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Hagle347
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:26 pm 
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The post Sedona Update- after Sun N Fun and a discussion with Jimmy Brod of JB Aircraft Engines, it was clear that my intended engine would not be what I expected. The engine came off a turbo normalized Twin Commanche. Good engine fit for the Thorp....But, I'm not using the turbo part AND the pistons are rated at 6.5 to 1. That would only give me about 145 hp. Not good. So the engine took a nice ride on Yellow Freight. Jimmy's shop will install 9:1 pistons, new rings and then put my exhaust system on the engine and run it in their test stand. When I get it back - before the end of May- All I'll have to do is add engine mount, fuel lines, P leads and she's ready to run on the airplane.
In the mean time, the panel is almost all connected to the airframe. I'm making my final assembly list to make sure I don't have to install/uninstall items too many times.
The last 'big' install is now the windshield and canopy.


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Hagle347
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 9:29 pm 
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The windshield install has begun. I've made two passes with the Dremel cutting tool. It's about time to go with the belt sander for final fit.

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I had to install the ailerons, counter balance weights and wingtips to check the fit and gaps.

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Hagle347
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 9:31 pm 
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Left aileron and trim tab. The figelli motor is inside the aileron using a 4-40 rod from the Hobby store to drive the trim tab.

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Hagle347
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 9:19 am 
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I have the initial size of the windshield done. Now I'll drill the holes and finish the edges. Thanks to a quick call to Cubes, I'll work down to 400 grit sandpaper to finish all the edges.

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James Grahn
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 9:57 am 
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You do good work Terry. Just make sure all of the edges look polished. Holes too. No chips or imperfections on the edge.
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Rich Brazell
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A Unibit works to remove burrs and polish the attach holes . You can use it on both sides of the hole . Practice on some scrap first . ;)

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Hagle347
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The windshield and canopy are almost completed. My engine has been overhauled and next week will be shipped by to the shop. The engine shop took a little longer to get the engine done - not their fault. The report on the engine was very good. It made really good power on the test stand. This should be exciting. An IO-320 that is putting out just shy of 180 hp. With any luck I can have 218TH flying before the end of this year.


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Hagle347
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:35 pm 
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This is a better photo of my final panel configuration.


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Fraser MacPhee
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:55 pm 
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Nice and clean - with wigwags - and left and right mag switches - no key?

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Jeff J
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Fraser MacPhee wrote:
.... left and right mag switches - no key?


That is the way mine is except my mag switches are mounted away from other switches so they cannot be accidentally switched.

I like the clean look but I prefer circuit breakers to fuses because of the spare fuse requirements for night flight (applies to IFR as well).

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Ryan Allen
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Terry, if you get bored one day, I would be interested to hear how you plan to attach the top of the panel to the bulkhead aft of the fuel tank. I have never figured out an elegant solution. You panel looks great by the way.


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Hagle347
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:23 am 
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Ryan, My fuselage has a 'sub frame' behind the standard frame. With it there I am using cushion studs to hold the top in place. Let me see if I can find a photo...it's worth a thousand typed words.
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you can kind of see it in this photo. The angle piece is what the bottom of the panel rests on. I'll keep looking for a better shop of the upper frame.

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Hagle347
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:27 am 
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Found it! Hope it helps.

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Ryan Allen
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That helps alot. Thanks Terry. I like it.


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Bill Williams
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Here's trim for the windshield between the roll bar and dash
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