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    Quote Originally Posted by lr27 View Post
    Also, you may want to pick designs that have a somewhat higher useful load, or at least consider more powerful engines.
    I'm getting a non-operatational 503 with the Poorgirl, that's probably about the highest rated engine I'll go... and just to be able to tow a primary glider, so I can start a free glider school, if it will do it. If not, oh well, I put up with overpriced Rotax parts or use my Cuyuna if I can rebuild that instead.

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    We have a whole field of front wheel cars my sister bought to get her to and from work over the years, that didn't last, and that nobody can fix. You open the hood and it's like looking at sardines packed in a can. No way to get a wrench in there. Forget it.

    I took the top end off a front wheel drive Ford Escort with an interference engine that had made crunchy popcorn bits out of the valves when I was driving it. Put it back together with new head and valves. Yeah, no kidding, me, I did that, fiddling with those tiny keepers and all. Took all the carbon off and everything, new gaskets, etc. It ran perfect again for all of 2 minutes and then one of the piston rods broke. There was no way in heck I was going to take out that engine and transmission to be able to come in from the underside to fix *that*. FORRR GETTTT ITT.

    The car is still sitting in my back yard collecting leaves :-( Still runs on 3 cylinders I imagine, but I don't dare drive it. Nice pristine interior, good body, nothing wrong with the rest of the car. Just like all the other front wheel cars parked in the field to rot.

    The car was given to me after it broke. I had half a mind to push the car down a hill through the front glass window of a Ford Dealership with a sign taped to the front window that read "Here's your interference engine back". Think I told this story on here before, so don't be surprised.

    If you don't know what an interference engine is, google it, you'll be appalled anyone could get away foisting such a thing on the public... basically if a rubber belt breaks, whatever of your valves are left in the way of the traveling pistons become crunchy parts (and apparently in my case fatally damaging your piston rods to boot). If it weren't for the catalytic converter and muffler, you'd literally have crunchy engine parts coming out your exhaust on your car when that rubber belt breaks. And rubber belts... break.

    So that's why I drive old, simple motorcycles. :-/ It's cold and it sucks in the winter but they keep me mobile and at least I can keep them running and fix them if they break.

    Anyway, this thread isn't about cars or motorcycles, it's a thread about me trying to scrounge together an airplane operation (a minimalist airplane and everything needed to support flying it, getting it to the airport, keeping it out of the weather, etc) from the grass roots ground up. I kept the title purposely vague and general for "all the other stuff you have to do that is not directly putting a rivet through a piece of aluminum" to get flying. Reality fights you every step of the way, at least it does me, whatever can go wrong does go wrong, and you have to overthrow reality to your will. Contest of wills, so to speak, how are you going to get brutal today to get one step closer to finished and flying with everything you need? A truck, a trailer, a hanger, a grass strip, an airplane, a flight simulator, tools, spare parts, whatever the bare minimum turns out to be for my plan, the whole kit and caboodle.

    Unless you got a fat checkbook, you need more than just an airplane to fly... and if you got a fat checkbook, why even bother, just buy an airline ticket and be happy. Because this... this is hell. Finish one headache, another one comes up you got to solve.

    This is my first airplane, and building airplanes don't come naturally to me... I'm not cut out for it and not really taking to it... so... it's a struggle :-/ I'd like to finish what I started though.

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    I watch *a lot* of flying videos, and it looks to me, like a pilot is constantly on pins and needles and not having fun at all... so I'm always asking myself, is this even going to be enjoyable when I finish it? Is it going to be worth all this freaking... work. I'm worried even if I do finish my plane, which is highly unlikely still at this point and a long shot, I'll fly it once and be like... well, that was scary as **** and that sucked, lets not do that... again. Or equally worse... that was boring, I took off, I flew around, I landed. *sigh*. Too much effort to drag the plane out to the airport on that big trailer and set up the wings and go through all that again. Do it a few times and just come to the conclusion it's not worth the trouble, or figure out someway to get my hands on some pole barn hanger affair next to a grass strip where I can just jump in and go. Then that's a whole 'nother thing I have to get :-/ Land. Hanger parts. Build hanger. I've been stockpiling tin and lumber and raw building material parts just in case I have to do that, whenever I get my hands on them.

    I watch videos of how people did it in the old days did it before WW2, like after the Great Depression, when they didn't have any money either and times were tough... yet they scrounged and built gliders and cobbled together airplanes and hangers from scratch... so I adopt their mentality.
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    Pretty sure that interference engines are not a requirement in front wheel drive cars. Also that timing belt failures are rare if the belt gets changed when it's supposed to. My wife had to get rid of an Escort that was so rusty there was no place to hang the brake lines any more.

