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  1. Sorry for the stagnant thread boys, had a little...

    Sorry for the stagnant thread boys, had a little mishap with my avistar last week and stalled on take off and cartwheeled into the weeds so I've been in the shop but not working on the Decathlon. ...
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    Yep it mounts to the bottom side of the fuselage....

    Yep it mounts to the bottom side of the fuselage. A spring is connected from the tail wheel to the rudder. Not entirely sure how well it will work but hopefully will be able to use it as a somewhat...
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    Got everything ordered today for the repair and...

    Got everything ordered today for the repair and tail dragger conv. Plane was red and yellow so I just bought a roll of yellow monokote so my fuse is going to be all yellow, leaving the wing alone so...
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    I had a bit of bad grammar when I wrote this...

    I had a bit of bad grammar when I wrote this thread. The LH wing dipped hard, right after takeoff:cool: I was a bit too far to the left side of the runway and as soon as the craft broke ground it...
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    I would agree. I only said tip stall as the LH...

    I would agree. I only said tip stall as the LH wing dipped hard right at take off so that's what it looked like but having never experienced one I really wasn't sure. But I guess on a constant cord...
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    http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q31/ninjasixfiv...

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    That's very tempting and doesn't look all that...

    That's very tempting and doesn't look all that difficult...I've got the electronic tray removed right now anyway. Would be a perfect time to mount the ply doubler and screw in the new landing gear....
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    Thanks for all the replies guys. Here's another...

    Thanks for all the replies guys. Here's another question, since I'm doing some other modifications to the bird what's the thoughts of making it a tail dragger? Would it be worth the hassle?
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    I started flying with an avistar(non elite) and...

    I started flying with an avistar(non elite) and joined this forum at about the same time...hence my screen name lol, REAL original. Learned how to fly in high school and have been flying on and off...
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    Picked up some K2R today before work. Got it...

    Picked up some K2R today before work. Got it soaking overnight tonight and will scrub off the powder and reapply if necessary in the morning. Upon further inspection I'm debating leaving the LH fuse...
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    Thanks for the info Charlie. I'm actually in the...

    Thanks for the info Charlie. I'm actually in the process of building a great planes decathlon 40 as well. On the home stretch with it so I'm glad to hear tail draggers do better in grass. They...
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    Wind speed was negligable, a slight breeze if...

    Wind speed was negligable, a slight breeze if that. A stronger headwind would have probably helped. I've been trying to implement rudder slowly in each flight and have actually found myself using...
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    Thanks for the constructive criticism guys, as...

    Thanks for the constructive criticism guys, as said above I'm choking this one up as a lesson learned. Hind sight is always 20-20 but I shouldn't have tried to force the take off. The plane almost...
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    Thanks for the constructive criticism guys, as...

    Thanks for the constructive criticism guys, as said above I'm choking this one up as a lesson learned. Hind sight is always 20-20 but I shouldn't have tried to force the take off. The plane almost...
  15. FWIW...I just cartwheeled mine today. Assuming...

    FWIW...I just cartwheeled mine today. Assuming it was a stall on take off but regardless the plane cartwheeled and only damage was to the firewall. The wings were cocked a bit in the saddle but no...
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    Trust me it was pinned. To my knowledge the...

    Trust me it was pinned. To my knowledge the engine is tuned and actually runs very well. As for the grass it could probably use a trim but I didn't think it was excessively long. There are a handful...
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    Did I Experience a Tip Stall?

    So went out and buzzed around the patch again today but on the last flight...(literally thought to myself after the last landing I should probably pack up but talked myself into one more...
  18. I'll be sure to check lateral cg before I cover....

    I'll be sure to check lateral cg before I cover. Thanks for the tip. Got my covering this weekend and picked up some lusterkote to paint the cowl. Still have some work to but getting excited to put...
  19. Yeah I figured I'd drill an exit hole somewhere...

    Yeah I figured I'd drill an exit hole somewhere in the bottom of the cowl. Has anyone ever used seaplane grommets? We used them when we recovered an Ag-Cat when I was still working as an aircraft...
  20. Holy cow! Using the clear plastic sheet method...

    Holy cow! Using the clear plastic sheet method took all the guesswork out of cutting into the cowl. I was a bit apprehensive about cutting into it since you essentially only have one shot. I think...
  21. I'll give that method a go. I tried using a...

    I'll give that method a go. I tried using a cardboard template but cardboard seemed a bit soft and would rip/tear in places where I didn't want it to. I'll scrounge around the house and see if I...
  22. Yep it's out the RH side. I've got a hole...

    Yep it's out the RH side. I've got a hole drilled where the center rocker arm hold down is located...or should be. Guess I'll just work my way around slowly to contour the head and clear everything.
  23. Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to double check...

    Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to double check the sheeting before I go to cover it while I'm giving everything a good final sanding.

    Right not I'm fabbing up my throttle and fuel tube...
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    Looks like a hell of a ride but sounds like you...

    Looks like a hell of a ride but sounds like you got some good use out of it. Glad you found a replacement with successful flights. Any video of the plane when it went down?:p
  25. I was reading on here somewhere of a guy that was...

    I was reading on here somewhere of a guy that was using 2 bands of HD velcro. Sewed the rear in a loop to slide over the rear dowel and go under the front dowel then wrap it around front and hook it...
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