Streamlining my swashplate area- possibly?

Vance

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It looks very nice Stan!

It looks very nice Stan!

You are a remarkable fellow.

Thank you, Vance
 

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Very slick Stan!

Very slick Stan!

A helicycle with a "hoodie" ...... your mind never stops - even in your sleep you are probably tweaking & improving!
Good-on-ya mate! :yo:

Counting down the days to Mentone!!! :party:
 

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That looks gorgeous. WOW nice paint job too. :) Ok I'll have you cover my Rotax for the Behemoth :)
 

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Geesshhh everyone.........Thanks! I am ecstatic once agsainz, and stage 3 streamlining has been given the green light. I will start a new thread tomorrow with my plans. Its kind of obvious what I am going to do. I am going to put one more panel that will carry the middle diverging white belt from my landing gear fairings up to the burgundy on my new swashplate fairing. I am looking at it and it is just crying out to me........finish it! This baby is only half delivered! This will complete the aesthetics, and in my opinion will reduce some parasite drag. I have always been told that the more aerodynamic something is, the faster it looks like its going sitting still. I swear it looks like its going 100 mph sitting in my hanger. Thanks again for all the kind comments. Stan
 
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Even though the aft end of that fairing is open, it is bound to straighten the airflow after leaving the cabin, so I will be surprised if it doesn't contribute to an increased airspeed. I wouldn't care if it didn't because that fairing adds value to the beautification of this machine. Great project Stan!
 

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Thanks for the nice comment Ed! Dont forget to kick me in the shins at Mentone! Stan
 

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Very nice work Stan as usual but I am critical of your decision to drill rivet holes in such major structural tubes, you must always be cautious of cracking in this area from now on.

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Hi Buddy!!!

That looks so professional!!!

Cannot wait to see the finished version. Maybe you will break 300 kts?
 

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Seal the pop rivits/flanges so water dosen't enter the tubes.( better to tack a flange to the steel tubes with a harbor freight tac welder)
 

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Alan- You are correct! I feel its ok , but hindsight I would have clamped it. I goof up occasionally. Stan
 

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Ken- I definitely want to make the sides and the belly fairings. I am savoring the thoughts till I get a few other tasks done. I dont dare order the aluminum yet as I could not stand seeing it not getting worked on. Preferably would like to do it in october/November.....


Stan
 

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Stan
I have somethings i have been working on for the helicycle that i want to show you. I would like to post them here?


Ken-
 

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Ken- I am looking forward to my phase 3 streamling very much...but I have to have my full attention dedicated to a freestanding curved stairway that will be my 2nd most challenging stairway of my life. I dont have enough brain real estate to multi-task anything else for a few weeks building this in my shop.

I still want to thank you for pursuading me to go further with my streamlining. Every flight I can feel the drag reduction from my landing gear and swashplate fairings as extra horsepower for not only increasing my top end, but giving the extra push while accelerating to higher speeds. Seriously, I can feel it is more slippier. My fuel burn going both to and from Mentone was measurably less. My logbooks have notations on my long cross country flights showing the fuel burn.

The side panels cleaning up the fuel tanks, and then where Vance is suggesting..a panel on the belly area cleaning up some drag there.......these extra panels should reduce the drag further, increase acceleration and top end....and less fuel burn at all my flying speeds.

Once I get my free spare time back...I will order the aluminum and go for all 3 panels.

Stan
 
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