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  Mosquito XE 285 build time and level of difficulty
Posted by: pilotarix - 10-15-2018, 05:21 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (5)

Hi all, 
I am kinda closing in on my PPLH... at least I hope, and also I hope that the winter is not causing too much of a delay. Rolleyes 
Anyhow, it's getting time to sort out some questions about an experimental helicopter in general and the Mosquito in particular. Currently, the Mosquito is my favorite. However, it's closely followed by the Safari which in turn is followed by the Helicycle. 

OK... 

Build time: 

There is some confusion about the time it needs to build a Mosquito. I know building should be part of the enjoyment of experimental aircraft and if somebody only wants to have something to fly the experimental route might not be the right choice for him, but still, you need to be able to finish the project and therefore a realistic idea about the time the project may take from start to finish is an important information. 

The factory is able to do it in about two weeks, at least that is what I have heard and read. In older threads, people talk about 400 - 600 hours and in one brand new video the guys from the factory talk about 600 - 2000 hours (https://youtu.be/QwHi3d4KgUQ at 11:30 min ). Sure, if you polish every screw you may get to 3000 hours without a problem, but what is the experience from people who have already build one? 


Level of difficulty:

So as a mere mortal I have no access to the builder's area of the forum which partly I can understand but that also has the downside that it's difficult to get a good impression on what problems I may face once the built is in full swing. 
I think ... at least I hope that I don't have two left hands and I am not really shy of the stuff I have seen in pictures in the builders-gallery, but there is not a lot of explanation, so the info is limited. I have a reasonably equipped workshop with a lathe a vertical mill a CNC mill a tig welding machine and a cold saw for precise metal cutting even though it appears to me I would not need any of that stuff other than the vertical mill for drilling some precise holes and the saw. 
My biggest concerns are with the electric and engine stuff there I have some shortcomings for sure. I have worked on 2 stroke engines as a teenager and later on four-stroke motorbike engines but I wouldn't say that I have experience with that, currently, I have even problems to make my weed wacker do what I want. Rolleyes  
So what is your experience during your built, what were the most difficult tasks in your mind? How good is the manual? 

I appreciate every input.

Thanks 
Christoph

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  Hurricane Michael
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  Mosquito owner near Nazareth, PA?
Posted by: MikeyMike - 10-08-2018, 04:48 PM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Gday guys,

I was wondering if there is an owner anywhere near Nazareth, PA?

I am from Australia, and am considering purchasing a kit to build with my high school students. I hold a commercial helicopter license. I have researched the heck out of everything online. But it isn't the same as seeing a machine up close.

Safe flying,

Mike Hill
Nazareth, PA
862-248-7986

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  Any owner near Nazareth, PA?
Posted by: MikeyMike - 10-08-2018, 04:29 PM - Forum: Flyin's - No Replies

Gday guys,

I was wondering if there is an owner anywhere near Nazareth, PA?

I am from Australia, and am considering purchasing a kit to build with my high school students. I hold a commercial helicopter license. I have researched the heck out of everything online. But it isn't the same as seeing a machine up close.

Safe flying,

Mike Hill
Nazareth, PA
862-248-7986

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  Want to take Professional XEL pics
Posted by: tedirelan - 10-07-2018, 02:17 PM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

I live in Lufkin, Texas and love doing professional photography renders using Photoshop. Would anyone with an XEL (because that's the helicopter I'll be getting, so it's most inspirational to me) live anywhere near East Texas and want some pro shots of their Mosquito? 
-Ted Irelan


Oh, this offer is free.

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  Got my Mosquito transport Rig Now
Posted by: triston - 10-02-2018, 12:31 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (8)

I finally got my Custom Trailer to transport my Mosquito.  Bad thing is I got it dirty this weekend.  Headed out to brimstone/paragon for the big and I mean big side by side event.

Click Here For Video Summary of Brimstone

   

   

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  3D printed Oil Tank and Fuel Tanks
Posted by: TS Rupcich - 09-28-2018, 09:37 PM - Forum: Fuel and Engine - Replies (1)

Hi guys,

Quick Thoughts/question.....

I'm in the process of doing a 285 conversion.  The size of the oil tank is of some concern.  I'm in sparsely populated area/region, where fuel cardlocks are common, but high grade 2 stoke oil is not.  In order have more than 4 hrs of oil on board, I'm looking at getting an easy fillable form fitted 6-10 litre oil tank 3D printed.  Would anyone else be interested?  Like all things, the big cost is set-up/design the actual printing would be fairly cheap (in aviation terms anyways)

As I intend to use my mosquito on the farm chasing livestock and checking crops (and landing in them from time to time), I want the extra fuel (and oil) but, not keen on the optional tank location.  I talked with John about external fuel tanks this spring.  He thought a pair of 5-8 gal tanks were possible.  Looking at getting a couple of football tanks made for my Mosquito (keeping in mind the weight limits).  As my imagination starts going into overdrive..... having them look like rocket pods could be cool, particularly on a turbine....

The guy I'm looking to 3D print everything is pretty keen on doing it just because its going on a helicopter, but if there is potential for follow on sales.... so much the better (and cheaper for me).  His print bed is 28'x8' and can print 3lbs/hr, which is crazy big.

If any ones has thoughts drop me a line

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  I need a help
Posted by: nastoka - 09-28-2018, 03:34 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

Hello! I need to write essay but I don't have time for it. Maybe someone knows some useful site where they can do it?

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Photo New Mosquito in Town
Posted by: Dick Campbell - 09-26-2018, 08:51 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (15)

It's official!  N869DJ passed her inspection today and received her Special Airworthiness Certificate.

Just s couple things to do and we're flying.

(Can't figure out how to post pix.)

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  Turbine Inspection/Rebuild
Posted by: Kellster1 - 09-26-2018, 07:39 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (4)

I was wondering who I could contact to get a t62-2a1 inspected & repaired/rebuilt if needed.

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