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by taildrags
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Any Piet Flyers in WA state?
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Any Piet Flyers in WA state?

Hey, nice airplane! Can't quite make out the graphics on the side of the fuselage. Got any other pix? And what size are your tires? I have 6.00x6s on my airplane right now but also have a set of 8s in the hangar that I'd like to put on it instead. I like the look of the slightly larger tires. Oscar ...
by taildrags
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Any Piet Flyers in WA state?
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Any Piet Flyers in WA state?

Well, Jake Schultz in Issaquah is/was building a steel-tube frame Piet with a Rotec radial, but it's not flying yet and he's been AWOL from the list for awhile. I don't know of any others.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Any Piet Owners/Builders in SC
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Any Piet Owners/Builders in SC

Just maybe not a great time to visit this week though, huh? Looks like Dorian is soaking that area right now...

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: HomebuiltHELP video on Piets
Replies: 0
Views: 155

HomebuiltHELP video on Piets

I just watched the latest installment of HomebuiltHELP "Tip of the Week" videos, this one featuring the Piet. Specifically, interviews with Dan Helsper and Randy Bush sharing their love of our favorite airplane at Oshkosh. Available on YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MfyH8weTag&feature=em-...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Floor
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: Floor

Because Harbor Freight needs the business, that's why!

-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bass wood vs sitka or Doug Fir
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Bass wood vs sitka or Doug Fir

My recommendation on changing the fuselage framing member sizes is "don't do it". You'll end up scratching your head more often than getting anything done, because changing the dimensions will lead to changes in many, many other connections throughout the airplane and you'll probably be thinking, sk...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bass wood vs sitka or Doug Fir
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Bass wood vs sitka or Doug Fir

Brian; just looking at the Forest Products Laboratory tables that list the mechanical properties of various woods, American basswood is considerably weaker than both Sitka spruce and Douglas fir in most of the important characteristics. It is lighter than either of the other two woods, but proportio...
by taildrags
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Fuselage gussets
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Re: Fuselage gussets

I have seen posts from people who have used door skin material for their gussets. Readily available and sometimes in several choices of wood type, 1/8" thick. In the airplane supply aisle at Lowe's ;o)

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: New Weight & Balance Manual To Be Available At Brodhead
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: New Weight & Balance Manual To Be Available At Brodhead

I received mine in the mail; thank you! It will be read cover to cover, and I will be pulling out my field notes and measurements from when my airplane underwent W&B after repairs and minor rebuilds during the repair efforts. The W&B was performed by three people, one of whom is an EAA Tech Counselo...
by taildrags
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Cottage Grove, Oregon fly-in
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Cottage Grove, Oregon fly-in

Greetings, Pieters- There is a home-built fly-in to the Cottage Grove airport (61S) on Saturday, August 31... the Labor Day weekend. I'm planning to fly my Piet up to the event and stay for lunch, then head back home before civil twilight. No electrics, ya know. https://oregonaviation.org/events/gre...
by taildrags
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Photos of a completed Aircamper, uncovered
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Photos of a completed Aircamper, uncovered

Here's another idea: why not use an existing and beautifully-populated site to post these pictures? I'm talking about Chris Tracy's Westcoastpiet site, which is a gold mine of information and photos.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Different Main Landing Gear
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Different Main Landing Gear

gseiter- Others may chime in here with other background information, but in fact a fellow named John W. Grega developed an adaptation of the Pietenpol Air Camper in the early 1960s that utilized a number of subassemblies and parts from the J-3 Cub into his GN-1 Aircamper. The upper mounting points f...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Different Main Landing Gear
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Different Main Landing Gear

gseiter- Others may chime in here with other background information, but in fact a fellow named John W. Grega developed an adaptation of the Pietenpol Air Camper in the early 1960s that utilized a number of subassemblies and parts from the J-3 Cub into his GN-1 Aircamper. The upper mounting points f...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Materials to build my elevator
Replies: 6
Views: 393

Re: Materials to build my elevator

Ah, yes... the continuing glue discussion. Probably one of the most-discussed topics on this list and it's a good one, given the fact that the structural airframe of an Air Camper (and much of the non-structural part of it as well) is made up with glued wood joints. Gussets and joints generally also...
by taildrags
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 14892

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

PS, if you looked at the webpage that I linked to, you may be wondering about the plugged bung that's welded to the back of the aft stack, just down from where it bolts to the head. That's the port where my smoke system injects the oil (not connected at the moment), and I think I followed the direct...
by taildrags
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 14892

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

Yes sir... those are off the shelf Aeronca stacks. Aircraft Spruce has them, but you're not going to like the price. I had some just like that on the A65 until they rusted through. Had a guy weld them here and there, then I blasted them and applied VHT and baked it, and they lasted a little longer b...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 14892

