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    dual mechanical brake lever?

    Not to drag this thread off topic, but I'd be interested in more information on tying the rudder pedals into a single handbrake lever. It sounds like that might be a way to put brakes in a dual control aircraft while saving some weight vs dual brake pedals.
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    T&F Fabrication Practice Jig

    For the end I just crushed it in a vice, tacked the nail in, hammered the end to final size, and finish welded it. Welding a big chunk of steel to really thin tube seemed like a good test of my heat control. I've seen welding fingers/third hands made from all kinds of materials. Two examples...
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    T&F Fabrication Practice Jig

    Just wanted to chime in and say I'm watching this with great interest. As soon as I finish up my wings I'll need to practice my gas welding and start in on welding the tail of my Jr Ace. Made this up to help hold things in place for welding. Interesting welding practice and a useful tool. Mine...
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    In the last video Peter had his phone on the panel; I believe I have the same app, and it only reads in MPH. Likewise his overlay on the footage calls out MPH. And, alhough it's a bit hard to see in a small video, the airspeed indicator flags his airspeed as "kts" and was reading something...
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    Adjustable rudder pedals?

    I saw a rather "clever" solution to adjustable rudder pedals in a Link Trainer. They have the rudder pedals for tallish pilots, and a second set that folds up and clips to the control cables for shorter pilots. I have a picture here somewhere, hang on. -rummages around- Yeah, here it is. The...
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    Economical Canopy Covers

    Look, a topic I know a little something about! A friend and I do canvas work for boats and the occasional upholstery job. We use Sunbrella canvas because it is water-resistant (not quite waterproof) UV stabilized, and the industry standard. You want to be sure to use UV stabilized Polyester...
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    Ragwing RW1 Ultra Piet

    I'm curious about the "All parts beyond this point are not airworthy" notation on the floor. What's the story with that?
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I decided to compile a short list of features from the website that are not on the aircraft. These are only the ones I've seen so far. -Carbon fiber engine mount instead of steel tube -Automatic deicing/engine cooling in wing skins -All pushrod controls in the wings instead of cables -Internal...
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    The Sasquatch Flying Club

    My dad and I are both 6'2 with size 15 feet, both under 200. We went to visit Bill Woods and sit in a bunch of Aces. We just managed to cram ourselves into a Jr Ace. Couldn't fit in one Baby, did okay in another. It seems that people (short people) love extending the panel DOWN past the...
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    While we're getting bored with Raptor, here's a new one to critique...

    Looks a lot like what the Defender would be if it flew.
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    First attempt at design for electric delta pusher

    I'm no engineer or anything, but 70KG sounds extremely light for a man-carrying aircraft. Particularly one that will be fully-skinned. Curious to see where this goes, though.
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    Interesting view from the cockpit. There are two springs, one either side of the cockpit, stretched around something. What are they? They look like they might be spar-retaining pins?
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    Cheap aircraft are simply impossible? :(

    A bit of advice I've heard and read from multiple sources: Don't build an airplane because you want an airplane, there are cheaper and faster ways to get in the air. Build an airplane because you want to build an airplane. I don't know if that's true for everyone, but I'm definitely someone who...
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    Provocative Places to Unfold My Wings

    I'll bet if you found a classic car type "cruise-in" there would be some people there very interested in a little airplane you can trailer around. I attended Sun-N-Fun for the first time this year and I can see why one might not want to be there. There is a lot to take in and it can be a real...
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    Cheap aircraft are simply impossible? :(

    I thought it was interesting, I was reading an article from Flying magazine earlier today. I'm not certain the age of the article as I found it in an archive online, but it was saying that in the 60's a homebuilt aircraft took an average of 3000hrs to build and cost an average of $10,000 to...