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#1 flyingclay

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 10:36 AM

I have been lurking this and other sites for a long time on and off. I just purchased a cozy MKIV kit, It has plans number 49 and most everything to build a cozy airframe minus epoxy, engine and avionics. I currently fly a Dragonfly and am looking forward to building and flying the cozy. I have been interested in this design for years and am finally going to build it. I need to build my table and a place in the hanger to work on the plane (plane parts) I know that my plans are out of date and am thinking of buying a more recent copy to build from and register it a s number 49.I live in Mankato MN and it is too cold to start working on epoxy so I am now in the process of reading everything I can to get started but any advice would be very appreciated. I am planning on visiting Oshkosh this summer and hopefully getting some ideas about building it so it will be fast and light and have the comforts of a modern plane, cozy girl strakes, forward canopy, and anything else I can learn. I have done some composite work and am nervous about it because  my family will have their butts in the plane and I want it to be safe.  Hoping to get a chance to meet everyone and looking froward to this new chapter (pun intended) in my life.



#2 Kent Ashton

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 04:32 PM

HI, I don't think you need to worry about building a safe airplane.  All the initial parts--bulkhead and sides--are so low-stress that klutzy epoxy work there is not going to hurt anything.  My first parts were too dry from over-squeegeeing.  I finally figured that out from examining them with a jeweler's loupe.

 

There are many good builder sites these days that show details.  A Google Images search will find them or just ask and we will suggest some.  

 

Plans #49--that's an old one.  I have #150.  Perhaps this plans update page will be enough and you won't have to buy new plans.

http://www.cozybuild...IV_correct.html


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#3 flyingclay

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 08:18 PM

I checked out the page, thanks for the link. I am looking forward to the education and building. Are there any builders or fliers near Mankato MN? I have been researching for some time and have read a lot of builder logs on the web. is there anything I should be aware of in the first stages that will help in the long run? Thanks again for the reply.



#4 Marc Zeitlin

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 12:22 AM

I checked out the page, thanks for the link. I am looking forward to the education and building. Are there any builders or fliers near Mankato MN? I have been researching for some time and have read a lot of builder logs on the web. is there anything I should be aware of in the first stages that will help in the long run? Thanks again for the reply.

Join the COZY mailing list:

 

http://www.cozybuilders.org/mail_list/

 

and get access to the builder/flyer database, which you can search for people near you (and there are a few). Also get access to a wealth of COZY knowledge 24/7.

 

Read the FAQ and all the newsletters.



#5 Kent Ashton

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 08:11 AM

Are there any builders or fliers near Mankato MN? . . . is there anything I should be aware of in the first stages that will help in the long run? Thanks again for the reply.

 

 

Likely the EAA chapter near you or other Minnesota chapters will know.  The chapter phone nos. are found via the EAA website.

 

I just noticed a project for sale in Texas completed through Chapter 10.  Those are usually good value, usually built carefully, and will give you a nice jump-start.  See Barnstormers.com


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#6 flyingclay

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

Thanks for the advice. I saw that listing for the cozy on barnstormers, I have all the materials to build it except the epoxy and I want to build it all. I am looking forward to the experience and trying to save money. Ill add myself to the list and see who is around that I can find out information and check out some planes locally. I am going to attend Oshkosh again this year, it has been about 5 years since my last visit. It happens on my anniversary, what pilot would get married during Oshkosh, and she has given me the OK. It is still too cold to do anything towards the build here in MN so I have been studying the plans and scouring the inter webs in search of all those who have come before me. It has been great seeing all the info that builders and fliers have loaded info to the internet and all of the progress and mistakes that were made and corrected so that us newbies won't have to make (hopefully). Ill keep checking back and again thanks to all for the information.






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