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Bugs66
01-28-2005, 12:37 AM
I'm kinda pumped now that I've started my wings. Homebuilders all go through hills and valleys of motivation during the project. I thought I'd call a roll call to see how everyone is doing with their projects. If you are a lurker - time to register (free) (http://www.supercub.org/phpbb2/profile.php?mode=register) and let us know about your project!

Here is my newly setup photo log: http://supercubproject.sturmcity.net so you can see what I am up to.

Stuff currently on my mind right now:
1. What kind of landing lights am I going to do for my wing? Stock? HID? I know I will be using the newer LED nav/strobe lights.
2. What kind of pitot should I put in? regular? heated? make my own?

For some motivation - I went to Stumpjumper's (http://www.stumpjumper.cassuttracing.com/index.html) web site and watched his awesome videos. Check them out!

Dan H
01-28-2005, 09:20 AM
Was working on a W-A Sport Trainer before a year long break to the land of the sandstorm, whick is about to end. :P Have tack welded fuselage. Purchased via some internet scrounging, tailfeathers, LG, Lycoming O235, prop and misc. other parts. Scratch building metal rib wings with wood spars. The saga continues and CAN SOMBODY GET ME OUT OF HERE!!! :crazyeyes:

behindpropellers
01-28-2005, 09:27 AM
Hey experimental guys:

You should check out carlson's for ribs. They have really reasonable priced ribs for your exp.

www.sky-tek.com


They make experimental ribs as well as PMA ribs for every piper up to the PA-18.

Tim

joecub
01-28-2005, 10:04 AM
Just finishing my Smith Cub! Gets inspection on monday :D , 180 hp, 1p235 prop, 29" bushwheels, metal flaps and ailerons. weighed in at 1152 without oil... Joe

Bugs66
01-28-2005, 11:22 AM
Just finishing my Smith Cub! Gets inspection on monday :D , 180 hp, 1p235 prop, 29" bushwheels, metal flaps and ailerons. weighed in at 1152 without oil... Joe

Drool...drool... How about some pics in the photo gallery?

Bugs66
01-28-2005, 11:28 AM
Was working on a W-A Sport Trainer before a year long break to the land of the sandstorm, whick is about to end. :P ..

Hey Dan! Welcome to SuperCub.org! Keep us posted!

Ron B.
01-28-2005, 06:34 PM
Hello
Two of us building each a Smith"s supercub project. Mine all covered , but not all painted. The other wings painted but nothing else covered.
We each have a TMX 360. Long way to go yet.

bill willcutts
01-28-2005, 09:54 PM
Hi all, Nick says my wings are ready to be picked up in Canada. the good news is they are ready ...the bad news is I was not planning on that trip un till May or latter. Any ideas for getting the wings to Colorado? Really I just want to make one trip for everytihing. Thanks for any input. Bill

storm_pilot
01-28-2005, 10:43 PM
Currently about 70% completed with the fuse tube superstructure from the Northland blueprints. Then begins the fabrication of all the brackets and stuff to weld up to that.

Wayne Mackey
01-28-2005, 11:25 PM
Hi Guy's,
Really glad to see so many getting started and coming along on their projects. I'm
involved in several exper. projects at the time and really injoying it. Two of them
I am part owner one is my own. The others are freinds or customers that I'm helping
All but one are stol type and it is in the new sport class wt. I will have to get the ok
from the owners and then will post pics. Work is starting to catch up and I have
just got back to working on my own. It is based around the cub but of my own
design. Very lite and has a lot of mods. Two peice slatted flaps,Leading edge slats,
VGs, 36 Gals. fuel, Air streaks, No electical, 0 200 modified. Three or four of
these will fly in the next 6 mounths. Stick with it!!!! Wayne

AkPA/18
01-28-2005, 11:30 PM
Hah---you had better get back to work Wayne!!!!

Wayne Mackey
01-28-2005, 11:50 PM
Mark I thought you where a freind HAH!!!
All fun aside did the last parts go on and fit ok? Wayne

WWhunter
01-29-2005, 11:21 PM
Building a Murphy Rebel. Finished tail group and flapperons. Due to my wife being in the Army progress is VERY SLOW. We keep getting moved everytime I get set up and start building. Had the wing kit shipped here to Hawaii but haven't decided if I'll even try to do anything on them.

