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Doggzilla

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It would be a really good idea to do a thread where we can gather tips into one place. Ill start with a few:

Tip 1: If you run turbo pressure higher than oil pressure it can push air into the bearing, ruin the turbo, and also blow oil out of other components depending on how the lines are run. Oil pressure to the turbo should always be more than boost pressure.

Tip 2: Always use electrical grease on DC connections. I've seen dozens of these connections melt because they didn't have the grease on them. It comes in little tubes about the size of your finger, and can be difficult to find.

Tip 3: Portable heat pumps are light and work well if you install enough alternator power. A heat pump is around 50lbs and provides both AC and Heating in the winter. Many pilots do not like or trust exhaust shrouds, and they dont work well until the aircraft is warmed up. The heat pump is only 15-20lbs more than installing ducts, and greatly simplifies firewall and forward fuselage construction if you can emit a shroud heater and duct. They also have vastly better temperature control due to coming with digital thermostats. But as I already stated, this requires a strong alternator to power.
 

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I'm not putting down your idea, Dogzilla, but there are 3 problems with topic specific threads like this.

1. They drift off topic
2. Eventually everyone forgets about them and someone starts another thread.
3. A new comer doesn't use the search function and asks a question that has already been answered.
 

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I think tip 1 should have been , Get different hobby. Tip 2 should be, Reconsider tip 1 really hard. Tip 3 So you should be considered screwed, proceed.
 

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Another tip:

If you need to add hydraulic boost to a component without complex electronics, automotive vacuum boost systems are extremely light and simple and reliable. An entire boost system can be installed for under 20lbs, and can be installed inside the fuselage if no engine bay space is available simply by running a small vacuum line.

This doesn’t need to be for controls, it can be anything that needs remote control, such as valves, locking pins, radiator doors, windows or vents, or anything else that needs to be operated remotely by the pilot.
 

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Tip 1: If you run turbo pressure higher than oil pressure it can push air into the bearing, ruin the turbo, and also blow oil out of other components depending on how the lines are run. Oil pressure to the turbo should always be more than boost pressure.
Tip 3: Portable heat pumps are light and work well if you install enough alternator power. A heat pump is around 50lbs and provides both AC and Heating in the winter. Many pilots do not like or trust exhaust shrouds, and they dont work well until the aircraft is warmed up. The heat pump is only 15-20lbs more than installing ducts, and greatly simplifies firewall and forward fuselage construction if you can emit a shroud heater and duct. They also have vastly better temperature control due to coming with digital thermostats. But as I already stated, this requires a strong alternator to power.
Another tip:

If you need to add hydraulic boost to a component without complex electronics, automotive vacuum boost systems are extremely light and simple and reliable. An entire boost system can be installed for under 20lbs, and can be installed inside the fuselage if no engine bay space is available simply by running a small vacuum line.

This doesn’t need to be for controls, it can be anything that needs remote control, such as valves, locking pins, radiator doors, windows or vents, or anything else that needs to be operated remotely by the pilot.
Peter, is that you???
 

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Another tip:

If you suffer from the Dunning–Kruger effect and mock things you do not comprehend, you don't need to announce it to everyone else.
 

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Tip 1 Read the plans.
Tip 2 Read the plans
Tip 3 Read the plans.
Tip 4 Read the plans
Tip 5 Read the plans.
Tip N+1 Read the plans
 

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Tip 1 Read the plans.
Tip 2 Read the plans
Tip 3 Read the plans.
Tip 4 Read the plans
Tip 5 Read the plans.
Tip N+1 Read the plans
Yep ... when I would ask a question (some say there are no stupid questions to be asked but I'm the exception) my building partner and mentor would always answer the same way ... "what do the plans say?"
 
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