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Draco Lives

Unread post by steverowe » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:17 am


Mike's plans for Draco -
I MORE POWER
II MORE RANGE
III MORE SPEED
IV MORE CLIMB
V MORE WING
VI MORE PAYLOAD
VII LOWER DRAG
VIII BETTER SUSPENSION
IX SHORTER TAKE OFF
X SHORTER LANDING
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Velocity » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:19 pm

XI CROSSWiND TRAINING
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Bearcat » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:31 pm

Velocity wrote:
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XI CROSSWiND TRAINING
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by CJW » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:47 pm

Velocity wrote:
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XI CROSSWiND TRAINING
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Tim » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:51 pm

Strange, I thought it already had enough of 1 to 10.
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Cherokee6 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:58 am

I enjoy his technical work a lot but I get a sense that there’s just a little too much ego and self-aggrandizement involved here - and with the Fat Tyre Cowboys in general. The yanks love to toot a horn, and all of the dramatic music and graphics towards the end of this video is very much in that style. The English heroes, by contrast, tend to have a wry, modest, self-effacing sense of humor which I find far more tasteful than this self-promotion.

But then I guess it’s more about collecting subscribers than anything else for these Fat Tyre Cowboys.
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by cage » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:29 am

Tim wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:51 pm
Strange, I thought it already had enough of 1 to 10.
He won't be happy until he has built a helicopter..
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by excolonial » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:34 pm

Cherokee6 wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:58 am
I enjoy his technical work a lot but I get a sense that there’s just a little too much ego and self-aggrandizement involved here - and with the Fat Tyre Cowboys in general. The yanks love to toot a horn, and all of the dramatic music and graphics towards the end of this video is very much in that style. The English heroes, by contrast, tend to have a wry, modest, self-effacing sense of humor which I find far more tasteful than this self-promotion.

But then I guess it’s more about collecting subscribers than anything else for these Fat Tyre Cowboys.
Agreed about they Yanks in general, but sadly I think you will find that many of the English are precisely the same these days, with less substance to back it up than this guy. There are still the quiet achievers out there on both sides of the pond, but their number is dwindling.
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Jean Crous » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:22 pm

I also do admire the technical side of what Mike does, and it is interesting to see where his mind/ideas are heading. But I too find it a bit on the egotistical side. Maybe it is a Yank trait, but then one sees that everywhere nowadays. We can see how the media influences folks, especially the younger generation, it is all about me and self. Anyhow back to Draco, having loads of loot and living in a first world country certainly removes a lot of the effort . :wink:
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:10 pm

Interesting that he MIG welds the Scrappy fuselage tubes.
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Jean Crous » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:33 pm

Ugly Duckling wrote:
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Interesting that he MIG welds the Scrappy fuselage tubes.
MIG welding is allowed on airframes. As far as I know the Kitfox frames are all done with MIG welding. It is certainly quicker than TIG welding.I have thought of getting a smaller shroud for our MIG welder and giving the Cubby Renegade frame a go with the MIG. We have thus far only used TIG.
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:38 pm

Is it 10 series or 4130 tubing :?:
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Jean Crous » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:45 pm

Kitfox is chromolly 4130, Cubby Renegade is 1010 Carbon steel. Both can be TIG or MIG welded. It depends on the filler rod and the innert gas.
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:49 pm

Thanks Jean :D
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Re: Draco Lives

Unread post by micmaq » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:43 am

Rebuilding a Wilga has some challenges of its own

The Polish National Rally team were supplied with Wilga 35s by the Polish aircraft manufacturer PZL (now Airbus Poland) - The team and 4 Wilga 35s arrived in South Africa to take place (and win hands down) the International Aircraft Rally Championship held at Stellenbosch

The Wilgas were left behind in the care of a "agent" PZL appointed - He sold one to Sandton Municipality for traffic patrol, kept the money and never paid PZL for the one he sold or for the other three - Eventually PZL got three back and I bought them from PZL - The one Sandton bought crashed and I bought the salvage from the insurance company to use for spares - One of the others had a hard landing (actually dropped out of the sky) and the whole right side was caved in

I set about the rebuild of the bent one by hanging the fuselage from the roof of a concrete bomb store at Fisentakraal Airfield - As the fuselage was de-riveted the tubular frame sprung back into shape - The next challenge was trying to match the exotic heat treated rivets PZL used on the frame ; eventually I found a Western equivalent and rigged up a oven from a oven used for making false teeth - I got the temperature right by leaving the door partly open and monitoring the temperature with a digital temperature probe - I wonder what the guys rebuilding Draco are doing

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