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 Post subject: Re: FS: Restored Super Cub. Back on Market For Sale @ Reduce
PostPosted: 18 Nov 2017, 10:14 

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I don't believe your Cub has float fittings. Is it difficult to install them in was of purchase?

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The fittings are easy. The bolt on fittings are definitely the easiest.

However, for a seaplane, it's critical to have proper drainage from the belly of the fuselage (full length and width), the wings, the horizontal stabilizer, the ailerons, the rudder, and the elevators.

And proper drainage means drain holes (the size of a pencil) with seaplane grommets and fabric reinforcing doilies.

All of this can be accomplished of course, but it's not a 1 day job. It's tedious, requires lots of attention to detail, and to finish it off, paint.

The subject plane looks to have been painted with Aerothane or Ranthane, which (at least in my view) elevates the level of difficulty. You'll probably need to hire a grownup if you want it to turn out right.



 Post subject: Re: FS: Restored Super Cub. Back on Market For Sale @ Reduce
PostPosted: 18 Nov 2017, 16:19 


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Drain holes can be beautifully added without ugly grommets and paint work. Its depends on who's doing the work. A small oval stone on a high speed air tool will perfectly cut and melt the best drain hole you ever saw. And do not make them any bigger than the head of a dirt dobber unless you want to invite them into your wings for there dirt condos. Fully sealed surfaces such as horizontal stabs, rudders, etc do not need drain holes as there is no point of entry for the water to enter. Condesation should be so minut that it shouldn't matter. But again, thats up to you, to each there own. Any urethane covering process can also be repaired professionally without any trace of prior damage, just as easy or easier than dope or nitrate covering processes. People make the mistake of trying to repair this process like the randolph or polyfiber process is done. I have repaired airtec, ranthane, aerothane and superflight where no one could tell there was previous damage. To do that the damaged fabric must be cut to a structural member where a tape is, so that the repair reveals no patch. Or if a small hole or other damage needs repair, then it can be fixed using lightweight fabric and hide the patch with primer surfacer. Cracks in old fabric happen, at that stage, its best to recover or live with it unless you want to open a can of worms. I have covered using every process, each has its own pros and cons. The new processes once perfected is a great way to go. No fabric plane should live outside if your after longevity. Hangar them and they will last for years and years.


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