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flywheel1935

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Hi Guys, I've moved my build thread to this area as I cant seem to post anymore pics !!!!
Anyway here in the UK I'm building a LMA Taylorcraft but to Single Seat Microlight spec. The build manual is very poorly written, any one on your side of the pond built an Alloy Frame LMA, could do with extra pics. as manual drawings are very limited.
 

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Update on progress!, although I'm building to Single Seat Deregulated spec ,SSDR in the UK, I've kept the fuselage 'wide' as per 2 seater. I've build manuals and drawings for the LMA CUB too
so along side the current build I'll build a pure single seat airframe as Wings/Tail-feathers/Engine etc can be transposed to the 'New' fuselage. Still could do with Alloy LMA build pics though.IMG_1904.JPG IMG_1906.JPG IMG_1905.JPG
 

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Hi Tiger Tim, think thats the major issue !!!! Fred McCullen, as I understand started the kits in Alloy, but as time went on he went back to wood, so all/most of his later stuff was in wood,
hence I cant find much on the Alloy frame builds. The basic use off bonded alloy seems OK, its just his designs are very poorly described, so me and my co-builder, are just using the basic kit of parts to re-design the plane to suit.
 

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You might consider test joints, like done with wood, to be sure material brakes before glue does. Looks like you have checked the manufacturers data sheets.
Don't know where Norfork is. Had relatives in York Shire; Huddersfield. Grandfather from there.
Visited Fred once. Believe he went to wood to hype marketing/lower kit price.
 

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You might consider test joints, like done with wood, to be sure material brakes before glue does. Looks like you have checked the manufacturers data sheets.
Don't know where Norfork is. Had relatives in York Shire; Huddersfield. Grandfather from there.
Visited Fred once. Believe he went to wood to hype marketing/lower kit price.
Hi pwood, we have done several shear tests with Hysol, and basic hardware store epoxy resins, and to be fair theres not much in it, Its more a case of prepping the alloy
with oxide paper, and a Acetone de-grease, checked airframe today after nice warm (for the UK) weather, all look good.
Norfolk is the bit of England thats 100 miles south of Yorkshire, sticking out into the North Sea, hundreds of old WW2 Airfields, as its close to Holland/Germany
Flew a Ercoupe a few times, still grinning !!!!
 

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Sukhoi, eh? Took Russian in high school and have A&P... :)
I'm 30 miles due south of KTLH, in a rather unpopulated part of the Florida.
 
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Hi pwood, my buddy is Nick Onn, he's part of the UK Aerobatic team, currently his aircraft is in Spain as he preps for the WAC in France next month.
the other aircraft is his wifes' Val. He has a place on the beach at St Augustine, and a place in CT too. He stays with me on his UK trips, as we learnt to fly
together back in 1978, and got into many scrape together too.I'm sure he'd be happy for you to pop by and say hello on his return ?
 

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St Augustine is like 200 miles away so it may be do-able.
That way I could hear from Mr. Onn some of the Good War Stories... :)
And I have some stuff from Fred that may be due for a good, new home.
 

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Thank you. I see much correspondence with Fred M. from my visit of 1991 on. It may be of no interest, but I need to organize it by date. It does reveal a lot about him and LMA. And about myself as well. In some ways, it might be a fitting tribute to him.
 

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Hi pwood, Nick called me a couple of days ago, he's getting ready for the World Aerobatic Champs in Mid France, (he's part of the UK team.)
Anyway, when he's back in Florida, about late September, he said to hook up at Keystone Heights.
Any LMA stuff would be cool.
 

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UPDATE !!!. With the UK basking in Florida temps, its been a good week for bonding the 'Hysol' gussets in place, working on the wing to fuselage pick-up points at present.
as no gussets were actually supplied with the kit, (got lost many moons ago) we're making our own, more stronger & giving more 'Bond area" (ahh James !!!)
more pics to follow soon.
 

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"Still need as much info on ALLOY LMA builds, plenty of info on wood builds..."
There is an LM1U (Cub-a-like) for sale in Ohio that is an Alum build. Don't know if still available, or if the books are there.
Too far away, and $5,300 to take it away.
There is not much detail in what I have either. Fred played his cards close to his vest.
Percy
 
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