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    Any OHV engine can have piston / valve interference if parts get in the wrong place at the wrong time. My Ranger Duratec engine has a timing chain driving the 2 overhead cams. The #4 piston still managed to smack both exhaust valves in that cylinder. And engines are removed and installed in FWD cars all the time. Not wanting to do it is not the same as impossible to do it.

    CG, I still see no reason why you could not have that UL flying in 30 days. It's an ultralight fercryinoutloud. Bolt on the engine, install a propeller, put sails on and it would be good to go. Do it "rat rod" style, no paint, see if you like it. It will be sad if you invest your life savings and find out you don't like the sport.

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    Re: Brutality Today

    I watch videos of how people did it in the old days did it before WW2, like after the Great Depression, when they didn't have any money either and times were tough... yet they scrounged and built gliders and cobbled together airplanes and hangers from scratch... so I adopt their mentality.
    Well, lessee: Benie Pietenpol built a hangar, laminated the arches, mixed and poured his own concrete for the floor, then built his plane all in the span of ~2yrs. He got his engine from a junkyard, converted it and bought the materials for the plane locally at the lumber yard.

    Steve Wittman started building one of his pre-depression era racers in the Spring and raced it at the Cleveland Air races later than same yr. Start to finish in just months......(I was at OSH during the moldless composite era and heard Wittman say he liked the composite birds but they just took too damn long to build. (Avg. build time was ~2 yrs.)).

    These guys built from scratch (was there any other way?) and both had a day job so they built in their "spare time" A day job back then was you work all day-daylight to dark.

    Power tools? Nah. Electricity? If you were lucky. Heat? A wood or coal stove. A/C? A-what? People back then were just badass tough.

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    Change the timing belts when you should do and you won't have a problem. It's a maintenance problem, not a design problem. There wree V6 OHV fords in the UK that had crunchy valve gear. they had a fibre timing gear which needed to be periodically replaced. Guess what, people 'saved money' by skipping that...
    Engines NEED maintenance. Yes, the newer ones have been designed to need less. But they all need something.

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    Re: Brutality Today

    A woman at work had a heart attack a month ago. She loves soda and hates anything resembling exercise. Despite being 15" shorter than me, she is heavier.

    She is 34.

    Scary?

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    Nobody does maintenance on anything until it fails, at least not on our farm, there is just too much to fix that is broken, than to have any time to do maintenance on that which is not yet broken. Always a back log. The exception is aviation, where people stay totally on top of things because if something fails, people die. We change motor oil, but otherwise run things until they fail.

    If a simple part fails that they know is eventually going to wear out and fail, and then causes it to fail catastrophically, I consider it to be a piss poor design. Things should be designed to fail gracefully. One of those rubber belts breaking and the engine turning into crunchy bits, yeah, I don't want one. I don't want that to happen when I'm 500 miles from home, or in the morning if I'm late for work, or really, any other time when we now have to pull said total junk car home with a chain and a truck and I always get to be in the rear car having to brake for both of us with power brakes no longer working

    I call them rubber band engines. Don't ever want one. Crunch them all up in a junk yard. Good riddance to bad rubbish :-)

    Please don't ever buy an interference engine or a front wheel drive car.
    All you have to do is ask the dealer or seller: Is this a front wheel drive car? Does this car have an interference engine?

    If yes to either, say a polite No Thank You, and ask them to show you their rear wheel drive vehicles with non-interference engines.


    You can thank me 15 years later, when you have to oh I don't know, do something as common as replace the clutch plate in it.

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    Sodas will indeed make you fat and kill you. Tons of Youtube videos about that. Empty carbs that turn right into fat and never fill you up.
    I do my best to give them up, but every now and then I miss them, and if I buy, I might as well buy in bulk to last me a long while.
    You can somewhat mitigate their horrible effects by drinking them with high fiber foods. For me, it's ironically usually a salad.
    The way to give them up is just to never buy them in the first place.


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    How I get around having to weld upsidedown

    Usually things take 5x-8x longer than I estimate them to take. This trailer is taking more like 50x-100x... it drags on... and on.. and on.
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    Hey CG,
    When you live on the farm...you learn to make things work, and also to use what ya got.....its the same way out in the bush in Alaska no different.
    I liked your comment about depression era pilots getting in the air....you would like R.S Hoovers blog about building airplanes on the cheap using common materials an average person can get ahold of. THAT is ground zero of experimental aviation....seems like ya are on that road also...Flying is possibly the most relaxing and terrifying thing a person can do simultaneously....its like life its self....not flyng is similiar to a form of death while still living....keep on it!

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    Too busy for a color scheme?

