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Old 03-23-2016, 12:17 AM   #51
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Hello Dave, Jumped back on this forum today and enjoy your SA 100 build. Sure brings back memories.of my build. No longer fly or build but enjoy those that due so now. Dick L.


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Old 03-23-2016, 12:34 AM   #52
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Castleman, How are you doing? Just a couple replies to your notes on N35RL. Your fuel tank was welded by a professional industrial aluminum welding shop here in town. Also noted you are having troubles with flare to landin with ballooning.. I'm not sure what speeds you are landing at but I would reduce power to 1500 adjacent to the numbers, adjust trim for glide at 80mph with trim tab. When properly trimmed the stick should fee no load. On final when the runway is made I cut the power to idle, flair at 10 feet or so, now this is were the landing can balloon if you try to flair too soon. After leveling off let the airplane settle for a couple seconds or so then ease back on the stick and you should be stalled as the airplane touches in a nice three pointer. Never had any troubles with landing that airplane during the twenty some years I flew it. Hope this helps in your landing. Dick L.


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Old 03-23-2016, 01:52 AM   #53
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Well gee Bud coming from you that is most welcome. Would love to see you my friend if you can get it all together. There is nothing wrong with your airplane, so I do not think that will be a problem. I have a low time certified O-290-D and also have an old Sensenich metal prop, but do not think it is serviceable, and thanks for the encouragement. Dave
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Hi Dick, was thinking of you today. Your Starduster, a Luscombe and a Mooney had a nice flight around the islands today and Lunch at Burlington. Still purrs like a kitten.
Put about 30 to 40 hours a year on it.

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Dave, Good hearing from you. Pleased to hear your doing well. Looking forward to seeing you when it dries out.

My high-time O-290D2-B is doing OK except for a bad ring in #1 that I'll have taken care of at the annual next month. I replaced my metal prop due to an AD that said it was a bad marriage between the two. Got a great deal on a Warneke (sp?) prop that necessarily shed a lot of weight off the nose. I"ll be very interested to learn what your SA100 weights and how much you end up with on the tail when you finish. I think my tail is still too light at 38 lbs. in flight attitude (total empty (with oil) is 838 lbs.). Calculated W&B puts the CG at 21.40, with Min CG t 18.0 and Max at 25.0. Filling the turtledeck to max. 20 lbs. with stuff helps but still I never need to go beyond the trim mid-point.

Maybe I should try gaining some weight but my Dr. would not agree.
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Glad you are having fun ! I don't do any flying anymore due to old age. But I had my share of fun flying through the years. Enjoy every minute of it as time seems to slip away. All my flying buddies have gone on to their reward. Been teaching kids to fly model airplanes now. Stay safe! Richard
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Hope the kids are paying attention. Sounds like they have a great mentor.
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Default SA-100 Progress Revised list

Like I said this project I acquired had a lot of good things, but also many I did not like and for me needed to be changed. I have about a dozen things that need to be fixed changed or modified, and in no particular order.

(1) Make and install wheel pants, brackets and "T " bars..Just starting this now

(2) Fix repair modify main fuel tank....... Done

(3) Mount Fuel tank.....Done

(4) Make engine mount........... Done

(5) Make and install new bungee truss.... Done

(6) Make rudder pedal arms modify and install Cessna pedals... Mostly done

(7) Install throttle quadrant....... Done

(8) Make and install instrument panel....Done

(9) Install controls push pull tubes and idler arms....and make new control stick. Working on

(10) Make fire wall...... Done

(11) Modify head rest shorten glass in bulk heads floor, and baggage door.... Working on.

(12) Install seat belts, shoulder harness and crotch strap. Mostly Done.

(13) Make and install sheet metal sides .

(14) Modify cockpit rear cross tubes and add 6" more inches to leg room. Mostly done.

(15) Make and install hand holds at rear lower longerons. Yet to do

(16) Make landing gear fairings. Yet to be done.

(17) Basket weave seat support. Partially done.

(18) Floor boards and seat back. Mostly done....

(19) Cockpit edging. Mostly done...

(20) Modify section and make removable section in fiberglass nose bowl. Partially done.

(21) Carve whittle sand grind drill walnut stick grip! Mostly done...

(22) Install engine prop and spinner temporarily, for preliminary W&B numbers. Yet to do..

(23) Install rudder horizontal stab, elevator, and rig tail wires. Yet to do...

