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  1. Updating...

    When one's prospective aircraft is a couple of hundred miles away, it is very difficult not to plot improvements and would like accessories. Now this old Rans is going to be put back into flying order and I'm going to add NOTHING.
    Until a mode S transponder came up for $99. Once I had bought the connectors, antenna and an altitude encoder then paid the shipping and the customs duty, the whole setup cost just under 200. Then somebody got fed up with a project and offered me new uprated lift ...
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  2. 2019 updated.

    The Max dumped me in the New forest. I bought an S6, a nice one and moved it to Old Sarum the week that the axe fell so a week later it was gone, unflown by me. I sold all my bits and bobs and gave up flying having had a whole lot of fun.
    Game over and thanks for all the fish.


    I had just begun to get used to not worrying about aeroplanes when somebody offered me hangarage. Local hangarage.
    I resolved to take it on for six months and look for an aeroplane. If I didn't ...
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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