    I want kind of a common tail color scheme to tie all my planes together, but where I can have different colored planes with big splashes of two tone complimentary solid colors. A high contrast pilot outfit that matches the tail colors.

    I figure I can get away with using black on parts that don't matter too much if they get toasty in the sun.
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    Re: Brutality Today

    I would be very careful landing on runway 38, could be fake news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Lytle View Post
    I would be very careful landing on runway 38, could be fake news!
    After I get the black and white runway painted on the trailer, I'm planning on adding two fold out panels to it... the first, a triangle launch runway off the left side, and the second, a fold up vertical flat conning control tower on the right side, so the whole things looks like a faux aircraft carrier deck for RC planes or my three 1:18 scale (wing span 26.5") static BBI Corsair models of which I scored at Toys R Us close out for $15 each.

    They'll fold down on hinges and lay flat, so shouldn't interfere with carrying my ultralight airplanes on the trailer at all. Take it and models inside the truck cab, to the local airshow when I trailer my plane or a local RC event, and set them all up. Local yearly airplane air show is on it's last legs of pathetic life support (though the gyroplane one at same airport seems to be doing great), so maybe I can reinvigorate it with my colorful contributions before it bites the big one and is gone forever.



    If anybody wants to try their hand at landing their RC model on 20ft deck, I'll clear off the three static models and maybe set up a little badminton net off the end or something to catch them if they don't stop in time rather than plunking off the end.

    The bonus for me is I have at least one project "finished" to take to the air shows and show (maybe with unfinished plane on top), before my planes are finished. I put an assload of work into this stupid trailer from the free craigslist rust bucket it once was, Taking apart those rusted solid together leaf springs and rusted out rims and refurbing those rusted and pitted axles and repainting them all was really a royal labor intensive long drawn out PITA. I want to be worth seeing in it's own right.

    I might run RGB addressable LED strips down the side too to sync with an mp3 player music system: dunno, that's a pretty penny and not sure how visible they are in daylight or weather resistant.
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    I could land a model on that easily, except that the wings would probably be too long and hit the island.

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    Okay, maybe some detailed painting on my part to make a realistic control tower in grey, but roughly, like this:




    80" wide, and island isn't an island, it's a flat vertical panel on right side looking like control tower. Land in the middle, you got 40" to either side, or land on the left half, you got 60" The winch pole up front is gone so no worries there.

    Whoever pulls it off on 20ft of carrier deck without rolling off the edge into the ocean of imaginary sharks and mermaids, I give them a prize or cold drink or medal or sticker or something.

    Two strips of 16.4' WS2812B individually addressable LEDs down the sides will look at least banging nice when parked in my dark shop or at night in my front yard.



    It's mainly a general purpose light weight flat trailer (i.e. aircraft carrier) to haul my ultralight airplanes or project planes if not finished (the big real person pilot sitting in them kind) back and forth to the local airport or local air show - and also to go rescue ultralight projects too good to pass up nobody else will touch with a ten foot pole, that I might come across in the future.

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    That carrier deck looks more grey than black in the picture... my plyboard is already painted a footprint hiding gray... maybe I should leave it that way and paint white outlined by black lines and shadowed numbers on it...



    Runway black or Carrier grey?

    I think black *pops* more, but grey *sells* the carrier illusion more...

    (grey also matches the I-beam and door color of the shop and i could paint the shelves to match) with some matching Latex Grey I have.
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    Re: Brutality Today

    You can save a bit of build time and add authenticity if you go for a WWII style straight deck:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...K-14379%29.jpg

    Works with the Corsairs as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bifft View Post
    You can save a bit of build time and add authenticity if you go for a WWII style straight deck
    Man that's nice and rectangular. Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew the WW2 ones use to be rectangular...




    I was trying to think what I could use for an arresting cable / hook for RC planes, and I thought, you know a table tennis net would be perfect.

    A friend who worked at B&N gave me some little close out kit toy, which I stuffed in the closet... I looked under the plastic and low and behold, yes, a net!

    Those bite size paddles could be used to like wave the airplanes in... you're too high, you're too low, left, right, abort and fly around!, whatever they do...

    I might add a 3rd trapezoid fold out extension up in front for the front of the carrier, to extend over the hitch and hide it.... maybe give just a little longer landing length...

    I suppose crossways you could set the net up down the dashed line middle and play a really low game of table tennis across it.

    If the rubber suction cups don't stick on the painted uretane plyboard, I'll have to staple some tin spots in strategic areas on top of the plyboard or replace the suction cups with something else.

    Maybe I better make sure this thing can withstand some dancers on it... because I definitely want that part of my air show.

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