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Old 12-03-2023, 02:54 AM
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Default Essential gear for a new Turbine owner?

I ordered a BVM Bandit Evo. I have been talking with the guys at the field and looking at their equipment. So far I have a short list of items I need to get for ground equipment.

BC fire extinguisher
Jersey Modeler fuel container/pump.
Some sort of blower to cool the turbine.
Over flow fuel catcher.
wing, tail and Fuselage bags..not needed but nice to have
Stand to assemble and work on at the field.

Any other suggested items?
Old 12-03-2023, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Ken Bryant
I ordered a BVM Bandit Evo. I have been talking with the guys at the field and looking at their equipment. So far I have a short list of items I need to get for ground equipment.

BC fire extinguisher
Jersey Modeler fuel container/pump.
Some sort of blower to cool the turbine.
Over flow fuel catcher.
wing, tail and Fuselage bags..not needed but nice to have
Stand to assemble and work on at the field.

Any other suggested items?
Ken….That’s a good start. Regarding the blower, my mistake was to get one that the switch did not have a “detent” to hold it in the on position. I have to squeeze it in and constantly hold it, for the machine to run. So, when getting one, it will make life easier if the switch has that feature.
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Old 12-03-2023, 05:47 AM
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You say "BC" fire extinguisher, that could encompass several kinds including dry chemical.

You want CO2 or Halotron

You also want water based fire fighting, usually a pressurized water extinguisher in case you catch grass on fire, our clubs have them but that's part of the requirement

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Great thread. Regarding the blower, I don't think you need it at all. All modern turbine cool off automatically even with the receiver turned off. The fire extinguisher you need is CO2. No need to get a huge one.

A few more jet specific things I use or carry all the time:

- fuel containers I use to purchase JetA at the local airport. You want to mix in these containers and then refill your jersey
- turbine oil as recommended by your turbine manufacturer. I personally use Kintech's oil because it works in Kingtech, Jetcat and Xicoy
- water fire extinguisher, especially when flying during summer. Get a large one. This is the best way to immediately control a grass fire
- safety wires and safety wire pliers. This is for your fuel lines. Your fuel system needs to be absolutely perfect or flame out will take place and these quickly lead to a bad day at the field.
- rechargeable air pump with quick disconnect. I prefer to use the robart air line quick disconnect but several are available.

Hope this helps. Great choice on the bandit. It is a really fun airplane. Welcome to turbines!
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Old 12-03-2023, 06:32 AM
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Halotron is pretty much what I was looking at. Water is at the field


Originally Posted by BarracudaHockey
You say "BC" fire extinguisher, that could encompass several kinds including dry chemical.

You want CO2 or Halotron

You also want water based fire fighting, usually a pressurized water extinguisher in case you catch grass on fire, our clubs have them but that's part of the requirement
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Add decent hearing protection to the list. You must test the turbine properly for any air bubbles etc. repeatedly. Its much nicer to work the model with hearing protection. Or if another modeler needs help with their model.

TP.

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CO2 fire extinguisher.
Gas can.
Over flow fuel catcher.
Stand to assemble and work on at the field.

There, I modified your list.



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If you ever go to fun flies you will need your own water based fire extinguisher. AMA "rules" require both a BC and water based extinguisher at the field.The host club may or may not have it available. I have been to a number of fun flies that the host club did not have water based available.

Another item is an exhaust deflector to save the grass if you are at a field that does not have it.
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#1 priority is an esky full of beer to last the weekend -
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And don’t forget, bring at least 3 friends to help you with the beer 😂😂
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Originally Posted by acw
Great thread. Regarding the blower, I don't think you need it at all. All modern turbine cool off automatically even with the receiver turned off.
I recommend getting a blower. I've seen several put out a small plane fire before it got big enough to need a fire extinguisher. Also it saves a lot of wear and tear on the starter motor during cool down.
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I just moved into the turbines this year and I'm still learning also. I just heard about the funnels that remove the water from your fuel will you fill up at the pump. I'm going to get one it seems like a good idea.
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Mr:Funnel or one like it from ACE hardware for a lot less.

https://www.acehardware.com/departme...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Old 12-07-2023, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by joeflyer
I recommend getting a blower. I've seen several put out a small plane fire before it got big enough to need a fire extinguisher. Also it saves a lot of wear and tear on the starter motor during cool down.
Get a blower for getting rid of grass in the fuse, dust, and FOD. Using it to put out a fire has a good chance of accelerating the fire, not putting it out. Seen it many times, most recently at Georgia Jets earlier this year.
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Don't forget some basic tools. Screw driver, pliers, hex wrench. Add some connector safety clips, tape and wire ties.

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CO2 Fire extinguisher and as for the blower, I recommend a batter powered fan with some aluminum ducting attached so you can sit it as the rear turkey feathers and pull the heat. A blower doesnt work all that well because the hot section is in the rear as well as the temp sensor. So pulling the hot air out the rear is much more affective, because the compressor inlet is rather small and doesnt flow there the only air thats going through the motor is what the compressor is pulling wit the starter is spinning for cool down.
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