Progress shot 02 Feb 2000:
Lots of small items are necessary to really finish off the engine. In many ways, this project is similar to a homebuilt aircraft. Very quickly, the project takes shape, and "looks like an airplane"... in fact, you can sit in it and chair fly. But the reality is that there is a LOT of work to be done to get the project to a state where one can stand back and finally say, "that's it!"
|The throttle quadrant was initially concieved as having three levers, one for throttle, the next for spark, the last for mixture... I can only dream of a prop lever! But the layout of the devices will force me to have a separate push-pull type of mixture control, which will be located farther down on the firewall. So the quadrant shown here will control throttle, left, and spark, right. Note the stock R/C clevises which will be threaded onto the actual pushrod.|
|In contrast with the O.S. carb is this Super Tigre carb, mounted on the same adapter plate and using the same float valve assembly. Runs so far indicate that it will be entirely suitable for the engine.|
|A rather nice, 3/4 outside view. I have found with the engine in the shop, there is insufficient light to make a decent digital photo. Most of the best shots from the actual machine work use halogen spotlighting which is already in place to illuminate the work area.|
|Another view with sunlight providing the necessary illumination. Note the propellor which is painted black.. it is a hard-rock maple prop, offered by Gerard enterprises, in their hub which I modified for this radial. While the maple prop was fine aerodynamically, I wanted a prop which looked more like an anodized or painted aluminum prop, again the goal being an engine with a mid to late 1930's appearance, where aluminum propellors were becoming commonplace, especially on high horsepower military engines.|