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Old 09-13-2019, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Jesse Open
I like something simple and quick to set up. Something that handles a wide range of engine sizes and keeps them in a death grip. A little time invested in design and fabrication can save a lot of time down the road.
Yeah, I'd say there's a death grip, the strongest looking mount blocks I've seen. Whereas the engine mounting design looks simplistic the fuel tank mounting assembly looks overly complicated, unless that design is for vibration damping? The jack screw/brass strap is a nice touch, looks very solid.
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Well give a machinist and idea and watch out! LOL Looks like a simple way to raise and lower the tank for each engine to get it just right. Probably less vibrations than the post mount type on the PSP, it shakes pretty good.
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Originally Posted by Glowgeek
Yeah, I'd say there's a death grip, the strongest looking mount blocks I've seen. Whereas the engine mounting design looks simplistic the fuel tank mounting assembly looks overly complicated, unless that design is for vibration damping? The jack screw/brass strap is a nice touch, looks very solid.

The fuel tank support is very basic and simple. That nut at the top is not a " jack screw" The tank bracket slides easily up and down the pylon. It is held securely in place by a wing screw that follows a slot in the support tube. Takes all of 5 seconds to adjust the height.
Total cost of materials including aluminum bought as "drop off stock" at the local "Metal Mart" Store was under $35

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Closest "Mart" to me in south side of Rockford, and are closed when I am not working. Would love to just go and browse the scrap bin for hunks I can use. I don't know what I can use unless I see it and hold it in my hand and visualize the end piece. Some day I will get around to laying out a landing gear for my P-61, but that requires me having a larger bench with nothing on it, the plans are huge.
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Much better view, I see how it works now. Very nice. So that screw on top tightens the brass band I guess?

Can't touch your pricing. Be lucky to find a piece of drop off to make the bottom plate of your fixture.There's not a lot of big machine shops in these parts and the last one I went to used every piece of drop off they could. I did end up getting some nice large pieces of 3/8" thk linen phenolic on the cheap though. A good substitute for aluminum in many cases. Never thought to try a metal sales store.
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
I could it have been a young Opossum? They look a lot like rats.

If the PSP stand is built like ever other stand I have seen it won't invert. Not enough space between the mounting surface and the base.
Now, now, where there is a will there is a way, my early Saito 80 running up side down. I think it's turning an APC 14 x 6 at 9,650. The fuel would be old fashioned Wildcat 15% with 18% syn/castor blend and a Fox Miracle plug. Great discussion by the way.
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Fabric/phenolic composites are fine materials. You are right, a good alternative to aluminum and readily workable with tools and machines made for wood.

While it may cost a bit more at times, there are some good deals for materials online. I have bought plenty of bar, tube and plate stock online with eBay a top choice. With a bit of shopping, the same stuff for the stand could cost less than $50, delivered to your door.

A few pictures to show a pretty simple, yet very sturdy fuel tank pylon:



The machined base, screwed to bottom plate.


Rectangular aluminum tube upright 1 inch by 2 inch 1/8 inch wall.


Top cap with Allen nut on thru stud.

As with the bottom, there is a lipped projection machined to keep the cap centered in the tube.



Rolling your own to me at least is a big part of the hobby .

Like they say; "Where there is a will, there is a way"

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My problem isn't will power,it's when I get a to it problem.
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Ha ha!


The way / will thing was Dave's idea
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My problem is I have too much will and not enough wont. I will have that donut, I will not excersize. LOL
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Originally Posted by acdii
Well give a machinist and idea and watch out! LOL Looks like a simple way to raise and lower the tank for each engine to get it just right. Probably less vibrations than the post mount type on the PSP, it shakes pretty good.
yeeaa, like when I told Gary to make some snazzy engine stands out of brass, but the problem is, it's been about a year and they need polishing again heeheehee


Pete, I'm sorry you do not have as much fun rebuilding your engines as you had in the past, there's better stuff but Cuervo is not bad

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Dave, now RCU has an add for "Lingerie for Every Body", it feels as good as it looks. well, I can't see myself in Lingerie. well maybe boxer's with a Saito emblem on them at the most

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yeeaa, like when I told Gary to make some snazzy engine stands out of brass, but the problem is, it's been about a year and they need polishing again heeheehee


Pete, I'm sorry you do not have as much fun rebuilding your engines as you had in the past, there's better stuff but Cuervo is not bad

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These are brass

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Beautiful! And the stands are bad too!
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Originally Posted by Jesse Open

These are brass


yes, and they need polishing LOL

Jim
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Originally Posted by Glowgeek
All the test stands I've seen here look very functional. Very nice.

