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Kitfox no:649 / ZU-IHM

Postby Jean Crous » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:13 pm

I acquired this project from a deceased estate, the gent was an engineer as I understand from his son. For the past number of years there has not been any 'building" happening on this one.This is a Kitfox 2, but it has a few factory fitted goodies that are different to the ones I have seen here in SA.For instance an original Kitfox fuel header tank, a trim-tab in the elevator, chromolly doorframes that are "bulged ' outward for more shoulder room, glassfiber fuel tanks from Kitfox factory, and lastly a bigger rudder.
The controls had been installed, engine installed, wings constructed...........that is about where it stopped. I am going to "undo" everything and start from the ground up, not because of poor workmanship or quality, but things tend to gather a sticky sort of dust that needs to be cleaned off properly. I will be painting the frame white and all controls red. The engine , Rotax 618, has never run and will be sent to my friend Louis van Wyk at Aerosport Fisantekraal, to be stripped and checked. If anything needs replacing, mostly rubber parts, they will be replaced with new Rotax parts.
I will load some foties later on.
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Goose » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:57 pm

Mooi man nog n fox in wording (^^)
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Jean Crous » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:11 pm

Here is a pic on the day she arrived.
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Goose » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:15 pm

Soooo jys die een wat my voor gespring het :twisted: (^^)
Hoe verskil die rudder van die ander 2's lyk die selfde hoogte :?:

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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Jean Crous » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:01 pm

Mnr Goose, n maat van my het ook n Kitfox 2 , hy se die rudder is effens hoer as syne ,maar die enigste verskil wat ek duidelik kan sien is hierdie rudder het n groter cord as die gewone Kitfox 2. Ek sal hom meet wanneer my maat weer hier land met syne. :?
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby bobthebuilder » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:13 pm

That is really nice.
Did you get a set of wings with it?
... I have to ask .... !!! What engine do you plan to run? :oops:
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Jean Crous » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:00 pm

For now I think I will stick with the Rotax 618, or I also have a new 582 blue top...........sal maar sien :wink: Yes there are wings with it vhpy
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby bobthebuilder » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:21 am

I thought it would have been a Revmaster.
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Jean Crous » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:01 pm

bobthebuilder wrote:I thought it would have been a Revmaster.
:lol: :lol: I would prefer that ofcourse ($$) ($$) However there is an engine with it , the Rotax 618, to fit a Revmaster will take a whole lot of development work , a complete firewall forward = plenty of RRRRRRRR/ $$$$$$$$$ :lol: And I already have a Revmaster in my Bushbaby (^^) :mrgreen: (-)
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Vaughn » Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:54 pm

Goose,
Baie jammer, but Jean's deal was simply too good. Drop me your e-mail address & I'll send you some pic's of the Challenger. Jean reckons it do close to 105 MPH with the 618 I'm putting on. You should really see Jean's operation, it's the most professional I've seen in the Sport Aircraft building industry & he's a real perfectionist. This while at the same time being a true Gentleman with a great crew. Jean, vrijslike danke, aan jou en jy manne!!!
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Jean Crous » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:31 pm

Hi Vaughn vhpy fancy meeting you HERE :lol: Thanks for that nice complement, I am humbled thereby .
Have you decided to keep the Challenger ? I hope you did !! I must still send you the prop.
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Vaughn » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:03 pm

Howzit Jean,
Believe me there's no many real gentleman left in this world today & you richly deserve the accolade.
As for selling or not, I'm trying to avoid the decision by getting the Challie airborne first. I'm taking the motor to Flo Momberg tomorrow (He was recommended by Comet Aviation as the go to man for 618's), to strip down to see if anything has to be done. Then we'll take it further. Don't hassle about the prop, I've still got to get to Leeukop to pick up the gearbox & once Flo's removed the pulley I'll give you a shout before I send it down. I'll also do another check for the other parts. Gee my groete aan die ander manne.
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Goose » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:57 pm

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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Jean Crous » Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:24 pm

Goose wrote::?:
:lol: :lol: :lol: Mnr Gans, ek wil graag maar die kliente druk my bietje , jy ken mos self daai storie :?: ($$) ($$) (**) (**) ## ##
Sal sien , komende week "steel " ek so n bietjie tyd na werk.
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Re: Kitfox no:649

Postby Jean Crous » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:52 pm

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Bubbled door frames of chromoly steel , unlike other model 2 that I built
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Factory supplied fuel header tank with shut-off valve
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Rotax 618 will be a good performer
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Factory supplied glass fibre fuel tanks in wings
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Trimtab in left elevator factory fitted
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Rudder bigger than normal Kitfox 2
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A couple of pics as promised, this Kitfox 2 is certainly different to No: 647 that i built some years ago, and it is different to my Friend`s model 2 as well. I am still of two minds whether I want to keep this one or sell it once completed :? :? :?
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Solid leading edge on wings top and bottom
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