AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby SheepdogRD » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:02 am

AV8R Paul wrote:SheepdogRD how did you pick you planes name, Ms. Tonka?

I've been a Tonka toy fan since I was a kid -- when they were all metal and had developed a reputation for toughness. The Highlander is a Tonka sort of airplane, so it just fits.
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby AV8R Paul » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:03 pm

I received a text message from Chris Wallen concerning my Titan engine. Looking Sweet!
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby Clark in AZ » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:40 pm

Very nice, I'll bet you can't wait to get it...
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby AV8R Paul » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:30 pm

Clark in AZ wrote:Very nice, I'll bet you can't wait to get it...

I’m looking forward to driving to Wallen Aircraft to see the engine and to deliver my instrument panel, floor boards and the tail feathers back to Chris so we can start the build. In talking with Chris, the weight gain from adding the ribs is going to have a positive effect. He said with the SuperSTOL XL they have to add lead in the tail to get weight & balance within limits.
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby AV8R Paul » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:31 pm

I have the leading edge pieces completed and the hinge interface fairings complete for the pilots side. I have completely installed the hinge fairing and leading edge on the elevator. I need to hold off completing the fairings on the Horizontal Stabilizer because Chris needs to weld in new bushings for the strut cables.
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby AV8R Paul » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:33 pm

I’ve already started the ribs for the co-pilots side. I’ve cut and fit them, and have already put on two coats of varnish.
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby AV8R Paul » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:25 pm

Started glassing a leading edge for the Horizontal Stabilizer. I also bonded in the first two ribs on the Co-Pilots side.
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby Clark in AZ » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:13 am

Love it Paul. Great stuff. Keep the updates and pics coming!
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby AV8R Paul » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:37 pm

I didn’t get much done today, bonded some stiffeners to the long ribs that have no center support. I had to take Guinness to the vet.
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby Clark in AZ » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:26 pm

Which covering system are you going to use? Are you planning to rib stitch, fabric rivet or none? Hope Guinness is alright?

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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby AV8R Paul » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:46 pm

Clark in AZ wrote:Which covering system are you going to use? Are you planning to rib stitch, fabric rivet or none? Hope Guinness is alright?

Clark


Stitts Poly Fiber which comes with the kit. I’d prefer rib stitching, but Chris Wallen prefers the rivets. I thought about Oratex but I didn’t like the quality of two planes I’ve seen. One was a SuperSTOL I saw in Valdez. It was done in Yellow, the tapes didn’t even come close to matching in color. It was even built by a professional A&P.

Also, Guinness is doing fine, he hurt his right rear leg when he was a pup. He’s been tri podding it for the last week, so we called Dr Pipes, he said arthritis has set in on the knee joint he injured. So now we put our pit bull on steroids, pain pills and muscle relaxers so he can develop a reall pit bull attitude.
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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby Clark in AZ » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:05 pm

Oh, that doesn't look good. I think the colors in Oratex are not great. I guess if you went with white and then painted a trim color it might be ok but that kinda defeats the purpose. I'm torn between the Poly Fiber and Stewart's. I really like the non toxic feature of Stewart's and it seems to be a little more forgiving. I don't know... :?

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Re: AV8R Paul’s SuperSTOL XL

Postby AV8R Paul » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:38 pm

Clark in AZ wrote:Oh, that doesn't look good. I think the colors in Oratex are not great. I guess if you went with white and then painted a trim color it might be ok but that kinda defeats the purpose. I'm torn between the Poly Fiber and Stewart's. I really like the non toxic feature of Stewart's and it seems to be a little more forgiving. I don't know... :?

Clark


The only reason I’m going with the Stitts Poly Fiber, is it comes with the kit. I’m not big on White or Yellow, I’d prefer a paint scheme.
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