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Chris In Marshfield

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Hi all,

Our UL flying club inherited a Double Eagle project. It’s in good shape, but we have a few things we need to update. Several of us are six feet tall, and the cross bar at station 2 hits us square in the knees (mine in the photo).

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We’re considering options on the best way to move the bar so we fit well. From the prints, you’ll see the original and a possible move I’ve considered. Any other possibilities you can think of?

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I suppose we could rebuild that tube section up front and move the joints around, but that’s a lotta work.

Thanks for your thoughts,
Chris
 

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Has it had the gear moved fwd? Leonard put out a revision on that...w/o it may be nose heavy on the ground. Believe it was 6". Originally, when leveled the axle was directly below the leading edge IIRC
 
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Chris In Marshfield

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Has it had the gear moved fwd? Leonard put out a revision on that...w/o it may be nose heavy on the ground. Believe it was 6". Originally, when leveled the axle was directly below the leading edge IIRC
We have the plans for it, but it has the straight gear (which was built incorrectly). I was going to rebuild the gear to original specs, but if you suggest the updated gear, I'll present that option to the club.
 

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Springs are high-tech anti-vibration system. As airplane hits turbulence, the pilot and instruments jump up and down or side to side in unison. Allows pilot to keep a keen eye on critical navigation parameters. Rubber bands would be lighter, but suffer from UV light degradation. What ???
 

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We have the plans for it, but it has the straight gear (which was built incorrectly). I was going to rebuild the gear to original specs, but if you suggest the updated gear, I'll present that option to the club.
Suggest you ask a DE expert. Plenty on the Milholland designs list. Think it's Eagler's Nest. I was told Leonard is on the Eagler's facebook page now too.
 

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Now that's a minimalist instrument panel :) How come you accepted the catastrophic extra weight penalty of a spiral wound spring instead of a straight piece of safety wire? :)
Yes, that was a horrible decision to have to make.
But a 45 swinging a 2# prop is a hard hitter and on a 237# EW will shake the guts outa those high $ gagues. So have to isolate from the a/f.
 
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Now that's my kind of panel! I hope you don't mind when I steal your idea for the Neirrh. ...maybe back up the zip ties (if the black things are zip ties) with a little safety wire so they can't do this.
 

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I think Chris' red lines on the plans are pretty good. These tubes can also be gusseted with thin steel sheet too if you want to be a boy scout.

I believe you're looking at what will become the best Young Eagles ride-giving airplane ever :)
 

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I think Chris' red lines on the plans are pretty good. These tubes can also be gusseted with thin steel sheet too if you want to be a boy scout.

I believe you're looking at what will become the best Young Eagles ride-giving airplane ever :)
That’s one of the main reasons we got it. Also looking at a Rans S-12 as an option. But this one landed in our lap and it seemed like a good project to get the club started.
 

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Thanks for the feedback so far. It’s going to be a fun project. Thankfully the plane is mostly done, so just a few small fixes here and there and we’ll be flying it in spring with luck. We do have one wing to recover, but need to find a warmer place or time to do it. Probably the most work out of everything. I’m not even going to show you the photo of the tailwheel, though...
 

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Thanks for the feedback so far. It’s going to be a fun project. Thankfully the plane is mostly done, so just a few small fixes here and there and we’ll be flying it in spring with luck. We do have one wing to recover, but need to find a warmer place or time to do it. Probably the most work out of everything. I’m not even going to show you the photo of the tailwheel, though...
Bet it’s heavy
 

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Spruce has a pretty nice 4” full swivel. The mount is oversized and crude but I machined it down (with a hacksaw and file)
 

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Fishing pole tail-skid buy at Goodwill for as they ware down
 
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