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    Nails backing out of spar? (merged with "spar varnish" thread)

    The Polyfiber manual prohibits using a heat gun for shrinking the fabric cause of lack of temp control etc. In a pinch, some have used one tho on a small area and very carefully; sneaking up on the tension you want. No of course I would never do that. Some have positioned a wet bathcloth or the...
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    Oshkosh 2020 Cancelled

    A certain kit seller friend who buys most of his raw goods from ACS says they're slammed. Busy as hell. Seems like being locked down prompted a buncha new projects.
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    Nails backing out of spar? (merged with "spar varnish" thread)

    14 ga is too big. You can go to 5/8" or even 3/4 but 3/4 may be too long for some areas like into the edge of 1/4 nose ribs. I don't disagree with VB. I've had a drag wire attach fitting fail during aerobatics in an Acrosport. There was a sudden change in aileron rig and looking out at the wing...
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    Nails backing out of spar? (merged with "spar varnish" thread)

    well... found my Baby Ace Model D plans. Drawing 801 They call for a nail every 1" along the leading edge of each rib and a nail along the spar top every 2". Also a nail every 3/4" along the LE nose block. Calls for the outer section to be installed first and a 1/2" lap joint as the sections are...
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    Nails backing out of spar? (merged with "spar varnish" thread)

    The AL leading edge is not normally glued on. The fabric serves no purpose in holding the AL leading edge on. It's not uncommon for leading edge nails to back out on AL leading edge aerobatic airplanes and since your plane has one nail per rib instead on one nail every 2" I would expect those...
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    Nails backing out of spar? (merged with "spar varnish" thread)

    My Baby Ace C model plans call for a 1/4x1/2 spruce nailer between the ribs. 020 T3 AL leading edge and 3/4 brass 20Ga aircraft nails. Spacing wasn't specified in my plans w/o digging in the text. You can just knock a starter hole in the AL with an ice pick and drive the nail thru that. Yeh just...
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    Aluminum Tube & Gusset Airbike / Legal Eagle / Parasol Thread

    BJC said If you want to analyze your indeterminate structure, look into the virtual work method. yeah. That's what I did. No worries now.
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    Mogas vs. 100LL?

    yeah TFF. I retired early, best thing I ever did. Knew most every panhandler in downtown OAK first name basis. Used to hang out with em down in front of McD's. Several x had a dollar handed to me...decided time to hang it up; must be lookin pretty bad.
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    Moved to the airport...finally!

    LOL I sold a couple of the local rednecks a 12x30 portable building. They showed up with a rigged pulp wood truck and managed to get it on there without tearing it up too bad. The thing was TALL. They were gonna go down the Istate...I asked if they had checked the overpass heights. The light...
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    Moved to the airport...finally!

    Congratulations. JB and I were hauling a fresh recovered PA12 wing to the airport. Put several boat cushions on the john boat seats and set it on top of those. Keeping it slow(we thought), I looked back and the wing was about a foot off the cushions! Yeah should have tied it down. I would have...
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    motor mount offset for "P" factor

    My RV8 factory mount had a noticeable amount of R offset when standing in the seat and looking down. Seemed excessive. And yeah, it turned out so...took very little R rudder in the climb and a lot when reducing power for the descent. On my planes that I built the mount for, I set it up zero...
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    Mogas vs. 100LL?

    Of course we're gonna fly the thing. In my experience, the major 121 carriers do a good job of attaining the "highest level of safety possible". But they still crash. We can minimize the risk, but not eliminate it.
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    Mogas vs. 100LL?

    Seems to me you repeatedly contradicted yourself in the second paragraph. There are definitley degrees of difficulty associated with flying EABs vs certified. There is no real standard for EAB flying characteristics but we can reasonably expect certain predictable responses in cert airplanes.
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    Mogas vs. 100LL?

    For my airplane and small engine use, I'll take E free anyday. It's always been worth it to me...I don't burn enough to make it matter. Put blue stabil in it and run the carb dry on shutdown and I rarely have a problem. In the quantities I buy, it may be here 5 or 6 months before I pull the tank...
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    $10 gallon Avgas

    Yeah that happened back during one of the fuel crunches...I forget which one. They don't mean much now. Anyway, I bought a cherry Apache with low time remans, low AF time...not a trainer...a corporate and photography plane. Nice. Paid 13K for it; flew it 300 hours in 3 years; some dude at some...
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