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by taildrags
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Ken; got it. So you used the TSO'd braided nylon electrical flex conduit from Aircraft Spruce for that electrical wiring? ;o) :lol:

-Oscar
by taildrags
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Ken: what's the nylon braided hose running down and out the bottom of the plane?

-Oscar Z.
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Richard; see photo of the toe brake setup on Bill Rewey's Piet. Mine were fabricated after the same fashion. They sit pretty much on each side of the passenger's thighs, on the sides of the fuselage. Simple and effective. Bill's actually have parking brakes, which are the metal tabs on top of the cy...
by taildrags
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 12
Views: 114

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Richard; do you have any preference as to whether you go with heel or toe brakes?

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
"Bill Rewey style" toe brakes
by taildrags
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Basic woodworking question
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: Basic woodworking question

Will; I'm very surprised that no one has stepped up to address your questions yet. I'm no expert when it comes to woodworking, but your questions don't require deep knowledge of woodworking to address, especially when it comes to building an Air Camper. I may take a swing at it if no one else does i...
by taildrags
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: wing removal for transport
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: wing removal for transport

Hello, Clyde; Having done this several times with my Air Camper (removed and reinstalled the wings), I can tell you that if it's been constructed as per the plans and with reasonable care, the cables will not come off the pulleys inside the wings and you needn't worry about that, but even if they do...
by taildrags
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Checking in from Western PA
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Checking in from Western PA

Barrett; I only carry liability on 41CC (it's required for rental of hangars on my home field), $1M, and I have mine with Global Aerospace through their agent Falcon Insurance in Kerrville, TX. It costs me one dollar a day... $365/yr... and I'm the only operator on the policy right now.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Checking in from Western PA
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Checking in from Western PA

Barrett; I am located in Medford, Oregon. On the I-5 corridor, about 30 miles north of the Oregon-California state line. About San Marcos TX, that's not too far from where I made my first solo... grass strip at Tims Airpark north of Austin, long gone. My Stromberg carb actually has the mixture contr...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Checking in from Western PA
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Checking in from Western PA

I just realized that Pietenvair pilot Ed "KTOWN" Knouse might be reading posts to this list and if he read what I posted, I would instantly be branded as a 'fraidy cat sissy for worrying about flying my Piet way up there at 7,500 feet. KTOWN flew in the "Dragon Lady" U-2... service ceiling somewhere...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Checking in from Western PA
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Checking in from Western PA

Barrett; great writeup, great first adventure in your airplane! Many of the same sensations and thoughts most of us have had while flying our planes, and I'm sure you got a lot of people smiling knowingly and nodding their heads in agreement while they read. One thing I'll mention when I see that yo...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Center Brace Fittings dimiensions
Replies: 6
Views: 211

Re: Center Brace Fittings dimiensions

Why remake them? They're through-bolted to the stabilizer, so you could install the fork ends onto them with the parts loose, then cinch everything down. At that point it won't matter how close they are to the fabric, because the cable end fitting will already be attached to the bent tab. Oscar Zuni...
by taildrags
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Center Brace Fittings dimiensions
Replies: 6
Views: 211

Re: Center Brace Fittings dimiensions

John; see pic (Mike Cuy's beautiful Piet)- are these the fittings and wires you're referring to? Not sure what the question is.

-Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
tail_braces.jpg
by taildrags
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Part 103 Sky Scout?
Replies: 7
Views: 257

Re: Part 103 Sky Scout?

Cap't Trunk: there have been various tests and comparisons of latex house paint on aircraft fabric and there is a possibility of saving some weight by going that route. Rick Holland and Kirk Huizenga ran some documented tests and I began some tests of my own but didn't get to the actual endurance pa...
by taildrags
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: EAA 461 Pietenpol project - questions
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: EAA 461 Pietenpol project - questions

Robbie: also, look at this picture of Chris Rusch's Piet, which has wooden vee legs and large spoked wheels. The plane isn't quite in the level attitude, but notice where the axle centers are relative to wing leading edge, but also notice that the cabanes are swept back a bit. In fact, the cabanes o...
by taildrags
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: EAA 461 Pietenpol project - questions
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: EAA 461 Pietenpol project - questions

Robbie; there's quite a bit of difference in reworking a split-style, welded-steel landing gear with spring struts (or bungees) and reworking a straight-axle, "Jenny style" landing gear with wooden gear legs. Which style of gear does the project have on it? In the steel tube landing gear case you'd ...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

Richard; I might just write this up for the BPA Newsletter as a little tip or idea for other builders. Would you mind if I used one of your photos, zoomed in to show the release?

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Part 103 Sky Scout?
Replies: 7
Views: 257

Re: Part 103 Sky Scout?

