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About Av8r3400

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  • Birthday 01/31/1971

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  1. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic lights   

    I've been running the Vision X lights on a Crazed Pilot controller in all three modes, wig-wag, strobe and continuously since the Mangy has been flying.
    The controller has worked flawlessly.
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  2. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic New Play Toys   

    Pretty sweet, Paul...
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  3. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic WINGS ON EBAY (???)   

    Determined on TKF they are for a Catalina...
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  4. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Bad Landing, Failed Landing Gear, Missed Inspection?   

    First, I'm glad you're okay and the plane is mostly unhurt as well.
    Second, Grove is expensive, admitted, but IMO is worth it.    Very strong and less money than the "bush" gear options*.
    *Bush gear would need to include the "Monster" shocks in order to be considered, again IMO.
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  5. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic WINGS ON EBAY (???)   

    These were posted on TeamKitfox a while back as Kitfox IV wings.  They definitely are NOT Kitfox. 
    Those are Avid flapperons and the hangars (rib tails) and wing tips make them Avid for sure.
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  6. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic wing tank replacement   

    When I got my new tanks from Kitfox, I rinsed them with ascetone then with E85 garbage fuel.  I used about a gallon of each PER TANK.  I collected the waste rince and inspected it for any forign matter or discoloration. 
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  7. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic What was i smoking?   

    I saw a similar (the same?) system to the one shown on the Savage mounted on a Highlander at OSH this year.  I'd like to see the "trailing arms" longer than what's shown.
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  8. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Happy Veterans Day!   

    Counting down the days!  Then on to the next adventure!!
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  9. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic lights   

    It's possible there is an HID version, but the ones Leni and I have are LED. 
    To expand, my installation is hampered by the placement of the light fixture being more aft on the wing chord than optimum, decreasing the beam efficiency.   If I were able to surface mount the lights, they may work better as a landing light.  
    My lights:  Link
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  10. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic lights   

    I also have the VisionX lights.  They are very bright LED lights.  High quality stuff, but IMO still not bright enough to be landing lights.  They make excellent recognition lights, with the Crazed Pilot wig-wag controller. 
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  11. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic MKIV 912 Swap   

    Paul has ran his plane (80 hp, no oil cooler and Ivo IFA) in our area (northern Wisconsin) for 10 years and only discovered the cooling issue while we were out in Idaho with the 100 degree heat and high altitude. 
    His planned mods will help for our next trip out there and make things even better here. 
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  12. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic MKIV 912 Swap   

    Joeys first photo is a friend of mine's Mk4.  He has discovered (on our trip to Idaho) that the cheek openings are too big and the prevent enough air from flowing through the chin radiator scoop.  
    He's reworking them smaller this winter and adding an oil cooler on a Kitfox mount just under the spinner with a scoop of its own that can be covered for cold ops. 
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  13. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Ivo props   

    In enrough air, I'd bet the ivo is flexing and warping the blades, causing the pitch to change. 
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  14. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Kitfox IV Cowl to Firewall Seal   

    Yes, that is the "flange" idea I was thinking of also.  How wide is what you are showing?
    Skygeek has the same stuff for $9/foot.
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  15. Av8r3400 added a topic in Technical tasks   

    Kitfox IV Cowl to Firewall Seal
    I'm looking for some fabrication ideas from the experts on the forum.  This may get a little long, so be warned...
    I am not the original builder of the Mangy Fox.  I am the re-bulder.  During the rebuild I fixed and reworked a lot of different problems with the plane.  One area where I just simply ran out of time was the firewall and cowling.  Both of these items really needed to be redone from scratch, but the clock was running out on me and I had to get the plane finished.  So here's my problem:
    The firewall does not seal to my cowling.  The fit is pretty terrible to be honest.  I thought I could overcome this issue by using silicone baffling flap material to make a seal covering the difference.  Well that didn't work worth a darn, so I'm back to the drawing board.
    In a long enough timeline, I want to completely redo the firewall forward on this plane with a new design engine mount and cowling.  Something following the design of the model 7SS type FWF.  I have room in the weight and balance to do this, but I'm not to the point of doing it just yet, so this will just be phase two of the bandaid.

    There is a crescent shaped gap between the top curved portion of the firewall and the cowl.  I started making a female template today of the outside of the installed cowl in order to get the shape and curve correct (or at least closer).  I plan on using this template to make a sheetmetal crescent to attach to the top of the firewall.  To the edge of this crescent I would like to attach a flange so that a "bulb seal" like this can be added to really seal the firewall to the cowl. 
    I'd like some opinions on this idea from the experts here, if I'm on a good track or if there's a better way of accomplishing what I want to achieve.
    Fire away with what ever brainstorms you may have!
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