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    Carbon Fiber Tube Fuselage

    A couple of thoughts on this post. Braided Kevlar could be pulled over the tube and fused with epoxy- this would throw away a great deal of shattering in the event of a crash. With regards to joints a friend of mine made stanchion bases for yachts with a 2 piece mould and removable male plugs-...
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    thank-you everyone for your input- I promise i will be listening very carefully to all of your advise and will let you know how I get on. Regards Sabine
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    Thanks so very much- yes I do have a test rig and will use it and follow your advise. Greatly appreciated
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    Hi Billski, goodness I wish I was close to you and could feed off your good sense. The difficulty i would have in placing the reduction drive in the nose is quite simply space, and without tearing the plane apart completely would be virtually impossible to do. What I have is a two bearing (for...
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    Thanks Billski, right now what I am thinking is a cogged tooth belt from drive pulley to driven in a 2:1 ratio and possibly putting a motorcycle clutch with built in Cush dampers in the driven pulley, so I can clutch the pulley to start and then slowly (soft start) the prop and prop-shaft. Your...
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    Jan Kritzinger (aeronautical engineer) calculated that we should have sufficient rudder authority with the single rudder- hopefully this will prove correct- try whenever possible to keep to William Bushnell's theory of "simplicate and add lightness . It keeps in sync with my brain!!!
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    thanks so much - problem is not knowing what their clutch and dampers are and if its a off shelf item which would be preferable
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    Goodness, thank-you Billski, sadly I am having to go the option 2 route with this plane as I will have the reduction drive immediately after the engine- wow you do make a man's brain engage and thanks for that as I guess this is what the forum is for. My brain says redrive, clutch...
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    Vacuum bagging for molded composite pieces...are there any decent training videos out there??

    have a look at Easy Composites you tube videos- they are very good
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    yes, I did, but couldn't get much info. the problem remains trying to find something preferably off shelf.
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    Oh goodness, that looks amazing- I built a previous itteration which had a dual vertical rudder and chucked it because of wanting to reduce complexity. i think by going to a single rudder i eliminated 18 parts. I would settle for 125hp but i guess there is never enough power is there.
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    At the moment its quite easy to step onto the wheel and in and mindboggling if she wears a mini
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    I am building a tractor, side by side, engine behind pilot gyroplane.

    Tractor gyro- no porpoising. Engine behind cockpit -awesome visibility
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