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About japowell

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  • Birthday 11/29/1947

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Central Ohio
  • Interests Flying, old cars, grandchildren, boating

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  1. japowell added a post in a topic Confused?   

    Thanks guys.  I removed the lower tube and installed one like Jim shows in his photo. I also installed standoffs to widen it 4".  I think I'll do as Jim said and cut a couple of inches off.  Looks too wide at 4.  I am making templates for the gusset now and will weld those in tomorrow.  
    Nlappas, I am 5'10" tall but at 71 not real flexible as before.  Only passenger would be the wife or the grand kids. So if I don't need to lengthen it I wont.  I have a Kolb also but it is too small for passengers.  I plan on using 1/2" 6061 tube down the sides instead of the wood stringers.  
    Thanks to all,
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  2. japowell added a post in a topic Confused?   

    Thanks Jim.  After looking at the way you did your's I think it will be easy to do thank.  Are you using a lawn mower battery or something heavier?  I am going out to the shop today to start on the widening of the fuselage.  I have the A model.  Can it be widened three inches per side or is that too wide?
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  3. japowell added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    After reading everything I can find on the forum, I have pretty much decided to go with the upside down 582.  I am going to widen the fuselage as Jim has shown in his posts.  I am still confused as to whether or not I need to stretch the fuselage?  I finished building the extended aerobat and I now have the fuselage set up in the shop and I am ready to modify it as is needed.  I guess after reading all the info on here and other sites, I am on info over load.  I am going to add the gussets and strengthening that Jim and Tjay has posted about but is lengthening the fuselage necessary? Longer gear legs? I did enlarge the rudder and elevator,  I'm just confused about the rest.
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  4. japowell added a post in a topic AVID C ready for registration, need drawings   

    Nice looking bird.  I read comments on here about stretching the early Avids.  I am getting ready to do that to my model a.  Does anybody have any pics of them doing this?  If so, I think the group would like to see somee.  I know I would.
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  5. japowell added a post in a topic STILL HAVE SOME MKIV PARTS   

    Whatcha got left?
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  6. japowell added a post in a topic New Airport is open   

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  7. japowell added a post in a topic Cutting off the motor mount   

    Don't know guys.  Still kicking it around.  If I don't go with a soob the I wouldn't need to stretch the fuselage, just widen it.  I know challengers run the engine inverted with no problems.  How does the 582 perform on the A?
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  8. japowell added a post in a topic Cutting off the motor mount   

    I don't like the thought of mounting the engine upside down.  I am going to stretch and widen the mod a and hopefully add a soobie, at least that's what I am trying to do over the winter.
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  9. japowell added a post in a topic Parting out Kitfox II   

    Do you still have the seat?  If so how much?
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  10. japowell added a post in a topic Avid MK4 braking effect   

    Just watched the video.  Seems to work okay. I bought mine from Black Max brakes.  Both master cylinders and levers are mounted together.  Roll your hand left for the left turn and roll your hand right for a right turn, pull both for full stop.   No switch,  all mechanical. I'm going to mount it on the right side of the seat just behind the throttle.  Simple. 
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  11. japowell added a post in a topic Avid MK4 braking effect   

    I have two master cylinders and two levers.  It is easy to either use differential braking or both at once.
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  12. japowell added a post in a topic Avid MK4 braking effect   

    Has anybody installed a hand brake system?  I bought one for my FSII and didn't use it, I thought I would put it in my Avid. There is a guy in Tenn. that has that system in his Kolb MK III and loves it.  The control levers are located beside the seat next to the throttle. 
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  13. japowell added a post in a topic Greeting from Ohio   

    I remember you.  I was wondering if you picked up that project.  Congrats, you wiil have a blast.  If you need any help getting all of your paper work together let me know and I'll show you how.  I would love to come down and take a look at your project.  I bought one from Indy but I got no drawings or manuals. Did you get drawings and a construction manual?  Give me a call and I'll stop by.
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  14. japowell added a post in a topic Fuselage Reinforcement   

    Jim I have been looking at everything I can online for beefing up the air frames on the Avid early models.  As you know, mine is an A model and has the aerobat extended wings.    I plan on doing all of the strengthening of my frame that you have.  Did you add larger carry thru tubes or did you just install gusset plates?  Also by and the extensions to the side of the cockpit to widen it, did it add width to the inside for seating or was that just for more shoulder room?
    I see a lot of gross weights posted for these little planes and I really don't know which one applies to mine.  I have the aerobat wings with the .083 wall tubing.  It has the 1" struts.  If I add all of the gussets and strengthening that you added, what would my gross weight possibly be?  
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  15. japowell added a topic in Avid and Kitfox parts Suppliers   

    Anybody know where I can purchase a set of flaperons for an Avid mod A aerobat extended wing.  Hinge mounts are 35.5" OC. 
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