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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby JvTonder » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:11 am

Air Hog wrote:What a good sound: http://youtu.be/J9RrLpo9-0g
(^^) nice vhpy
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Big Mac » Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:59 pm

Hi Johan
That BMW engine sounds great ,now to get it completed and flying with an ATF (^^)
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Air Hog » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:09 pm

BMW Thunderbird now in final stretch. Took it to Trevor Davies today for fitment of the wings and final inspection with CAA.

NOT LONG NOW.
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Nacho » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:16 pm

Great stuff! Cant wait! puff
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Big Mac » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:23 pm

Air Hog this is wonderfull news vhpy
With Trevor on board with this project I am sure you will not have problems with CAA
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby bosbok » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:47 am

Any further news ?
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Air Hog » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:08 am

Trevor is pushing to get it finished and the CAA inspection done before the 15th but I doubt it. The factory close on the 15th. Well early in next year then.
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby IceAge » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:28 pm

Johan,

Any progress yet.......

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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Air Hog » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:11 pm

The plane should have been finished about 3 weeks ago. Several delays because of changes I have made to the rebuild. The engine part of the build was finish a long time ago but then I decided to replace the Pod. Then decided to replace most of the instruments with the baby EFIS of MGL. Because of less instruments I was sitting with a lot of holes in the instrument panel. So, new panel had to be made up. Now, this week when we wanted to put the wings on to get it ready for flight, we saw that the wings had some serious hanger rash it picked up while being moved back and forth. So, new wing covers coming up (going for the BMW colors) but with its another delay of 2-3 weeks.

But, on the positive side, it is now a new plane again that can last me many hours.

Can't wait anymore.
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Nacho » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:03 am

Take your time! No rush! If we rush we make mistakes. As pilots we need to be safe, not fast.

All of us are very keen to see the results.
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Air Hog » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:22 am

I know we are taking it slow but as this is a development project and we want everything to be perfect, it takes time. I am glad to say that we are now in the final stretch and even if I say so myself, it is MOOI.
I have done new sails for the wings and had to wait almost 6 weeks for the colors I wanted. They should finish them today or tomorrow. The it just have to be fitted and then we are FINISH.

We have changed the exhaust again, here are some pictures:
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby IceAge » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:28 pm

Johan,

Looks very nice. (^^) (^^)

Based on the pics it looks like you now have two exhausts? If so how much more weight will you be carrying?

Sterkte with the last stretch............ The end is near and then you will really be able to enjoy her fully.

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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Boet » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:01 pm

Toe toe, nou wanneer vliee hy dan?? ## ## ## ## ##
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Air Hog » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:17 pm

Boet wrote:Toe toe, nou wanneer vliee hy dan?? ## ## ## ## ##
Hi Boet. Trevor het vanoggend die nuwe seile gaan haal (die goed sou 2 weke neem, en toe neem dit 7) so nou. Moet Oom Trevor net vinger trek en die vlerke aankry. Alles is verder klaar.
Nog net die CAA inspeksie maar dit behoort nie 'n probleem te wees nie want hulle het die hele bou gevolg.
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Re: Thunderbird - BMW R1200 Engine

Postby Air Hog » Fri May 18, 2012 4:49 pm

Finally finish. Paperwork next week. Here is the final product:
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