Robert Tedesco
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Viking engines

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel C Hall Mar 2, 2014. 8 Replies

 

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"Bob, I used white Interlux Brightside Polyurethane paint that I purchased off the internet. I believe you can purchase it at any marine supply store as well. It is thinned down with Interlux Brush-Ease paint thinner so that it flows well. It is…"
Nov 24, 2018
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Viking engines

Anyone using Viking engines?Anything interesting to report?See More
Jan 15, 2014
Steven Winn left a comment for Robert Tedesco
"Bob, I would ask Viking if your mount was built correctly. When did you get it?"
Aug 30, 2013
Steven Winn left a comment for Robert Tedesco
"Robert, I had to trim the ends of the upper horizontal firewall channel to clear the mounts. For the mid mounts,  I used 1/4 inch bolts through the mount, firewall, and Zenith supplied steel reinforcement on the inside. For the lower mounts, I…"
Aug 29, 2013
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"That is quite a crowd around your aircraft! Any of those Grandkids helping with the build? Steven Winn"
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"Painting slats...or should I say LEARNING to paint...slats."
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Aircraft Model
STOL CH 701
Project Status
Nearly done
Building From
Kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Viking
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Sport Pilot (or Ultralight)
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
Retired. Doing church work.
Work experience: 1) crew chief on B-47; 2) Aerospace engineer by training; 3) worked on 747 as liaison engineer (Boeing, Everett); 4) 30+ years as an electro-mechanical engineer; 5) engineering consultant at end of engineering career; 6) parallel career in pastoral church
work.
BSAE University of Pittsburgh, 1969
Father of 10, grandfather of 35...+5 greatgrandchildren.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)
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At 3:31pm on November 24, 2018, Stephen Aupperle said…

Bob,

I used white Interlux Brightside Polyurethane paint that I purchased off the internet. I believe you can purchase it at any marine supply store as well. It is thinned down with Interlux Brush-Ease paint thinner so that it flows well. It is almost the consistency of water when applying. I think it looks great up close. Many people think it was sprayed on until I tell them it was rolled on with a foam roller. After applying a coat I used a dry foam roller about 5-10 minutes after to smooth it out. It took three coats to get a consistent look and coverage. It isn't difficult to do, it just takes a lot of patience. There is a lot of prep work before the painting can begin. I cleaned the entire plane with soap and water and then applied a Bonderite self etcher. This is then rinsed and coated with Alodine which is also rinsed and dried before starting to paint. I just keep searching the internet for the decals before I found the ones I liked and purchased. There are a lot out there for automotive. It took about a month and a half to do the entire job but I think it was time well spent. 

At 10:13pm on August 30, 2013, Steven Winn said…

Bob,

I would ask Viking if your mount was built correctly. When did you get it?

At 8:05pm on August 29, 2013, Steven Winn said…

Robert, I had to trim the ends of the upper horizontal firewall channel to clear the mounts. For the mid mounts,  I used 1/4 inch bolts through the mount, firewall, and Zenith supplied steel reinforcement on the inside. For the lower mounts, I bent up 4130 steel sheet to tie the mounts to the lower belly longerons.

Here is a video I made when attempting to align the original mount. After this video, I sent the mount back to Viking. They corrected and returned it.

Engine alignment

Steve

At 4:05pm on August 29, 2013, Steven Winn said…

That is quite a crowd around your aircraft!

Any of those Grandkids helping with the build?

Steven Winn

At 3:39am on October 4, 2009, Alexander Kuzmin said…
Super Photo
At 9:24am on July 16, 2009, Sebastien Heintz said…
I love your profile photo :)
 
 
 

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