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About mnewbery

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  1. ...but it and many conversions like it had problems with the propeller flogging the crankshaft at the oil seal. The model T engine had its crank flange held in place by the sump pan. I much prefer the look of a conversion with the Rotax box on it for this reason
  2. https://www.rideapart.com/articles/317518/flying-wheels-motorcycle-engine-planes/3922907/ In my opinion this is a very very silly idea
  3. You could say the same thing about a Holden red motor or a Ford Model T engine now. Doesn't mean its good for putting in an aeroplane, or ever was. Yet, people do.The model T was used for the Pietenpol Sky Scout and the Ford Model A went in to the Pietenpol Air Camper. The Model T engine was built for 19 years. Lord knows how many were made … one estimate was ~300,000. The O-200 started in 1947 and is still in production *cough, argh remember Cessna SkyCatcher?* All variants would number around 20,000 So where did all the Model T engines go?
  4. https://issuu.com/contact.magazine/docs/alternative_engines_volume_4_previe
  5. Having two slick magnetos off an O-200 then only using half the poles seems a bit of overkill. I agree this looks like a solution in search of a problem. I wonder if the motivation to use a half O-200 is more about the perceived availability of parts and experience, mounting/packaging options and instrumentation rather than using an engine like the 582. A couple of notes to consider - the 582 needs liquid cooling which implies a temperature gauge and a radiator plus it has parallel cylinders and its a two stroke which may not suit the aesthetics of the build. Yo' money, yo' choices
  6. Aircam on floats over the Noosa swamp - I mean "Everglades" - I mean Noosa River wetlands
  7. You can always drive to the front gate and have a look
  8. The school in Canberra I was using appears to have gone into deep sleep however I will send an email to confirm. The airport owners made some noise about closing (I presume the Terminal Building) on Tuesday's and Sundays. If this situation escalates which seems likely, things will be quite strange indeed. no flying training at any price?
  9. So how is this 150 Gb to be delivered?
  10. I just read the sales blurb for the new BMW R1250 Boxer engine. Apparently variable valve timing has led to an increase in "sovereignty". So, take a big displacement motorcycle engine that already needed a bunch of electronics to keep the operator safe from themselves and ... and ... add more complexity? Ugh!
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