- Jun 27, 2015
- capital district NY
I was looking to build the airframe first per "normal?" But now I want to build engine(s) first for the reasons you stated, it seems on one hand to be the cart before the horse but knowing the exact weight of the firewall forward package(s) is essential to keeping it light and making a flying lawnmower there is a lot of wonderment about the weights."Tiny engine package!" was what I thought when I saw the drawing Hot Wings posted (below):
Of course, it will get a bit more crowded under the cowling once we have a carb, air cleaner, induction and exhaust, engine mount, etc. But still, for those of us with some flexibility in the airframe layout, having a comparatively compact chunk of metal that weighs about 70 lbs makes it tempting to hold off on the final fabrication of the cowling and engine mount to put that engine just where it needs to be for CG purposes. It sure beats adding ballast, 8' battery cables, etc.