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    Nevertheless that plane in WA has regen. Pipistrel or something? https://www.flightsafetyaustralia.com/2018/01/electric-aircraft-takes-off/
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    ra aus 10- prefix. still used?

    Well, I can’t imagine you’d want to change a number on your plane once you have it, whether you picked it or not so that won’t be a problem:)
  3. as per title, is this still a thing? If so, does it only apply to 'microlights'? oh, and also can you try for a specific suffix like like you can with VH?
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    ra aus 10- prefix. still used?

    no probs. I thought it would be something along those lines. Just turns out that the number I wanted to use would look even better prefixed with 10- 😄 But the plane is not in that category so 19- it is
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    Probably over time you’ll have options from the pilots seat. For instance, instead of side slipping you might feed in some regen. I think that electric plane in WA has regen...
  6. Any recommendations on suppliers for DC ear pads? Prolly gel ones? We looked on eBay to get a feel for what’s out there and prices vary a lot of course. We don’t need a whole kit, just the ear pieces. Is 30ish bucks about the going rate?
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    Dave Clarke ear pads

    Will probably go with this then. Are these genuine? Doesn’t seem to say in the description
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    1. Without further ado!

    Note: this build is for the taildragger version of the Skyreach Bushcat, so bear in mind some sections may be a little different to the tricycle version. So I won't be posting every time I screw a nut onto a bolt. Mostly I will highlight points of interest, tricks and solutions and general thoughts. Also I am discovering that I am needing 'special' tools sooner than anticipated, so in this first post I will list any special tools/materials and the section of the Bushcat build I first needed them in. That way if anyone else is building a Skyreach Bushcat they can see when they have to spring for them without having to buy them all at once. At the time of writing this, I was up to section 17. I would suggest it won’t take long to get that far. Torque seal - Section 1 Pop rivet gun - Section 2 (not really a special tool as such, but I didn't have one handy so it goes in the list!) Loctite 243 - Section 12 Cable tension gauge - Section 14 0.82 safety wire - Section 14 (choose any unit of measure you like- miles, parsecs, cubits. I myself went for millimeters as that will have the best fit in the hole) modified pointy nosed pliers - Section 17
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    8. Section 17

    Detail section 17  installing the first bit of trilam on the skyreach bushcat. ive never been good at lacing my shoes so this will be a challenge 😄 but at least I can make it easier to thread the lace with some superglue on the end and rolled between wet fingers to make a ‘needle’. I’ve now perfected my technique. Ignoring the fluffy end of the string I soak about a 10mm section with superglue. When it has set I cut it on about a 45 degree angle. Then a bit more glue on the cut end. also, save the leftover string! On a later section you need to lace the aft end up with a short length of string. Mine was too short! Luckily the leftover string from this section was longer 🙂 When the the covering is done, you will need to get a nut and washer inside the covering and onto a thread. I found by sitting that part onto a torch pointing up, I was able to do this without too much trouble.
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    9. Section 20

    To lace up the fuselage sail I stuck with my ghetto work bench. By strapping the front down, I was able to lace most of the way from back to front. The last quarter or so I was able to reach from inside the fuselage. I concede that I may have to put it on a stand soon but for now this let me crack on 🙂 Note that the lacing is only done loosely at this stage.
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    Small turbines 100hp 130hp

    They really oughta just let it go! As time goes on, less and less people care about what is under the bonnet, or even the brand 😄 i can’t imagine there will be any new petrol powered cars in 2050...
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    Torque seal

    Anyone know the best (as in cheapest) place in Australia is to buy torque seal? or are there other brands that are cheaper?
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    Small turbines 100hp 130hp

    Yep, there’s a reason Mazda quietly ditched the rotary...
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    Torque seal

    Thanks guys. I wasn’t getting alerts for some reason only just saw the replies. Ingenious meantime I went with dykem torque seal just to be sure. Onetrack, good call on keeping it in the fridge when not in use
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    7. Section 11

