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  1. FritzW

    Oil Heated Intake

    Maybe 7' of tubing is what typical oil coolers have (I have no idea) but looking at the manifold wrap it seems like a long way to have to push oil, especially when it's cold. ....it must not be an issue
  2. FritzW

    &%%##^* Splines!!!

    ...it's embarrassing when you have to explain a joke The thread title is: &%%##^* Splines! Meaning something like "those darn splines" bmcj jokingly said that he googled "&%%##^* splines" but couldn't find any references (that's funny because he's implying that he thought "&%%##^*" was a...
  3. FritzW

    Flying wing as cheap and simple option for basic fun flying.

    A slightly bigger Pelican would make a good "Flying wing as a cheap and simple option for basic fun flying". Here's an old idea that I was playing a while back to see if it would fit in a 20' shipping container. It could be made to work but I think it could be a hassle.
  4. FritzW

    The Ranger, an easily built high wing LSA runabout

    The "plans" are just a CAD model (far more useful than traditional paper plans IF you know how to use them). >>>>> The CAD model and cutting files are done (done enough to build the airplane) even the STL files to print and/or CNC parts like the rudder tube bushings. ...that's what I used to...
  5. FritzW

    Flying Pancake aircraft for bush operations

    That would be great, thanks. I read that as "it was developed into a successful naval fighter prototype" not that it was a fighter prototype. >>>>>> When did it become a bad thing to talk about ideas on the HBA? I think the idea of a low AR STOL airplane would make an interesting...
  6. FritzW

    The Ranger, an easily built high wing LSA runabout

    This is where Erkki lives... This is where I live... He only gets 30 minutes of summer each year so he's motivated. ;)
  7. FritzW

    The Ranger, an easily built high wing LSA runabout

    1) Crashed an airplane in late February 2) Global pandemic in early March 3) Draconian, mandatory lock-down measures from a our criminally over-reacting, clueless state governor in mid-March 4) Trying to fix a crashed airplane during draconian, mandatory lock-down measures with the supply system...
  8. FritzW

    The Ranger, an easily built high wing LSA runabout

    Don't forget, the Ranger is just a wood version of the original tin CE...
  9. FritzW

    60 Years of Popular Mechanics saved from the dump

    I started dabbleing in the black art of celestial navigation back in the 80's. Over the years it's cost me a bunch of money and many thousands of hours but I've finally located my backyard to within a few thousand feet 🤣 <EDIT: ...but it's been a whole lotta fun>
  10. FritzW

    The Ranger, an easily built high wing LSA runabout

    That makes 3 of us that think that (if you count my Mom) <LOL> I'm just down the road in Las Cruces, next time your in the neighborhood stop by and check it out. I just noticed I haven't updated the Ranger build log since October! ...it's been a crazy few few months
  11. FritzW

    The Ranger, an easily built high wing LSA runabout

    No plans, just an unfinished computer model. IMO full 3D models are much better than traditional plans for scratch building (or kit building for that matter). >>> I don't see how that would enhance anything??? >>> Yep. It ties the main gear, tailwheel, seat and wing pylon together. I...
  12. FritzW

    Volksplane wing question.

    Not that I know of. Find a local wood airplane guy to go with you, maybe someone in the local EAA chapter or one of us HBA guys with wood homebuilt experience. Where are you located? Take a good look at the wing tips to see if they've been patched up from dragging a wing tip in a ground loop...
  13. FritzW

    Volksplane wing question.

    Getting in a VP-1 is very easy and the rear strut actually helps you get in. If you wanted to make it even easier you could put a step on the lower longeron right behind the trailing edge. If you converted a VP to V struts you'd be changing the load paths to something that no part of a VP...
  14. FritzW

    60 Years of Popular Mechanics saved from the dump

    We live in a smartphone world. You can have every issue of magazines like this on your phone and it's searchable, printable, etc. No one want's to invest 24 feet of shelf space for the paper version. The local library had these bound (coincidentally by a local EAA chapter guy who was a big...
  15. FritzW

    60 Years of Popular Mechanics saved from the dump

    I've already discovered that I can make hundreds of dollars in my spare time with a homemade backyard lumber mill and build a stylish weekender house boat that converts to an ice fishing house in the winter.
  16. FritzW

    60 Years of Popular Mechanics saved from the dump

    I manged to score every edition of Popular Mechanics from the 30's through the 90's that were headed to the dump today. ...why couldn't I have found these during all the covid nonsense when I needed something to read. ;) This is going to be fun...
  17. FritzW

    What could be done to reinvent the Affordaplane to a more homogeneous project?

    We're not that fancy ;( >>> P.S. our chapter pancake breakfast was a smashing success. People were glad to see life getting back to normal.
  18. FritzW

    Fritz plane nominations

    The material in the video is something like roof flashing. It wouldn't work (reasonably) with anything like what you'd need for VB's universal channel.
  19. FritzW

    What could be done to reinvent the Affordaplane to a more homogeneous project?

    I gave the program for our chapter meeting today (we've opened back up and we're re-starting our monthly pancake breakfast tomorrow). The program was on "the good, the bad and the ugly" of the Afford-A-Plane. I didn't get rotten tomatoes thrown at me like I thought I would. Everyone was pretty...
  20. FritzW

    Fritz plane nominations

    That's just a heavy duty version of an Aircraft Spruce flanging tool . They're okay for flanging a curve but not a straight bend. When you see tools like that making long stright bends it's in soft material. >>>> I'm not anti-metal bending, I'm all for it. But I've done enough of it to...
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