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Old 01-18-2013, 09:01 AM
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I have the "Buly Special' nose puck. Here's what you do....

1. Take Buly for a ride and land gear up.
2. Measure the size & shape of the flat spot on the nose.
3. Cut a piece of hard wood to fit the shape.
4. Glass it in place
5. replace the bolts and nuts you ground down in step 1.
6. rebuild your wheel pants (after finding the pieces along the runway)
7. refinish and paint

If Buly isn't available you can use 230 lbs of lead weights in the passenger seat and distract yourself by texting to him while on final
Yikes

Seems a little extreme....

Thanks;

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:52 AM
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Extreme, perhaps, but that's the way I did it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:25 PM
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I have the "Buly Special' nose puck. Here's what you do....

1. Take Buly for a ride and land gear up.
2. Measure the size & shape of the flat spot on the nose.
3. Cut a piece of hard wood to fit the shape.
4. Glass it in place
5. replace the bolts and nuts you ground down in step 1.
6. rebuild your wheel pants (after finding the pieces along the runway)
7. refinish and paint

If Buly isn't available you can use 230 lbs of lead weights in the passenger seat and distract yourself by texting to him while on final
John, You are too kind. I'm just under 250 lbs in my birthday suit, But I'm on a crash diet for the Bahamas trip . Johns description of my gear up repair is right. We practiced on his plane, and than I did it 2 more times in mine.
The bumper is made from two pieces of 1/4" thick angle aluminum pieces, bolted back to back, to form a T. To add some extra material on the vertical part, I sandwiched 3/8" Nylon piece I had in the scrap bin. The horizontal piece is the mounting flange that's screwed into the maple piece glassed into the nose. Shape the bumper to your liking. Mine was 1/2 teardrop shape.
I had photo somewhere, but can not find it.
Wayne Hicks has a different version of the skid plate on his web site, but it is not tested. Mine is Thats why it is not a teardrop anymore.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:35 PM
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G'day John & Buly

Thank you for your observations and well learned experiences.

I will look at Wayne Hicks page, but I think I get the idea from your posts.

I hope like we all do not to ever need the skid/puck. But know it is better to be ready when it is needed.

Thank you again;

Jeff
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:06 PM
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Wayne Hicks has a different version of the skid plate on his web site, but it is not tested. Mine is Thats why it is not a teardrop anymore.
I tested it and it worked perfectly.
Tower thought they would have to shut down a busy runway but I lowered the gear (Wright Lift) and taxied away to their amazement....
Only had to repair the puck. Looks to be still good for another go but hopefully not....
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:46 AM
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Is that bubbling epoxy residue from a hot skid plate I see?
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:43 PM
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No, just flox used to fair it in. (In anticipation of cleaning up everything some day soon.)
When repaired this time I did a little better.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:04 AM
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Sorry to hijack this thread, but has anyone used a small wheel instead of a puck?
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:37 AM
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When you park the nose on a puck, the plane is more likely to be in the same location when you come back.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:06 AM
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I've heard people suggest it, but the suggestion has always been knocked down. I don't think anyone has ever done it.

The biggest argument against having a wheel is that you remove the advantage of the puck / friction surface, both when parked and, more importantly, when performing an emergency short stop such as in an aborted take-off or emergency landing in a short paved area. With the gear up the plane stops very quickly.

The other thing to consider is that the wheel / axle assembly would have to be very sturdy (heavy) to withstand the impact of the nose hitting the runway, especially if the ballast is for solo and / or the brakes are applied before you realize the nose gear isn't down.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:24 PM
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Yes it has been done. I saw a varieze with a nose bumper wheel. Not a good idea in my opinion.


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