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Old 05-04-2021, 10:07 PM   #51
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Yeah, he’s got quite abit more (going by what he says) power than the usual engine installed in these planes. The Rotax for this plane I believe puts out 80-90 hp? Whereas the EFI Yamaha with turbo will put out 160-180 hp. Plus he’s right at 100 lbs less in weight, engine wise. He could do stuff to get it more “hot” he said, but wants a do all, user friendly, fuel efficient plane, but still have plenty of power. Will be an interesting build for sure!
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Old 05-05-2021, 02:06 PM   #52
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Chase, he didn’t know anymore than you on them raising the gross wt on light sport. Just “heard” that there is a proposal out there about it.
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Old 05-05-2021, 06:22 PM   #53
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Sweet deal, oshkosh is huge. They have a fly-in in east tx as well, not near as big as oshkosh but a pretty cool looking venue. (I've not been). Reklaw I believe it's called.

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Old 05-05-2021, 09:24 PM   #54
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Who knows, he may plan on the Reklaw gathering as well. Like I said, he’s shootin for next spring to keep everything paid in full, but wouldn’t surprise me if he hit all the shows he could. If for no other reason, than just an excuse to fly the new toy! He lives in the panhandle, in Vega, so finding a flat spot he can take off and land won’t be too hard! But he’s also in with some buddies at the local municipal airport and they all went in on a hangar. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 05-06-2021, 06:25 AM   #55
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I remember going to Oshkosh by gosh a few times as a kid. My grandpa and I would fly his Cessna up there. He would do all the cooking for everyone. It was a big deal. If you get a chance....go!
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:45 AM   #56
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Nephew sent some pics of him getting the plumbing for the intercooler mocked up. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:55 AM   #57
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The cool thing about building your own is you can do your own annual, which saves a ton of money.

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Yes, a friend of mine has a plane and he was telling me that annual can be super pricey!

Awesome thread, OP.
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:41 PM   #58
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When you go from tig welding an intricate hyper thin-walled airplane frame one weekend to stick welding a 6-5/8” x 1/4” wall pipe overhead the following weekend. Kind of opposite ends of the spectrum! Ok... I admit... really just put this up to kinda keep the thread alive and kicking. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 05-12-2021, 02:02 PM   #59
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Another fine welding job on the pipe entrance Rusty. I’m laying odds that thing will be there and standing long after we are all gone on! 👍👍
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:30 PM   #60
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Thanks Joel! And if it’ll dry out enough before the next batch of rain, next week they’re saying, I’m hoping to set posts end of week/Saturday. Just building two “wings” coming off of the big overhead to the fenceline on the road. It’ll have 4-1/2” posts, four 1-7/8” pipe horizontal runners, and posts will be dome capped. After that, I’ll tie in that old pipe fence to my overhead, and then comes the gate(s) of course. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 05-12-2021, 11:19 PM   #61
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That is cool as all get out! A home made airplane is cool enough, but that TIG fab work is unreal. I hope to learn that one day, a little bit, but not on an airplane! Me and some buddies have joked in the shop before "hell we don't have to fly this thing!", and I aint ever gettin in any airplane that I welded on!


But I'd get in that one! That looks like a hot rod!

Please keep us posted as it moves along. That's really a neat project!
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Old 05-13-2021, 07:34 AM   #62
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Thanks Dale, and will do on the update. Right now I get any updates/info as he texts em to me. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 05-20-2021, 11:51 AM   #63
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let me bump this, and see if Rusty has any updates....
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Old 05-20-2021, 08:43 PM   #64
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I wish I did Chief! All’s been quiet on the western front... Actually did text the nephew yesterday, and he said he’s been busy and ain’t had a chance to “play in the shop”. He’s thinking next week is looking better though. I wish I had some cool pics to share, but nada. I’ll post any as soon as I get em! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 05-29-2021, 11:28 AM   #65
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Ok this right here takes the cake for DIY projects.


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Hands down!!!
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Old 06-05-2021, 02:46 PM   #66
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If you can ever get him to Olney, TX....give me a shout. I can hook him up with a tour of where I work. It’s called Airtractor Inc, & we build modern day crop dusters, amphibious Firebombers, & a miltary plane. We make the majority of everything in-house. He’d be like a kid in a candy store out there!









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Old 06-05-2021, 08:59 PM   #67
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Nice!