    Detail section 11.2 In my correspondence with the contact engineer he told me I will have to trim a little off two bolts on the tailwheel spring so that the rearmost diagonal braces will fit. I used a Dremel so took the barest possible amount off.  I corresponded a lot with the engineer recently because there was a lot of head scratching with those fuselage diagonals. It should be that you may have to coerce the pieces a couple of millimetres to get them in place. But I found my first diagonal was 36mm short! Had everyone scratching their heads. Finally Errol, the Bushcat dealer came over (luckily we aren't too far from each other) and he found himself scratching his head too. He called the factory and talked to the engineer and the manager. A light bulb went off for Errol though and while undoing the bottom longeron to see what the diagonals would do without it, he realised that loosening off the bolts let it fit properly. The bottom longeron has two bolts. Taking out the second bolt lets the longeron swivel a bit. Once everything was aligned it all fitted beautifully and the second bolt can be put back in. A programming friend once told me I am the perfect beta tester because I always find that combination of things that no else has tried that will lock up the computer. Looks like that 'talent' has transferred over the airplane building because this is the first time this phenomenon has happened with this particular kit 😂 I still don't quite understand why it did it, but my own thought is that if I were to build one again I would leave those two bolts loose until all the diagonals are in place and then tighten everything up. It may well be that by the time you are building this kit, the manual will suggest that also.
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    4. Workspace

    I am building the Bushcat in a two car garage. Skyreach recommend something a bit bigger. So not heaps of room. Right now I’m using two of the long crates as a bench. They are sitting on some mini castors so I can move them around. Once those two are decanted they can go out and the fuselage can stand on its undercarriage in the same location. There will be an awkward phase though because the wing components are in the larger of those two crates. Jo doesn’t know it yet but her car may have to sit outside for a bit 😄 once ive built as much as I can, I’ll have to look at renting a hanger of course...
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    6. Section 9

    Detail section 9 left side upper fuselage tube has two threaded holes. Also, make sure you put the turnbuckles in in step 2 before you do step 3 (which ties the two tubes together aft) otherwise you won’t be able to put the Clevis pin in. How do I know this? 😄
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    5. Section 8

    Detail of section 8.2 there are bushes that go inside the bottom tubes where the tail wheel spring mounts. These are a tight fit so what I did was wrap the tube in thin card and then get some vice grips. I wound the vice grips up to just touch the card. And then just enough more to just compress the tube. Not enough to even see. Then I placed the bushes in place with pointy nosed pliers and put the bolts in to hold them in place. When the vice grips were released the tube springs back into shape and holds the bushes 🙂 Note in in the background is my bike. By strange coincidence it shares much the same specs as the Bushcat- 100hp, 305kg (yep he’s heavy!) and about 180 km/h top speed! Mind you, you don’t want to be going top speed on a cruiser for any length of time, while you could do it all day in the Bushcat 🙂
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    2. Section 2

    For this section you need to rivet some aluminium strips along the bottom. Later they are used for lacing the fabric. I can tell you now a ten dollar pop rivet gun won’t work! So I got this bobby dazzler for the rivetting. Kingchrome, forty bucks. Does the trick and should see me through this build since there are only a few rivets here and there in the Bushcat 🙂
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    3. Section 5

    A couple of details of section 5
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    1. Without further ado!

    Admin, I think im gonna like blogging about the Bushcat 😄
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    Excellent! There are things in my build that I may need to add to say the first post, months later so that will work well. I’ll transfer what I’ve written up to a blog and fix up typos and chronology etc while I’m at it 🙂
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    Before I start one, can I verify that I can edit my posts at any time down the track?
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    Were the Wright Brothers in Newton's camp?

    It's a s simple as this- If a tree falls in the forrest and no one was there to hear it, did it fall? It's the same of all things, if no one witnessed it, how can you say it happened? The Wrights were happy to have people see what they were doing, Maybe Pearse and the others flew, but if no one saw it...
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    Were the Wright Brothers in Newton's camp?

    Clearly Orville wouldn’t go to Yale to study aeronautical engineering! He most likely would have studied physics... and yes yes if he went then maybe he would have discovered something, but not likely anything to do with flying and Dec 17 would be meaningless to us.