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#91 LSP_Kevin

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:43 AM

Welcome aboard, Erik!

 

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:00 PM

Hi Eric,
 
Incredible work you are doing here.
We are monitoring this thread with much interest because we discovered what seems to be our own aircraft in the logbooks of David: USAF 67-21300.
Thanks to you we have managed to get in touch with him.
We operate the O-2 from our home base in the Netherlands.
https://www.instagra...llumfoundation/
 
If you are ever in the neighbourhood, feel free to get in touch for a hangar tour.
 
Also if you need any close up pictures, let us know.
 
Erik Brouwer
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Hi Erik, thanks for the info. Great to hear that you got in touch with David.

I will have another update shortly, have just been busy with learning the new job.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:45 PM

I will have another update shortly

 

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 11:17 PM

David sent me a stack of photos taken by his successor. Hope that they may be of use. Of particular interest (of course!) is the various Aussie markings applied to some of the O-2's, lack of inner pylons and various other details. David did relay to me that during his time in Vietnam, the inner pylons were fitted.

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Some more work!

I strengthened the nose gear leg by drilling it and inserting 1mm diameter brass rod.

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The almost completed IP.

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#95 LSP_Kevin

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 11:47 PM

Excellent work, mate!

 

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 12:10 AM

IP is amazing!

 

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 08:30 AM

Nice IP mate. I'm glad to see that your pilot cages the AI before shutdown.



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Posted 23 June 2018 - 01:35 AM

I found that even though I had beefed up the strength of the undercarriage with music wire, that the weight required in the nose to keep the model from sitting on its tail was bending the undercarriage to unacceptable levels. I needed to find another solution. I removed the leading edge of the undercarriage leg back to previously inserted music wire.

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I then cut some thick brass sheet in the rough shape of the leg.

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This was then attached with slow set superglue, and then roughed into shape with a rasp file

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I then refined the shape further with a diamond file. The good thing about this modification was that I was able to thin the gear legs even further than I had them before.

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The unfortunate thing about this model is that it requires a HUGE amount of nose weight to keep it on the ground, so I have packed lead into everywhere as far forward as I could, including filling the engine and nose wheel with lead. Virtually the entire under surface of the nose cowl has been sheeted with it and also notice the small space infront of the instrument panel has been packed with lead.

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The test.....

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 01:37 AM

That is an amazing testament to the strength of those LG legs.

 

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 03:02 AM

Awesome solution




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