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Old 04-20-2017, 01:59 PM   #21
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So your converting it back to a Tail Dragger?
Paul, I have considered doing that MANY times. Where I fly (actually land), converting back to tail wheel really would be a big help. However, my plane is shorter than yours and as such, it has a VERY QUICK response on the ground; and frankly, I really like to see where I am taxiing! So, no, not converting it back, yet. But I think the new backcountry mod will be awesome! ....
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:13 PM   #22
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Steve, changing the overhead bars will be nice for the co-pilot.

Sounds like 85DD received some nice changes again.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:21 AM   #23
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Paul, I have considered doing that MANY times. Where I fly (actually land), converting back to tail wheel really would be a big help. However, my plane is shorter than yours and as such, it has a VERY QUICK response on the ground; and frankly, I really like to see where I am taxiing! So, no, not converting it back, yet. But I think the new backcountry mod will be awesome! ....
If I remember what we discussed, it should definitely make it a better backcountry aircraft. Good Luck, so far I like all of your mods.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:45 PM   #24
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If I remember what we discussed, it should definitely make it a better backcountry aircraft. Good Luck, so far I like all of your mods.
Thank you, Paul. We are oh, so close. Within the next couple of days ...
Thanks for not "opening the bag". The preverbal cat is clawing to get out!
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Old 04-22-2017, 05:00 PM   #25
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Here it is, I think the final mod for this year, straight from the super secret Utah Skunk Works department. It is a 6.00x6 Nosewheel providing 11" of prop ground clearance (warp drive 3 blade 68"). The mains are 8.00x6. To the best of my knowledge this is the first and only Kitfox with a 6.00x6 nosewheel. I've tested it taking off and landing on pavement, grass and dirt. It is wonderful. 18 lbs air pressure seems to be about right with enough cushion and enough firmness to roll nicely over rocks and holes. I test flew it today and I don't think I have lost any air speed. A little hard to tell as it was windy today. It is still in the process of being painted (that's why you see the tape, etc in the photo) but I was so excited I just had to share.



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85DD is ready for some serious backcountry trips.

She looks good in her new paint and shoes Steve. Ready for another 20 years of fun.
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Old 04-22-2017, 07:22 PM   #27
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The first Kitfox Big Foot! Looking good!
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Old 05-08-2017, 01:12 PM   #28
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Finished (for now):







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Looking good Steve. Just watched some old Denney Aerocraft ads last night on Youtube. There she was. 84DD in taildragger mode and also on skis. She is a Chameleon. Have fun.
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Old 05-08-2017, 04:50 PM   #30
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Looks great Steve. It is kinda cool to show what one can do with a tri gear Kitfox (as you have done so well).

But...I really think you'd enjoy your airplane as a taildragger. Don't let that short fuselage bother you none, I put 1300 hours on an old Model A Avid Flyer taildragger, and it is even shorter than your Kitfox. Yet it was a ***** cat to ground handle (and I'm nothing special as pilots go). The secret, just make sure you have a good tailwheel that it is setup properly, and you get some good tailwheel training.

Flying a Kitfox as a tailwheel will make your airplane even more fun than it already is...if you can imagine that!
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