View Full Version : Gyrobee build Update 2
08-01-2004, 07:37 PM
Hi Everyone, I'm attaching a photo of what I've gotten accomplished since the last update......If it weren't for the pesky money problem, I'll bet I could be flying it yet this year.........
I've also attached a photo of the drag link attach points, just so you can see that Dana of Starbee inspired me, I saw his Gyrobee at Mentone and used what I saw to make spacers. for the links.
Let me know what you think........
08-01-2004, 07:42 PM
That'll work!. Lookin' good Kandace. Just keep on keepin' on! It'll all be well worth all the effort some day in the not too distant future.
08-01-2004, 07:50 PM
I was going to tell you that I thought up the idea of the spacers for the rod end bearings, but I really stole it from Bo Segnious in Lake Placid. He has it on his Bee. I think Bo used aluminum tubing, but I used some 1/4" icemaker line. I did this because the plastic still keeps the bearing from sliding around but does not damage the sides of the bearing. This really isn't an issue on the drag struts, but I used it on the control tube bearings and pedal linkages also.
You're making great progress!
Each time I see a picture of your shop I want to ask you this question so here goes:
Are you going to be able to get the machine out of the room when you get the tires on it? That ceiling looks awfully low! The reason I ask is that I built my Bee in my garage and I have to tilt my head back to get it in and out. Just curious.
08-01-2004, 07:59 PM
Plastic spacer is a good idea Rick. If anyone is going to use aluminum, stick some washers between the end of the tubing and the spherical bearing face.
08-01-2004, 08:06 PM
We had to tip Barrys gyrobee nearly all the way over on it's side and it took 3 people to get it out of his garage.
08-01-2004, 08:34 PM
(1) Pull the two bolts that attach the tail boom
(2) Disengage the tail boom
(3) Tilt the gyro back until the mast clears the top of the door and roll it out.
(4) Reinstall the tail boom
You will either need (A) a second person to stabilize the frame when you remove the tail boom or (B) you will need to put some weight in the seat so the machine doesn't tip backwards. With (B), one person can do it.
08-01-2004, 09:43 PM
Rick, I have to take it apart to finish, ie: paint, polish etc, so I'll take it out and do the reassembly in the garage.
08-02-2004, 04:53 AM
I thought so. Most people will just never understand us tall masted folks.
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