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by taildrags
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 56
Views: 6760

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Richard; I take it from where the grass is way up on the tail brace wires that you're glad the airplane is painted a bright color? Otherwise, you'd be so deep in the grass when you stop that you might lose the airplane in that tall stuff ;o) Good heavens, man-! If you're landing in stuff that tall, ...
by taildrags
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 56
Views: 6760

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Was there a break-in routine specified for the new brakes? When I replaced the pads on my brakes with new Rapco linings, there was a procedure that basically involved some fast taxi while dragging the brakes to heat them up. May be different for other brakes, other pads. Here's what Rapco says about...
by taildrags
Sun May 30, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 56
Views: 6760

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Looking good, and they will no doubt work just fine for you. Nice closeup of those fluid reservoirs on the brakes... from the plumbing section of the aero supply store ;o) It looks like your tires are McCreary Aero Trainers. Same as what I fly except mine are 6.00x6s right now; going to 8s one of th...
by taildrags
Wed May 26, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Thinking about landinding gear
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: Thinking about landinding gear

I think it's nice to get the fuselage on the gear as soon as you can, for two reasons: (1) it's easier to roll around that way, and (2) it elevates your excitement and satisfaction to see something that looks like an airplane. Of course you don't have to bolt up the gear if you know you'll be flippi...
by taildrags
Mon May 24, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 56
Views: 6760

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Yes, I noticed those reservoirs. I like your brake pedals, too. What brake line tubing are you planning to use? I used Nylaflo on mine after reading up on the pros and cons. It's not recommended for brake lines where the wheels and brakes are inside of tight-fitting wheel pants or on planes that ope...
by taildrags
Sun May 23, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 56
Views: 6760

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Don't stop now, Richard! (pardon the pun ;o)

-Oscar Z.
by taildrags
Wed May 05, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 56
Views: 6760

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Richard; I'm right there with you. Pulling annual on my Piet and next on the list is to pull the wheels and brakes for cleaning, servicing the bearings, and swapping my 6.00 tires and tubes for 8s. I just think the plane will look better and will give me just a bit more deck angle in the 3-point lan...
by taildrags
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP's spark plug bushings
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: N34KP's spark plug bushings

Clever piece of work. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and you sure have the earmarks of one of her children!

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vertical Stab attachment bolt holes
Replies: 9
Views: 707

Re: Vertical Stab attachment bolt holes

The only experience I have is with my airplane, A75, wood fuselage. The first couple of years I owned the plane I flew it with one foot always holding a little pressure on one side of the rudder bar but I thought that's just the way it was with this Air Camper and most others flying in this configur...
by taildrags
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vertical Stab attachment bolt holes
Replies: 9
Views: 707

Re: Vertical Stab attachment bolt holes

John; either way works. I was trying to keep you from making a hole in the longeron, you're trying to get the hole to land there. It's your airplane, you pick ;o)

-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vertical Stab attachment bolt holes
Replies: 9
Views: 707

Re: Vertical Stab attachment bolt holes

My suggestion? It's easy to measure, cut, and glue in a cross-block between the longerons so you can bolt through that. The epoxy will be dry in the morning and you can carry on ;o)

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 27
Views: 5804

Re: N34KP

Wait... I just remembered that Ken is an academic and he followed the logic in my narrative perfectly. So for him and the other grammarians out there, I was talking about having to make a third tail tiedown release lever, NOT get a third COVID jab. And my excuse is that the after-effects of the shot...
by taildrags
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 27
Views: 5804

Re: N34KP

Ken Bickers! I just fell out of my chair! Third jab, indeed ;o)

Richard: It takes all day to make a nice part so I can tell a nice story, but dagnabbit- it only took one or two seconds to ruin a perfectly good part. And so it goes ;o)

-Oscar
by taildrags
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Pietenpol Aerial
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Pietenpol Aerial

Having owned a St. Croix Aerial project for a short time (just long enough to separate the beautiful set of landing gear from it), I can speak to this subject just a bit but not very much. To me, the Aerial (which is not a Pietenpol Air Camper) will appeal to builders who like the Air Camper but als...
by taildrags
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: N34KP
Replies: 27
Views: 5804

Re: N34KP

So this was one of those days. I had completed and tested my tail tiedown release, modeled after the one Richard made for Four Kilo Papa, and have finally gotten around to replacing the "tug the cord" release method with a for-real release lever and knob, also modeled after Richard's (than...
by taildrags
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: status of current build
Replies: 31
Views: 3184

Re: status of current build

Careful... I see you've got that plane inverted. Note that the Air Camper is Normal category and only good for negative 1.52 G ;o)

-Oscar Z.
by taildrags
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Hello - First post - NX899TD
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Hello - First post - NX899TD

Looks mighty purty ;o)

-Oscar
by taildrags
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Where to buy Plywood
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: Where to buy Plywood

I misspoke... it's Edensaw Woods.

