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QuickTalk 17 - QUICKIE HINTS

In an attempt to avoid some work and get my project to completion quicker, I decided to avoid the fuselage trailering cut. Besides, holding that baby on with 8 screws and nutplates gave me the shivers. After much thought, however, I had to do it anyway. Others may wish to consider these advantages:

1. Obviously trailering.

2. Ability to easily adjust ailerons, if needed.

3. Inspection of aileron control links and rudder cables which could (over time) saw their way thru the fuselage if the tubing guides failed.

4. Removal of any flotsam and jetsam which might fall back into the tailcone.

5. Ease of aileron removal especially if the cut is made at or near the point that the aileron torque tube (you'll have to think about this one!) passes through the fuselage.

Jim Masal (#457)

I have joined the not so exclusive group of Quickie pilots who have hit the ground very hard. Like many others, I was able to walk away, thanks to the energy absorbing construction and the mush stall. The biggest mistake I made was using a small prop and direct drive with a high revving two-stroke engine (Kawasaki 440). Other contributing factors were: high-density altitude and gusty winds (should have waited until the next morning for first flight). The canard was totally destroyed, so I am considering building a larger canard and installing a VW engine.

Meanwhile, building the new Q2 canards for a couple of friends is occupying most of my time. I was appalled at the incompleteness of the plans, even after building the Quickie. They have definitely gone from bad to worse. You would think they could include such minor details as the location of the elevators, etc. The main reason I complain is, they have sole hundreds of sets of plans and surely could afford to take the proceeds from a couple of those sales to hire someone to draw up a good set of plans. Maybe I am being too hard on them, because many parts of the plans are quite good. The point is many builders waste much time because not enough thought was put into some areas in the plans. It seems such a shame that such a fine airplane design is being hurt by the discontent of its builders, who would normally be praising it. Maybe the completion rate would be higher if some of the unnecessary frustration were eliminated.

I have made a complete layout of the new canard to check the accuracy and relationship of the hot-wire templates and jigging templates. If there is sufficient interest, I would be willing to write a complete set of instructions for building the canard, after completing the first one. There would be no referring back to the old plans with the incorrect angles on the foam blocks, etc.

J. L. Fueslein

From Larry Levick #125

Quickie N125 LQ made its first flight at 7 am on June 1st, 1984 at Deer Valley Airport, Phoenix, AZ. Aircraft weight was 305 lbs and pilot weight was 165 lbs. The engine has the 22.5 hp conversion but climb was slow because of weight. The next flight will be with a Warnke Almost Constant Speed Prop.

The Aircraft controls feel very good. I did not have the pitch sensitivity I feared. Control feels very natural.

S/N 125 was built almost entirely by myself. The only help I had was cutting the foam wing cores. Time to build: 1200 hrs.

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