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    Great design but Paul was quite too busy between...

    Great design but Paul was quite too busy between EAA, raising Tom & Bonnie, and flying C-47s and KC-97’s for the National Guard. I remember Paul “burning the candle at both ends” many times. He...
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    Flying wing

    I recall seeing a Flying Plank glider in the 50’s, a true flying wing bird. Some were modified adding a rear engine making it a motor glider. Only stability issue was never to stall the Plank. ...
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    Reliability

    In my 50+ years of flying and building aircraft and engines, I have seen many “modifications” of engines, some good, and some not so good. Although this may be a great engine, the proof is in its...
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    Airplane ID

    Reminds me of the Jeanies Teeny. Vr... Don
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    The manifold described is very common when being...

    The manifold described is very common when being fed from a Liquid Oxygen Tank, evaporator, and compressor as the vendor is using 99.999% pure LOX. Each outlet has a check valve thereby they can...
  6. Preservation

    Building the 0-200 early is not an issue as long as you coat all surfaces (cylinder interior, journals, pistons, rings, etc. with a good preservation oils such as Shell Ensis Oil. Vr.. Don Stits
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    You should fit. Naturally, sit in it to make...

    You should fit. Naturally, sit in it to make sure. Don
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    Smith Miniplane

    The Smith Miniplane is a stable easy to fly biplane and no more difficult to take off and land than a Luscome or Cessna 120. I knew Frank and his son Donald, and used to meet Donald 6000 ft over...
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    Overreach

    I have watched EAA slowly disintegrate into a large commercial entity for the last decade and slowly loose the values of the original founders. From buttering up to the large donors to destroying...
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    Sounds Stupid

    Exactly the point. Answer is get a damn license and fly like everybody else.
    vr... Don Stits
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    FAA

    interestingly, there is a way.... used when testing glider tow capabilities. As long as there is a rope or cable attached to a vehicle or track on the ground, the aircraft and pilot do not require...
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    Plastic sheet use

    The use of large plastic wrap has been tried before with unfavorable results. The issue is the wrap lifting up on upper wing surfaces effectively changing the airfoil. This can lead to loss of...
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    The O-145 is actually a decent engine but lacks...

    The O-145 is actually a decent engine but lacks parts support due to its limited production time. You are looking at an 8B which came with the 65HP Lycoming. Have flown both the O-145 and GO-145 in...
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    After new cowl, paint, canopy, and inverted fuel...

    After new cowl, paint, canopy, and inverted fuel system... Don
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    Cowling

    Not sure. When Ray replaced the first cowl nose bowl with the T-Craft nose bowl, I think he went to Dzus fasteners instead. Don
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    Attached photo is N8K in early testing before...

    Attached photo is N8K in early testing before inverted fuel system, new cowl, canopy, and the trademark red and white sunburst paint. Late 1952. Don
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    Landing gears

    Brings back memories. We built our own coal fired blast furnace, cut our own gears, did the drilling and grinding, then heated and bent our own gears. The good old days....... Don.
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    Would recommend staying with original design...

    Would recommend staying with original design which performs well, has plenty of aileron for both low speed and high speed maneuvers, does not have a wing twist issue, etc. When final rigging is...
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    Playboy

    Appreciate the pictures when you reach that point. No, I won’t laugh, remember the original and all of the trial and error with all of the designs. Best wishes.. Don. EAA Lifetime 43201
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    Reviewed the original prints and working drawings...

    Reviewed the original prints and working drawings and appears 3 degrees is correct for the SA3A Playboy.
    VR..... Don Stits
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    Playboy

    Will pull the archives this weekend and see if I have the answer. I know the two place was 2 degrees but not sure about the single place. Will let you know what I find. Vr.. Don Stits
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    weight and balance

    Attached document should help. Vr... Don
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