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  1. briankbski added a post in a topic Step 2, Build Magnum!!   

    WOW ... LOOKING AWESOME.  THANK YOU for sharing the photos.  Very inspirational and motivational.  Helps the rest of us who are building / modifing and repairing  focused and on track.   Can't wait to see future updates.   Two thumbs up.
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  2. briankbski added a post in a topic My new Avid Magnum Tricycle   

    Hello dholly
    Nope, not a word from the buyer of my Catalina.  I should have held on to that bird ... it was in perfect shape.  ALL the bits and pieces were there.
    Same here,  I'd offer him $1,000 more than he paid me just to buy it back.  Duh ... live and learn i guess.  No worries, my energies and focus is getting my private pilot licence and the Magnum flying ... that will be FUN!   I still have the building BUG ... I want to build and fly a plane so for now the Airdale stays safe in storage.  Most likely I'll keep working on it slowly as I learn to fly the Magnum.
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  3. briankbski added a post in a topic My new Avid Magnum Tricycle   

    Hello Gang
    Laurent - Yes, I need to get those braces made.  The leading edge tube was temporarily braced when it was transported.   The entire plane was put in shrink wrap and put on a flat bet trailer and brought up from Arizona.
    LOVE your Catalina.  I wish I didn't sell my Catalina kit (s/n 148 AB), still kicking myself for that decision.  I should have just put it in storage in the Garage.  YES, if I ever get out to BC I will look you up.  Love to check out the Catalina.  The last time I emailed Casey Curtis (a few years ago) he said he had another complete Catalina kit in a storage container, I think I have a picture of it ... hmmmm ... maybe I can get my hands on another kit? lol    I believe he said it was kit s/n 174, apparently the last Catalina kit Avid produced.
    Barry -  THANK YOU, I agree, GREAT looking Magnum.
    TJay - LOL that is only a small amount of lockstone.  Over the past 3 summers I've gone through 14 pallets of pavers plus made 3 raised flower beds.  Preped all the ground, hauled all the gravel and sand and cut every single stone that needed cutting.   What you see there is for the end of the patio and the sidewalk on the East side of the house.  That will be the last of the lockstone and next springs project.
    Over the winter I am focusing on getting the final inspection from MD-RA done on the Magnum.   For now she is safe and sound all folded up and out of the elements in the Garage at work.  Also, hoping to start flying lessons over the winter / spring ... just waiting on the flight school to open.  They said soon.
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  4. briankbski added a post in a topic BIG NEWS: Avid is BACK IN BUSINESS!   

    Ditto ... CONGRATULATIONS and Best Wishes on a very successful business.  Mark, looks like you already have a number of people looking for bits and pieces.
    Let me add my name to that list.  As soon as you are up and running please let us know.  I will be looking for 
    1 heavy hauler complete wing kit
    1 Left and 1 Right 14 gallon Fuel tank for Speed Wings.
    1 Left and 1 Right fiberglass Magnum butt rib (the one that attaches to the fuselage NOT the wing.
    Again, CONGRATULATIONS  : )  
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  5. briankbski added a topic in Avid Magnum   

    My new Avid Magnum Tricycle
    Hello Everyone
    Just want to let everyone know I am the proud new owner of an Avid Magnum.  I picked up this Magnum in August 2017.  It was originally in Nogales Arizona.  It is now in Beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada.  Just waiting on getting it inspected by MD-RA  Ministers Delegate Recreational Aircraft.  I got clearance and approval prior to importing but still need it inspected.  Then ... flying lessons and the adventures will begin.  It is currently in a tricycle configuration but can be changed to tail dragger.  14 gallon inboard wing tanks plus optional 5 gallon wing tip fuel tanks ... total + 38 gallons.  I have a set of Avid skis ... just need a nice set of amphibious flaots ... hopefully that will happen in the not to distant future.   I think I will install a BRS as well.
    This was one of the two Avid Magnum factory demonstrators s/n 04M this one was set up to show case the tricycle configuration.  The other Avid factory demonstrator was blue and silver and was in tail dragger set up.
    0-360 160 hp lycoming
    Will keep ya all posted once my flying lessons start.
    Enjoy the photos.  : )

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  6. briankbski added a post in a topic Step 2, Build Magnum!!   

    SaWeeeet  ALWAYS EXCITING watching a project come to life.  Looking forward to your future posts.
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  7. briankbski added a post in a topic Big collection of Avid parts in Idaho   

    I would like to buy the Speedwing fuel tanks if you still have them.
    I Look forward to your reply.
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  8. briankbski added a post in a topic Big collection of Avid parts in Idaho   

    Do you still have the Speed Wing Tanks?  I am interested in both.
    Look forward to your reply.
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  9. briankbski added a post in a topic Drooped tips   

    If you still have these I would like purchase them.  Can you email me?  Are these for An Avid or a Kitfox?
    Look forward to your reply.
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  10. briankbski added a post in a topic AVID Flyer Belly Cargo Pod   

    DITTO  any word on cost and possible delivery?  Add me to the list, I would like one,
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  11. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Not a bad weekend.  I found some time to work on the Airdale.  Well, she is looking naked and sexy ... I stripped off ALL the fabric from the fuselage.  Engine, engine mount and firewall off.  Next up is the removal of all the control cables, push rods and foot pedals.  Then the rebuilding begins.  : )   The photos were take before I finished all the work today.  Tomorrow I will pick up some MEK ... apparently, that is what I will need to clean up the light residue on some of the steel tubing.

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  12. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Cool, thank you Paul for the gas tank sealer tip.  I will look into it.  I really want this project to last so anything I can do to extend the life of all parts is great.  One of the reasons I will be removing the fabric.  I want to make sure the fuselage is in mint condition before covering and painting.
    Agreed, I think the Airdale is an awesome plane as well.  Soooo, much more room in it than an Avid Mark lV.  : )
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  13. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Sure, no problem ... what measurements do you need?
    Yes, regarding the wheel pants ... I think ... I have two wheel pants.  I will double check but it looks like I have an left and right.  One is factory new, untouch, just smooth fiberglass, not even a white gel coat.  The other one is white and has been trimmed and mounting holes drilled.  
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  14. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Cool,  I will ... Thanks Ed.  
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  15. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Hey Randy
    The fuselage (steel frame) needs a little work, the fabric seems OK??? ... although I am not an expert by any means.  Hopefully, this weekend I will get some photos of the fuselage and misc parts and post them.  Some parts have a little "tarnish" /  what seems to be "surface rust".  Since my plan is to keep this bird for a LOOOOOOOG time I would to make sure it lasts.
    This may sound a bit odd but I REALLY want this bird to look as good as it will fly ... so, a ground up restoration seems like the way to go.  The heritage of this particular plane is kinda cool ... originally owned by John Larsen (designer) ... so i thought I would give it the attention it deserves.   Also, a bit of personal pride ... I would like to honestly say ... I assembled this kit, every part (except the wings).  Just one of my "bucket list" things to do.  Build (assemble) a plane and fly it!  The good news, the wings are built so that will save a lot of time.  One drag tube needs replacing in the left wing and I would like to replace the Right side fuel tank.  Want to also get cosmetic flapperon plastic end caps and a few other misc. items.  Already spoke to Dave? at Kitfox.  I am just getting him the information he requires so I can get the correct parts ordered.  Any other suppliers I should be looking at for parts?
    Can you say PUMPED caused I am REALLY PUMPED to get into this project.  Some people look at it and have said "WOW, that looks like a lot of work".  I look at it and think "WOW ... this is going to be a lot of FUN!"
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