Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 26, 2006 1:13:46 GMT 12
I picked up a copy of Sport Flying yesterday - the first time I have ever bought this magazine as I'm not that interested in homebuilds as a rule, but it had an artiucle on the Rukuhia graveyard in it so...
Anyway, I read an article by Bob Gibson on the struggle to purchase, finish and fly his cute little Hurricane replica. I just wanted to say Bob, if you read this, thanks for the great article.
I think sometimes some of us who're more interested in the heavy metal warbirds can easily forget the hard work, money and sweat and tears that can go into the little lighter planes too.
The Hurricane looks great in the air to air photos, and that black and white profile shot on the top of page 18 actually puts me in mind of the Miles Master I a little, which looked similar to the Hurricane on some angles too.
I hope you have many happy years to come flying VYX, someday I'd like to see it in person (shooting down that pesky Tauranga Fw190 replia!)
Post by Radialicious on Sept 9, 2006 20:15:17 GMT 12
I read the article on the scaled Hurricane. It appears there is no love lost between the buyer and the seller with regard to the work that was agreed to, or thought to be agreed to be carried out prior to its sale.
Thanks for the very favourable comments on both the article and the aircraft. So far I've flown 80 hours which have been relatively incident free apart from a wheels up landing at Ashburton, which was entirely my fault I’m ashamed to say.. She sustained very minor damage to the radiator pod and wrote the prop off. Damage to my pride was considerable however. Total cost to repair the pod and associated hard points was less that $400 dollars but the prop was a lot more. I have been back flying again for several weeks and now treble check that I’ve got those “Dunlops Dangling” If all goes according to plan I will be at the SAA meeting in Ashburton early in 2007 and at Omaka in Easter 2007. If any of you see me there don’t be shy come on up and have a chat. Bob Gibson
The power plant is a fuel injected V6 Mitsubishi 6G72 150hp. PSRU is a Dave Blanton design belt drive. Fuel burn rate at full noise is 30lt/hr and I have endurance of 1.5 hours. Cruise is 120knts and stall is 35knts. I usually cross the fence at about 60knts. Wing loading is 15lb/in and handles turbulance quite well. The stall is very gentle with just a slight shudder then drops the nose. If she's out of balance the wing will drop sharply but recovery is a breeze. She is rated at +6G / -2G. I've done some aileron rolls and loops just for fun certainly not up to performance standard.
Bob I see that you have your flying helmet modded for the in-ear plugs (the brass hexagonal plug). Do you use them, and how do you find the comfort? How do you go for getting spare ear plugs.
I used them in the Hawk and found they took a bit to get used to, but it was the best way to attenuate the cockpit noise.
I'm currently getting my old A4 helmet modded to allow me to one day use it in a my planned RV, and wondering if it's worth getting the guys to put the plug in (by one day - read: quite a few years away yet, thanks to a few years in Hong Kong coming up).
Well spotted Barnsey. Yes I use the CEP all the time. The engine noise is quite high and with just the helmet and gel ear pads I still had trouble hearing. I tried a noise cancelling headset and while it was OK you still have the problem of flat batts and headsets are expensive. The CEPs cost only about $200NZ. Probably the best $200 spent so far. They are very comfortable and I've had no problems with them at all. The foam plugs can be washed in soap and water. I'm still on my first set which have been worn for about 50hrs and been washed maybe 10 times and still look good. New foam plugs are avaliable from the US. I thinks that answers all the questions. Their great go for it. New Zealand Source:- www.aviation-helmets.co.nz/
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2006 12:07:27 GMT 12 by gibovyx