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Old 09-09-2023, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by mitchilito
Wow, that Komet is beautiful.
Thank you!!!
Old 09-09-2023, 11:13 AM
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Very clean and neat installation! When do you expect to maiden your Bearcat?
Old 09-10-2023, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by MCB458
Very clean and neat installation! When do you expect to maiden your Bearcat?
I'm shooting for an October maiden.
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Originally Posted by mitchilito
I'm shooting for an October maiden.




I was shooting for a September maiden.


Sorry my friend :-)






Sadly limited to half throttle as the front ball bearing is beginning to quit after roughly 75 -80 flights with the bBearcat I

More flights were not advisable, the engine needs a little rebuild first.

Not a big thing I hope.

We would have loved to have more flights on her, but the main goal is achieved.


Btw the landing gear with the long stroke oil damped suspension is performing great.
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Old 09-24-2023, 09:45 AM
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sorry double post ( again)
Old 09-25-2023, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Detlef Kunkel
I was shooting for a September maiden.


Sorry my friend :-)


Sadly limited to half throttle as the front ball bearing is beginning to quit after roughly 75 -80 flights with the bBearcat I

More flights were not advisable, the engine needs a little rebuild first.

Not a big thing I hope.

We would have loved to have more flights on her, but the main goal is achieved.


Btw the landing gear with the long stroke oil damped suspension is performing great.
Fantastic, Detlef. She's a real beauty. Would you tell us your final weight? I'm DYING to know. Also I'm very interested in your elevator travels (up and down).

Again, congratulations!
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Old 09-25-2023, 06:44 AM
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Detlef, Congratulations on the successful maiden!!!! Looks and sounds fantastic!!! Good job!!!
Old 09-25-2023, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by mitchilito
Fantastic, Detlef. She's a real beauty. Would you tell us your final weight? I'm DYING to know. Also I'm very interested in your elevator travels (up and down).

Again, congratulations!

Thank you guys. :-)

Final weight with fuel to drip out when rolling is 24,92 kg, on a certified calibrated official scale.

Not with the scale sliding canopy cockpit, but with a simplified "only flying" cockpit ( 400 gr vs 1,3 kg with full pilot)

Doesnt matter at all in flight. You wouldn`t know from the video if I didn`t tell you.



You may know that we have regulations in Germany where above 25 kg live gets pretty complicated, so this limit is truly important.

The speed you see here is roughly what this plane does with a 250 radial on full throttle.


The 300 is pretty much faster, and the sound is absolutely incredible.

When you bank and dive in from 250 m height, you have the feeling that it eats up its own echo.


I hope the 300 is fine soon. But back in the air she will be in 2024, not this year


PS:

Some decent wheathering and exhaust smoke will follow this fall.
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Old 09-25-2023, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by mitchilito
Also I'm very interested in your elevator travels (up and down).
Mitch,

Elevator is at the deepest spot ( trim tab) 1" up and 1 " down. depending on your taste , expo function and - most important- point of your C_G.

With 200 mm, this is MUCH throw. with 190, its pretty smooth and can be raised a bit


This is my big throw, I can ( via dual rate) switch to a slightly lower throw.


The BC has an elevator like a whale ...
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Originally Posted by Detlef Kunkel
Mitch,

Elevator is at the deepest spot ( trim tab) 1" up and 1 " down. depending on your taste , expo function and - most important- point of your C_G.

With 200 mm, this is MUCH throw. with 190, its pretty smooth and can be raised a bit


This is my big throw, I can ( via dual rate) switch to a slightly lower throw.


The BC has an elevator like a whale ...
Thanks for that info, Detlef. It sure is nice to have solid test data available for my maiden! I'll go with 190mm and 1 inch travel.
Old 09-26-2023, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by mitchilito
Thanks for that info, Detlef. It sure is nice to have solid test data available for my maiden! I'll go with 190mm and 1 inch travel.

You`re welcome my friend :-)

Good luck with yours :-)



PS this weekend I hope to check the sick 300
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I'm in a bit of a delay trying to work out some radio issues. In the mean time I'm working on the scale exhaust pipes. These are strictly decorative and DO NOT flow actual exhaust gasses.

They sit in the exhaust pans and have to be transparent to the hot cooling air coming out of the cowl. I made them out of thin wall brass tubing. Thin carbon tubes would be better but I couldn't find any online and did'n feel like making them from scratch - although that would probably only save about an ounce of weight. These two sets weight right at 3 ounces for both.

They still have to be painted black.





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[QUOTE=mitchilito;12784494]I'm in a bit of a delay trying to work out some radio issues. In the mean time I'm working on the scale exhaust pipes. These are strictly decorative and DO NOT flow actual exhaust gasses.

They sit in the exhaust pans and have to be transparent to the hot cooling air coming out of the cowl. I made them out of thin wall brass tubing. Thin carbon tubes would be better but I couldn't find any online and did'n feel like making them from scratch - although that would probably only save about an ounce of weight. These two sets weight right at 3 ounces for both.



Really cant afford that.

I am forced to make a new elevator in order to bring the CG a bit forward and save some weight to be able to fly a ramoser Vario Prop ( weighing a plus of 230 gr)
Old 09-30-2023, 01:50 AM
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[QUOTE=Detlef Kunkel;12784506]
Originally Posted by mitchilito
I'm in a bit of a delay trying to work out some radio issues. In the mean time I'm working on the scale exhaust pipes. These are strictly decorative and DO NOT flow actual exhaust gasses.

