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    Husky A-1 project

    New Husky just finished in Anchorage. Goal was to make as light as possible, came in at 1271 lbs, more than we hoped, but if done without the extended cub gear/AOSS, big tires it would have been closer to 1200 lbs.
    Mods done listed below:

    Fabric on fuselage like cub, eliminated most stock metal panels
    Titanium firewall
    Battery mounted inside cabin on firewall
    Delta spades on ailerons/like power steering
    Carbon fiber tailspring
    Carbon fiber nosebowl
    Carbon fiber wingtips/2 lbs each
    Carbon fiber interior panels, floorboards, inst panel
    LED lights
    Folding front seatback
    Flaps extended to fuselage/like cub mod
    Custom cooling plenum
    Big baggage side door, wide open from rear seat back. Almost to tail. carbon fiber panels
    Skylight over rear seat, similar to L21 cub style
    Lower clear door
    MT Ultra prop/ custom spinner/MT prop gov
    Extended cub gear/AOSS, safety cables
    Shown with 29" Bushwheels, they look too small going to 35's next week
    Pad mounted alternator on rear accessory case
    Lightened and shaved pulley on flywheel
    Flame tubes removed from exhaust
    Custom rear seat heat/fresh air
    ADS-B, 796, Garmin G5

    Not a cub, but tried to make it light and still go faster than cub.
    All work done by Whitewings Aircraft, Lake Hood.

    John
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    Very Nice...... Sure not the Huskys I used to fly!!
    My superior skills continue to get me out of where my piss poor judgement took me......

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    Best looking Cubsky I've ever seen. Great paint job. Looks like an airplane not a gang bangers Mazda. (Where do they get those silly paint schemes for airplanes? Seems like an epidemic, even on biplanes)

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    Quote Originally Posted by john schwamm View Post
    New Husky just finished in Anchorage. Goal was to make as light as possible, came in at 1271 lbs, more than we hoped, but if done without the extended cub gear/AOSS, big tires it would have been closer to 1200 lbs.
    Mods done listed below:

    Fabric on fuselage like cub, eliminated most stock metal panels
    Titanium firewall
    Battery mounted inside cabin on firewall
    Delta spades on ailerons/like power steering
    Carbon fiber tailspring
    Carbon fiber nosebowl
    Carbon fiber wingtips/2 lbs each
    Carbon fiber interior panels, floorboards, inst panel
    LED lights
    Folding front seatback
    Flaps extended to fuselage/like cub mod
    Custom cooling plenum
    Big baggage side door, wide open from rear seat back. Almost to tail. carbon fiber panels
    Skylight over rear seat, similar to L21 cub style
    Lower clear door
    MT Ultra prop/ custom spinner/MT prop gov
    Extended cub gear/AOSS, safety cables
    Shown with 29" Bushwheels, they look too small going to 35's next week
    Pad mounted alternator on rear accessory case
    Lightened and shaved pulley on flywheel
    Flame tubes removed from exhaust
    Custom rear seat heat/fresh air
    ADS-B, 796, Garmin G5

    Not a cub, but tried to make it light and still go faster than cub.
    All work done by Whitewings Aircraft, Lake Hood.

    John
    By golly that is a 1st Class job John.
    Very sharp looking bird! Classy paint.
    Congrats on a great projects compleation.

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    Very nice, John! Great looking machine, and I’ll bet it kicks butt.

    MTV

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    If ACA was smart they would do the same with the Scout. Slim it down in weight. Nice work John
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    John,

    Incredible job! Only drawback is you might not want to get that plane dirty.
    If you do put 35s on, let us know your cruise speed.

    v/r
    Bryan

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    Bryan,
    I did coat the Husky with ceramic coating so bugs will not stick, sure makes it slick to the touch. takes multiple processes to get it all on, but worth the effort.
    Thanks all for the nice comments, we are pretty proud of the finished product.
    Paint scheme needed to be simple and clean, Starr's cover and paint made it perfect.
    John
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    Beautiful work! Have fun with it!

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    Looks very nice. I like the idea of fabric instead of the many aluminum panels they come with.

