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Old 02-26-2018, 03:19 PM
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Moving the engine forward is common practice among R54 builders. The mounting will allow only about 1 inch of the starter to protrude into the "boat tail" (depending on the engine). That's how mine is and the plane is not lacking for power. The "boat tail" allows for a smooth transition well in front of the turbine. Turbines will pull in air from wherever it can, and as long as there isn't a severe restriction thrust won't be affected.

You can tell by just looking at it that it won't be a concern. If you look back through this thread you'll probably find several pictures of others that have done it. Here's a typical one that I just found.
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