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    1000+hrs, Cozy III, IV, Long-ez

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    Kent Ashton
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    Concord, NC
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    retired USAF

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    Cozy Mark IV
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    Ellison carb, 2 LSE igns
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  1. We have talked about rebuilding Ellison’s lately. If you can’t find it with the search feature, I will look it up for you.
  2. This chap (pics 1,2) theorized that the "hat" on his camloc came off after the retaining ring on the camloc body wore out, allowing the camloc unlock and to back out, I am skeptical. I looked at mine (pics 3, 4) and the hat is a very tight fit to the body of the camloc. Camlocs are very stout metal. If there is any of the retaining ring left on the camloc body, I doubt the hat is going to come off. My bet is that the camloc was not fully over-center and the hat was knocked off in the collision with the prop. When a camloc has this much shaft exposed as in pic 1, it is easy to remove the hat. I have only lost one camloc in 700+ hours but fortunately it only nicked the prop. It was probably not fully over-center. They do not need to be excessively tight to install but short enough so that the spring should load them so there is definite over-centering felt when installed. I use several sizes so I spray paint them for ID. Easier than squinting at tiny numbers and cheaper than buying the rather expensive adjustable receptacles ($15 each, yikes!) . 🙂
  3. No one will care about "certified" avionics in a homebuilt. In most cases TSO'd and Non-TSO'd function the same. Retracts generally bring more money but they cost more to build and maintain so it's a wash. People seem to pay more for very attractive aircraft with leather seats, beautiful paint, full upholstery, autopilots, fancy panels and little features like HOTAS, but it just makes them heavier and they take longer to build. I would guess it also limits the market. I'd say there are more buyers for simpler aircraft but a lot of folks love the idea of retractable gear. IMO the key indicators to sales price are the level of workmanship, engine hours, engine size and prop, then avionics.
  4. Sodak Aaron meet Ruthless Toothless. https://www.canardzone.com/forums/topic/43814-when-life-serves-you-lemons-cart-before-the-horse-shattered-dreams-and-other-such-quandaries/
  5. A company named Scaled Composites does a lot of fiberglass. 🙂. Seriously though, you did pretty well for the engine shape you had to satisfy. The top looks good. Could you direct those exhausts out to the sides? I am thinking of short pipes that make a lateral 180 turn and point aft, even if they have to be partially outside the cowl. It would allow a less-blunt cowl How are you introducing cooling air? Maybe a couple of intake holes where those exhaust pipes are now. yeah, making cowls is a PIA but the next one will go faster. I have glued small blocks of blue or pink foam to the engine, wrap or tape-off the engine, filled the rest with pour foam. Sand down until you expose the colored blocks, fill the foam surface with fast setting joint compound and go from there.
  6. Hmmm. I think I might have chocked those wheels and moved that table another 6" away but it sounds like it will fly. 🙂
  7. Today. No pics. I did not find any Smith-owned Longeze in Co. Then this Cozy III project (pics). Soooo close to being finished. I have heard the Lanza name for a long time. Always curious why these projects stall. Very good price. Wings done. A few more pics in the ad
  8. Saw this very clean SDFI installation by Mike Satchell. Note the anodized bracket for throttle controls. Shame to put a cowl over this. 🙂
  9. Search here for CARBON and FIBER and COWL and LAYERS. I saw several posts but didn't have time to read them. Be aware that to combine all four search terms, you have to wait 15 seconds, select the option " CARBON and FIBER and COWL and LAYERS" search again. A Google Verbatim search ( https://www.google.com/webhp?tbs=li:1 ) for the same terms will also bring up a lot of posts. Do us a favor and report what you learned
  10. Parts! Today's Barnstormers. No pics. FYI the wooden project above discounted to $2700 OBO
  11. I don't wish to be too critical of another's workmanship but you gotta admit, these are some ugly wheel pants (pic 1). Here are my slightly less-ugly pants which I will discuss for your entertainment: I drew up horizontal and vertical profiles of the pant using wheel measurements and a suitable airfoil from "Theory of Wing Sections" (pic 2). [These days with online airfoils, spreadsheets and cad, you could draw these easily in a day.] I traced them on a big block of foam and cut them to shape with a big bandsaw . You could use a hotwire. Sanded them to a pleasing shape. [Mistakes #1 - They are bigger than needed] [Mistake #2 - I used pour foam to glue the big block together. Should have used micro or perhaps spray glue. The pour foam left ugly depressions in the shape]. I glassed the shape with a couple layers of BID and filled the surface. Now I had a plug (pic 3). I setup the plug lengthwise in piece of plywood so only half the plug was exposed, waxed it up, painted-on PVC mold release [Mistake #3 - Mold release wants to crawl away from wax and clump-up. The secret to mold release is to spray very thin layers that dry quickly]. I painted half with gel coat [M #4 - should have gel-coated both halves and taken the time to spray it on.] and laid-up a thick layer of chopped glass using cheap polyester resin. Flipped the plug and repeated. Now I had molds (pics 4,5) [M #5 - I should have used open, lengthwise molds. The narrowness of the tail mold made it hard to layup the wet glass inside the mold]. I think I used 3 layers of BID on my first set of pants and 2 layers another time. Two layers was flimsy but they were fine after adding ribs (pic 8 ) and some patches of reinforcement around bolt holes. Now had rough wheel pants. I joined the nose-halves and the tail-halves with strips of glass, then cut an access hole where I could reach inside and lay-up overlaps that would accommodate nutplates (pic 5) Lastly, I fit them to the wheel and used modeling clay covered by electrical tape to make strut fairings (pic 7). There are lots of way to mount pants. Mine are split fore-and-aft so I only have to remove one small bolt and a few screws to access the brake bleeder. The pant nose remains unless I'm working or tires or bearings. There is still light finishing and painting to do. I know why people buy them. 🙂
  12. Here ya go, Q1 fans. Today's B-stormers (3 pics). I found 3 Q1s in Utah but they did not seem to match. Seems too far along not to have been registered. Be sure you get prove chain-of-title from the deceased former owner and can ID the prior airworthiness certificate, otherwise it is just a nice backyard toy for the kids. Then this Varieze project we saw back in January but with pics this time. Seller knocked $750 off the price. This would be a good stage to buy a project. You would still be able to get the Repairman's Certificate. Take plenty of pics and start a new builder's log. No sweat.
  13. Wow, that engine sounds gnarly. So, I imagine, are the prop pulses. Keep those prop bolts tensioned! 🙂 Cowl: 4 layers is more than enough. I made some wheel pants and only used two layers. They were too flexible so I added some crude ribs inside that really stiffened them (pics). There are probably better ways to do this but I cut 3/4" round insulation foam in half and glued the halves inside, then laid up one BID layer over them. You might add some ribs if you have space for them.
  14. Saw this one day: Ad says "Dave Hanson built" but it seems more accurate to say "Dave Hanson built & re-built". That could be OK but something you'd want to know. I found the history below on this site which shows it has changed hands once before since Hanson worked his magic. http://aviationdb.net/aviationdb/AircraftQuery Hanson has been mentioned before here. AFAICT, he was the builder/operator mentioned in the accident report.
  15. Seen on the National Fake News website today (pic): The seller lists it on the Ft Wayne Craigslist for $3750. More pics there. https://fortwayne.craigslist.org/avo/d/ossian-racer-project/7327125355.html I don't have the patience to troll Craigslist for good stuff but I saw this aero engine (pic 2) listed in Columbia, SC. A little small for most of us but maybe you Quickie folks . . .

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