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Richard Pike



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:02 pm    Post subject: Happy Thanksgiving! Reply with quote

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Kolbers and Kolbettes on the list, piddled with the FF a bit today and then took it flying for about 15 minutes. Had a good little breeze today, and up to now had only flown it in calm conditions. Flew good, ailerons are heavy as sin, feels way heavier than my MKIII, so the next part of the project will be to change the bellcrank arms for less throw and more leverage. Otherwise it flew fine.

The 277 now vibrates no more than any other 2 stroke above 5,000, and it is slightly worse but still acceptable from 4,500 to 5,000 so will quit worrying about that.

Also, on the other thread; Bill Sullivan asked about the effect of the exhaust pipe heating the wing fabric - now that the outlet is at the front I could hold my hand at the exhaust outlet and was quite surprised that at 6" away there is no heat at all. You have to get to within 2" before it starts to get hot. Wouldn't have guessed that.

It is supposed to get up to 60 tomorrow, so will rejet it a tad richer and try it again. The EGT kept flirting with 1200 today, that is a bit too hot.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:38 am    Post subject: Happy Thanksgiving! Reply with quote

Happy Turkey Day you turkeys ! Smile I hope everyone in the Kolb community had a wonderful and meaningful day today. We all have something to be thankful for.

Richard, if it is too chilly there, bring your airplane to Los Angeles to test fly it.... it was only 92 degrees here today!

Bill Berle
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On Thu, 11/23/17, Richard Pike <thegreybaron(at)charter.net> wrote:

Subject: Happy Thanksgiving!
To: kolb-list(at)matronics.com
Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017, 3:02 PM


Pike" <thegreybaron(at)charter.net>

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Kolbers
and Kolbettes on the list, piddled with the FF a bit today
and then took it flying for about 15 minutes. Had a good
little breeze today, and up to now had only flown it in calm
conditions. Flew good, ailerons are heavy as sin, feels way
heavier than my MKIII, so the next part of the project will
be to change the bellcrank arms for less throw and more
leverage. Otherwise it flew fine.

The 277 now vibrates no more than any
other 2 stroke above 5,000, and it is slightly worse but
still acceptable from 4,500 to 5,000 so will quit worrying
about that.

Also, on the other thread; Bill
Sullivan asked about the effect of the exhaust pipe heating
the wing fabric - now that the outlet is at the front I
could hold my hand at the exhaust outlet and was quite
surprised that at 6" away there is no heat at all. You have
to get to within 2" before it starts to get hot. Wouldn't
have guessed that.

It is supposed to get up to 60
tomorrow, so will rejet it a tad richer and try it again.
The EGT kept flirting with 1200 today, that is a bit too
hot.

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Richard Pike
Kolb MKIII N420P (420ldPoops)
Kingsport, TN 3TN0

Forgiving is tough, being forgiven is
wonderful, and Grace really is amazing.




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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Re: Happy Thanksgiving! Reply with quote

victorbravo(at)sbcglobal. wrote:
<snip> Richard, if it is too chilly there, bring your airplane to Los Angeles to test fly it.... it was only 92 degrees here today!

Bill Berle

<snip> NP; let me go change the jetting again...


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Happy Thanksgiving! Reply with quote

Got home this afternoon around 4:30, just enough time to swap in the next bigger main jet and go for a short hop before sunset. EGT's are ideal, barely nudges 1150 once in a while, the rest of the time stays around 1050-1100.

Lowered the nose and then BRAKKKKKK! Horrific racket from just above and behind my head, scared the fool out of me! Turned out the gap seal was weakened from where we cut it to fit the new muffler mount, and now whenever you get it over 50, it flutters. LOUDLY!

Anyway, now that the engine is behaving, I can work on a new gap seal.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Happy Thanksgiving! Reply with quote

Before I let go of my Firestar, I made a gap seal out of a wide piece of flashing, reinforced with some hardware store aluminum angle. The front was secured with bolts and nylock nuts through the leading edge tubing extensions. There was a hinged piece that was cut out to go around the engine, and it could be flipped forward for fueling.
I had tried using fabric and velcro, but the glue on the velcro slipped out in the sun.

Bill Sullivan
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Lowered the nose and then BRAKKKKKK!
Horrific racket from just above and behind my head, scared
the fool out of me! Turned out the gap seal was weakened
from where we cut it to fit the new muffler mount, and now
whenever you get it over 50, it flutters. LOUDLY!

Anyway, now that the engine is
behaving, I can work on a new gap seal.


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