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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: WWI hand built Reply with quote

Check it out:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1297228/Meet-Fokker-WW1-replica-hand-built-powered-mower-engine.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow very cool! Guy has got guts flying in something that small. Total respect for flying an aircraft with a lawn mower engine. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He must have a very long power cable for it, my mower cable barely reaches to the end of my garden Toothless Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL Laugh
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Very Funny Skid Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm curious about what engine he's using, most of these small scale ships would be done with an ultralight 2 stroke engine of about 40 to 70 hp. The only "lawn mower" engine I can think of would be either the opposed boxer style or V twin Briggs and Strattons or Kolhers out of a big riding mower. And they're usually only about 30 or so hp.

But hey, it flies, that's the fun part of it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't worry too much about the 'lawn mower' engine. The article is from the Daily Mail, who don't mind ignoring the facts for a good headline Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it's not that uncommon to use industrial OHV engines for ultralights.

The newer twin cylinder Briggs and Kohlers are fairly light, somewhere on the order of less than 200 pounds, and have full pressure lubrication and (or) roller or ball bearing supported mainshafts. They're also relatively cheap compared to the newest ultralight engines.

He's gearing down the output to swing a bigger prop so he's done some homework on the installation.

Yeah, the Daily Mail not exactly journalistic excellence, but they do cover some interesting aircraft events on occasion. They did a good piece on the Manchester Museum and AVRO aircraft's rebuilding of the first Allen V, Roe Type 1 Triplane back in October of last year.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really cool info LesterBoffo!
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