-OZ
by taildrags
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Where to buy Plywood
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: Where to buy Plywood

Stroid: you are ideally located for this. Try Edensaw Lumber in Tacoma. Every report I've heard or seen on this list regarding their products and service have been A-1.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Piet Airfoil FC-10
Replies: 18
Views: 1506

Re: Piet Airfoil FC-10

Varmint: email me at taildrags@hotmail.com and I'll share those articles with you.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Piet Airfoil FC-10
Replies: 18
Views: 1506

Re: Piet Airfoil FC-10

Now, see-? THIS is the value of these groups! Meet other builders and pilots, ask questions, share ideas, "harvest" tips and tricks from others, and network/connect. Although I had been flying for 30 years when this happened, I never gave the Air Camper a thought until the day I met Ernie ...
by taildrags
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Piet Airfoil FC-10
Replies: 18
Views: 1506

Re: Piet Airfoil FC-10

The writeup by Mike Shuck is exactly what I was referring to. Mike moderated the Airfoil group on Yahoo Groups and that's where I first read his excellent writings. I know exactly where he is, a family medical practitioner in Wichita Kansas, but I also know that he's a busy guy and that he copyright...
by taildrags
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Piet Airfoil FC-10
Replies: 18
Views: 1506

Re: Piet Airfoil FC-10

Varmint; I've got a bit of information on the analysis of the airfoil, published some years ago on the 'Airfoil' list on Yahoo Groups (now gone). I'll see what I can dig up. For determining the load distribution between the front and rear spars I used Evans's Lightplane Designer's Handbook (2nd Ed.)...
by taildrags
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Age and Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: Age and Insurance

JimV, plenty of Piet builders and pilots around your area of the state. You should try to connect with someone who is building or flying one and get a better idea of what the Piet is like. PS, I took my Private checkride at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), in the Houston area. Old time exa...
by taildrags
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Age and Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: Age and Insurance

Well, I'm just a few months away from turning 70 and my insurance (on my Air Camper, with Falcon) renews in October so I guess I'll find out if age after 70 makes a difference when I get my quote for next year's coverage. For the last 10 years I've paid just about a dollar a day for liability covera...
by taildrags
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Quick question on the 8 tail brace fittings
Replies: 10
Views: 1171

Re: Quick question on the 8 tail brace fittings

You're correct that there are a number of places on the Air Camper which if you build as per dimensions on the plans, may 'trap' either the bolt head or the nut (or both) when you install the part or install another fastener that faces that one. I have a couple of places on my airplane where I wish ...
by taildrags
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: status of current build
Replies: 31
Views: 3184

Re: status of current build

OK. It's the alcohol blended autofuels that can cause problems. Sounds like you're all over it!

-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: status of current build
Replies: 31
Views: 3184

Re: status of current build

Which epoxy resin did you use on the fuel tank? Do you plan to run auto gas?

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power, avgas
by taildrags
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Quick question on the 8 tail brace fittings
Replies: 10
Views: 1171

Re: Quick question on the 8 tail brace fittings

PJ, I'm not sure what the question is. If you're referring to the very simple bent metal tabs that the brace wires attach to, there's not much to them. As with all of these details, you can get a lot of verification of your questions or doubts by looking at what others have done, most notably by vis...
by taildrags
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Am I getting close?
Replies: 10
Views: 1162

Re: Am I getting close?

PoconoJohn; it's OK. 60 is the new "midlife" anyway ;o)

-Oscar
by taildrags
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Am I getting close?
Replies: 10
Views: 1162

Re: Am I getting close? Am I too old?

What happens when you turn 65? Do your wings melt and fall off? ;o) That milestone has been in my rear-view mirror for almost 5 years now and I'm still flying my Piet. Some people enjoy the build process almost as much as the flying and feel a bit empty once they finish building. It sure seems like ...
by taildrags
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: center section bracket rust prevention
Replies: 9
Views: 1048

Re: center section bracket rust prevention

Ken; smell and sensitivity are BIG factors to consider as we build our airplanes and engines, and some people are extremely put off due to one or both of those. My wife is very sensitive to odors and although that was not my primary consideration when I elected to use Aeropoxy to construct my little...
by taildrags
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: center section bracket rust prevention
Replies: 9
Views: 1048

Re: center section bracket rust prevention

The woodworkers in this group can provide you with the most sage advice on which varnish would be best in this application, and there are some real pros around here. What I have used on my airplane (which I did not build; only have had to varnish additions, repairs, and miscellaneous woodwork on it)...
by taildrags
Sat Feb 06, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Fuel system sealant
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