Hey, Cap'n Trunk- in the Air Camper, the passenger is positioned just about on the CG, which is between 25 and 33% of wing chord. Sits directly under the wing. The pilot sits slightly under the trailing edge of the wing... some more under it, some less, depending on whether they've shifted the wing ...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

Richard: success! I did some smoothing and re-shaping of the tail tiedown release "hook" to encourage the tiedown rope to slide out of it, and I cheated just a bit by using some inexpensive nylon rope for a tiedown since it is slicker than other types of rope or cord. First tug on the release, zip-z...
by taildrags
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Trailering a Piet
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: Trailering a Piet

Sorry... I misspoke. The enclosed box truck that I hauled my Piet from Texas to Oregon in was not a Ryder, it was a Penske. I think it was the 26 footer because it wasn't that much more than the 22 footer and I had to pick up a motorcycle in California as well. I picked the Penske over any of the UH...
by taildrags
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Trailering a Piet
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: Trailering a Piet

Been there, done that. Easiest way was in the big Ryder truck.
Steve_Piet2.jpg
PC310003.jpg
Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: wiring a PTT switch
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: wiring a PTT switch

OK, I'll take a look at that. I have an older Flightcom intercom and will see if that provides a solution, but I'm not hopeful.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: wiring a PTT switch
Replies: 2
Views: 190

wiring a PTT switch

Howdy, radio-frequency Pieters; Trying to deal with an old Icom handheld with loose connections got too frustrating for me so I decided to buy one of Sporty's new handheld COMs, the PJ2. Just COM, nothing else, and it has headset jacks that accept standard aviation headset dual plugs, done. Well, no...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

Richard; good point... it's easy enough for me to push the tail over before climbing in, so that the rope has the best angle to pull on the hook. That might help too. The geometry of my setup is different from yours, but in either case the effect of not having the tiedown pulling correctly results i...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

Installed my tail tiedown release yesterday and it *almost* works as intended but the hook needs a little smoothing and shaping so it will release the tiedown. A tug on the lanyard releases the hook alright, but the geometry doesn't quite allow the tiedown rope to slide off. It'll soon be in service...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Checking in from Western PA
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Checking in from Western PA

Oh yeah, and sorry for the string of posts here, but check the mounting brackets on your cooling air scoops during preflight inspections. Mine cracked several different brackets several different times due to fatigue from being pummeled in the propeller slipstream, until I finally replaced them with...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Checking in from Western PA
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Checking in from Western PA

Aha. I just looked at your pix again and see that you're also flying a fuel tank up front, and that you have a metal prop. Good deal... the additional weight of a metal prop couldn't be in a better place than way out there on the nose. That will also account for some of the empty weight difference b...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Checking in from Western PA
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Checking in from Western PA

Barrett; you'll find that there are a number of commercial pilots building and flying Air Campers, mostly for the same reason you are... the simple joy of flying an honest airplane without a lot of cost and trouble. Neither the landing nor the takeoff checklists on these airplanes has more than a ha...
by taildrags
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Checking in from Western PA
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Checking in from Western PA

You're in the right place, Spark6. We speak Air Camperese here, but with many different accents (as you'll find out). You'll find that the configuration of Five-Tango-Mike is a common one, with a small Continental up front, no electrics, no starter. That describes my airplane, NX41CC, with an A75 on...
by taildrags
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Landing gear camber
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Landing gear camber

George; My Air Camper with Cont A75 has 307 lbs on one tire and 304 on the other, in the level configuration for weighing, but mine is pretty light (636 lbs empty). Sounds like you are on the right track. Not sure about the spring rate/compliance on my shock springs, but just as another data point f...
by taildrags
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New member introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: New member introduction

Robbie; also, about the engine, it will make a difference depending on how light the basic airplane was constructed. A heavier airplane will benefit from more horsepower, while one that was build lighter can do OK with a 65 or something similar. In either case, climb will be better with more horsepo...
by taildrags
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New member introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: New member introduction

"tanks"- as in more than one? So does it have a wing centersection tank feeding down to a header tank, or does it have a pair of tanks in the wings? Fiberglass tanks can be a bit of a pain depending on the epoxy that was used to make them, and of course (as you noted) the types of fuel that they hav...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New member introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: New member introduction

Did you get a set of plans with the project?

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Landing gear camber
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Landing gear camber

PS, if you'd like for me to try, I'd be happy to try the sawhorse trick with my airplane to see how much the angle of the axle changes when the airplane weight is removed from the gear. Let me know...