(24) Install wings and check flying and landing wire rigging. Yet to do...

These are a few of the things I have been working on or plan to change.
My latest accomplishment is the walnut pistol grip, from a block given to me by my friend Tim, a guy that makes Tim the Tool Man Taylor look like a novice wood butcher when it comes to wood work!.

After giving a lot of thought it looks like I am going to shorten the lower ailerons and add upper ones. I have everything to do it, and it will be a lot more work, but everyone I have talked with so far that has done so was more than pleased with the effort.. Dave
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quite a list Dave. Look forward to seeing it. Might be going to the Luscombe gig in Calf if they have it this year. Maybe I could stop by. Interested in that extra legroom.

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You are more than welcome Will, hopefully in the next couple of weeks it will be out at the airport and all together? But we will see...Dave
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Geez Dave. That grip looks great! There use to be one plastic and one wood grip in the Range Duster that looked a lot like those. Did you make them too?
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No Kris I had nothing to do with the ones in N26AH that was all Al Hoopers doing! Dave
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Dave, I really like the grip. It's got character just like you. Nice work. Here's hoping you put it to good use real soon.
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Just to let you guys know this is my progress lately..

Rear fuselage hand holds.

Sheet metal sides roughed out.

Nose bowl channels for nose bowl and cowl sheet metal

Loading it on the trailer and taking it to the airport.

Assembling it at the airport hanger.

Rigging.

Cutting lengthing and rewelding "I" struts, way to much dihedral, had about 4.0 degrees, should be 1.5

Remove mock up engine core, and replace with complete engine, low time O-290-D

Rigging flying and landing wire arrangement and wire pull channel brackets, modify lengthen and relocate.

Other than that haven't been doing much. Dave
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Really looking good Dave.

Looks like a fun one to fly too!
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Nice progress Dave! Your rocking chair must have a load of cobwebs.
The blue on the spinner looks familiar. I'm guessing this airplane will match your other Starduster livery. Hope I can get up there before you cover.

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Gear is really updated, looks like a Too from the front! Looks like its gotten narrower and taller.
Dave, super smooth progress!
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The gear length, spats and wheel pants just look outstanding! You sure know how to buildem' Dave!
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SWEET! Dave you are a one-man airplane factory
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The latest, actually several weeks ago is wheel pant and brake mounting brackets and hardware.

Preliminary W&B. 735 #lbs with everything I could think of including radio and X-Ponder and all engine accessory's and a 25 amp concord battery, but less the plumbing wiring covering material and paint. I am planning about 100# lbs for that. It currently weighs 51# lbs on the tail in level flight.

Servo trim tab

Lead in elevator counter balance

Tail light bracket

Lower front sheet metal aft of fire wall

Stainless steel deflector plate at bottom of fire wall

Top and bottom sheet metal nose cowl

And last engine compartment doors.

So this is what I have been doing lately. Dave
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Looks great Dave. You've been busy!
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Looking good! Have you started on the upper wing ailerons?
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Not yet Tim but soon, most of what I have done is roughed out and to finish it all up will take some detailed work, but wanted to make sure it has the look I want before finish and fit. I am currently working on the baggage compartment behind the seat, once that is figured out I plan on starting on the ailerons. I have most all of the stuff to do it including the small streamline tubing and rod ends for the slave struts , and will only have to make two aileron hinges and brackets.

After that, off comes the engine and it will be disassembled for the new oil pump gears and pan that will allow a PS-5C pressure carb to be installed. Also a light starter and hopefully the correct propeller can be found.

I am looking for a 74/ 56 with a one inch dowel pined spacer that has 3/8" bolts for an O-290-D 125 HP Lycoming, it is a late model certified engine off of a Scout, is low time and one of the last ones built by Lycoming. Dave
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I really like the "look" Dave. Like your other Dusters, it will probably become the standard for what the classic airplane should look like. Beautiful work, IMO it would be wonderful to find an airworthy clear covering so the usual hidden underneath quality could be admired.
While I have a gigantic soft spot for Dusters the Pitts Special is what makes my heart beat faster. I've always thought if flush with $ I'd like to have two S1S's, one flying and another complete but uncovered hanging in my great room.

That said, I'd be well satisfied with your SA-100 for either flying or just looking and wouldn't consider either as being 2nd place to the other brand...

Both the airplane and the process is wonderful to watch!

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