They sit in the exhaust pans and have to be transparent to the hot cooling air coming out of the cowl. I made them out of thin wall brass tubing. Thin carbon tubes would be better but I couldn't find any online and did'n feel like making them from scratch - although that would probably only save about an ounce of weight. These two sets weight right at 3 ounces for both.



Really cant afford that. Can't afford what, Detlef?

I am forced to make a new elevator in order to bring the CG a bit forward and save some weight to be able to fly a ramoser Vario Prop ( weighing a plus of 230 gr)
What didn't you like about the SL prop? I'm not familiar with the "Ramoser"
Old 09-30-2023, 02:32 AM
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[QUOTE=mitchilito;12784555]
Originally Posted by Detlef Kunkel

What didn't you like about the SL prop? I'm not familiar with the "Ramoser"

Cantīt afford any more extra weight.

Whatever I add, must be removed somewhere else. No kidding.

Thats why I make a new lighter elevator, maybe rudder as well
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[QUOTE=mitchilito;12784555]
Originally Posted by Detlef Kunkel

What didn't you like about the SL prop? I'm not familiar with the "Ramoser"

The SL is fine, as they use the Bearcat style correct shaped and twisted blades that I made for Sven in order for him to produce them.

Google Varioprop, they make extremely modern thin profiled blades with a high efficiency.


Would like to try that one, as my big heavy 2,68 m Trojan performed so well with that and the tiny Moki 180 and 23,5 kilogram of wheight.

Never thought it would go well like that.


Would suit the BC as well, but is 230 gr heavier.

At the moment, impossible


I will show a pic
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here we go.

Very thin profile. High twist.

Would be interesting how it performs ccompared to the really good SL / BC prop.

I can monitore rpm and airspeed, so there will be no secrets.
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while I'm slaving away, my lazy 300 is taking a wellness vacation.



After about 75-80 flights on the BC I noticed a fair amount of play in the crankshaft. You could even hear a new sound that did not belong there.

Thts wy we made only 1 flight, and I limited it to half throttle. Was good to do so as it showed up now.

I hoped it was just a replacement of a rather non-expensive ball bearing, and it was true.

The engine is in extremely good condition except for the 2 main ball bearings. No significant wear anywhere.


Once I get it disassembled, I will implement some other changes.

We'll see if it works, if not - well, it's a lot of work to take it apart again. I hope that will not be necessary
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Originally Posted by Detlef Kunkel
while I'm slaving away, my lazy 300 is taking a wellness vacation.
HA HA HA HA. .. . ."a wellness vacation!" You're cracking me up, Detlef.

That's a big project you have there. I doubt I'll ever get 75 flights on my bear cat. I just don't fly that much anymore. But it sure is fun to see the insides of one of these. THANKS!

As for the different prop, personally, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to need to go ANY faster than she's already going to be capable of. Both of our airplanes are going to be STUPID FAST as they are. And mine even a little faster

Keep those fun pictures coming!!
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Originally Posted by mitchilito
Both of our airplanes are going to be STUPID FAST as they are.

And mine even a little faster
Mitch, don't be too sure. :-)

It would be great to find out one day, wingtip to wingtip



Btw did you ever run your 300?
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BTW does anybody know if Rob, the starter of this thread, is still reading here and /or fly his Bearcat?
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Originally Posted by Detlef Kunkel
Mitch, don't be too sure. :-)

It would be great to find out one day, wingtip to wingtip



Btw did you ever run your 300?
Wouldn't I love to meet up with you for a "bearcat day!" Doesn't seem too likely though, does it, Detlef.

I would just LOVE to know how Rob"s bearcat is holding up etc!

Here is the ONLY run I ever did. My run stand was OBVIOUSLY not up to any extended full power runs. I will spend several run sessions out at the flying field prior to first flight. Also some vigorous taxi practice as well. I need to get very familiar with my pump system and mix.




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Got the smoking pipes installed. A 3.5 ounce addition that is nearly transparent to cooling air out.

I used spray can flat black paint (in my airbrush). It would be quite easy to remove if I didn't like it - but I do.

You have to look close to see the exhaust pipes at all - just like on the full scale bear.
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Originally Posted by mitchilito
Got the smoking pipes installed. A 3.5 ounce addition that is nearly transparent to cooling air out.

You have to look close to see the exhaust pipes at all - just like on the full scale bear.[/i]




Nice work, absolutely.

Looking forward to see her taxi by and the in flight. What a beauty :-)

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in between,


I ordered a list of spare parts for my 300 and that of a friend, who is going to run it in Bearcat 2, a close copy of mine. Same gear. Same engine.

He is going to maiden his BC next year. Paint scheme is the Denver 14.

Hopefuly, we can arrange to meet and fly side by side one day in 2024
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Originally Posted by Detlef Kunkel
Nice work, absolutely.

Looking forward to see her taxi by and the in flight. What a beauty :-)

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in between,


I ordered a list of spare parts for my 300 and that of a friend, who is going to run it in Bearcat 2, a close copy of mine. Same gear. Same engine.

He is going to maiden his BC next year. Paint scheme is the Denver 14.

Hopefuly, we can arrange to meet and fly side by side one day in 2024
Thanks for the complement, Detlef!

What kind of spare parts would you want to keep around for you Mokis, just out of curiosity? Only thing I can think of is exhaust pushrods - but I'm hoping reaming exhaust guides and oiling will fix that problem.

Any your two bearcats are going to be the stars of the show wherever you go, that's for sure.

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