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

Hey Tools- Either there's a technical glitch with the website posting or else your Piet For Sale is the most-viewed thread ever seen on this list. It currently shows 13,016 views ;o) I know that the pictures you posted show your Air Camper topless and all (uncovered cockpits), but that's a lot of vi...
by taildrags
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New here, with question
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

Re: New here, with question

Probably the best place to start in Utah would be with Steve Eldredge, who owned and flew one of the iconic Air Campers of our era (the one shown as the Piet list icon on Matronics, dark green with silver wings and a big silver "E" on the tail). I believe he and his brother were both in the Salt Lak...
by taildrags
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New here, with question
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

Re: New here, with question

It won't be the first Piet to fly behind a Pinto engine, if I remember correctly. I just don't recall whether they used a redrive on it or not. There are many variants of that engine too... a low compression and a higher compression, different carburetion, a turbocharged version, and other variants....
by taildrags
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brodhead Reunion Forums
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Re: Brodhead Reunion Forums

Brian, if I'm not mistaken, Popular Woodworking or Woodworker or one of those magazines ran a head-to-head series of tests on a half-dozen different types of wood glues. Titebond, T88, Gorilla, several others, hide glue. A good comparison test was Mark Schofield's review in the July/August 2007 issu...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brodhead Reunion Forums
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Re: Brodhead Reunion Forums

One question that I see quite frequently from people who are just learning about the Air Camper, who are building one but have never flown one, or who are going to be transitioning into one is "what's it like to fly one?". With as many onboard video cameras as there are these days, and with as many ...
by taildrags
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Corvair Campers with wood props
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Corvair Campers with wood props

Excellent information, thanks to all who replied! Our friend Down Under is looking into getting a prop made for his PietenVair and now has some very solid data points.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: GN1/Pietenpol project $1100
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: GN1/Pietenpol project $1100

Looks like it's ready for a Corvair... engine mount and graphics on the side of the fuselage are both Corvair.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
NX41CC
by taildrags
Sun May 26, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Corvair Campers with wood props
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Corvair Campers with wood props

Here's a question for those of you who are flying a Corvair-powered Air Camper with a wood prop. What diameter and pitch prop are you flying? I've gone through the photos such as on the Westcoastpiet site and Flycorvair, but there isn't much prop information given. I'm fairly certain that people lik...
by taildrags
Thu May 23, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Looking for a prop
Replies: 0
Views: 155

Looking for a prop

Anybody happen to have a 70x40 or 70x42 prop for a Continental flanged hub? It's something I'd like to try on my A75. Post reply here or direct to me at taildrags@hotmail.com .

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC
by taildrags
Sun May 12, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1164

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; I'm not that far behind you in the rear-view mirror... I'll be 68 this July. I have an older sister, but she's only a year older than I am. Her name is Patti and she's definitely not a pilot! Besides moving my Air Camper on the flatbed trailer, I've also moved it in a Penske/Ryder van. I was m...
by taildrags
Mon May 06, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1164

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; put the wings on the bottom and build a simple framework over them so you can roll the fuselage up onto the trailer with the wings underneath.
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by taildrags
Sun May 05, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Wooden Prop??
Replies: 3
Views: 627

Re: Wooden Prop??

Riley; contact me off-list at taildrags@hotmail.com . See top picture here: http://www.flysquirrel.net/corvair/corvair.html . This Tennessee Props propeller is sized as per their recommendations and has not yet flown.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun May 05, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1164

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; it doesn't have an engine.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Flying Air Camper Wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 248

Re: Flying Air Camper Wanted

Sam; please state for the record whether you are looking for a *donation* of an airplane to the non-profit (presumably in exchange for a tax writeoff for the value of the donated airplane), or if you're looking to *purchase* a flying airplane.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vi Kapler style hinges
Replies: 14
Views: 2100

Re: Vi Kapler style hinges

Oops... yeah, what Terry said ;o)

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vi Kapler style hinges
Replies: 14
Views: 2100

Re: Vi Kapler style hinges

Mike; my other website is http://www.flysquirrel.net . I'm doing a lot of work on VA facilities all over the West coast lately so I've been out more than usual the last few months, but with summer approaching, I hope to get back into my routine of at least spending Saturday afternoons at the hangar ...
by taildrags
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: A new French builder?
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: A new French builder?

