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Old 04-18-2016, 09:17 PM
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Great work! I ended up modifying a vans tailwheel fairing to work in a full swivel with their stock fork. Yours will be MUCH lighter.

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Old 04-19-2016, 08:51 AM
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Does anyone have some numbers to show the speed increase from using a tail wheel faring?
All speed mods are good for 3 knots. This is a hard and fast rule. You just never know whether it will be +3 knots or -3 knots.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:59 PM
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Hallo Vince,

I used DevCad software. Took the original Tailwheel Vans Fairing (one side) and with a Contour Gauge Duplicator, a pencil and a day of winter snow I drew the contour on a paper and measure it to create a DevCad model.

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Please also tell us more about the "cheap" software and how you were able to get all of those coordinates into the CAD.

Thanks!
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:12 PM
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Hi Pat,

I spent a lot of brainstorming and scraping in front of these yours pictures last winter when I started this project.

I'm a big fan of Vince products so in my 8 I installed the Screaming Eagle Retrofit Tailwheel Fork with the Lightweight Tailwheel Tire from april 2014.

You can see it in this thread : http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=111868 post #8.

And I said : "I had an incredible improvement in ground control of the aircraft during taxi, takeoff and landing roll. It's a great products, easy to promote!

Cheers

Luke

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Luca, I applaud you for going old school with the tailwheel fairing! Consider doing what I did and buy a fork from Vince Frazier (previous post) and actually embedding the fork into the fairing. I glassed mine permanently into the fork and it really makes for a solid setup. Just be careful with the geometry such that when you rotate the tailwheel 180? there is no interference with the tailwheel spring or the ground. Here are a couple of photos, good luck with the project:

In the old days there were a lot more tail fairings around, what can I say, the tradition kind of died out, but there's nothing as pretty as a faired tailwheel in my humble opinion. Of course, you'll have to buy two forks from Vince because you'll want to have the other one for grass strips!
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:17 PM
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Hallo,

no laser but an homemade pantograph cutter connected to the DevCad software.

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Be sure and use a generous/sufficient amount of mold release. That can be frustrating?

What was used to cut out the parts? Was it a laser cutter? Wasn't familiar with that word.
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:20 PM
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You did a great work - I know your radial conversion !

take a look to the Vince Frazier products for a different tailwheel fork, look on this thread.

Cheers

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Great work! I ended up modifying a vans tailwheel fairing to work in a full swivel with their stock fork. Yours will be MUCH lighter.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:06 PM
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flyboykelly: love your tailhook look, nicely done! Just needs the placard: Danger Arresting Hook, or maybe those were missing on Bearcats.

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Old 04-20-2016, 02:20 PM
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flyboykelly: love your tailhook look, nicely done! Just needs the placard: Danger Arresting Hook, or maybe those were missing on Bearcats.

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Good thought! I'll look to see if the hellcat had that placard.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:39 PM
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After a lot of sanding and bonding process I decided that 3D Printer could be a better (and modern) idea. So I jump into the learning process to 3D design with a cheap software (Devfus); here first results, the general idea is to create a negative model with a 3D Printer.

Stay tuned, I'll keep you updated

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Old 10-12-2016, 10:50 AM
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Luke, I'm jumping in also on 3D printing. Send me your fairing design and I'll try to print in nylon if it less than 10 inches. I'm in 3D training.

also, what do you think of this? : http://www.david-3d.com

my first training model.... printed in ABS plastic is 40% weight of alum. maybe for a magnetometer?

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