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Sopwith Camel Update — Build-Along Part 31

So, after an exciting, yet informative exam flight, we found that we had a really nose-heavy condition, even yet from a plans, we had a indication offset during a 25% MAC position. So most for a theory. With a Camel behind protected and sound in a workshop, we have given changed a CG behind to a 28% MAC position, that is now 5 inches abaft of a Top Wing’s Leading edge. This is good for a integrate of reasons. First we lightened a aeroplane and softened a wing loading by stealing an considerable 14.5 ounces from a firewall. Second, during a 25% location, during a dead-stick landing, we ran out of adult conveyor only as a craft was a few inches from touchdown. we classical sign of being too nose heavy.

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(Above) this is what 14.5 oz. of lead counterbalance looks like. The order is: For a initial flight, improved to be too nose complicated that too tail-heavy.

 

 

The emanate with a carburetor was bound during a drifting field, locktite-ing a new screw in place to reason a stifle arm in place, though we had to wait compartment we was behind in a emporium to open adult a carb and see what was going on.

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(Above) The aged inner fuel shade (lower left) shows lots of debris, compared to a new one.

95% of a time, when a gas engine unexpected starts behaving up, it is this that causes a problem. An easy repair requiring stealing a top plate.

So, subsequent weekend we will check a engine idle again, and if all is good, we’ll fly exam moody series two!

Stay tuned!

 

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