View Full Version : Belly Tanks
08-10-2004, 05:00 PM
:) :) O.K. all you rotary wing whippersnappers, I need help. Can any of you help me find a way to contact either of the two suppliers that I noticed were used on two different aircraft at this years Mentone gathering. I'm looking for a good quality plastic or aluminum bellytank which I can use to supplement the undercowl tank listed in the Littlewing design plans. There is a lot more room under the belly than there is inside the cockpit of this unit. It might even work out that tanks mounted on the side would be practical. If they were on the side, there is plently of strong tubing to connect them to, without modification of the airframe, and additionally under the belly there is also plenty of tubing just above, which could be used for attachment. If under the belly, the view of the tank would be restricted, so one would need some gage device to determine the level of the petrol available at any given time. Any help from you fellow aviators will be appreciated. I would like to plan for this now, before any covering of the airframe. It's a lot easier to add brackets now, rather than after the covering job is completed. Thanks again your friend and Littlewing Booster--Rich.
08-10-2004, 05:12 PM
08-10-2004, 05:43 PM
Air command has some plastic extended range tanks, with a fuel gauge in the cap.
08-10-2004, 07:13 PM
Don't forget this will change the thrust-line/CG relationship.
08-14-2004, 07:20 AM
Hi Fellers. Thanks so much for the great information and safety tips. It sure is nice to have a forum where information can travel so easily from those in the know to those who wish to know more about what they need to know. I'm having a great time with my two other friends (newly met at mentone and through the e mail), the three of which are all building a nice Littlewing here at my place. We are learning a lot and achieving a lot of forward motion towards accomplishing our goal of building and flying a two place rotorcarft. I just had an e mail conversation with a chap down in Georgia who is also building a Littlewing Singleplace. He is moving forward nicely and also forwarded me some interesting information on his tank building and palcement. Too bad we live so far apart, but we'll meet someday I am sure. The tanks which Kenny forwarded information on are exactly what I was looking for. Now must decide how much fuel one should have and take along for the ride, of course extra fuel weight is of a lot of importance. Thanks again guys, I, we, appreciate it very much. Your friend and Littlewing Booster Rich. :) :)
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