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    Printing Plans

    Yes -- I've found that the copy/scanning process can be as much as 2%-5% off, although 1%-2% (smaller) seems more usual in my experience -- usually noted when you try to make a spare copy of the rib-template for rib-building... I just go back and have `em run another at 102% (or whatever) on the...
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    Scanning Old Plans

    I use Staples, they routinely do this stuff (construction drawings in a gazillion sizes) in my area -- usually I just make extra copies of the rib template, and then a PDF so I can load in my shop-laptop... then I can enlarge the view for whatever I'm trying to mutilate at the moment... But have...
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    Biplane Forum

    Yep, there is the occasional carping about a fee of course -- but they aren't the only ones -- I belong to several forums that either charge a fee or you must be a registered/owner/plans/kit-purchaser to subscribe... generally they seem to be the most active with tangible information -- more...
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    Propeller Under the Bed-Book Review

    Rainy weekend, so I finally opened this book -- shame on me for waiting so long. I don't have anything to add that other commentators haven't already said here and on Amazon, but if the reader genuinely lives and breathes airplanes, especially the kind that are dreamed of, sketched-up, designed...
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    Shrinking down a two seater

    Yep -- been there, did that… over the past half-decade or so I’ve had as many as three (and once, four) aero-plane projects all vying for my shop-time at the same time (and of course I accomplished very little except to buy some novel and fascinating tools, burn moderate amounts of...
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    Shrinking down a two seater

    Scrapper; For different reasons I've pondered the same thing from time to time -- more based on a W8 than a Buttercup, but at least one builder has done it successfully... I've got a Cougar fuselage in my shop that I've thought about narrowing (yeah, I know all the graduate engineers are...
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    Some hard working people that builds this country, True Americans.

    Yep – in recent years so many of us have become desk-jockeys (of one variation or another) that we forget some crucial professions just don’t have a <ctrl><alt><del> in their handbook. Thanks for the reminder…
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    Lost art of technical drawing / drafting

    Well, actually some have – there is no doubt that CAD and associated techno-gizmos have brought many attractive refinements to the whole process – especially at the commercial/production level. And a modern (low-cost) home CAD can probably replace the whole two rooms of dozens of draftsmen...
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    Wanted Hannaford Model D-1 PLANS (Rose Parrakeet)

    These would apparently be D-sized if anyone has a lead on them... Thanks...
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    most concerning LS3 conversion issues?

    You might scout around for notes on Ben Haas' STOL CH 801 -- Ford power, but was a pretty well-known conversion -- haven't heard much about it recently, but there used to be YouTube clips as well...
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    Future of aviation/auto gasoline?

    At least in our area 91 octane car-gas is readily available, 93 less so… but if you hunt a bit you can find either in ethanol free or ethanol impregnated, then you can haul it to the airport. Notwithstanding the lower BTU rating, I don’t mind running the 10% ethanol (either) as almost any...
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    Sealing the wooden airframe......

    This is a process that I've never been clear on -- do you pre-varnish all the components (except the aforementioned joining/gluing/epoxying surfaces) or do you wait until full assembled... I had a fully build (wood portions) Buttercup wings at the raw-wood, but otherwise done, and was never sure...
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    1/2 VW twin?

    Twins often have a certain appeal (I used to lust after a Derringer -- oomph...), but in that size aircraft I suspect it would be more visual that anything else. Unless one was very careful, you’d have an aircraft that was fully underpowered in all flight modes and the second power was...
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    EFIS & EIS on tablet split screen.....

    Yep, I've played all sorts of "what-if" games and have acquired enough instrumentation for any two VFR birds, but the MGL Flight 2 and E1 probably provide as much or more info than the light-VFR pilot needs for cockpit distractions. When my project is completed in another century or two, or...
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    Adventures in Cub building

    Toe (front), none (rear)... several more inches to play with width-wise; but then of course it wouldn't be a Cub...
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