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Old 02-16-2006, 02:43 PM
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The only problem I see with using heat shield is it not shiny and any smudges or marks will be real hard to remove since it has a texture is's finish
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The other Mike wrote ...
The only problem I see with using heat shield is it not shiny and any smudges or marks will be real hard to remove ...
High temp. (automotive) enamel - the stuff used on tubular headers/exhaust works good/looks OK too - there are a variety of colors to choose from - this takes care of the porosity issue with the Heat Shield.

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Old 02-16-2006, 04:09 PM
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G'Day Bob,

I used the Stainless sheet under the turbine as usual then put BVM Ceramic paint on the resat of the fuse bottom behind the turbine. I like the idea of the stainless sheet and it adds not much weight.

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I am at the stage where I need to sheet the top rear of the fuselage, and am wondering why I need to put the hatch and fuel shutoff there. Is there a reason that I can not put the fuel shutoff in front of the engine where the lines come out of the boat tail. It would seem like a much better location just in front of the turbine, where you can have access and visual. I look forward to your comments.
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My fuel shut off valve will be mounted under the canopy.
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There is no reason you cannot put it there. Mike (wd40) has his located there and it is no problem. You need to put it where you can get to it incase of an emergency and where you will remember to close it after your flight. Whatever works for you.
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Thanks for the replies on the shutoff valve. This confirms what I thought. Now I have another question. I am including a photo of my P60 and the mount that I got from BTE. I do not see how this can mount on my turbine without a fair bit of work. Am I missing something here. The drilled holes on the aluminum bracket do not line up with the brackets on the P60, and one of the brackets are going to have to be bent. If this is the case, I would have just made my own. If you have pictures of your P60 install, I would greatly appreciate it. Also if you have a picture of your UAT mounted in the front cockpit area, I would appreciate that as well. A picture is worth a 1000 words.
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Old 02-17-2006, 03:50 PM
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Here is where I have my UAT and fuel shutoff tap. I also have a servo controlled tap in the rear near the engine.

The ECU is in the rear also.


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Old 02-17-2006, 04:55 PM
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f6hlct, unless I totally blew it, you should have also received a small packet with two aluminum hex-shaped rods, some screws, and a drawing with mounting instructions. The hex-shaped rods attach to the P-60 straps, and then the aluminum bracket is bolted to the hex rods. Here's a pic:
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Old 02-17-2006, 05:03 PM
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This might help also....
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Old 02-17-2006, 05:49 PM
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I don't know how many people are doing this, but I am going to fuelproof in the boat tail, tank compartment and the next 2 forward. I'm not concerned about leaks as much as during routine maintanence spilling fuel in the fuse as I did on my F-15 this week. I'm glad I fuel proofed the inside as it all just wiped right out. I saw Barry did on his.
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Thanks Bruce. Yes I apparently did get the parts, but I did not look far enough to bring all the parts together. It is all here, and now it makes sense. Thanks once again.
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Guys,
I was wondering if anyone substituted a normal pushrod for the tube and cable arrangement. As was discussed earlier there is a slight amount of resistance in the cable. Maybe its nothing to worry about but I'm used to straight shots to the surface with a stiff rod and no play or resistance. It looks like it would be pretty easy to use a carbon fiber pushrod for the elevator. I'm at the point where I have to decide.
I know its a sport design but my wallet says it ain't.
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Guys,
I was wondering if anyone substituted a normal pushrod for the tube and cable arrangement. As was discussed earlier there is a slight amount of resistance in the cable. Maybe its nothing to worry about but I'm used to straight shots to the surface with a stiff rod and no play or resistance. It looks like it would be pretty easy to use a carbon fiber pushrod for the elevator. I'm at the point where I have to decide.
I know its a sport design but my wallet says it ain't.
Mark,
I have an exactly stock setup per Bruce's instructions with the cables. Works very well. She locks on a heading so I know it is returning to neutral just fine. I would think a pushrod would need supported someplace unless you're mounting the servos in the aft fuse section?
You might have too much solder wicked into the cable?

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Yeah Dave, right above the turbine mount between the formers would be a perfect spot for the servos But its almost a straight shot from the plan location to the elevator. I'll probably just use the tube and cut it back a little as I wicked about 2.25" of solder in instead of 2". Hey I can always rip it all apart if I don't like it, right? NOT! I've resisted changing anything so far so I'll go with it.
I should have my new radio soon too so I'm getting there.
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Well, I finally broke down and bought my Reaction/Bee combo which arrived this week.

Bruce, Great manual and well produced and thought out kit. I love building and working with wood.
If I can just get the time required, I should have this kit built in a month. I hope to do a light weight
glass and paint job on the fuse and film the flying surfaces. I've been modifying kits since I was
a kid and mach1_RCU and Topgun2mo have some excellent ideas I will probably incorporate.
I really needed a good grass field jets and it was mach1-RCU mods and finish that helped me
make the decision to select the Reaction over the DV8R.

I have a number of on-hand retract/strut options available, just haven't decided which to use.
Has anyone used struts about 1"-1.5 inches longer than the plans designate, if so hows the handling?
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myersflyers, I considered using struts, but am going with the stock wire gear..... primarily because of the good reports people have provided regarding the stock setup. If you go with longer main struts ..... then part of the former that is after/behind the nosewheel (when retracted) will have to be cut away....... (to allow for a longer nose strut).

Though I am using the stock wire setup ..... I am using regular/air brakes on the main wheels. Bob
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myersflyers, I considered using struts, but am going with the stock wire gear..... primarily because of the good reports people have provided regarding the stock setup. If you go with longer main struts ..... then part of the former that is after/behind the nosewheel (when retracted) will have to be cut away....... (to allow for a longer nose strut).

Though I am using the stock wire setup ..... I am using regular/air brakes on the main wheels. Bob
Not to mention messing with making new ribs for the relocated wheel wells.
Make per the plans. Many of us have proven the stock setup is fine.
"If it ain't broke......don't fix it!"

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Dave, I for sure don't subscribe to that idea!!!!!!

I love doing it different!
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I use Robart struts with Trim wheels and brakes on mine. Works Great!
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That's the beauty of Bruce's kits....lots of room to personalize!

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Regarding the nosewheel steering cable .......... Wondering what the best method/technique is of attaching the cables to the steering arm. Had planned on placing the cable through the hole and then looping it back around (and crimping a small piece of brass tubing to hold it). I am concerned that this small loop will rotate/kink as the strut retracts and then extends. Is there a better way ? Thanks. Bob
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Regarding the nosewheel steering cable .......... Wondering what the best method/technique is of attaching the cables to the steering arm. Had planned on placing the cable through the hole and then looping it back around (and crimping a small piece of brass tubing to hold it). I am concerned that this small loop will rotate/kink as the strut retracts and then extends. Is there a better way ? Thanks. Bob
Bob,
I'll assume your using the kit supplied strut...

I put a dab of silicone sealer on the loop and let it dry in the "gear down" position. This keeps those little buggers in place and from kinking.

Dave "got 82 flights on mine" Rigotti

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Bob, I like to put a double loop through the steering arm and place the ferrule close to the steering arm(the cable passes throught the steering arm twice) so it can't loop around, but also I use the tie-wrap method to "spring the cables" out of the way when the gear retracts. That is one of the neatest tips I have ever seen on RCU. I think it was Todd Witcoff (lov2flyrc) that supplied that tip. I have tried it before with a loose loop and it would hang up all the time.
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Dave, Mike, Thank you both for the ideas/responses. Bob

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