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    Default Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    A mail from Switzerland, then sorry for my basic English.
    I already finish my Kitfox 4 since few month then I would like to share my project for your KOTM...

    My name is: Vincent Ruchet, my "TeamKitfox" login is: vruchet My city is: Villy sous Ollon / Switzerland My Kitfox is: Model 4, 1050 Speedster n1587 My engine and propeller is: Rotax 912 UL with Arplast 175 DWAP 62/3 Project started in 2002 until juillet 2011
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    It was a long and not really easy project, first because I bought my kit of second hand and incomplete, second because all its always complicated in Swiss, third i was alone in the project...

    I made a small website : www.HBYLN.com to share my construction, but it still in French at this time im sorry... I will translate soon...
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    Today I flew only 35hours. And she (it) still in "testing program". But its always an incredible moment when I fly with... The flight characteristics are very good: 90Kts with 5200Rpm ... Like you know, usually the Kitfox4 is really differing, but during the construction I decide to upgrade it to Speedster modele... Same for the cockpit, I took as a starting point the model 5 and i used carbon fibre for central console etc...
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    For the engine, i installed water and oil thermostat. And inside the cockpit I put a big radiator heater (great for winter in Swiss). My wife made for me a new seat, the original was not comfortable (I am tall )... And finally to won
    4 Kilograms, I replaced the original battery with Lithium Polymer Fe accumulator and its really nice to start during winter!
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    OK I hope you will receive all my pics, and again thanks for your website !!!
    Its very interesting to know the Kitfox community.......

    My best regards from Switzerland.. Vincent
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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    Well folks, it's been quite a while since I've received a KOTM submission. If patience has it's rewards then we've been well rewarded with Vincent's model 4 for March 2012.

    Congratulations Vincent on a fantastic Kitfox build. The workmanship is exquisite throughout.


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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    Nice, very nice! Your aircraft looks great. Enjoy your flying.

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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    Vincent, very nice work . A 1050 speedster, interesting . I am wondering about the speedster tail , did your airframe come with the large tail? I have sn 1563 and it's a 1050 with the small tail
    Looks like fun flying where you are .
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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    Vincent,
    I had to come back and view your photographs a second time, they're so nice. You have paid beautiful attention to detail everywhere on the ship. You must be very proud of your workmanship.

    I only hope that my next project comes close the the kind of work you've done.

    -- Paul S

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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    hello Paul... Thanks for your nice words
    My Kitfox its a bit my love story... But my wife must not know that
    And im sure your plane will be beautiful....

    Thanks again,Vincent

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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    Hello Chuck.
    My Kitfox 1587 come with the small tail. I modify to have a serie 5 look... but it was a bit looooong work. For me its easy, bcos a good friend have a serie 5, then i spy and made ... Regards from Switzerland Vincent
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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    Vincent,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful airplane with us. I begin building my SS7 next month and have printed a picture of your airplane to hang in my shop so that I will never become satisfied with good enough. Your workmanship is the best!
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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    I have to ask, why are the cowl bumps cut and opened up? I've never seen this done on a Kitfox before.

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    Default Re: Kitfox of the Month March 2012 Vincent Ruchet

    vincent in switzerland , even being a lot of work , it should be worth it to you . when i acquired my kit the fabric was already installed and painted . i regret not making the time then to modify the tail to the speedster size . now im flying i dont want to take her out of service for that long to change it now . during the winter months last year and the year before i did take her out of service to replace the gas tanks , maybe next winter for the tail .
    your attention to detail is to be admired .
    regards from the pacific northwest , we do have mountains here also but nothing like yours
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