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Ryan Allen
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:04 pm 
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Dang, that looks sharp!


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jtwigg
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:42 pm 
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Hi all, I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! N12055 is nearly ready. We did the weight and balance last night after getting the interior put in. Empty weight is 888 lbs with 47 lbs of that on the tail wheel. Prop ground clearance in level configuration is 13.25”. Still a few more punch list items to finish (aren’t there always it seems :o ).


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thorpdrvr
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:00 am 
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Looking great! It is kind of interesting to lift the tail (hang on cause it will try to over center) until the prop is about 2 inches from terra firma just to see the extreme nose low attitude you have to be in to hit the prop. Of course the gear could spread a little on a nose low hard bounce, but the Thorp gear isn't going to flex much! Even sinks in a little more if you can be sitting in the cockpit when someone else lifts the tail. Helps to reduce the pucker factor if you are apprehensive about raising the tail during wheel landings or correcting small bounces.

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Ryan Allen
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888#. I am sure you are happy with that. I bet she will perform great.


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jtwigg
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Hi all, I'd like to get ahold of Les Krumel (@ljkrume) or anyone else who has cut belly access holes in their plane. I'd like to find out how they did it and how/if they needed to reattach the belly longerons when the put the access cover back on. I'm in the process of reattaching my cover, which is about 28" x 18" give or take (I haven't measured it yet). Any thoughts or NL articles I haven't known about? It's the last piece of the puzzle before flying.

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