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Bummer about the battery, but better now then when in the air.  Plane looks very nice in the pictures.  I looked at your landing gear, and can see that it uses bungees instead of springs.  I had thought bungees might be better as they would be more adjustable (another wrap if needed) and lighter.  Did someone make the gear for you or do you have plans for the bungees instead of springs?  Thanks,  Jim Chuk

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The main gear legs and bungee struts are from Ridge Runner. I made the cabane from scratch. It would be a piece of cake to make bungee struts for the factory bush gear that Brett and others sell if someone wanted to convert from the springs. This gear also sits 10" wider than Bretts. its awesome on ground handling.

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Like your paint job! You will love the wide gear! Just remember to add a little power on flare out.

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Looks great - Now how about getting that FOD, or your beer can, off of the tarmac!   Photos don't lie, but you can always say that it's a removable  parking marker! 

EDMO

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Ed, thats the battery It landed there when I quickly removed it from the plane while it was still smoking, It stayed hot for several hours even after being soaked in water. it was still warm the next morning. I think it was having some sort of chemical reaction still.

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Glad the battery situation didn't have more serious consequences.

 

The airplane looks great. I think I said it before somewhere, but I hope I can build an airplane that looks that nice eventually. Nice job!

 

Luke D.

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I guess L-batteries are like resistors - they are full of smoke - if the smoke gets out, then they are HOT-FOD!

EDMO

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Luke- thanks this is my first build with little to no experience with most of the different processes and not the greatest tool selection so if I can do it I believe anyone can best secret I can give is to just be patient and don't lower your standards just to get done a little quicker. thats also probably the hardest part. I'm sure yours will be great.

 

Ed- I think all electronics are like that right. they work off the magic smoke and if it gets out there is nothing left to make it work. :)

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Robert,

    for some reason, probably my fault, my question to you did not post.

I asked, do you have a charging system on your engine with your pull start?

EdMO

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I sure like your plane.  You probably mentioned your extended strake to the VS, it looks nice. 

 

Sure glade you got the battery out without damage.  I remember reading in KP or SA a few years ago about a guy who lost his newly completed biplane during taxi testing when the jumper battery he was using tipped over and shorted out.  It burnt the beautiful plane to a crisp.

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Hey High country;

 

that´s a real good looking plane good job! I guess you are going to make a cover for the bungees? I believe it will be coated with 2 stroke oil as soon as you start flying regularly... Also the original Avid cowling looks very nice without that side radiator.

 

Regards

Dimi3

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One of the better looking Avids I have ever seen!!

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Thanks for the compliments its been quite the trip building and we've had lots of help from you guys and friends here locally. 

 

Wolverine- yes I do plan to wrap the bungees in the future but I'm to the point that I just want to get it in the air and finish up the little things later. I'm trying to decide if i just want to make the fabric ones that Velcro on or to make nice aluminum ones that are faired like Just used on the Escapade 

 

With some help from the club we got the Weight and Balance done last week. came in at an empty weight of 527 Lbs.   left main= 241 right main= 239 Tail wheel= 47

 

We have been fighting with the FAA since April on the registration and finally got the paperwork last week grrr. anyways the rest of the paperwork has been submitted to my DAR and we are hoping for an inspection later this week :) I will give some PIREPs once we get in the air. cant wait

 

-Robert-

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2 years 10 months and we finally have our pink slip. hoping to make first flights on Tuesday :)

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Congrats!  Great looking couple, and the plane is pretty sharp too!

Mark

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congratulation, looks like a proud owners; bet you could´t stop smiling!

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She looks mighty fine.   :blush:

 

 

 

 

 

(and the plane ain't bad either.)

Edited by Av8r3400

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Looks great! I'm standing by to see the test flight reports. That has to be a great feeling to have it ready to go finally.

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Congrats! Standing by for that flight report!

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Congratulations! I really like those pictures earlier in this thread of the plane right in front of the hangar. It looks like it's ready to jump into the air. Also looking forward to hearing how the first flights go.

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Congrats your bird has everything I've wanted to do to mine over the years. Better to do it now and then enjoy it. It's much harder to go out to the hangar and tear into your plane when you can go and fly it instead. Don't know what your experience level is so I will just say this. When everything is right and it's time pour the coals to it and just takeoff. I've seen or heard of way too many people tearing up new planes from screwing around on the ground with them.

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I met the 2nd owner of this plane in Idaho back in June and checked it out. It was as impressive in person as the build thread was. It was recently for sale on barnstormers. After a few phone calls to hook them up, a good military vet friend of mine just bought it. One big question I have is on all the extended speed wings I've seen with the short flaperons they extend the tube out of the fuse and attach the flaperon to the most outboard rib. On this one he did the opposite so the flaperon ends 3ft from the wing tip. Does anybody have any input on aerodynamically what the differences would be? 

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I met the 2nd owner of this plane in Idaho back in June and checked it out. It was as impressive in person as the build thread was. It was recently for sale on barnstormers. After a few phone calls to hook them up, a good military vet friend of mine just bought it. One big question I have is on all the extended speed wings I've seen with the short flaperons they extend the tube out of the fuse and attach the flaperon to the most outboard rib. On this one he did the opposite so the flaperon ends 3ft from the wing tip. Does anybody have any input on aerodynamically what the differences would be? 

I think Nick and I just answered this on another of your posts - Bottom line:  Ailerons are more effective on outer 1/3 of wing.  To quote Nick, "These do not have the leverage that the more outboard flaperons would have".  EDMO

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