I'm back on the main land more than I'm here trying to get a house finished for us to live in when she retires (2 yrs.5 mos.). Something called hunting seems to come up that also interferes also.

Keith

Bill Rusk
01-30-2005, 07:04 AM
Got the rest of my Smith Kit this week. Full report to follow but it is "All Good" so far.

Joecub.... check your PMs. 1150 seems like a good weight with that engine. I'd like to know what you did, I am trying to keep mine light so I am always looking for ideas. Did Steve Tubbs help you?

Thanks

Bill

AkPA/18
01-31-2005, 06:48 PM
Hey Wayne----I have not seen the mount yet. It went straight to the powdercoaters. It will be a bit before Tim gets it back. Powdercoaters are behind on sandblasting due to a cold snap we had recently. The mockup to the FW fit fine. I'll let you know.

Thanks

Mark

Wayne Mackey
01-31-2005, 07:45 PM
Thanks Mark, let me know how it goes. your ThrustLine kit showed up today and the
cowl chanel peices look real good. Wayne

Todd C
02-01-2005, 08:40 AM
Just picked up my Spraker fuselage, it looks great! Bugs66, I'm installing taxi & landing lights in each wing and found a solid-state flasher for $35 to do the wig-wag bit. The lights are halogen off-road type from Harbor Freight without the housing. I went with Aeroflash nav/strobes for the wings and will install the Aeroflash position/strobe in the T/E of the rudder. My wings are not assembled and am still gathering bits and pieces as I find them. I'm looking forward to Dan H's return so we can tag-team some of the construction on our projects.

Bugs66
02-01-2005, 11:46 AM
Just picked up my Spraker fuselage, it looks great! Bugs66, I'm installing taxi & landing lights in each wing and found a solid-state flasher for $35 to do the wig-wag bit. The lights are halogen off-road type from Harbor Freight without the housing. I went with Aeroflash nav/strobes for the wings and will install the Aeroflash position/strobe in the T/E of the rudder. My wings are not assembled and am still gathering bits and pieces as I find them. I'm looking forward to Dan H's return so we can tag-team some of the construction on our projects.

Hey Todd! Sounds good! I have bought several parts for the fuselage from Northland. Haven't started a thing on the fuse yet. Check out my photo gallery for my wing build. Do you have a D&E wing also? I'm sending you a PM with my email.

joecub
02-01-2005, 01:41 PM
I finally posted a picture of my Smith Cub... Its in the Experimentals, Got inspected yesterday and by dark I had over 2 hours flown off....
180 hp, 29" BW, ..... what a blast. Joe

Carey Gray
02-01-2005, 02:22 PM
That is a good looking airplane. Nice job. :cheers

Bugs66
02-01-2005, 02:42 PM
That is a good looking airplane. Nice job. :cheers

Ditto! Congrats and what a nice reward after all that hard work. Give yourself a pat on the back - or better yet, go fly it again!

Gunny
02-01-2005, 03:23 PM
Congrats Joe!! :up :up :up :up :up

Michael Tracy
02-01-2005, 06:34 PM
I may have the distinction of having the last wing kit from D&E Aircraft on order before Taylorcraft takes over. I have talked to Ernie a few times over the past year and finally caved in to his propaganda on the 66" cord wing. I have a Wag SuperSport fuselage with most PA18 upgrades. I also have a Lycoming o-320 beefed up to over 170 horsepower. I hope to have some time now to finish this thing this year.

Mike

Bugs66
02-01-2005, 07:28 PM
I may have the distinction of having the last wing kit from D&E Aircraft on order before Taylorcraft takes over.

Yes, I spoke to Ernie two days ago and had him send me some missing parts. I also had to get a couple shorter drag wires. I would do a inventory asap and let him know. I asked if Taylorcraft would have the same prices and same supply line. He said he had no idea. :(

Mark Lund
02-01-2005, 08:10 PM
Joecub - I agree, great looking airplane.