-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Landing gear camber
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Landing gear camber

Wow. I'm not sure there is any formula or estimating method to help with that. It would be difficult to calculate the estimated compression of the springs and the resulting change of geometry of the gear legs, although it could be attempted by geeks like me if we knew the k factor of the springs and...
by taildrags
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: landing gear - wheel spacing
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: landing gear - wheel spacing

Mike; about all I can offer are a couple of data points. (1) in the 1932 Flying & Glider Manual, outside to outside of the axles on the early model is shown as 61-1/2" and it's shown with a solid axle and 26x4" tires, so the track on it (centerline of tire to centerline of tire) might be something l...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

Update on my tiedown release. I got it all drawn up and will cut metal over 4th of July weekend, with any luck. Once it's mounted I'll probably just test it by running a cord from the release up to the cockpit so I can jerk on it to see if it's going to work as designed. Later, once it gets smoothed...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: suggestions for landing gear / tailwheel assc.
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: suggestions for landing gear / tailwheel assc.

My Piet came with a Scott 2000, which is a 6" solid tailwheel, now obsolete, steerable. Some rebuild parts are still available, but very expensive. I now have a Matco 6" solid, MHLT-6, weighs 4.75 lbs (which is 0.4 lbs less than the Scott that I had on there originally), lists for $199.63. To give y...
by taildrags
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: suggestions for landing gear / tailwheel assc.
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: suggestions for landing gear / tailwheel assc.

Probably the first thing you should determine is what style of landing gear you plan to use. The more "antique" style features wood landing gear legs with a straight axle and spoked-rim tires... and the most "antique-y" of those would not have any brakes and would only have a tailskid, no tailwheel,...
by taildrags
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Wing Rib Jig
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Wing Rib Jig

Sean; there are as many tweaked versions of the airfoil/rib as there are builders, almost. You've got to use the basic template as a starting point and hold the important characteristics... the overall chord, the dimensions of the spar pockets, and the general shape. Beyond that, a bit of smoothing ...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

I actually have some titanium parts on my Piet, too. When I rebuilt the rudder, I reinstalled it using titanium clevis pins, the shortest that would fit, along with thin AN washers. I also took care to clip the ends of the cotter pins and left just enough tails on them to wrap around the pin in the ...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

OK, the tiedown release discussion pushed me over the edge. I've got my fabricator lined up to make me a release. Over on the Fly Baby site I located some drawings that R.S. Hoover drew up for a release and also saw a photo of the same release but laid flat so the release lever sticks out to the sid...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

Oh, I'll feel MUCH better with the release inside the cockpit than using my current method, which is to carry a set of chocks with me along with a rope to let me pull the chocks into the cockpit. Chocks are a real pain, but about the most secure thing I can think of to do right now. Static thrust wi...
by taildrags
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

I've had a tiedown release on my mind for a long time. The newest model from Tost, their E-22, is much lower cost than their standard glider tow releases and weighs 310 grams (11 ounces). I may look into that one or may try to fabricate one like this Oscar Zuniga Medford, OR Air Camper NX41CC, A75 p...
by taildrags
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: N34KP

I am not proud of this, but there are a lot of spots on 41CC where the paint on some patched spots does not match the overall paint. I learned that the way to prepare Poly-Tone after the can has been sitting for any length of time is to stir the contents thoroughly and slowly so that all of the pigm...
by taildrags
Sun May 31, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: To our friends at Chapter 25 in MN
Replies: 2
Views: 346

Re: To our friends at Chapter 25 in MN

Tom; yours is a heartfelt sentiment and it's the same from many of us who share the same thoughts and feelings. My wife and I have some very dear friends who live right in the heart of Minneapolis since they have been teaching at the U of Minn for many years and just retired. They are close enough t...
by taildrags
Fri May 22, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Interchanging Piet Parts
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Re: Interchanging Piet Parts

Probably more likely that outer wing panels would interchange than for tail surfaces to be swappable, but hard to say without checking a few measurements between host airplane and donor airplane.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Wed May 20, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Landing qear question
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Re: Landing qear question

jocatgo-

Are those expander-tube brakes that you've got on there?

-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed May 20, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Landing qear question
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Re: Landing qear question

Here's what my gear looks like. I have Cleveland brakes and 6" wheels on the airplane.
gear.jpg
-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed May 20, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Landing qear question
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Re: Landing qear question

jocatgo-

My airplane has the split-style landing gear but with springs instead of bungees. Which part of the landing gear leg or axle are you needing more information on?

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Mon May 18, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: best gear woods
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: best gear woods

Douwe; Disclaimer: I've never built a set of the Jenny-style wood gear legs and my airplane doesn't have them, but they use hickory for axe handles because it's stronger and more flexible than white ash. Oak might be another wood choice for strength and flexibility. Those who have actually built gea...