Alaskan hunting Mini

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:34 am

Thanks again, slidin gator. Appreciate the technical help. About what I suspected, and good call on a trim tab.its 8 below 0 this morning, and that officially freezes any still water around here. The fast rivers are still moving, but I’m not going to try that out first. Sooo, I will have to load it up and travel about 6 hours to wasilla or Palmer to find liquid water. Good thing is that takes the hurry off the build.i had planned 1 month, and today is the last day of the month, with about a week worth of work left to do. Not too bad.( getting the Farm shut down for winter took a lot of time too)
So now I will take my time to finish it the way I want!get it painted and protected. I am probably going to break down and find a sheet of uhmw for the bottom protection. I had wanted to try laminating several layers of vinyl armor. 12mills thick each layer...but, what a pain in the ass. Just go buy a thin sheet of uhmw and call it good.
Finished the lower ducting and the cage yesterday. For my first cage and not having a tubing bender, I’m really happy with it. its strong , looks good and weighs 3 lbs total.
Will finish upper ducting and rudder linkage today. That leaves only cleaning and painting left to do !!!

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:09 am

Build update. Well, it’s below zero every night now. All still water is frozen. So no more hurry to get this done before freeze up. Epic fail ! But, we rented a cabin on a lake further south to try it out on water later next week.
I wanted to have this done by November 1st. I think it being in paint is close enough. Here’s a lot of pics of her all cleaned up and ready for the dance. Besides the general consensus that it will instantly sink, flip over and catch on fire I am really excited about seeing how she does! This small 2 year bull stepped out with his girlfriend in the middle of the day...just to rub it in that I didn’t finish the boat on time.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby bkmail » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:12 pm

My thoughts....
I want you to succeed but I more concerned with about a dozen things that can hurt you in your design and set-up.
The lakes are frozen here as well, Palmer.
Where are you planning to test this next week?
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:43 pm

Ol lady is workin in Cordova , so ther or Valdez with the ferry prices being astronomical

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:47 pm

And I’d like to here all dozen things wrong..and I will put in my thoughts on why I did what I did on them and see what happens. Fair game, here.

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:51 pm

I thought Big Lake would be open for awhile...really ? Will call and check it out, thanks. Didn’t want to try it out in deep cold water, but thought it was an option.

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Slidin Gator » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:42 pm

Jssflyer wrote:Didn’t want to try it out in deep cold water, but thought it was an option.

Dude,
That’s what we been saying. My boys first reaction when I showed him what you have going on was “Better bring a Sawzall”.

Don’t get me wrong, been a mile underground diving Fla. caves, but I want an exit. One good one works for me. You got one exit that ain’t so good.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby bkmail » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:42 am

Ok, big lake might be open. That could be handy if the docks were still in too.

We can PM on the side for my concers/thoughts. I am all in for trying new things. I'm down this direction if I can help when you decide to run her.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:29 am

5 exits, all the windows are 1/8 cast acrylic. I can punch through any, and the holes are large enough to get out of. Retired commercial diver, 4000 dives. Also, my center of gravity is waaayyyy lower than yalls boats. My butt is only 6” above the waterline. I see almost no way to flip it over, short of jamming under something, which would happen in any boat. I picked up a sheet of 1/8” uhmw today, and will be putting it on. Oh yeah, Fairbanks has open water by the power plant all year ! Yay, I can try it there !
I know I’m new on here, but I’m not stupid. I spent a lot of time designing this boat and specifically the hull shape to fulfill a specific role. It uses stressed monocoque construction, similar to aircraft. Where all the pieces absorb and reinforce each other for great strength to weight. The cage is strong and stiff, but designed to break away cleanly if hung up, or snagged.instead of flipping or pulling the craft under. The cab is designed to be exit able in any condition .hell, it’s only .016 aluminum.a Swiss army pocket knife would cut it open. No saws all required, this is my first airboat, but I’ve been building airplanes , paramotors, ultralights, Trike’s,boats, kayaks and whatever else for 30 years. If y’all think this is crazy....just Wait ! The next three builds are going to get VERY interesting! The next one is a 2 person enclosed cab mini, then a W.I.G. Aircraft/airboat mini, then finally a 1/2 scale Hoth Ice Speeder/airboat. Hope to get all those in and finish my CH 701 before May, when I have to go back to being a farmer. Only have about 100 hrs left to go on the 701. Just needed a break from it for awhile which is why I started this project.
Thanks for all your replies and interest. It’s been fun! And nice to meet other crazy people. Going to get back to painting and wrapping. This pic shows the wrap color. It’s a metallic, O.D. Green with a matte , flat finish. Gonna look sick !

