This project involved the removal of the original fire wall as the MacKay engine being fitted was a longer than the usual engines fitted to this airframe. A custom manifold was manufactured to suit the engine and exhaust can.
To ensure there was sufficient cooling for both engine and pipe, a baffle was fitted into the cowl to direct airflow over the cylinder head and then over the exhaust.
This was an abandon project of E-Bay which was purchased by our client who wanted it look a little different. After completing all the necessary work to make it a flyable plane a suitable paint scheme was found on the Internet, then armed with a set of spray mask from flight line graphics the plane shown here was born.
This was a build of an ARFT kit which required a large amount of work to actually make all the items fit and look right. It is fitted with a CRRCPRO GF50i engine with an after market in fuselage exhaust system and custom manifold to allow the fitment of a 3MT smoke system.
We made parts to support the thrust tube & bellmouth support ring. They where CNC cut from 1/8 aircraft ply, laminated into a 1/2″ thick set of split rings to clamp the jet tube and bellmouth in position.