Tail Wheel weight consideration?

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E.Woodson
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Tail Wheel weight consideration?

Post by E.Woodson » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:54 pm

I recently picked up a nice antique Scot 3-24B that was priced right and cleaned up really nice. My big concern with installing it on my Piet is the is the weight. 5lbs 6 oz seems a lot to hoist up on that moment arm. Any thoughts are welcome. I'm still pretty new to the homebuilding world and not too far along on my project.
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Re: Tail Wheel weight consideration?

Post by EAB4 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:50 am

I know people have used those tailwheels.
I’m using a Matco t6 which is slightly
Under 5lbs.
I think the Homebuilders Tailwheel from ACS weighs around 2 or 3 pounds.
Those are without the leaf springs though.
The plans built tailwheel assembly is probably
one of the lightest ways to go.

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Re: Tail Wheel weight consideration?

Post by taildrags » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:29 am

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 postings to the Matronics list, the spring and 6" Matco tailwheel setup is reportedly 4.5 lbs heavier than the plans-built A-frame and 4" wheel (info from Gary Boothe).

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Re: Tail Wheel weight consideration?

Post by E.Woodson » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:29 pm

Thanks, not sure which I'll end up using... a ways to go yet. Gary has been a great resource and love the look of his plane. I've been busy cleaning up some beautiful cast tail hinges. They worked out perfectly, thanks Oscar!
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Re: Tail Wheel weight consideration?

Post by taildrags » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:18 am

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

-Oscar

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