Search found 9 matches

by KenBickers
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Photo Section
Topic: Ken Perkins Piet
Replies: 4
Views: 2122

Re: Ken Perkins Piet

Tom, how about a progress report or some pictures? Nothing like some atta-boys to get things moving again. Cheers, Ken
by KenBickers
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Any Piet builders in Colorado
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Any Piet builders in Colorado

Joshua, I completed my Piet in 2017 and am based in Longmont (KLMO). Mine is O-200 powered. Also, Rick Holland built and flies a Corvair powered Piet. His is based at Meadowlake (KFLY). I am generally around the airport on weekends and the occasional evening. Send me a note if you'd like to come see...
by KenBickers
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Re: Instrument Panel

Dan, I like how you have your panel laid out. I found doing mine that some of the instruments interfered with the aileron cables. I had to do some swapping about for the cables to have clear access. I put my compass on the underside of the center section, like you have yours. That wasn't my first pl...
by KenBickers
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Horns and fittings
Replies: 2
Views: 564

Re: Horns and fittings

Those parts look beautiful. But how much fun you'd be giving up by buying them. I cut all of my metal fittings with a 4 1/2 inch angle grinder, cleaned up with a bench grinder and sander. I didn't have (or need) a band saw. I enjoyed the process of making those parts. I also knew if I screwed one up...
by KenBickers
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: forming control horns
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: forming control horns

Brian, I welded all my control horns using oxy-acetylene. I'm a rank amateur at welding. I think they turned out looking just fine, especially when viewed from at least 5 feet away. The key for me was using the smallest tip I had, which if my memory is correct was a size 0, and keeping the flame adj...
by KenBickers
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: General Inquiry
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Re: General Inquiry

Arnold, the first step is to acquire the plans from the Pietenpol family. There is a link on the homepage of this website. Second step is to start making sawdust. (In between first and second step is to buy some sitka spruce. Most folks start with ribs. Those give you with minimal investment a sense...
by KenBickers
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: closing the gap between center section and wings?
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: closing the gap between center section and wings?

On mine, I applied a piece of 4" Ceconite tape along the length of the gap, which was then masked and painted (using a small paint roller) to match the wings and center section. I did have to remove the wings a few years ago. To do that, I applied a sharp knife to the tape along the gaps. When the w...
by KenBickers
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Installing Bungee Cord/s
Replies: 1
Views: 612

Re: Installing Bungee Cord/s

TonyP, I now have a split gear with the wire wheels on my Piet. Previously I had the solid axle, wood gear on it. I used 1/2" shock cord, with three wraps over the axle in-board and outboard of the wooden gear leg horizontal member. If memory serves, that took something like 5 feet of shock cord, wh...
by KenBickers
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: nifty nicopress trick
Replies: 3
Views: 991

Re: nifty nicopress trick

Oscar, I too saw this "helpful hint". One of the old-timers, when I was early in my Pietenpol build, showed me a much, MUCH, easier way of holding all the pieces together when making cables. Lowes, Home Depot, and other supply houses sell "copper split bolts" under a variety of brand names for aroun...