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Old 06-16-2011, 06:20 AM
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Hey Freeba - Greetings from Chitown!

The local club up here is looking to acquire a new cart or two for use at Twin Oaks airport. I remember you had a large part in building several new carts for OF use. Do you still have the plans used to build said carts? Could we buy a set of plans from you?

I hope to be getting back to OH soon so I can make certain Craig can still fly circles around my arse.

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Old 06-16-2011, 07:56 AM
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Geo, attached is a pic of a cart I received a while back. Very simple design but have not actually seen or used one so no feedback to give.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:56 AM
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Hi George, when you coming to fly with us???
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:18 AM
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Your in luck. I do have a set of "to scale" drawings for just this kind of request. Now I just have to find them.

Your biggest problem is going to be finding someone to drill the two main Blocks at top of caster. (1" X 2" X 5") that connect each casters two legs with 5/16" X 7" bolts and fitted with a bronze "T" shaped bushing for spindle bolt. That job was done by the Late but GREAT Mr. Christopher Thale's CNC cut parts. He was the one that made those 4 carts the functional artwork that they became.

Using only Alum., Bronze, Stainless, quality synthetic saddle and plug materials is why they are still pretty. Just a heads up, each of those carts were about $700.00 per copy....FOR MATERIALS only!!!!!! and that was a while ago.

On the hunt for the plans (and maybe parts list). primavera
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:44 AM
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Hi Tom,

I would be interested in those plans as well if possible.

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Old 06-18-2011, 05:18 AM
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Hi Larry. Sure will. But I still have to find them. Stay tuned.
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:35 AM
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OK! I have found the Cart plans and Parts list. I will clean them up and make them readable. I'm sure by next weekend or sooner "The Set" can be in the mail or hand delivered.

Those interested in a set should put in an order by : sending me their snail mail address <ztkc1@netscape.net> or post it here.

There will be no cost but feel free to donate LARGE AMOUNTS (or what you can afford) to the "Help a struggling Hang Glider student" Fund. I have heard there are students of John's school that have a desire but little to no funds for their goal to become pilots in this great sport.

If our great and esteemed Secretary might even setup this fund with a PayPal thing, then....

As always thank you for this time. primavera

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Old 07-23-2011, 11:04 AM
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Ok I now have in my hot little hands 10 sets of Cart Blueprints. Complete with true to life size Patterns for all plates, front caster and cradles. Along with a 7 pages of instruction details and parts list.

If you want a set and find yourself wanting to compensate me for this EXTENSIVE and COMPLETE effort to bring these drawings to the masses in a real pretty package....

Then donate as much as you can to John Alden's school, earmarked solely for helping to meet the cost of getting the less fortunate a subsidy for a lesson package. How best to award this subsidy should be determined by that want-a-be's enthusiasm to really want to learn.

Of course this generosity factor is completely voluntary and designed to instill gratitude to all who make this a great sport for all.

As always thank you for this time. primavera

PS, Geo. H. and Larry H. yours are already coming.
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I tell you, that Primavera, he's a one-of-a-kind!!!
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Thank you very much Tom. It is much appreciated.

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