    What more ore can you tell us about a carbon fiber tail spring? It has to be a lot lighter than the Pawnee spring on my Cub.
    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." Wyatt Earp
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    Made by Husky owner in Germany, it is certified for skis and approved when on wheels too. Very light, have had them on another Husky too. He makes new one out of steel, but 1.2 lbs lighter in carbon fiber. Both one piece springs.
    John
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    John,
    Looks great! Can we see more interior photos? I would really like to see the cargo area from the back of the rear seat toward the tail.
    Thanks,
    Joe

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    Early shots of interior and baggage, interior panels lining the baggage are now carbon fiber floor and sides.
    Makes for big open baggage area.
    John

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    I can attest to the quality and appearance of the carbon fiber panels and floor. Really top notch work!

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    Stewart,
    Thanks. Have to admit we 'cheated' a bit on the floor panels, they are actually Kevlar as you see if pics, but we had them hydrographically coated to look like the carbon fiber panels on the sides rather than make all new. That water transfer printing is like magic.
    Hope your new engine is coming soon for summer, heard maybe waiting for cylinders. Hope it shows soon, summer is on its way early up north.
    John
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    John,

    So you moved the flap pulley and cables. Great idea, I’ve never understood why Aviat doesn’t do that.

    MTV
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    Mike, Really simple reroute and opens up the area behind seat for extended baggage type use. Aviat probably does not really think of useful mods until years later, cubs try everything and have them all!!! We just used many cub mods and worked them into Husky where it made sense. Husky site has minimal interest in the mods, so I posted this on the cub site. One was excellent quote, Cubsky!!
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    I currently own a Husky and I would kill for your baggage door and cargo area. Did you get a field approval on moving the flap cable? If yes, is there any chance I could get a copy of it?

    Joe

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    John,

    Fly it to Afton and show Stu what he is missing out on! Your airplane is incredible! BIG kudos to Starr!

    Kurt

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    Now on 35's, looks far better than the 29's, needed these bad boys.
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    Minor modifications, no field approval.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by joemcd View Post
    I currently own a Husky and I would kill for your baggage door and cargo area. Did you get a field approval on moving the flap cable? If yes, is there any chance I could get a copy of it?

    Joe
    Minor mods, no field approval.
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    It's a beautiful airplane. You need some pics with the AK Husky and the Cub, which is also a good looking plane, against a dramatic background. Poster material!

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    Beauty and the Beast. But which is which???

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    For perspective on spinner height, my grandson Anderson is 6'1" standing next to the Husky. He just got his A & P at age 19.
    Helped on Husky build.
    Husky will just launch at the right angle with the 35's, full flap, full power, off with no tail lift needed in Husky. Flaps have all lift on Husky's for launch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    It's a beautiful airplane. You need some pics with the AK Husky and the Cub, which is also a good looking plane, against a dramatic background. Poster material!
    Stewart, we will get some good shots in the bush this summer with Husky and Cub, great pair with both on 35's!
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by john schwamm View Post
    Stewart, we will get some good shots in the bush this summer with Husky and Cub, great pair with both on 35's!
    Thanks,
    John
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    Does Anderson drive em as well as pull wrenches? A&P @ 19 is pretty
    Impressive...........

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    Way to go Anderson!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboBeaver View Post
    John
    Does Anderson drive em as well as pull wrenches? A&P @ 19 is pretty
    Impressive...........

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    Anderson is working on his pilots license, probably will have it this summer, he was worn out studying/getting his A & P so taking a break now.

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    It does look great, I've been following it on the husky forum but came here for the bigger pics.

    Can't wait to see the performance of it

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    Hi JOHN, beautiful airplane I'd like to see it this summer. When I picked up the seat cushions at Stars I was impressed by his work, and nice guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algonquin View Post
    Hi JOHN, beautiful airplane I'd like to see it this summer. When I picked up the seat cushions at Stars I was impressed by his work, and nice guy.
    Thanks, it will live in Anchorage at Lake Hood, Starr's hangar for now.
    Hoping to have it approved for display at the Airmens Trade show in early May, if they accept it.
    John

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    Awesome, I'll be looking for it.

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