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Old Apr 27, 2012, 03:33 AM
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Here, gentlemen, we see the true form the the term "scratch build." Way more ambitious than I would ever undertake and its a pleasure to see it progress. I want to drive down to the city to see this when its all done.
Willsonman ...You may have a bit of a wait befor I finish this bird
but more than welcome when ever you want to make the trip. still have a lot of details to add and several custom parts to make and I'm in no rush..
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 07:27 PM
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I wish i had your patience! what will operate the retracts ?
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 08:50 PM
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I wish i had your patience! what will operate the retracts ?
rupert the bear... I want to use a retract servo from HiTec if I can, and there will be springs involved if you look close at the drawings you can see the spring. they are only showing it on one side this may need to be two springs one on each side but won't know this till I finish building one and running a mock up test.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 01:40 AM
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Looking good - the original plane had very light weight wheels, I have the Unitracts set and they originally sold wheels weighing 3oz each and had one spring on each retract. They no longer sell such light weight wheels and I ended up with 2 springs per retract as the wheels I ended up with were around 5oz each.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 06:35 PM
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Wheels

Check the Kavan wheels from Sig.
http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...mb_02Wheels_01

5" are under 70gm (3 oz). If you do not have the adapter for a standard bicycle type pump you can get one at a bike shop for the small stems used on road bikes. Fits the Kavan threaded inflator.

Excellent work you are doing with regular tools. I am inspired!
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Old May 01, 2012, 10:35 AM
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Thanks for the link.. xfly-er I was hoping to get diamond pattern for the wheels if I can find some light enough. So I made some more parts yesterday, but couldn't post because Comcast mistakenly unhooked my cable and I just got my service back. still have a ways to go but check out the progress.
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Old May 01, 2012, 02:06 PM
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You are doing the landing gear all wrong
You should be making at least 10 sets of everything so you can sell to the rest of us that dont have your talents

Every time I think about building this plane I change my mind because of the landing gear.

Your doing a fantastic job, well done
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Old May 01, 2012, 02:34 PM
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Check the Kavan wheels from Sig.
http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...mb_02Wheels_01

5" are under 70gm (3 oz). If you do not have the adapter for a standard bicycle type pump you can get one at a bike shop for the small stems used on road bikes. Fits the Kavan threaded inflator.
xfly-er,

Thanks for the information, these will fit into the Mosquito I already have built - I used Sullivan SkyLite wheels at 5.4oz each, the Kavan ones are less than this for two wheels (2.6oz each) so I could swap out and save a few ounces, which will be welcome. The only thing is they are harder to find in the UK.

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Peter.
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Old May 01, 2012, 03:04 PM
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xfly-er,

thanks for the information, these will fit into the mosquito i already have built - i used sullivan skylite wheels at 5.4oz each, the kavan ones are less than this for two wheels (2.6oz each) so i could swap out and save a few ounces, which will be welcome. The only thing is they are harder to find in the uk.

Thanks,

peter.
do either of you guys or anybody know what tread they ran on these birds? I have seen it w/ all kinds and the tail wheel is very strange also. Maybe it was what ever they had on hand? OH YEA IF SOME ONE HAD A C&C MILL THEY COULD DO THE PARTS FOR THIS VERY EASY AND SELL THEM AS A KIT. YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO PAY WHAT I WOULD ASK FOR THESE PARTS.
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do either of you guys or anybody know what tread they ran on these birds? I have seen it w/ all kinds and the tail wheel is very strange also. Maybe it was what ever they had on hand? OH YEA IF SOME ONE HAD A C&C MILL THEY COULD DO THE PARTS FOR THIS VERY EASY AND SELL THEM AS A KIT. YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO PAY WHAT I WOULD ASK FOR THESE PARTS.
The tail wheel was very odd, it was self castering (not steerable) and the pattern was to prevent the wheel from shimmying, it had a sort of inverted V shape. A lot of the early photos show a square block tread, but I also have diamond block tread and circumferential grooves. I even have a photo of a museum exhibit with diamond treead on one wheel and grooved on the other.
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Old May 01, 2012, 08:24 PM
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FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE WORRIED ABOUT WEIGHT I FOUND THESE WHEELS. click on tec notes for specs.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...18486&Q=1#tech

there less$$$ but solid foam..... I like the ones w/ air but want diamond or the square tread also cant seem to find any with both options.....Guess I will have to make the treads my self?
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Old May 01, 2012, 09:19 PM
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I think a nice file will cut rubber ones nicely. You have made everything else so well I see this as a minor setback.
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Old May 02, 2012, 12:37 PM
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I think a nice file will cut rubber ones nicely. You have made everything else so well I see this as a minor setback.
axacto blade and the file for the diamond pattern but the square pattern would be much harder to dup.
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Old May 02, 2012, 02:34 PM
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The best wheels can be found at Glennis but very expensive and heavy I am led to believe but ultra scale and they do all the different tread patterns. These are wider than most, possibly would not fit into the Unitracts retracts but would probably fit into home made ones per the plan as the lower legs are not as thick as the Unitracts ones.

http://www.glennis.com/britishwarbirdgallery.htm then click on the detail gallery for the Mosquito.
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