I've got a PA-18 style modified Wag Aero fuslage ready to cover,as are the tail pieces. My wings are ready to assemble, except I need one fuel tank, a either a LH Tripacer or a RH super cub, I have one of each at present and would like them to match.

I'm building ailerons right now. I wish I was done with that, they are a pain in the butt.

My boot cowl is built, (for the second time). The interior pieces are done. I"ve got both 0-320 and 0-200 engine mounts. I don't have an engine yet and haven't decided which way to go.

So the major stuff I need to find are: engine, some instruments, wheels, brakes, and tires.

I've restored 2 J-3's with Poly Fiber so I'll use it again, hopefully next winter.

Michael Tracy
02-01-2005, 08:14 PM
After talking with Ernie a few times I decided to get my wing kit now before it's to late. I will do a complete inventory when it arrives. Ernie thinks Taylorcraft will still sell his experimental kits but the prices will probably go up.

Michael Tracy
02-01-2005, 08:17 PM
Bugs did you finish welding your tail feathers and did you ever find out what those gusset looking pieces are for?
Mike

Bugs66
02-01-2005, 10:43 PM
Bugs did you finish welding your tail feathers and did you ever find out what those gusset looking pieces are for?
Mike

Haven't started yet, just looked over the plans. I have found it useful to download every picture I ever see on the web, here or there, for close examination. I especially appreciate when folks take close-ups. Which gussets are you referring to?

Got your PM, will be in touch.

Michael Tracy
02-01-2005, 11:43 PM
Which gussets are you referring to?

The little flat metal parts that look like gussets that came with the balanced tail group kit. I haven't welded mine yet and was looking at the northland CD for help. I don't see anything in the piper drawings for the elevator or horizontal stabilizer like them. I also copy as many pictures from the net as I can get of other construction projects.
Mike

Wayne Mackey
02-02-2005, 10:16 AM
The peices go where the diagnal brace meets the rib. Look at an old orignail J3 tail.

R. JOHNSON
02-02-2005, 06:07 PM
Is Wag's balanced tail group kit standard PA-18 dimensions or are they just balanced J-3 type like PA-22/20? I can't where specifies in the catalog.

Bugs66
02-02-2005, 06:43 PM
Is Wag's balanced tail group kit standard PA-18 dimensions or are they just balanced J-3 type like PA-22/20? I can't where specifies in the catalog.

When I ordered mine I was told it was all PA-18 size and shape except the rudder. So I skipped the rudder. I am looking for a rudder. I can get my kit out and take a look. Which dimension would be different?

Michael Tracy
02-02-2005, 08:10 PM
I sold my original J3 elevators and stabilizers and purchased the balanced tail kit from Wag. It is the same as the PA18 balanced tail. I skipped the rudder in the kit because it was the same as a J3.
Mike

Michael Tracy
02-02-2005, 08:26 PM
The J3 elevator span is 9.5 feet and each half has 3 ribs. the PA18 balanced elevator has a 10.5 foot span and 4 ribs.

TIRacing
02-02-2005, 10:54 PM
I have the last of the Daytona cubs. They were the US importer for Smith. Should be on the covering sometime this spring. We are preassembling the whole plane first and then covering. Always interested in hearing from other Smith builders.
Mark Hein
Clearwater, FL

jon
02-03-2005, 09:22 PM
Building a Smith, wings and tail surfaces are in color. Wiring on fuselage
is almost completed and will be covering soon. have new pics posted
under "jons album" in new photo section. Having lots of fun!

Jon

courierguy
02-03-2005, 11:12 PM
I'm building my second Rans S-7 Courier, the first I sold this fall after putting 1300 hrs on trouble free time on it, and that was with a Subaru conversion (Stratus) which gave 0-200 power or better with A-65 fuel burn but quieter and smoother then either. I am very near ready to cover and will post some pictures after I figure out how. It'll be done in a couple months as I am on it full time pretty much.

