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My Almost Finished Build
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First...I AM A MOSQUITO / UPTIGROVE FAN!
A couple of years ago, I found a new-in-the-crate, untouched, Mini-500 kit, on Ebay for $5ooo. That lit a fire under my butt to lose 80 pounds and build it, since I had a good experience flying one for 100 hours in 1997.

I'm almost done and as I assembled this new helicopter, I made all the updates and a couple that were not even done back then to hopefully make it a more enjoyable/reliable machine.

The biggest changes I made were tapered Timkens on the pinion input shaft and an Archimedes Screw oil pump as the pinion bearing spacer to supply oil to the upper main mast bearing. I also had the main mast diameter hard chromed in the bearing areas to 0.001" oversize to stop the "inner race spinning" problem that happened back then. I also put Redi-Sleeves on the main mast where the 2 oil seals ride to avoid a groove being made. Almost every other detail is done by the stock Mini-500 factory stuff, as supplied in the late serial number kits. I also bought a "parts helicopter" complete Mini-500 for $4000 which had the "late-model" update parts that my new low serial # kit didn't. I sold the bits from it that I didn't need for $4000 to break even in the NET.

Ready to fly, with no radios, my goal was UNDER $10,000. If it was not for PPG Concept paint, I would have met my goal.

Here's how it's coming out. I have about 2 weeks left.



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Nice looking machine. Didn't they have a four stroke in them later on?
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#3
Always 2-stroke Rotax 582 unless a builder modified it and did another engine themselves.
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#4
Great looking ship Bryan. Has anybody ever tried to configure a 912 install vis a vis the CH7 layout? Seen your gas station fill ups via YouTube. Classic!
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(09-06-2014, 05:31 PM)Jeff T. Wrote: Great looking ship Bryan.  Has anybody ever tried to configure a 912 install vis a vis the CH7 layout?  Seen your gas station fill ups via YouTube.  Classic!

I got it finished and my Airworthiness Inspection was in May.  I have been flying it around some and working out the punch-list.  I flew it to an air show about 36 miles away a few weeks ago.  I`m building my confidence in it mechanically to zip away to Trenton in it.

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#6
Congratulations. Enjoy your flying. It looks great!

Michael
XE 285  1205 (Myrtle)
Start: 8/1/2013
Finish: 5/24/2014
Arrived home: 10/11/2014

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(12-23-2016, 01:44 AM)FlyGuy Wrote: Congratulations. Enjoy your flying. It looks great!

Michael

Thanks for the kind words Michael.  I love Mosquitoes!  I had really MUCH rather have a XET or 285 but I have less than $15k in this ship and it would take another $35k to put me in a Mosquito!

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(12-23-2016, 12:29 AM)bryancobb Wrote:
(09-06-2014, 05:31 PM)Jeff T. Wrote: Great looking ship Bryan.  Has anybody ever tried to configure a 912 install vis a vis the CH7 layout?  Seen your gas station fill ups via YouTube.  Classic!

I got it finished and my Airworthiness Inspection was in May.  I have been flying it around some and working out the punch-list.  I flew it to an air show about 36 miles away a few weeks ago.  I`m building my confidence in it mechanically to zip away to Trenton in it.

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So Bryan,

Is your bird making it to Trenton this year? Really would be great to see it and meet you too!

Michael
XE 285  1205 (Myrtle)
Start: 8/1/2013
Finish: 5/24/2014
Arrived home: 10/11/2014

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