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Old 12-29-2012, 03:51 AM
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I'm making a profile plane that will have a 25cc converted Homelite engine. The fuselage will be a
sandwich of 5/32" plywood to 15/16" extruded polystyrene foam. I'm thinking of mounting the engine to the fuselage with 1.5" x 1/8" aluminum angle using 3 bolts (will also support the landing gear). The 1 1/8" dowels will be epoxied in between the plywood to support the engine. Will this be strong enough?

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If that engine is a vibrator I would double up on the ply at the nose to about 1/3 of the wing. From the canopy back it could be cut at an angle from the canopy to the wing saddle to save a bit of weight and help prevent stress risers. The dowels for the engine mount is a very good idea and an absolute must. Looks good so far. As a second thought you might consider solid wood all the way through in the engine area. Maybe somebody else will pipe in with better ideas than me.

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I may add fiberglass cloth between the foam and plywood (just in the engine area). I could always add glass to the outside surface of the plywood as well.

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