Courierguy in Idaho

Rv8tor
02-07-2005, 11:39 AM
I'm considering a Smith cub with the 4" wider fuselage. Is there anybody in the Washington with one? I would like to see how I fit in one. I'm 6'6" 250 lbs. I currently fly a J3 cub, I love it but it is CRAMPED. Any advise on what I could do to increase leg and headroom would be much appreciated.

Thanks, Gene

I wish I was normal size :(

Fortysix12
02-07-2005, 12:14 PM
Anybody here building a 12 from Smith. ?

jon
02-07-2005, 06:11 PM
Gene, I am building a Smith wide 18 and have a wagareo J3. Being
6'7" 240 I feel your pain. Regarding the 18s room, I reworked
the seat to slide back 2" more than normal and contoured the
each side of the instrument panel to help with knee clearance.
I am very happy with the fit, no comparison with the J3.
I put a Cessna 150 seat in my J3exp. fly front seat,
wing tanks and rear battery help with C.G. Before this I did fly
from the back. A thick seat and very little back pad
along with slightly longer rudder cables will move pedals
foreword and greatly increase comfort. Note that doing this to
the cables may not let the front pilot get full rudder travel do
to the firewall.

Rv8tor
02-08-2005, 10:01 AM
Thanks Jon for the info. Hows your headroom?

Marty57
02-09-2005, 01:41 PM
I am new to the site, so far great info here. I have a set of plans for the Wag Aero Sportsman 2+2 and am in the stage of gathering as much info as I can before I begin. I plan on doing all the welding on the fuselage. Currently, I am in need of any drawings or related info for flap installitation as the wag aero plans use spoilers. I am looking for modification drawings for the PA12 flap STC. The drawings would help me considerably in the project ahead. I hope to be welding in a couple of months.

Marty

CptKelly
02-09-2005, 04:22 PM
I have a Daytona Cub Smith Kit. Aircraft is completed, registration and airworthiness are done. Currently flying off restrictions. Nice plane, and a hoot with the XP-360.

Mike

PA-10
02-09-2005, 06:45 PM
Light Miniature Aircraft full size J-3, sitka spruce structure. Tail structure is done, basic fuselage structure is done. Landing gear come next. Power will be 65-85 hp, with full electric. I'm thinking of calling it a "PA-10", hence my "name" on this forum. For those on a limited budget, this is a very cost-effective way to get your own Cub. The thing can be in the air for under $20k and allegedly 500 hours (which means 1000).

Bugs66
02-09-2005, 08:17 PM
Light Miniature Aircraft full size J-3, sitka spruce structure. Tail structure is done, basic fuselage structure is done. Landing gear come next. Power will be 65-85 hp, with full electric. I'm thinking of calling it a "PA-10", hence my "name" on this forum. For those on a limited budget, this is a very cost-effective way to get your own Cub. The thing can be in the air for under $20k and allegedly 500 hours (which means 1000).

Sounds great! I'd love to see some pics!

PA-10
02-10-2005, 08:09 AM
I just put two photos in the Experimental Cubs photo gallery.

jaypratt
09-01-2005, 08:35 AM
I have completed a North Star 180 hp by WWW.CustomFlightLtd.com it is designed like a S Cub with some changes
Have 135 hours so far lots, of fun.

redrooster
09-01-2005, 12:56 PM
I'm building my second Rans S-7 Courier, the first I sold this fall after putting 1300 hrs on trouble free time on it, and that was with a Subaru conversion (Stratus) which gave 0-200 power or better with A-65 fuel burn but quieter and smoother then either. I am very near ready to cover and will post some pictures after I figure out how. It'll be done in a couple months as I am on it full time pretty much.

Courierguy in Idaho

I read an article years ago that you wrote for Sport Pilot magazine. It sounded like you built in some nice features re: cargo/sleeping area, and like you had very satisfactory performance. What are you going to do for power on the next one? I'm not too much into reduction drives and water cooling, I like things simple. Seems like a 6 cylinder Jabiru might be a good choice- 120 horses out of only about 200 cubic inches is pretty good for a direct drive. Only trouble is high rpm requiring a short prop, maybe not the best for a STOL airplane.

Rooster