Greg Wilson's Blog (5)

All done - now flying!

Well, I'm finished and my 601HDS is now flying well. The subaru EA81 motor hasn't missed a beat so far. It's using 13 litres/hour at 4,000 revs and giving 85 knot cruise. I haven't done a full power level flight yet to see what the motor's revving too.

I've had five flights so far for 2 1/2 hours. After I've done some more testing I'll fit the wheel spats to see hw much of a difference they make. They are very fat so I'm considering cutting a couple of inches out fo the centre of… Continue

Added by Greg Wilson on September 10, 2009 at 11:56pm — 1 Comment

Getting there slowly..........

After some months I now have my Zodiac failry close to the state it was in when I bought it but now with the defects resolved. That means I've:

Removed Subaru E81 engine

removed all undercarriage

removed rudder pedals and steering rods

removed engine mounting frame

bead blasted, undercoated and two pack painted engine mounting frame

refitted engine mounting frame

refitted engine

replaced all crimp links in wires with solder joints (yeah, I know some… Continue

Added by Greg Wilson on June 10, 2009 at 7:07am — No Comments

601 HDS Move radiator rearward or fit front undercarriage stop?

I am finishing a 601HDS that is fitted with a Subaru ea81 motor. The water cooling radiatior is fitted under the fuselage, close behind the front undercarriage. As there is no stop on the front undercarriage, it is possible for the wheel spat to impact with the underside of the radiator.

What is the best solution to this problem?

I have contemplated fitting a pair of steel cable stops to the front undercarriage to limit their travel and also to relocate the radiator… Continue

Added by Greg Wilson on March 28, 2009 at 6:25pm — 6 Comments

XL canopy kit won't fit HDS

Ron Saarinen (that I bought my plane from) has looked at a 601 XL and told me that I'd have to modify the firewall and instrument panel to fit an XL canopy kit to a HDS. I've ordered a front opening canopy kit for the HDS from Sport Air

Added by Greg Wilson on March 3, 2009 at 5:20pm — 5 Comments

engine out..

So far I've removed the engine, rudder pedals and front suspension. Bead blasted and undercoated all these steel parts. I'll spray them with 2 pack this weekend.

The next job is to remove the main undercarriage. Getting hold of the loos nuts hidden behind the bungees inside the gear will be interesting. Once I have them out I plan to insert a threaded plate or weld in captured nuts and use star washers and locktite on the bolts to stop the loosening.

Added by Greg Wilson on February 25, 2009 at 4:31am — 1 Comment

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