View Full Version : One of those (expensive) days
06-19-2005, 06:38 PM
I'm hoping that typing this will be a theraputic exercise. The following is the result of having too many irons in the fire.
I decided to change from the redundant mast to the single mast configuration. Got a beautiful mast tube from Star Bee Gyros just the other day. I measured and drilled the four holes for the cluster plate and they matched up perfectly with my redundant mast cluster plates. Anybody see a problem? Well I did, when I looked in the tube and saw four perfect score marks on the inner walls. Note to self: When Star Bee includes a drilling diagram with the tube, there's probably a reason. Oh well, it's only money, right?
06-19-2005, 07:14 PM
Ouch! Mark, that's a bummer. :(
Lemme see - the redundant tubes are 1/8", whereas the single mast is 3/16" wall thickness? Easy thing to do, and they do say the man who never made a mistake, never made anything.
06-19-2005, 07:30 PM
I'm over here in Panama City. I bought a Brock KB-2 and I've just started lessons. Stuart lives over above Mobile and another forum member is moving to Pcola from up North (Ohio I think). When do you anticipate your gyrobee will be finished? Do you know of any other gyros over that way?
06-20-2005, 03:01 AM
Hi Mark. Sorry to hear that... it's an easy mistake to make. But on a positive note, you inspected and caught it. Would love to see photos of your build when you get time.
06-20-2005, 03:16 AM
One other thing... if you've already built your tank mount, you may need to replace the diagonals. They share a common hole with the cluster plates, which will make them a tad longer now with the thicker mast. If the diagonals aren't drilled yet, then it's no problem to just move them forward 1/16".
06-20-2005, 03:59 AM
Pretty quick Brian. I'm impressed.
During my build, I got everything right the first time! (Liar, Liar).
Keep up the good work guys. The hive is growing!
06-20-2005, 12:37 PM
I had a problem with my engine mount diagonals also.
06-20-2005, 05:22 PM
Hi Tim. My completion will be based on availability of funding which is kind of scarce right now. I have a fixed wing money sponge that just went in for an expensive annual. I don't know any gyro guys around here personally, but a friend of mine said somebody up around Brewton was a gyro dealer and instructor.
06-20-2005, 08:45 PM
The guy up in Brewton is Dofin Frits. He's a CFI and instructs in an RAF. We go over to Pensacola every now and then. I'll let you know the next time we're headed over that way.
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