I'm using rc engine mounts attached to the end of a sawhorse, the tank secured with a rubber band sitting on foam and a bent piece of metal screwed into the side of the horsey to serve as throttle lever. I've only rebuilt and tested a few dozen engines and so far it's worked fine. It's pretty dilapidated though and I really should build something better. Something simple.
Lonnie why fix something that ain't broken. A few years ago i used to post pics here of my lightweight saw horse test bench that was weighed down by a car jack on a chain. I got laughed out of town but it worked.
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Jim i should apologize right up front because i had you down as a tea drinking peanut butter sandwich man, how wrong was that? we used to light that stuff up in shot glasses, but ONLY after the engine had been reassembled i think

Gary the best looking brass has still got norma stamped on the base.





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Now, now, where there is a will there is a way, my early Saito 80 running up side down. I think it's turning an APC 14 x 6 at 9,650. The fuel would be old fashioned Wildcat 15% with 18% syn/castor blend and a Fox Miracle plug. Great discussion by the way.
And good practice for priming and handling/tuning an inverted engine dave. People here could also vary the tank height and watch how quickly things change re starting and tuning. That sure looks like an apc prop too.

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Pete, I did that back in 2005 when the test stand was brand new, it has two 50 pound solid cement block built into it. I think most people would agree that the tank to carb relationship in that picture is ideal.

Yup. it's too shiny to be a grey Graupner, somewhere I have a picture of the idle being 1,950 at that moment.
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Originally Posted by Hobbsy
Now, now, where there is a will there is a way, my early Saito 80 running up side down. I think it's turning an APC 14 x 6 at 9,650. The fuel would be old fashioned Wildcat 15% with 18% syn/castor blend and a Fox Miracle plug. Great discussion by the way.
Very impressive Dave. Performs as well as my modded 82. No fair!
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Originally Posted by Rudolph Hart

Gary the best looking brass has still got norma stamped on the base.
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For sure! They work magic with lead and copper as well.

How about a completely home made ribbon type microphone with brass base. Ham radio is another place where the machines are part of the hobby.
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My best friend is into Ham Radio, showed him the pic of your mic.....he drooled all over my tablet.
Off to the airport to pick up the Mrs after her 2 month stay in Washington.....I guess the party is over!

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Originally Posted by Glowgeek
My best friend is into Ham Radio, showed him the pic of your mic.....he drooled all over my tablet.
Off to the airport to pick up the Mrs after her 2 month stay in Washington.....I guess the party is over!
There goes your building time!
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Originally Posted by Rudolph Hart

Jim i should apologize right up front because i had you down as a tea drinking peanut butter sandwich man, how wrong was that? we used to light that stuff up in shot glasses, but ONLY after the engine had been reassembled i think

Gary the best looking brass has still got norma stamped on the base.
And good practice for priming and handling/tuning an inverted engine dave. People here could also vary the tank height and watch how quickly things change re starting and tuning. That sure looks like an apc prop too.
Pete, don't do that, it only burns off the alcohol and makes it drink like a lite beer

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Still the best style test stand for inverted engines
Here is another version of Dave's inverted stand:
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Nearly broke my neck trying to look at that pic right way up what prop is that wearing the white spinner and nice looking engine mounts too. Beautiful brass base on that microphone.

Dave the fuel tank position is ideal, not many times you can replicate that in a typical arf.

Don't panic about burning too much alcohol off jim, a quick flic of the bic then it was down the hatch, hard on your moustache as it looks a bit moth eaten after a session in the shed to saito soundtracks at night. I had a friend of a friend whose big hobby was re distilling just about anything so we were drinking what you might call turbo tequila, so a little fire at the start was really a precaution, it was so pure the flame was almost impossible to see unless you did it in complete darkness, which was also risky!

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