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Old 12-05-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Quite some time ago I joined this site because I wanted to do a Bipe, I was looking at the Zipster at the time, but a fter some much heated and sometimes controversial discussions that project was abandoned. About a year ago my buddy and I purchased a Chuckbird Bipe off of Ebay and have spent the last year rebuilding it. It is ready to go to the airport for final assembly and testing but the weather has turned against us. I don't really feel much like assembling wings and doing rigging in 20 degree weather or doing taxi tests in 4" of snow or test flying an open cockpit plane in 20 degree weather either, call me a wuss if you like. It has been a fun year. this is what the plane looked like 20+ years ago



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Old 04-18-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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This is how it looks now.
<Animated image removed.
Nice plane...upload static images, thanks.



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Old 04-18-2011, 11:07 PM   #3
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Ok, how do you slow down the flippin photo?

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Old 04-18-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
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Love the paint scheme.Really works with the lines! It would be great to see more pix but skip the "flipping".


Nice job!

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Old 04-19-2011, 12:13 AM   #5
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Dang thats annoying....

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Old 04-22-2011, 01:09 AM   #6
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Sorry about the flipping pics had to resize them to post em here and for some reason the program combined two pics together. Lets try this

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Old 04-22-2011, 01:17 AM   #7
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:26 AM   #8
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This is what it looked like 16 months ago

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Old 04-22-2011, 01:39 AM   #9
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We completely stripped the plane to the bare frame, cleaned everything, replaced all the turtledeck stringers. This thing had so many different engines on it that the firewall members looked like swiss cheese, also the plans had been updated to beefier firewall members so we replaced them also. The landing gear slider tubes were cracked so new one were made and updated. While rigging the plane we couldn't seem to get it to sit square, we finally discovered that the right side landing gear legs were all one inch shorter than the left so we made new ones to level everything up. Lots of work but the end results are well worth it




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Old 04-22-2011, 07:43 AM   #10
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Very nice job. That paint scheme is extremely good looking!

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Old 04-23-2011, 06:27 PM   #11
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Guys,
Very pretty little biplane!
What engine?

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Old 04-25-2011, 09:21 AM   #12
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Very pretty little biplane!


What engine?








503 Rotax (snowmobile conversion) DCSI, Rotax B gearbox, 2.58:1, IVO 3 blade 62". We have about 2 hours flying now, cruise 60mph IAS @ 5500rpm
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:12 PM   #13
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Hello Bill,

I am very impressed with the job you and your buddy have done! It's a very nice looking little biplane. What was the final weight? The Chuckle can be 103 they say...

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Old 02-18-2012, 03:11 AM   #14
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making the bipe a true ultralight might be possible but the compromise in safety would not be worth it. The Texas Parasol (mono wing) with careful attention to weight I believe to be obtainable. I have toyed with converting the Zipster plans to Chuckbird materials & building methods, but when I bought my zipster plans I bought the download version ,not the cd. last fall my computer was hit with a virus and my whole hard drive was destroyed. fortunately I had most of my pics backed up but lost all my music, documents and a few different sets of plans, including my Zipster plans.

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Old 02-18-2012, 03:21 AM   #15
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Bill, it is often possible to still pull data from a compromised drive. If you still have the hard drive in its original failed state (meaning, you haven't used the drive for anything else since), PM me and I may be able to help...

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Old 02-19-2012, 06:33 PM   #16
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local computer repair had already tried to recover but was unable and the hard drive was replaced and scrapped

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I found my off computer download backup and have my Zipster plans back again YEA-Hoo

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Great. For future reference, for $5 a month these guys backup your computer in real time and you don't even notice:
http://www.backblaze.com/




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