Cloud Dancer

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  1. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Avid Trailer   

    I've been thinking about enclosing the trailer I made for my Avid Flyer. I want to keep it light and easy to tow. I found this company that makes soft tops for trailers in all sizes. It may be feasible to adapt something like this to a basic Avid/Kitfox trailer. It gives you some protection from the weather and keeps your airplane safe going down the road. Link here to a basic cover review.
    Link here to the actual company.
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  2. Cloud Dancer added a topic in Hangar Talk   

    Water injection to increase horsepower
    I ran across an interesting video with details why Germany had a faster fighter than the P51 Mustang. Link here for the video:
    If I had a turbo on my engine I'm sure I'd have to cobble together a system and try this. I'm thinking it also would work great for cooling an engine for descending with power reduced. A cheap Arduino to monitor engine temperature and pump water when needed to cool the engine and the system becomes automatic.
    Side note: I had a metal shop teacher in the 70's that had a turbo with water injection setup on his VW bug. It fascinated me that he could inject water to increase fuel economy. The same shop teacher built himself an impressive semi auto pistol. Teachers like that would never get hired now days. This was decades before automatic car starters were invented and this teacher took a wind up alarm clock and some switches and made a device to start his bug in the winter. He had a hard starting car so he set the gear train in the clock up to start his car every hour and run for 10 minutes. I loved this teacher.
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  3. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Setback   

    Has anyone designed hub extensions for that engine? I'm just curious because I've seen many hub extensions over the years for many brands of engines. Tons of them used on VW installs in homebuilts.
    It sounds like you got your work cut out for you. Chopping your cowl down and getting it to look right does sound like an even bigger problem than making a new mount.
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  4. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Vg"s on a kitfox 1 wing   

    Here's a link to a video on vortex generators on a Kitfox wing:
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  5. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic latest air vehicle (not really)   

    I've been following the man carrying drones for a long time. With redundant motors and electrical sub systems I'm sure we will be seeing them in the very near future in one shape or another.
    If your looking for something a little more on the wild side.
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    I'd have to win the lottery to own it but one can always dream.
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  6. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Setback   

    I'm curious as to why you want to move the engine ahead. Is this to use an existing cowl or to get your CG correct? I have not heard of any of these airplanes coming out tail heavy.
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  7. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Yeeehaaaa!!! New Gear is On!!!!   

    Wings level make the most sense, the wing area provides a spoiler effect with the tail down making the weight on the tail even greater when your dragging it down the road.
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  8. Cloud Dancer added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    I spotted a Kitfox clone for sale on craigslist.
    I don't know anything about it but someone on here may be interested.
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  9. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Need help identifying this pully   

    You can machine phenolic material but it stinks like hell. I made thousands of inserts for Square D electrical boxes years ago. It cuts easy and leaves a nice finish. If you can't find any the right size you can always put a chunk in a lathe and turn it. I used a cnc machine but you could take an ordinary piece of tool steel designed to fit in a lathe holder and profile grind a 1/2 round shape on one end. Then just plunge cut it into the phenolic to get your cable groove. Before we had cnc's we custom ground many form tools for inside and outside profiles on screw machines.
    I'm not sure if Sun & Fun has all the surplus aircraft parts vendors that the Oshkosh airshow has but if it does I'm sure someone on this list is going. Surplus phenolic pulleys are always available in the fly-mart at Oshkosh but that's a whole summer away.
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  10. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Avid Flyer Model C Seat   

    Anyone besides me ever ride in a Ford Trimotor? Cool airplane. Three things I remember most about riding in it.
    1. The seats inside are made of wicker.
    2. I didn't know they had airplanes that big without flaps and it gets by just fine without them.
    3. The yoke is attached to a big wooden stick that pivots on the floor.
    I think a wicker seat or a cane seat would be a light and breathable option in our airplanes. Very artistic as well as comfortable.Here's an old photo of the inside of a Trimotor. And here's a link to buy an original. I think the one for sale is a cockpit seat.
    Now that's thinking outside the box!

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  11. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Tail Wheel Swap to a Matco Pneumatic 8"   

    I've got a milling machine and carbide cutters for hole stretching but that stuff if even hard on carbide. My friend never owned a cutting torch but cut lots of steel with an old antique stick welder. He had an endless supply of welding rods in all sizes he had picked up at an estate sale for pennies. If he needed to cut steel or burn a hole in something he grabbed a rod out of his stack and turned up his welder as high as it would go. The welding rod don't seem to mind if it's hard or not. For those that have never seen this done or tried it, grab a piece of scrap steel sometime and give it a shot. Save those old welding rods that got wet and have the coating breaking off as they still work great for punching holes.
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  12. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Touch up paint   

    My grandfather was a sign painter. He could mix up any color under the sun and match it perfectly. A trick he taught me was to mix up the colors and paint a spot on a piece of scrap and let it dry before comparing the color. It will dry to a different color than what it appears wet. My grandfather was so good he knew what wet color he needed to get the dry color he was after but even he still did a sample spot to test it. Those Testers modellers paints do come in all colors but you can also get the three primary colors and mix any color you want. Plenty of color wheel charts to help you mix by on the web these days and even a few apps for your phone.
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  13. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Whelen Stobe not working   

    I agree to what's already been said on this topic. I'll add that if you take the cover off do not touch the bulb with your fingers. The oil from a finger print is enough to create a hot spot on the bulb and lead to premature failure. Kind of like the old halogen bulbs you need to clean them with alcohol to remove oil from finger prints. If you have voltage at the unit and it's still not flashing, listen for a high pitched whine from the high voltage section. Remember those cheap disposable cameras with flashes? That whine in those cameras is the flash section charging up and you can hear that if your under a specific age and still have most of your hearing. If you can hear the whine it's probably the bulbs burned out. If you can't hear the whine and there is power to your unit then the fault is in the high voltage section of the circuit.
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  14. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Need help identifying this pully   

    As thin as the area is around the failure point I don't think it would have survived if it would  have been machined out of steel. It needs more wall thickness. I'd be revamping it. My design considerations would include making it out of a material softer than the cable so it wears out before the cable. Give it plenty of wall thickness for the  material of choice. Include a cable retainer in the design to prevent it from jumping off track and binding. They seem to be pretty fond of those fiber compound pulleys in the aviation world. The material won't corrode because of a difference in metals like an aluminum pulley would. They are light and many come with a stainless steel cable retainer. I've got a lathe handy and plenty of plastics and aluminum so I might try making one if an off the shelf aviation grade pulley was not an option. Nylon holds up well under load too.
    I'm sure someone will chime in with a part number for you and a vendor.
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  15. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic What model is it?   

    The shipping alone cost far more than you paid! Great deal.. Those tail wheels alone are $180.00 bucks American.
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