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Old 12-05-2011, 03:31 AM
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Default GRYPHON - build thread (sports/trainer 2m composite jet)

Arrived today is my demo kit of the new Gryphon jet trainer from Redwings in Italy.

For those who know nothing about this new product its essentially an all composite sport jet, which is also suitable as a jet trainer, brightly coloured to make sure its easily seen for orientation etc.

Specs:

Span 2000mm
Length 2050mm
Turbine 16-22lb
AUW approx 9KG (19.8lb) depending on set up.

The kit is highly pre-fabricated, ducting all fitted, canopy all assembled with latch and alignment tabs, 2.5L kevlar fuel tank with fitting to accept a Dubro style stopper, wheel cut outs etc. A stainless twin walled pipe, carbon full bypass and bellmouth are also supplied.

The builder will need to hinge control surfaces, fit equipment, retracts etc.

I understand a 'budget' retract system from Eurokit will fit, details of which will follow, however you can also fit other retract products subject to fitting in the space provided.

I will post more as I work through the build, plan it to take it to Classic Jets on the 16th December to let those who are interested have a closer look.

Feel free to email or PM for any more info.

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Old 12-05-2011, 03:34 AM
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:42 AM
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last few for now...

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Default RE: GRYPHON - build thread (sports/trainer 2m composite jet)

Looks really nice Marc,lots of carbon used to reinforce the high stress areas.What retracts are you going to use? I now have a spare set of JETA1 for the Elan/Xl,I wonder if these would fit
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Default RE: GRYPHON - build thread (sports/trainer 2m composite jet)

Hi Mark, any pics of it assembled?

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Old 12-05-2011, 05:03 AM
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Default RE: GRYPHON - build thread (sports/trainer 2m composite jet)

Not assembled this one yet, hope to later, attached a few pics I have of them at the manufacturers.

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Good to see a PRIDE jet good for them .
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What turbine are you going to use? 
I am looking for a (2m) sport jet at the moment, this one looks nice, but what about the quality, do you think that it is comparable with CARF for example?

This may be the way to go as It will probably be even more docile that UFlash..
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Do we have a ballpark price yet?????????????????? I really like that.

OK... enough of this... I have to go to work.
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Default RE: GRYPHON - build thread (sports/trainer 2m composite jet)

In my opinion it is certainly comparable to the CARF, this is my view however and whilst its not easy to make a straight comparison I tend to have fairly high expectations on these sorts of things (ask my friends) and I'm impressed with this Gryphon from what I have seen so far.

Dry assembly went fine, pics follow, only one item to 'adjust' and that's the stab carbon tube is slightly too long to allow the stabs to push fully home - guess its better than too short

I'm fitting a B100F in this, more power than needed but wanted to test this lovely turbine too so a little power management and all will be be fine.

Not sure he knows it yet but Ali Machinchy will have the pleasure in checking it out fairly soon.

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pull your finger out, we can have it flying for CJ!
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Is this painted outside of the mould Marc? From the pictures,finish looks very good.
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Default RE: GRYPHON - build thread (sports/trainer 2m composite jet)

Marc,

Well, whenever and wherever you fly it you ain't gonna lose it!! Jonathan wants his 10% cut for designing the paint scheme LOL

Looks nice tho mate and the other schemes look a whole lot better.

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Yes painted outside, not a seam in sight.

The decals are waterslide and applied under a clear coat so there is almost no 'ridge' to feel.

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Do we have a ballpark price yet?????????????????? I really like that.
Tony will email you on that.

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Well, whenever and wherever you fly it you ain't gonna lose it!! Jonathan wants his 10% cut for designing the paint scheme LOL
Money on the way

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As a mate, I was going to lay off the San fran scheme... But seeing as your Bestie has no issues with tearing into it......
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Payback opportunities don't come round often so I grab 'em when I can

Once Oli is old enough not to stick a paintbrush in his mouth we should be able to get the next scheme finalised

What is AUW on these?
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Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies... Psychedelic jet!!
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Looks very nice indeed...... The colour scheme you have chosen could be described as well a little urgent on the eye. The more white one looks nice.

Mark

Are you going to be the UK distributer of these would be a nice size step to the stinger

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Nice shape with the right scheme it will look well, good weight category as well to keep wing loading low for a sport/trainer
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Dennis,

Yes UK distribution through GBRJET.

Always good to get feedback, yes she is bright, useful on a trainer, I am sure 'options' will be available in time once all the feedback has been crunched back in Italy.

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Will a clear canopy/cockpit tub be an option?
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i want one for a p70. Marc, can you kindly keep me in the loop regarding this nice looking jet.
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In the jetmag it says www.redwings.it but all I get is an opps when I put that in

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yes dos'nt seem to be working
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