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Old 12-13-2009, 05:16 PM
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I switched my tiger over to a tail dragger and flew it that way for the first time last weekend. A couple of inches of snow and todays was perfect to try out my skis for the 1st time. It actually handled better than wheels. Had a blast just racing around the runway. The Tiger seems to lift off earlier/easyer than when it was a trike. maybe because of the increased angle of the wing?


I also took some wieght off the front end and it seemed to handle a little better. Slowed down a little better for landing.


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Old 12-13-2009, 05:31 PM
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look at the "lets see your dirty planes" thread. i tried my new skies as well (made from the same square pvc as my spad fuse) and they worked really well. glad to see someone else out in the cold
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Hey' I like your spad.
I just built my first. A GNAT, with the electric motor from my easy glider.
It flys but its a handfull.. I'm working on my 2nd spad now..

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Old 12-13-2009, 09:38 PM
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look at the ''lets see your dirty planes'' thread. i tried my new skies as well (made from the same square pvc as my spad fuse) and they worked really well. glad to see someone else out in the cold
Do you have any more pictures of your homemade ski's, I have a friend that wants to buy or make some fro his plane, I am looking for ideas. Thanks

Jon
Old 12-13-2009, 10:44 PM
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These are my own design. I call them my Ski-Pants. Simple Pants with a flattish bottom, Glassed. Bolted hard to the landing gear. Worked hard last year, untill late spring. Lots of flights on them. These are the prototypes, that were sapposed to get finnished, and painted this summer -Didn't Happen- so I will continue to use them again. Hope this may help, from the cold North.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:18 PM
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look at the ''lets see your dirty planes'' thread. i tried my new skies as well (made from the same square pvc as my spad fuse) and they worked really well. glad to see someone else out in the cold
Do you have any more pictures of your homemade ski's, I have a friend that wants to buy or make some fro his plane, I am looking for ideas. Thanks

Jon
ill get some tomorrow but they are very easy to make.
get some form of pvc about 1/16 in thick. mine is from 2.5in square pvc that is used for spad fuse. could also get some from fence post may even be able to use any semi-thick plactic but i havnt tried.
once you get the plastic here are the instructions
cut a 9in by 2-2.5 in strip (main ski). heat the last inch with a heat gun, it will become flexable and bend it 90 degrees up. then cut two, 2 inch strips of pvc (mount) and heat them up. bend them in half at 90 degrees
once you have that get a few screws and epoxy. roughen the mount and the ski, expoxy the mount about 3.75 in (to center of mount) from the trailing edge of the ski (no curved part). then screw them from the top down and cut the bottom off with a dremel.
the two mounts should be in contact with the ski and one another.
set your gear without the wheels onto the ski drill a hole at the lowest possible mounting position, this will help prevent the ski from moving in flight incase the bolts come loose.
if you wait a week i can make a youtube video, i have finals this week so ill be busy.
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Hey' I like your spad.
I just built my first. A GNAT, with the electric motor from my easy glider.
It flys but its a handfull.. I'm working on my 2nd spad now..

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im looking for some more 2.5in pvc and some coro but once i get those ill make 2-3 spads. and some more skies to give to fellow club members
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No problem on the time, thanks for the help, I have a set of ski's and floats for my plane, we just got 2" of powder last night, so I think I will try the floats one of these days.

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Popriv, do you have more pics of your Tiger?  I have a build thread going on in the Kit building forum and I am very interested in seeing other paint schemes.  A flag scheme is right up my alley and I have seen many differant schemes.  Could you show us a full body shot of yours?   The plane of course.
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Will Do. I actually took a photo of the ready to cover Tiger and then drew the covering designs right over the photo in Illustrator. This gave me a nice 3D view I then tried different designs on.


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Popriv, do you have more pics of your Tiger? I have a build thread going on in the Kit building forum and I am very interested in seeing other paint schemes. A flag scheme is right up my alley and I have seen many differant schemes. Could you show us a full body shot of yours? The plane of course.
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This is my own design of skis. I've been using the same material for many years with great success. They look more complex, but that's how I like them , it is a mater of preference and they've always worked flawlessly. The material is plastic(here in apartments it is used in bathrooms to cover the pipes behind the sink from floor to ceiling, the bathroom mirror it's on it). The springs of the skis allow the small movement necessary to taxi,and land, once in the air they stay parallel with the fuselage. I like better to fly in winter, and now I also have the Transmitter glove and heat system in it. Here is a video edited from many videos with multiple cameras, of my 1,9m Cessna 182 Skylane - winter flying. And the pictures are of my GP CAP 232 50cc. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGyoiWCIg2g
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