35 kts = 40 MPH, I'm pretty sure my Air Camper can do this. Maximum weight 650-700 lbs: my Air Camper is right in that range, and that's including a few things it doesn't need, like a venturi vacuum, vertical speed indicator, and turn/bank indicator. Maximum gross weight of 992 pounds can be met by ...
by taildrags
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Pietenpol 90th Anniversary Poster
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Pietenpol 90th Anniversary Poster

Ordered mine! It will get framed and hung in my hangar. Definitely a keepsake.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Steel Fuselage Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Re: Steel Fuselage Progress

What I like about rigidly linking the front and back controls is that it helps keep the rudder horn from getting loaded too heavily if the pilot presses with both feet at the same time. I've found myself in many a demanding landing when on rollout I noticed that my legs were very tense on the rudder...
by taildrags
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Steel Fuselage Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Re: Steel Fuselage Progress

ArthurD; very interesting to see that you're using a rudder bar in front and pedals in back. Do you intend to link them together using cables, or using rods/tubes?

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Re: Instrument Panel

Ken, I like your method of navigating! Simple and foolproof. No sir... they'll never call you Ken "Wrong Way" Bickers ;o)
by taildrags
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Re: Instrument Panel

Hey Ron- Help! I've tried turning my mag compass every which way but can't find 12 o'clock on it! ;o) I've had a couple of vehicles that seemed like they were designed to have the gauge needles more or less centered when the readings were normal, and I know a lot of race cars are set up that way so ...
by taildrags
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Re: Instrument Panel

I like where you have the magnetic compass. Mine is roughly "top dead center" in my panel, where you show your ASI, and it's apparently close enough to the steel control stick that when I move the stick towards or away from the compass- the heading readout changes. Oscar Zuniga Medford, OR Air Campe...
by taildrags
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: offset vertical fin
Replies: 10
Views: 1294

Re: offset vertical fin

Mine is offset 1/2" to port but the offset would be in the opposite direction if you have a Corvair or other engine that turns in a direction opposite to Continentals and Lycomings. I honestly don't know which way a Ford (or a Jeep) turns. I have no need or desire for in-flight adjustment of rudder ...
by taildrags
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: offset vertical fin
Replies: 10
Views: 1294

Re: offset vertical fin

Mine is offset 1/2" to port but the offset would be in the opposite direction if you have a Corvair or other engine that turns in a direction opposite to Continentals and Lycomings. I honestly don't know which way a Ford (or a Jeep) turns. I have no need or desire for in-flight adjustment of rudder ...
by taildrags
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Tail Wheel weight consideration?
Replies: 4
Views: 839

Re: Tail Wheel weight consideration?

Wow... you polished up those hinges to a real shine!

-Oscar
by taildrags
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bill Rewey
Replies: 8
Views: 1270

Re: Bill Rewey

Surely there must be-??!! Bill gave so many rides to so many people! Bill must have been in the big formation flight of Piets from what, the 75th anniversary? The 80th-?
by taildrags
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Tail Wheel weight consideration?
Replies: 4
Views: 839

Re: Tail Wheel weight consideration?

My only experience is with the Scott 2000 and the Matco T6. I have flown both of them on my Piet and the Matco is 0.4 lb lighter than the Scott, using the same 2-leaf steel spring on both setups. On my scales, both the Scott 2000 and the Matco T6 came in at between 4.5 and 5 lbs., but from previous ...
by taildrags
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vi Kapler style hinges
Replies: 14
Views: 2100

Re: Vi Kapler style hinges

Rick; email me at taildrags@hotmail.com for more info. They are $35 for a set of nine pairs of hinges, as-cast, ready for the builder to finish.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Elevator Covering Time Lapse Video
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Elevator Covering Time Lapse Video

He said EkoFill, which means he's using the Stewart Systems (water-based) covering system. Everything I've seen about it has been favorable, but I've never used it myself.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: Prop hub snap ring

If I may wander off to the side just a little bit here, if I recall the situation with my old A65, it was not possible to remove the prop bolts from the hub with it installed on the engine... the back of the hub was just too close to the engine cases for the bolts to be able to back out. What this m...
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: Prop hub snap ring

You may find that the safety bolt should be the last part to go in, otherwise you may have trouble slipping the snap over the nut past the safety bolt.
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: Prop hub snap ring

Well, as near as I can tell from the prop hub removal/installation procedure (which, by the way, was also published in the Spring 2014 issue of the BPA Newsletter), the snap ring would be the last thing to go back into the hub after the propeller hub nut is installed and torqued. There is a snap rin...
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: Prop hub snap ring

OK, now I've got it... you're referring to the tapered shaft prop hub on Continentals. The article on how to deal with this hub, by Bob Gehring and Steve Krog, is on the Flybaby site. I'll have to see what it says about the snap ring... my old A65 had the tapered shaft hub but I never had to remove ...