cranks, they have a positive impact but do not transform the plane (it still need an active pilot - luckily as that is one thing I like about it...). With just the F7A mod you do not have to disconnect anything when folding the wings.
    Regards
    Fred  
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  12. FredStork added a post in a topic Control Column Chaos   

    Hi Randy! 
    I don't say this is the problem but I noticed a difference between your and my setup. Compare your second last photo with this one:
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  13. FredStork added a post in a topic kitfox bungee close to failure at factory crimp   

    Try this post...
    http://www.avidfoxflyers.com/index.php?/topic/3792-landing-gear-bungee-replacement/&do=findComment&comment=35787
    The result look like on the photo - very easy to both make and install...
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  14. FredStork added a post in a topic An Electronics "Must-Have"   

    So true... talking from first hand experience - I had an MGB with a Lucas ignition system a very long time ago...
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  15. FredStork added a post in a topic Luga Propellers   

    that was my thought - if my wife ever find out what it cost... 
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  16. FredStork added a post in a topic Luga Propellers   

    Order placed for a Scimitar SL107 3 blade...
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  17. FredStork added a post in a topic 26” bushwheel ?   

    correct, but I'm pretty sure there is more than one knowing Trent on this list that can get the info if needed... 
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  18. FredStork added a post in a topic 26” bushwheel ?   

    Trent Palmer mention someone who can mend used bushwheels in this video https://youtu.be/C5gFvqi6bBs
    Fred
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  19. FredStork added a post in a topic Luga Propellers   

    Any updates or second thoughts on the Luga/Kool- or-whatever-they-are-called-today props before I place my order?
    It looks like I will be going for a Scimitar SL107-1820 3 blade (with the actual diameter of 1840...).
    620 euro including shipping and hub... I think I will be able to reuse my current spinner that I have for my Warp Drive...
    Go, no-go?
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  20. FredStork added a post in a topic Kitfox SS tailwheel selection   

    I changed from the stone hard Maule tailwheel to a Matco 6" pneumatic tailwheel. I was limited to 6" as I reused the Maule fork (I appear to be one of the few actually liking the Maule mechanism - maybe I'm just lucky...). If I had to change today I think I would go with the wide 8" kit http://www.matcomfg.com/TAILWHEEL8PNEUWIDE-idv-3690-13.html 
    But whatever you do, go for pneumatic !
    Regards
    Fred
     
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  21. FredStork added a post in a topic Steven Freyone   

    I will be in Sevilla May 1st-15th but unfortunately I'll not have a car, otherwise it would have been nice to come and see your plane. You have it in a very beautiful area. Maybe next time I come to Sevilla...
    Fred
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  22. FredStork added a post in a topic Steven Freyone   

    Hi Steven, welcome to the group!
    Interesting, I have never heard about Flymaster TSA 10 before. Do you have more information? When was it built, do Flymaster still exist... Find photos but nothing else on ghe web. 
    Wher are you based?
    regards
    Fred
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  23. FredStork added a post in a topic Triangle Side Windows   

    This is what I found in my rebuild photo folder... there is nothing really complicated with the triangle window. In mine it was a fiber glass frame that you cover and fold the tissue/oratex around... On the right sided window, upper left corner (ok, triangle, upper corner...) you see the the corner of the uncovered fiber glass frame. You can make the frame in any thin material that is easy to cover.
    Hope it helps...
    Fred

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  24. FredStork added a post in a topic Skis installed   

    Thanks... I did share it here in the forum first - as always, you are my prime audience! 
    http://www.avidfoxflyers.com/index.php?/topic/3880-freds-films/&page=2#comment-52475 
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  25. FredStork added a post in a topic Skis installed   

    Have fun in the snow!
    How do you have it floating in the air like that in your workshop, black magic? Looks very convenient when changing from wheels to skis... 
    I'm soon about to take off my skis, the snow is melting fast here in France
    Fred
     
     
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