I recently found a company that will make gaskets with no tooling charges and no minimum oreder quantity. They make everything from the multi-layer cylinder head gaskets for a V12 Lamborghini to simple cork or silicone rubber gaskets like the example below.

You can send them an original, a drawing, or you can do the whole thing by email. Place the gasket in question on your flat-bed scanner and place a piece of graphpaper on top. (You can download a page of graphpaper from their website.) The scanned image will look like this:

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Now email the image to http://gasketstogo.com/ at the address they provide on their website and you will receive a quote. It was less than $3 for the valve cover gasket shown above. (Silicone rubber/cork, 3mm thick)

If you accept the quote, the gaskets are made and mailed, and you pay by credit card from a PayPal invoice. From the little research I did it would appear that the service is reliable and customers are pleased with their work.

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This is my solution, finally ,to protect my hearing after 30 years of Tiger Moth and Bucker Jungmann flying.
I found a F 16 helmet,custom   silicon In EAR Plugs with CEP speakers ( or foam earplugs ) and an option for a microphone mask the best way to communicate,as well as being a head protection .The helmet alone still gave resonance from the airflow around my head ( propeller generated )

I use a Becker radio,AR 6201

Possibly this is of use to friends in the Bucker and open cockpit community.

Miklos Schermer Voest

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From Garry Allen in the UK come a set of Jungmeister drawings that will be of value to restorers and modellers alike.

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To download a copy, visit the "Downloads", "Misc" section of the website, or click on the sample above.

Thanks Gary. Again, I am amazed by the time and skill people bring to bear on material submitted for our collective benefit.

Thanks to John LaBarre who took the time to scan the Christen manual. The photographs are not of the greatest quality, but it is still a most useful document. Thanks John!

Visit the Downloads section and look in "Manuals, or click on the image below.

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Thank you to Gail and Doedo Schipper who have taken the time to digitize the CASA 1131 assmebly/parts manual.

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Registered website users can click this link to download the book:

 http://www.bucker.info/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=44&Itemid=67

It is quite a large download, but well worth it. While Bucker Prado SA were active in supplying Bucker parts, they would use this book as a guide. The page shown above is page 4/41 so a part would be identified by that page number and then the item number from the drawing. Still a good way to define a particular component.
Doedo Schipper made this threaded adaptor to make instlling the landing gear bolts easier.

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It started out as a plain American 7/16" nut.  Tapped to 8 mm.  Threaded on the bolt and machined down on the lathe to the bolt diameter. A slight taper and the shoulder bolt goes in much easier.

Great idea. Thanks Doedo!

John LaBarre, sadly now a former Bucker owner, sent me some original fuel/oil decals. I thought it would be a good idea to record these before I apply them to the Jungmann.

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I have placed full-sized scans of the decals in the Gallery within the "Markings" section.

Dirk Bende wrote to remind us of the services his company offers. LTB Dirk Bende GmbH specialize in the restoraton of vintage aircraft and engines. You will find their website here: www.ltb-dirkbende.de (There is a link at the very bottom of the page for the English version)

You may have seen pictures of Dirk's work on this website, particularly his careful Hirth engine restorations.

Dirk currently has a number of restored Tigres for sale, as well as a Siemnes BRAMO SH14


Wing Construction booklet
This has to be the best value in all of Bückerdom. Hank Galpin has for many years distributed a booklet he wrote called "Tips and techniques for B
ücker Wing Builders." The booklet is very well written and illustrated with good quality pictures. It takes you step-by-step through the process of building Bücker wings and ailerons. The booklet has recently been expanded to include a section by Joe Krybus on building the ailerons.
To obtain a copy, send $10.00 (For non USA addresses, a $20 bill please) to:


Hank Galpin
1885 Stillwater Rd
Kalispell, MT 59901

Hank's email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(This scan is very low resolution, the real thing is of good quality)



One of the frustrations of growing up in England (and I suspect any part of Europe,) was reading American books and magazines which explained how simple it might be to build something from parts "commonly available in any hardware store."

One such item was a model aircraft auto-pilot made from the electro-static sensor in a smoke detector. How exciting - except that there were no smoke detectors to be had in English hardware stores, and comparitively few hardware stores to begin with.

Years later, Burt Rutan designed the fabulous Quickie. 100+ mph on a 16 HP Onan lawn tractor engine. - Lawn tractors and engines which of course you can't buy in England.

Now that I live here in the land of omni-present hardware stores, and near infinaite availability, the shoe is on the other foot. - One of my favorite resources is the McMaster-Carr company. www.mcmaster.com - This company is amazing. It seems there is nothing you cannot find in their catalog somewhere. From Toilets to aircraft grade metric hardware, from tampon dispensers to earth movers - it's all in that thick yellow book somewhere.

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The latest treasure I found between the covers is self-adhesive, 0.012" thick Polyethelene tape. This stuff is great to apply to your cockpit doors, side panels, cowling or fuel tank, and will prevent chaffing, scraping or fabric damage. The adhesive is super strong, but the tape itself is as slippery and strong as PTFE or Teflon. 

Click this link http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/116/3414/=8r00ac and scroll down to the "Strong and Slippery UHMW Polyethylene Tape with Super-Bond Adhesive" item. I used part number 7344A31 - Highly recommended!

Times have changed, and now there is not such a big difference between what is available in Europe, and what can be found in the US (except for Baguettes and chocolate eclairs, unfortunately). None the less, if you are reading this from Europe, Asia , or elsewhere, and need help buying something from an American supplier, just email and I will help.

Several months ago I queried you regarding availability of any accurate scale drawings of the Spanish built Bucker Jungmann.  You answered that you did not know of any.  However, you send me a set of drawings by Coates that featured both a Hirth powered and a Lycoming powered version. Thanks again for that.

I compared these drawings of the basic airframe to a partial set of factory drawings (only the flying surfaces) and the full scale owned by my friend,  Matt Chapman.  The result was that I found them not to be very accurate.  Since I needed an accurate set of drawings for Matt's and my project, two 35% models of the Spanish built Bucker Jungmann, I undertook to produce an accurate set.  I used Matt's factory drawings, and his full scale (uncovered) as reference.  I used ModelCAD, a relatively simple 2D CAD program.
 
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Since I intend to finish my model as EC-FUU, owned and operated by Fundacio Parc Aeronautic de Catalunya in Barcelona, I send my drawings to their director, Peter Argila, to be authenticated.  He submitted them to the Technical Department.  They found the drawings to be accurate, and provided me with a really nice Certificate of Authenticity.
 
So, I would like to make these drawings available to everyone in the Bucker community.  Accordingly, I have attached them as a PDF file to this note.
 
Best Regards,
 
Gary Allen
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Thank you so much to Gary for this drawing. I know there are many people who will be thrilled to have access to such acurate information. Please click the picture above, or HERE to download the full drawing in PDF format.

Steve