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  1. 2019 Update.

    The MiniMax stayed due lack of money for something bigger and the fun I was getting from it. This Winter's upgrades are nearly done. Ten more litres of tankage,, streamlined struts, a choke to help with starting, I hope, and a new propeller. I am busily trying to make glass fibre fairings to cut the drag down and plan to fit a rear tank to get me up to forty litres so I can get around a bit more. Targets for this year will be making some long journeys.
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  2. And another two years later.

    This is probably the world's slowest blog! The Max is happy and flies as often as weather will allow, now fitted with a fine liquid crystal ribbon tacho, pressure gauge and fuel gauge which has made a big difference to the flying. Being more confident about how much fuel is on board has made the sorties steadily longer. There is a VSI in the instrument as well although it isn't as I want it yet but it has made space for a GPS on the panel. Radio is now a Yazoo which sounds better than the old Icom ...
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  3. The Engine rebuild part 2.

    Monday evening I stayed late at work, the crank had been in the test chamber for eight hours and the bearings were nicely warmed to 85 degrees. Suitable slip gauges were borrowed from the inspection department and the first one was put on the PTO end cheek. The bearing slid on very nicely and the next slip was put on top to get the gap between the two bearings right. On it slid and a few seconds later, it was there to stay. Turn the crank round and do the same to the mag end. Easy. The crank was ...
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  4. The engine rebuild...

    Long John Rotax wanted a fortune for the bits I wanted because one cylinder needed a rebore so I asked the Americans
    If anybody had used non Rotax parts and lived to tell the tale. They told me it would be perfectly OK and I bought a pair of pistons, gudgeon pins and a full set of gaskets for 250. The main bearings are to be changed as a precautionary measure, the front one feeling less smooth than I would like. That meant pulling the old ones off. Nobody had a suitable puller but one of ...
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  5. A couple of years later.

    Got the licence.
    Fettled the Minimax. Flew the Minimax. Crashed the Minimax. Mending the Minimax.
    SSDR means that I can do a few things I couldn't do before like a bit of drag reduction (so much more comfortable flying in my own clothes,) and a larger tank for some more range.
    There is a myth that pilots get girls easily. There is no truth in the rumour. It was nearly a week between passing my GST and meeting the lady who is now my fiancee. Following one of the inevitable crises ...
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