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Old 10-13-2013, 01:56 PM
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So I was thinking of making a mount made from plywood and silicone tube( for soft mounting the muffler). Something like that could be used on the pitts can part of the wrap around muffler to hold that side. No welding required. The silicone tube would be tight enough to prevent vibration, but not so tight you couldn't slide the muffler can out if you needed to remove the muffler from the engine. The plywood mount with hole for the can would be hard mounted to the firewall or front fuse structure. This should prevent vibration stress on the muffler bolts.
Old 10-14-2013, 03:59 AM
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Originally Posted by SWORDSN
Dasintex, How many flights do you have on this engine muffler combo?
So far so good no problem, several flights!
Old 10-14-2013, 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Warbird AL
Great idea, I have lost 3 mufflers from them cracking and or breaking at the manifold. I will have to look up how to weld aluminum,
I actually took my Muffler to a welding shop, I made the braces, showed them where to place them and weld them.
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Originally Posted by kahloq
So I was thinking of making a mount made from plywood and silicone tube( for soft mounting the muffler). Something like that could be used on the pitts can part of the wrap around muffler to hold that side. No welding required. The silicone tube would be tight enough to prevent vibration, but not so tight you couldn't slide the muffler can out if you needed to remove the muffler from the engine. The plywood mount with hole for the can would be hard mounted to the firewall or front fuse structure. This should prevent vibration stress on the muffler bolts.
The only problem I can see is that the Engine and Muffler Vibrate together and separate from the Firewall; I was told that you need to anchor the Muffler to the Engine or Engine Mounts, not to the firewall because of the difference and independant movement of the Engine and Firewall, but your Silicone tube may provide a cushion to baffle that difference or variance in movement between the Engine and Firewall. Guys that use those Long Cannisters and headers, use a piece of Silicone Tube to join the Muffler to the Header as the Muffler is mounted solidly to Fuselage.

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Old 10-14-2013, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Warbird AL
Great idea, I have lost 3 mufflers from them cracking and or breaking at the manifold. I will have to look up how to weld aluminum,
You don't have to weld. I did mine like this: http://www.troybuiltmodels.com/ns/learn/pittsbracket/
Old 10-14-2013, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by dasintex
The only problem I can see is that the Engine and Muffler Vibrate together and separate from the Firewall; I was told that you need to anchor the Muffler to the Engine or Engine Mounts, not to the firewall because of the difference and independant movement of the Engine and Firewall,
I guess that could be a problem in some cases, but it hasn't shown up in my plane yet. I have a DLE 55 in a P-40 with 50 flights so far.
Old 10-25-2013, 04:07 PM
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Slowly plugging away on mine. Using an EME55 with electric starter. It barely fits(the starter). I will need to add a reinforcement on the inside of the cowl next to where the electric starter is to prevent rubbing damage(if such occurs) while the motor is running causing stuff to vibrate around.
Anyway....installed a Jtec tapered wrap around muffler(tower lists it for p-51.....not the same one as for a p-40).

Friend of mine had his out to the field the other day and would have tried to maiden, but found his flap servos were going south.
Please note.....the HobbyKing retracts for their Spitfire fit this Top Flite Spitfire almost dead perfect. Only enlarging a couple bolt holes was required. My gear from the HK Spitfire survived the catastrophic wing failure so that saved me some money. My friend also used the HK spitfire retracts from his HK plane(his went smush as well....but was pilot induced)

My TF spit is now primer painted after recovering the thing with solartex. Hopefully I can get it done in a few weeks before the weather goes absolutely to crap.
Not much to show really currently as its all in grey primer, but if someone wants, I can snap a photo or two.
Old 10-25-2013, 06:38 PM
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Hi kahloq, was it hard to get the covering off? did you leave the control surfaces on? look forward to seeing what it looks like when its finished
Old 10-25-2013, 07:03 PM
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The covering was pretty easy to get off. I pulled it off without the need of any tools. I did leave the control surfaces on and worked around them. I applied solartex to replace the crappy monocote. Im not the best at applying covering, but I did ok...looks a ton better then out of the box even in just primer color. I used neutral solartex as that will take any color paint, however, aluminum solartex is a bit stiffer as it has aluminum of some kind impregnated in it. That's also good for being able to weather it later on...say painting the plane whatever color and scratching areas off
Old 10-26-2013, 06:34 AM
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Yeah, Kahlog, lets see the spit.. I need some motivation to work on mine..
Old 10-26-2013, 09:28 AM
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On the DLE 55RA muffler problem... Mine blew out the welds also at about the 30th flight. I took it to a local welding and fabrication shop and got it fixed for $20. Its not pretty but it works. I need to deck the manifold flat and mount it but for the quick turn around it should be worth it.
Otherwise, love the engine
Old 10-26-2013, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Ramstein44
Yeah, Kahlog, lets see the spit.. I need some motivation to work on mine..
ill get some pics as soon as I can.....I'm taking part in wife's haunted house at her work tonight in Cheyenne. ironically....I'm playing the part of a dead German pilot zombie
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Well....here's "Walking Dead" Kahloq at wifes haunted house event
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:57 AM
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Spitfire in progress pics.

Not much to show as stated. Motor installed, jtec wrap around muffler(had to relieve part of the cowl mounting block where the end of the canister is on opposite side). Electric starter, etc.

The other pics show fuse hatch for switches, air fill. The hatch is in the scale spot for the pilot egress door. I put the switches face up so I could look into the canopy while everything is buttoned up and see LED voltage readings.......plus, it was the least invasive space wise in the cockpit. Almost looks like they belong there as part of the gauges and stuff in the cockpit anyway.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:06 PM
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that's one hell of a nose bleed
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I think it might've been something you ate...



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Opinions are like belly buttons, everybody has one. There is no future in getting your Knickers in a knot over any of them.
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Default RAF Spitfire Pilot from www.warbirdpilots.com

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Its Adam from WWW.WARBIRDPILOTS.COM and Just wanted to show all the spitfire enthusiasts the most recent updated version of my 1/5~1/6 Scale 12" RAF Spitfire Pilot.

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As you can see they are fully articulating with the ability for every joint to move. And only weigh 8 ounces. The pictures of the pilot in the plane is the old Spitfire Pilot version in my 88" Pica Spitfire.

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I have the new pilot from King Toys
http://www.timewalkertoys.com/King-s...-p/kt-8003.htm
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Ok this spit has been done for a while I just got to cg it today. Its nose heavy....is the cg in the book right I cant believe I have a lead free spitfire on my hands
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tfarmer,

Is there a chance you have pictures of the cuts you had to make in the cowl for cooling air entry and exit?

Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by Lifer
tfarmer,

Is there a chance you have pictures of the cuts you had to make in the cowl for cooling air entry and exit?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:29 PM
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Thank you. It looks like the engine head should keep cool enough and you have milled the slots in the radiator behind it to get rid of residual heat. I had a H-9 Spit that needed a LOT of the cowl removed to keep the engine cool so I was concerned. As well, I would also run an airline for the pump diaphragm cover so it could breath more freely.

I appreciate you taking the time to post the photos. Hopefully, I can return the favor someday.
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it took 6.4 oz of lead on the tail to balance at the cg in to book. First warbird I have ever had that needed nose weight.
Old 02-18-2014, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by tfarmer96
it took 6.4 oz of lead on the tail to balance at the cg in to book. First warbird I have ever had that needed nose weight.
especially a Spitfire!

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