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  1. Bought a -12 decades (yikes!) ago with 0-290, -12...

    Bought a -12 decades (yikes!) ago with 0-290, -12 gear, and the stock wing (best I could tell from somewhat mixed up records from 1946-7). Subsequently invested a big chunk of my retirement into a...
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    (Mike...are you IA?) Hard to beat Mike MCS...

    (Mike...are you IA?)

    Hard to beat Mike MCS Repair, a member of the forum, for knowledge of -12's.
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    Previous system at the cabin was some SS bars...

    Previous system at the cabin was some SS bars (construction project leftovers) weighed down with prolly 150# each of a combination of cinderblocks and busted concrete pieces, all buried to about 4'...
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    Ditto the advice of AKTango....have a detailed...

    Ditto the advice of AKTango....have a detailed in-depth discussion with your insurance agent and, dare I say it, your lawyer. Might want to consider ownership structures and the like.

    Since...
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    ^^^ This. One (the only one I can think of) ...

    ^^^ This. One (the only one I can think of) advantage to the Baby Bushwheel on pavement is that it forces one (to avoid as much shimmy as possible) to touch down very straight and very slooowww. ...
  6. Thread: 50 years ago

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    I remember my dad made us come in and watch it (I...

    I remember my dad made us come in and watch it (I was 9 at the time) from outside. Didn't want to but glad I did.

    My dad was crying through the presentation and I couldn't get why. He was born...
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    The underwriter on my -12 doesn't cover...

    The underwriter on my -12 doesn't cover experimental, so can't really comment on point, but some hopefully helpful hints:

    - Get it insured now as a project in process.
    - Get as much hull value as...
  8. FWIW, Being born & raised in Alaska (well, OK,...

    FWIW,

    Being born & raised in Alaska (well, OK, Los Anchorage) but having spent an unfortunate amount of time in Ewe-stun, Texas, I was surprised how many folks (from all over the country and the...
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    Not an -18, but I really like the AOSS on my -12....

    Not an -18, but I really like the AOSS on my -12. Helps on the rough strips and the nice strips where the pilot tries to get multiple touchdowns per landing. :oops:
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    Late to the party but I've got 3 favorites: -...

    Late to the party but I've got 3 favorites:

    - Cessna 152: Got signed off in that one many decades ago
    - PA-12..the proverbial "what I'm flying now"
    - C-180; obviously a great plane on its own...
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    "Wow, all I can say is wow! I got nothing to add,...

    "Wow, all I can say is wow! I got nothing to add, should have strapped myself in"

    ....but with what harness? :lol:

    "Choose your mechanics wisely"

    ...no kidding.
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    So thoughts on the GW increase: - In my case,...

    So thoughts on the GW increase:

    - In my case, and from what I'm told, most others, additions and mods during recover/rebuilds eat up most of the GW increase......no particular increase in useful...
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    Either ACTS (linked above) in the Wasilla area ...

    Either ACTS (linked above) in the Wasilla area or Steve Williams of ACME Cub from Lake Hood if interested in looking in SC vs. Fairbanks.
  14. Had some outstanding instruction some years back...

    Had some outstanding instruction some years back with Steve Williams of ACME Cub training on Lake Hood. All in the winter (on ski's) but it was definitely off airport.
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    I really can't help, being in Los Anchorage, but...

    I really can't help, being in Los Anchorage, but just for clarification does "big tire" mean extreme big (48" bushwheels :lol: landing on 100' riverbars) or is it meant more generically as in some...
  16. Every situation varies, but I can't imagine that...

    Every situation varies, but I can't imagine that the 18 gear (stock or "standard" modified, i.e. 3" or 6") would be that much of an incremental cost when considering the overall cost during a...
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    I can't throw any stones, but I was taught that: ...

    I can't throw any stones, but I was taught that: a) on the -12 preflight (among other things), move the control surfaces and check for (among other things) correct corresponding movement on the...
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    FWIW, I think I've had 5-6 different instructors...

    FWIW, I think I've had 5-6 different instructors in the back seat of the -12 (doing BFR's and the like) with the Left Door / Rear throttle setup and they all seemed to like it....except for that one...
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    I had the left side door put in (by MCS). It...

    I had the left side door put in (by MCS). It does provide easier access and would really shine on floats (I'm not). I'd recommend the "tube-&-plexi" style if one is making this change so there is...
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    He's a publicity hog!

    He's a publicity hog!
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    No. 1 Son and several acquaintances (all in the...

    No. 1 Son and several acquaintances (all in the fire service) are lined up to testify.
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    "My favorite all-around headlamp is the Princeton...

    "My favorite all-around headlamp is the Princeton Tec EOS. I've beat the crap out of two of them for several years and they keep on working."

    ^^^ Ditto this. Based on my usage, investment in...
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    "Rickenbacker: An Autobiography" or just...

    "Rickenbacker: An Autobiography" or just "Rickenbacker". I seem to recall that my copy was "Rickenbacker" but that may have just been the cover and not the formal title.

    Devoured that book when...
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    Can't go wrong with MCS making an extended...

    Can't go wrong with MCS making an extended baggage for a -12.

    As noted above, with an extended baggage, you'll have more room than W&B will allow. More room that GVW will allow, but if not...
  25. Thread: Crosswind?

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    Xwind musings: - Air is generally calmer in...

    Xwind musings:

    - Air is generally calmer in the a.m......if you're down, TO can likely wait; if you're up, hmm...
    - As mentioned above, a consistent (in my view, consistenly slippery) surface is...
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