New RAF 2000 build

Mike Leimetter

Mike Leimetter
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2005 RAF 2000 (Building)
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10 gyro, 100 fw
Well, we managed to get the project home. Now to inventory parts. Looking for the main gear assembly as the previous owner apparently drilled the holes wrong, ordered a new one and misplaced it. Any help in finding one would be greatly appreciated!!

Mike
 

Waldo

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Mooney, RAF 2000
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Mike,
How fast do you need it and what parts specifically. I'm building an RAF but I am designing and building my own landing gear so I don't need the ones I got with my kit.

Matt
 

Mike Leimetter

Mike Leimetter
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2005 RAF 2000 (Building)
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10 gyro, 100 fw
Mike,
How fast do you need it and what parts specifically. I'm building an RAF but I am designing and building my own landing gear so I don't need the ones I got with my kit.

Matt
Hi Matt! Well, obviously as soon as possible so I can get it up on gear. The previous owner did some initial work to it and the cabin is mounted along with the vertical stab so it’s lying on its side. What were you thinking? I will have to remove the cabin to repaint it because it’s pretty marred up from lying on its side.
 

Mike Leimetter

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2005 RAF 2000 (Building)
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10 gyro, 100 fw
Mike,
How fast do you need it and what parts specifically. I'm building an RAF but I am designing and building my own landing gear so I don't need the ones I got with my kit.

Matt
Sorry Matt I didn’t read your post correctly. Im hoping I just need the main axle shaft assembly. I haven’t had time to do a complete inventory of parts just yet, that will come this weekend. Im hoping the mounting brackets are there but may need them too.
 

Waldo

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That might work out fine. I'm not planning on using the axle or mounting brackets in my build. I don't know if it will be cost effective for me to send them to you from Virginia or for you to just have them fabricated locally. I could give you all the dimensions if you wanted to do that too.
 

Mike Leimetter

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2005 RAF 2000 (Building)
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So I want to add a horizontal stabilizer. Who has the best ones, and where can I get them? Also, is a drop keel and lowering the engine necessary if I have a horizontal stab and stabilator? Also seriously considering calling Jim at Sportcopter for a blade set up

Mike
 

Mike Leimetter

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2005 RAF 2000 (Building)
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10 gyro, 100 fw
Hi gang! After a long summer (great to meet many of you in Mentone), building is coming along. Work
hours are short as it gets to be 120 in the garage here in Vegas. As it cools down we will ramp up the process. On a sour note, my SportCopter blades arrived and were damaged during shipping. Heartbroken. Jim was great as always and has started on a new set for me pronto. Thanks Jim!
 

Mike Leimetter

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Got the Boyer stabs mounted. Lot of work by myself but it turned out nicely.
 

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Vance

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She has a nice tail Mike.
Than you for sharing the fun.
 

Mike Leimetter

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2005 RAF 2000 (Building)
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10 gyro, 100 fw
Going thru my old posts I realized I have not updated much lately. Here are some photos of work done so far. New carpet in, Brakes and rudder pedals installed, radiator mounted, tail section mounted. Tried to mount the cheek plates with rotor hub but the ceiling in my garage is too low. Engine is at the mechanic getting an overhaul to make sure no corrosion.
 

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Vance

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You will likely need to move the main landing gear back to compensate for the added weight so far back.
 

Vance

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The hang test is about the location of the center of gravity in relation to the rotor head.

In my opinion the landing gear should also be adjusted for changes in the center of gravity.

My own experience is that the mains will need to move rearward for the extra weight out back or it will be difficult to balance on the mains.

It is important to me that she is easy to fly.
 

Doug Riley

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Hi, Mike:

You asked months ago if a drop-keel mod is still needed on an RAF with H-stab.

The answer is yes. The prop thrustline is quite high above the CG on the stock RAF (in the 12-plus-inch range). This produces a nose-down torque at high throttle that's more than than an H-stab can counteract. The H-stab helps the situation, but isn't a complete fix by itself.

A substantial H-stab located in the propwash can overcome the nose-down torque of a prop that's a couple inches above the CG -- but not one that's a foot or more above the CG.

This conclusion arises both from the math and from a few PPO crashes of H-stab-equipped RAF's that had stock thrustline locations.
 
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