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:31 am

Quick trial of the wrap vinyl against the flat black paint and rivets.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby swamper2 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:44 am

what is a ch 701
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:03 am

Morning swamped 2 . Zenith ch 701 is a home built 2 person airplane . Famous for its STOL capabilities, lifts off and lands in around 50 ft.

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:14 am

Think I came up with a good way to break the windows quickly should something bad happen.

Would like to thank kwan, bkmail, and slidin gator. I wouldn’t have kept thinking about if they didn’t keep bringing it up .

I’m thinking putting a “pull break “ drill small hole, put strap in , rivet and attach a toggle handle that I can grab and pull hard to break the window in the center.pretty sure that will work, but I will need to test it.
Thanks to the replies, problem identified and hopefully solved.
Knee deep doin the wrap today. Very tedious with all the rivets...but she’s looking pretty good so far.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Slidin Gator » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:24 pm

Glad you gave it some thought.
I grew up thinking I-10 was the Mason Dixon line.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Scotty1 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:16 am

:rebel: Dang gone again :dontknow: just when it was getting interesting :rebel:

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:42 am

Paint and wrap update.

Had to take a couple days to work around the house. But here is some pics of the paint and wrap process.. it’s very tedious without a smooth , nice clear coat , like on most cars, etc.
Finally got the trick of it and now is going along fast. Will be done with the wrap today. And hopefully get the uhmw sheet on.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Mossy Cypress » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:07 am

Nice work! Looking forward to the maiden voyage and performance tests, you got skills for sure. Keep up the great work.

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Scotty1 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:08 am

:rebel: YOU HAVE MAD SKILLS AND I HOPE IT EXCEEDS YOUR EXSPECTATIONS :rebel: hope to see a video soon

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby bkmail » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:18 pm

Put your power plant in and see if it pushes across snow. So much time and energy into this, would be nice to run it before you continue to trick it out.
You need !ow end push to run those tight lil slough, snap to keep you out of the brush, and tight turns all at slow speed. I don't know enough about your power and blade combo, if it's capable of meeting the demand.
Also need to tighten up the holes in your cage, what are you going to cover the cage with?
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:25 pm

Thanks guys,
going to use dyneema lines to fill in the cage. Same as for Paraglider/ paramotors.
Once this leaves the shop, it will be out in the elements.. so, it has to be done completely before leaving. Especially the wrap. Can’t have scratches, oil, dings, etc.. my neighbor has a nice shop with a larger door to do any changes.
This is a test platform for the fit and finish of my ch 701. So, doing the wrap and figuring out how to scuff, prime, paint, clean, pretreat, apply and post treat a wrap on bare aluminum is THE reason I am building this at this time.i am Very glad I did it first. Had to try several different methods till I found the right way for this stuff. Have done a lot of wraps, but never bare aluminum on matte paint. The wrap costs more than the aluminum , so finding out how not to ruin it is important.
That being said, it should just be about 2 days till I get it out. Gotta get the wrap and uhmw today. Mount up the engine and switches tomorrow, then cut a large hole in shop to move into the garage and outside.
These paramotors are pretty amazing. Tons of power to weight and only operate at about 25 mph. Designed to take you up at 45degrees in 3 steps. All climb pitched.
What is a good prop for water strikes? Warp drive with nickel edge? I also have a wood, and carbon fiber helix. Was going to start with light, cheap wood one for first tests, but wondered if the warp drive would be better?

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby bkmail » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:48 pm

Look forward to your test results.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:12 am

Monday’s morning update. 11-12-18
Got the uhmw put on Saturday. Really glad I went it. Only takes about 10 lbs of push to make it slide across the shop floor. Which is frustrating when trying to drill or hole or apply some vinyl.lol.
Even though there was football, I got the engine installed and the harness built. Just some finish up items left to do , today. Then will be getting her outside.
Here’s some pics.
Please make Star Wars Death Star music in your head when viewing the last pic of the interior. Da Da Da Da bum , bum bum bum , bum
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby kwanjangnihm » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:45 am

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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby Jssflyer » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:18 am

Missiles hung and Torpedos ready to go, Captain ,
Also got the Kolpin Gun Claws installed, rod holders, shoulder straps and all the wiring tucked away. Battery charged and the engine spins over without anything catching on fire. Just continuing with finish work today. Have to redo a couple pieces of the wrap I put on first that wasn’t pretreated correctly. Should only be a couple hours to redo that. Lots of snow and really warm for the next few days makes for great testing weather.
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Re: Alaskan hunting Mini

Postby swamper2 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:51 am

James Bond would have the rocket that is mounted on the bottom of the rudder pointing back to stop the aggressors.
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