Re: Fuel system sealant

Ken; great info, since I am using EZ Turn on my threaded fuel fittings too. I'll keep an eye on those until the next time I feel like twisting myself into a pretzel again, when I might just get back down there under the fuel tank and pull my assembly of fuel fittings apart to clean them up and re-do...
by taildrags
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: control stick travel
Replies: 11
Views: 1754

Re: control stick travel

Tom Kreiner saved me the trouble of making a run out to the airport to check the stick travel on 41CC. He pulled up an email from back in 2017 where I had already done that... sat in the plane and pushed the stick left and right as far as I could, and I surprised myself to find out that with my knee...
by taildrags
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: control stick travel
Replies: 11
Views: 1754

Re: control stick travel

I'll have to go sit in the airplane and throw the stick fully across from side to side to refresh my recollection on this. I installed some small aluminum discs on the floor where the ends of the aileron bellcrank touch, so those would show some dimples if they've been tapped often enough. I have pu...
by taildrags
Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: control stick travel
Replies: 11
Views: 1754

Re: control stick travel

Dana: sometimes the solution is right in front of our eyes but we can't see it! Great idea.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: control stick travel
Replies: 11
Views: 1754

Re: control stick travel

JimBob; this has come up before and is not a new issue. My airplane has a half-round notch taken out of the side you're referring to, and I think others have done that as well. See pic.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
notch.jpg
by taildrags
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Want to Buy Pietenpol or Fuselage
Replies: 9
Views: 1647

Re: Want to Buy Pietenpol or Fuselage

Chris; what, specifically, are you looking for? A flying Air Camper, or a project? Are you looking for something without an engine? A bit more detail would help.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: jury struts
Replies: 6
Views: 1130

Re: jury struts

Just checked the jury struts on my airplane (which I didn't build). The verticals are 1/2" OD steel tubing, while the horizontal connector between the verticals is 3/8" OD.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: jury struts
Replies: 6
Views: 1130

Re: jury struts

I'll be at the hangar sometime today and will put the calipers on the jury struts on 41CC to at least get you the OD of mine.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: jury struts
Replies: 6
Views: 1130

Re: jury struts

Buddy; here you have one of the flagship Air Campers in the fleet... Mike Cuy's beautiful airplane. See if you can tell what size tubing his jury struts are, but they sure don't look anything like 3/4"!
jury.jpg
Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Modified Aircamper
Replies: 9
Views: 1743

Re: Modified Aircamper

Spark6, I agree 100% with your assessment of the situations where this could be a problem, and I suspect that anyone who operates a simple experimental like ours out of a field that is located like yours is, knows that they are limited by their location and what they need to legally fly in and out. ...
by taildrags
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Modified Aircamper
Replies: 9
Views: 1743

Re: Modified Aircamper

rightforlineup- would you please explain that statement? As I read FAR 91.225, ADS-B Out capability is only required when operating in Class A, B, or C airspace, within Class E airspace when at or above 10,000 MSL (except when at or below 2,500 AGL, within 30 NM of a Class B airport... the Mode C ve...
by taildrags
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Center Section Flooring
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Re: Center Section Flooring

In my opinion, the plywood floor in the centersection is a good and useful thing, but not for structural reasons. Going back to the 1932 Flying & Glider Manual, the wing was one-piece and that plywood is called out as 1/16" thick "for supporting tank and bracing center section". S...
by taildrags
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brake master cylinder mountings
Replies: 56
Views: 6760

Re: Brake master cylinder mountings

Looking good! Progress photos are good for those who might be considering the same setup.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Wood and Steel Fuselages
Replies: 1
Views: 654

Re: Wood and Steel Fuselages

Sorry, Varmint... I'm not a steel guy and I don't weld, but I do know that the steel tube fuselage has been successfully employed by builders for many years and is said to be lighter that the wood fuselage. Others will have to chime in here, like Terry Hand, who is building his Piet with a steel tub...
by taildrags
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Stewart Systems Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Re: Stewart Systems Question

I don't have personal experience, but an A&P friend of mine has the following comments about it -Oscar I've heard of both methods and can't say that I have a preference of one over the other. While I have "supervised" and done the paperwork for two recovers with Stewart system, I have ...
by taildrags
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: First Quarter 2021 Newsletter
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

Re: First Quarter 2021 Newsletter

Pat; the first of January is 8 days from now. Does that give you enough time to put together the upcoming edition if we submit something in the next few days?

-Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Last stitch on the first wing done
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: Last stitch on the first wing done

Ken: that's even easier, yes!

-OZ