Hello, My Name I Mark Thompson I am 62 and going to A& P school at Spartan in Tulsa OKLA. campus.

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oh.. I am suppose to type message here. I was an UH-1H crew-chief and mechanic for over 10 years in the ARMY. I completed 2 years of machine tool degree at North central tech collage wausau wi. after I left the Army . but for the last 29 years I have been commercial truck driver. I miss aviation so I am getting back in. I have been wanting to build my own plane for most of my life. was subscribed to The Saure P-6E news letter while it was in design stage. Now I have chosen to Build the Curtiss 0-1B/A3.
 

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Welcome Mark T. to the HBA Forum. Very challenging build for first plane but sounds like your in the right business to get it done.
 

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Welcome. You have chosen a big project. What are your plans for firewall forward?


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Will you build a scaled version or exact copy. Either way that’s a big elephant to eat. Good luck and have fun.
 

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Hoo-boy, that’s a lot of wing ribs! At least the Falcon has constant cord wings, so you won’t have 400+ hours into rib jig building like you would building a P-6E Hawk replica...what are you using for technical sources to base your replica on?
 

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Dang Mark! We have very similar history. I was a UH-1N crew chief in Navy search & rescue. The FAA would not give me a waiver for the A&P exams because, even though I had over 16 years experience in helicopter maintenance (including all systems QAR and "Safe-for-Flight" signature authorization), they said because I went to avionics "A" school when I got out of bootcamp it didn't count. Its funny, because I changed as many engines as I did radios during my career.

I was thinking about going to A&P school. But, I get so many calls from A&Ps and IAs to do avionics work for them, it keeps me busy as I want to be. Plus, I need time to build my own plane.
 

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Question: how long did it take you guys to pull an engine or twin-pac out of that N model?

It took us 8 hours to do that task on Bell 212 & 412s.
 

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Welcome aboard Mark! I goe my mechanic's certificate with Airframe and Power plant ratings when the rest of my age cohort could pick up that first full Social Security check! Put in 9 years repairing helicopters (no UH-1 though) and made enough to retire to Florida. I recommend Ft. Rucker for a job, though you'll miss Oklahoma like I did New Mexico.
All The Best = Percy in NW FL, USA
 

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Yes, that is the engine I would really like to use. Anyone know where I can find one? even a part of one. and yes if I have to I will build one from scratch.
 

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Will you build a scaled version or exact copy. Either way that’s a big elephant to eat. Good luck and have fun.
yes . as close a copy as i can.

One example. many of the tubes are riveted with tubercular rivets. I will be using solid rivets.
 

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Dang Mark! We have very similar history. I was a UH-1N crew chief in Navy search & rescue. The FAA would not give me a waiver for the A&P exams because, even though I had over 16 years experience in helicopter maintenance (including all systems QAR and "Safe-for-Flight" signature authorization), they said because I went to avionics "A" school when I got out of bootcamp it didn't count. Its funny, because I changed as many engines as I did radios during my career.

I was thinking about going to A&P school. But, I get so many calls from A&Ps and IAs to do avionics work for them, it keeps me busy as I want to be. Plus, I need time to build my own plane.
right VA. would not pay for me to go to A&P when I got out. Thats why I went to Machine tool degree. even though like you for many years I was in Maintenance support and did many engine and transmission changes rigged flight controls did tail boom alignments. also did a course a Corpus Christi ARMY DEPOT.
 

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Hoo-boy, that’s a lot of wing ribs! At least the Falcon has constant cord wings, so you won’t have 400+ hours into rib jig building like you would building a P-6E Hawk replica...what are you using for technical sources to base your replica on?
Mostly Pictures and R/C model drawing form Archive sources.US Air-force Museum.Dayton. and the Smithsonian.NASM-CW8G-T-3029 FALCON O-1 CENTER WING.jpg NASM-CW8G-T-3481 FALCON 0-11.jpg NASM-CW8G-T-3029 FALCON O-1 CENTER WING.jpg NASM-CW8G-T-3481 FALCON 0-11.jpg
 

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Welcome aboard and your goal sounds like a great one. Hope there's good enough reference material to work from in the sources you're looking into. Those photos do a lot to illuminate, but it's those little details that really start to drag a project into the weeds, so you've got a lot of thinking to do. But that minutiae is half the fun for some people.

As someone building a Curtiss-inspired replica, I wish you the best and most plentiful of luck on the endeavor. They made some great-looking aircraft.
 

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Question: how long did it take you guys to pull an engine or twin-pac out of that N model?

It took us 8 hours to do that task on Bell 212 & 412s.
I seem to remember it took a good 8 hours for 2 or 3 of us to pull the twin-pac. Another 3 or 4 hours to Q-up the new twin-pac, then another 8 hours or so to install it, work of the in-process gripes, and get it ready to test fly. I have worked around the clock to get-er done during a deployment. But, usually we'd end up taking turns would flying on a marine bird or one of the CH-53 minesweepers to provide SAR coverage during ops. So, we really couldn't throw an all-out effort into it unless we were in port. And, that meant no liberty when everyone else was out having fun.
 
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