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    Show us your J3....

    I'm not sure if there is already one of these threads out there but its Monday morning, lets see some pictures of everyones J3's! (Also I am very chuffed with some pictures that I recently got of mine).

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    Clipped Wing Cub I rebuilt for Todd Peterson.
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    My brother's 90 hp bar hopping J3.
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    Here's a few of my plane over the last year. Sorry I'm not real good at attaching pictures.
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    BTW Iain that plane looks amazing after your rebuild of it! The 29's are a good look for a J3.
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    Here's my girls........Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash, Jr. View Post
    Here's a few of my plane over the last year. Sorry I'm not real good at attaching pictures.


    BTW Iain that plane looks amazing after your rebuild of it! The 29's are a good look for a J3.
    Thanks very much! I'm enjoying the 29" I think they look just right :-p. Buy a ticket and come down south and fly it for a bit. That a brace of Ptarmigan I see in the bottom pic?

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    Just good fun.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by IainR View Post
    Thanks very much! I'm enjoying the 29" I think they look just right :-p. Buy a ticket and come down south and fly it for a bit. That a brace of Ptarmigan I see in the bottom pic?
    I'll have to do that. It's just going into the cold and miserable 3 months of the year up here now so beautiful warm south africa sounds nice. Yeah, it's a couple ptarmigan that I shot. I'm not much of a big game hunter but during bird season me and my copilot slay some grouse and ptarmigan.

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ID:	58007Mine has a L-4 fuselage following an accident in 1957 and was built as a floatplane. It spent many years in Canada on floats but I needed it to be on wheels.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash, Jr. View Post
    I'll have to do that. It's just going into the cold and miserable 3 months of the year up here now so beautiful warm south africa sounds nice. Yeah, it's a couple ptarmigan that I shot. I'm not much of a big game hunter but during bird season me and my copilot slay some grouse and ptarmigan.
    There are worse places to be during the winter... All good fun!
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    One that I fly now....

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    And one that I rebuilt a few years back....

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    heres my L-4. completed last october and already has 313 hrs.
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    It is beautiful, but with full fuel can you find a 25 lb pilot who can reach the controls?

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    Experimental maybe? If it's scratch built and has that many modifications I would assume it's EAB and the gross weight might be set higher.

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    Maybe. If experimental, are they modifications, or simply part of the certification?

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    for starters i only weigh 118 lbs....so a J-3 is pretty useful for me.
    some of the modifications are...
    upgrading wing and gear attach point to super cub specs
    replacing some mild steel with 4130 in certain areas
    heavy duty struts
    aluminum spars
    13 rib wings + a 1 inch extension on each wing
    PA-11 frame upgrade
    150 hp nose structure upgrade
    scratch built seats with lots of adjustment.
    removable front seat frame
    modified elevator routing
    2 inches wider rear seat
    heavy duty tail wheel strcturture
    twin 18's with left right both selector and a 2 gallon header
    3 part boot cowl

    paper gross is 1320 for LSA purposes.

    vne 138mph
    fast cruise on a cool day=90mph 6.5gph 2600rpm
    economy cruise= 70mph 4.5gph 23000rpm
    max endurance=60 mph 4 gph2100rpm
    max climb rate=900fpm
    climb at 1320 lbs=400fpm

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    One I redid back in the 90'sClick image for larger version. 

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    All of them are beautiful. Nice thread.
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    Our J-3 has been a fixture at our airport. Lot's of people have trained in this plane over the years.

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    Here are a couple good ones for the infamous Island Bobs this past summer.
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    Well I for one would like to know more about "the infamous Island Bob's" - it looks epic. Those 4 yellow floated Cubs in a row is like the pas-de-quatre in Swan Lake, but more appealing to my eyes. I have a set of EDO 1320 floats for my J-3, which was actually built as a floatplane and spent most of the last 60 years on floats in Canada, but half of the attach kit has vanished in storage and floatplanes are not in any event encouraged in South Africa.
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    Here's my modified 46 J3. Ive owned it a little over a year now and have put about 100 hours on it.
    It's got an 0200, Dakota wings, 36 gallons, vg's, pa18 struts, a Mac 75/35, modified baggage area with removable rear seat, PA18 front seat, 29" Airstreaks, Scott 3200, no electrical, 3" extended Atlee gear, closed cowl. I'm having a great time driving around Alaska in it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandsman View Post
    .... floatplanes are not in any event encouraged in South Africa.
    Can you elaborate on this? Is it political or a lack of suitable water landing areas? Being able to land almost anywhere on the water is the ultimate freedom of the entire flying adventure.
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    floatplanes are not in any event encouraged in South Africa.[/QUOTE]

    I'm not certain about politics nor about the landing space but one thing I remember about visiting South Africa is that there are very large, and very dangerous crocodiles in the rivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiskeyMike View Post
    floatplanes are not in any event encouraged in South Africa.

    I'm not certain about politics nor about the landing space but one thing I remember about visiting South Africa is that there are very large, and very dangerous crocodiles in the rivers.
    That would be discouragement enough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    Can you elaborate on this? Is it political or a lack of suitable water landing areas? Being able to land almost anywhere on the water is the ultimate freedom of the entire flying adventure.
    In South Africa we have great lakes, dams rivers ocean estuaries etc etc. But we have a less than helpful Civil Aviation Authority and Department of Environmental Affairs which means that if you want to fly from one water body to another you have to land on a runway first and disinfect the aircraft to prevent the alleged transmission of water weeds.
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    There are these Environmental Affairs restrictions Iain mentions which are aimed at preventing the spread of water hyacinth but not applied to trailered boats. With straight floats it essentially means that you can only fly from one body of water. The CAA here last time I asked was saying that I could only use a designated water runway and there’s none. However a few guys have flown seaplanes here in the past and we even had a PBY operating at one stage, so it’s not impossible


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