.025" wire 20-30 CFH on the flow. Do you have a separate control for wire speed and voltage? Welding the thin tubing just takes practice and a developed eye. It gets especially fun when you start welding different thicknesses together.
Got in a little flight time last hitch home to deliver an engine mount. The kid "flew" us for about 20 min and had a blast. Not enough snow yet to put the ski's on. Gotta love winter flying. 2 hrs to preheat and preflight for a 2 hr flight
Dig the tail tug. Moving the batter to the back will help. Might also make a mount for a pillow block bearing on the end of the motor shaft to give it some good support. Might make the motor bearing last longer. I love this idea as I have been eyeing an old snow blower for the exact same thing!
one thing I see that you might think about. On gear that tall, especially with the big tires, you might want to put that angle at the top of the step plate so you can put you whole foot onto it instead of just that tiny ledge. I can see some busted body parts especially on skis with big boots on.
Gear Looks great Randy. You know I can't say no to ya, I have a vested interest in seeing this bird in the air! Just by chance, did you run a tube through the axle tubes to assure they are straight? What do you think about putting a web between the axle tube and the gear leg like the cub beef up? If ya like the idea, I have some 4130 plate at the house that would be perfect for it and I can add that in after I weld up the rest of it. I think you will like that taller gear so you can get that AOA. With that big wing and the yamayeehaa in the nose this should be an awesome STOL bird!
I have the "manual" for the coyote (actually mountain eagle) and it is piss poor at best. Contains a few drawings and basically says study this shitty drawing and assemble. I will try to get it scanned in but its incomplete and pretty much completely useless.
Stretching the tail will make that tail hit first even worse. Are you using full flaps for landing? You can either drop the leading edge of the horizontal stab down or put a trim tab on the elevator and tweak it till she flys hands off at cruise. A couple turns around the pattern will get you dialed in. What is your CG at? Get it back around 16 or 18" and the plane will fly MUCH better and land SLOWER.
The very first thing you should be doing at altitude is figuring out the numbers on your plane. There are so many factors that go into the differences of the indicated airspeed from plane to the next that my numbers are pretty much worthless to you. YOU need to figure out at what speed YOUR plane stalls at. Do this at altitude then you wont have to worry about it anymore. Stall recovery is really simple in these planes, just relax back pressure and your flying again.
If it was me I would use the speed wing ribs at the full wing length. The speed wing profile gets you more top end and looses little if any on the bottom end if built full length. Duplicating the ribs is pretty easy so you will have enough to go full length.