OP, that motor is hot!
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Old 06-05-2021, 09:37 PM   #68
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wow what a build
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Old 06-05-2021, 10:20 PM   #69
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Awesome Beardedbuck! And you’re right! He’d be in hog heaven! Who wouldn’t?!! Our family on my dads side seems to have a lot of pilots in the gene pool so to speak. My dad had his pilots license, dads older brother flew in the USAF in Korea, his younger brother was KIA in WWII flying a P-38 Lightning. So my nephew has had a grandad, and a couple of great uncles that flew, so I guess he comes by it honest. Thanks for the offer! I’ll let him know! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 06-05-2021, 10:46 PM   #70
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You know those were originally oxy acetylene welded right. Your tig welds are way more than enough.

Beardedbuck. Those air tractor conversions are awesome!! Saw an article about them being used in africa.
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Old 06-05-2021, 11:01 PM   #71
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Lungbustr, yep, I knew that they were originally oxy-acetylene welded. Along with race car frames as well. Tig welding is “new” so to speak. Funny thing is, I do lots of oxy-acetylene welding too, cuz I like doing it, it makes a good weld, and just to keep my old school ways honed abit. If I’m welding say 16 ga sheet metal, oxy-acetylene makes a cleaner weld cuz it’ll “burn out” the black scale that’s on the sheets. Where if I Tig it without sanding the weld edge, it’ll usually pinhole in a couple of spots from the impurities of the mill-scale. Actually I think I posted some oxy-acetylene welding on a feeder build thread I did, can’t remember for sure? Anyway, thanks for the feed back, and vote of confidence! I never concern myself with my welds as a rule, BUT… it works on your nerves abit considering this application! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 06-06-2021, 12:03 PM   #72
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Beardedbuck. Those air tractor conversions are awesome!! Saw an article about them being used in africa.
Yes, our plane are all over the world. We've had some come back from areas where they grow the coca plant that have bullet holes/dents in the bottoms of the planes. The pilots are hired to spray/kill the planted fields and there are guys on the ground hired to try and shoot down the planes. Those planes have a Kevlar re-enforced belly and bullet proof glass in the cockpit.

I love seeing young folks with the drive and desire to build aircraft. It shows a lot of dedication and discipline to do so. Things like this have to have a lot of thought process involved and loads of attention to detail. I mean after all, you're putting your life on the line once you load up, take off, and leave the ground......so things had better be right!

I hope Spidermonkey will keep this thread updated on a regular basis, as it has really perked my intrest!
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Old 06-06-2021, 12:31 PM   #73
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I’ll do the best I can, only info I get I get via text when he gets something new done. Which here lately he hasn’t got as much done. Been busy I guess. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 06-06-2021, 10:50 PM   #74
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http://www.youtube.com/c/project2aero
Here is a link to his YouTube channel he keeps going bout the plane build. Hope it works, cuz me and technology don’t usually get along too well. Plus, he he has other videos too, gun builds, cerakoting, and I don’t know what all else. I can barely figure out how to watch a video, much less put a video on YouTube. Oh well, leave it to the youngsters! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 06-06-2021, 10:59 PM   #75
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If you can ever get him to Olney, TX....give me a shout. I can hook him up with a tour of where I work. It’s called Airtractor Inc, & we build modern day crop dusters, amphibious Firebombers, & a miltary plane. We make the majority of everything in-house. He’d be like a kid in a candy store out there!









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That looks like fun stuff there. My type of crop dusting. That gun in the bottom picture, looks like the same one the used to use on the Cobra helicopters years ago. That could be pretty cool, you could get up close and personal with that thing.
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Old 06-07-2021, 01:01 AM   #76
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Yes, our plane are all over the world. We've had some come back from areas where they grow the coca plant that have bullet holes/dents in the bottoms of the planes. The pilots are hired to spray/kill the planted fields and there are guys on the ground hired to try and shoot down the planes. Those planes have a Kevlar re-enforced belly and bullet proof glass in the cockpit.

I love seeing young folks with the drive and desire to build aircraft. It shows a lot of dedication and discipline to do so. Things like this have to have a lot of thought process involved and loads of attention to detail. I mean after all, you're putting your life on the line once you load up, take off, and leave the ground......so things had better be right!

I hope Spidermonkey will keep this thread updated on a regular basis, as it has really perked my intrest!


My uncles car got in the way one time of a crash landing on our farm.

The prop strikes cut through the roof each rotation of the prop. It was pretty cool, im sure not for him though.

Pilot was fine, seems they are made to crash land.

Before rice farming slowed down so much this area was pretty good for making money crop dusting.
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Old 06-07-2021, 08:54 AM   #77
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This is very cool!!! If only I could turn back the pages 20 years, I think I would do something like this. I always wanted to fly. But then I would not be on a bow hunting forum.
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