Amazing machine work

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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by Harold_V » Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:06 am

I've done full rebuilds on auto engines, which is extremely satisfying, providing a huge sense of accomplishment. I can't even imagine what the thrill is like when putting together such a monster of an engine as these V12's.
Well done, Glenn. None of this surprises me, having observed your exceptional skills.

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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by GlennW » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:08 pm

Thanks Harold!

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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by liveaboard » Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:14 pm

Do you fly them yourself?
Yeah, that's got to be a rush!

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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by GlennW » Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:51 pm

Getting there.
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And a previous one for scale.
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Yes, I fly them as well.
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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by RSG » Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:39 pm

That's nuts! Lets see the plane once it's all finished!
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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by BadDog » Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:16 pm

Wow, breathtaking. So far beyond my capabilities or experience, I don't even have a good reference to build on.
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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by GlennW » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:54 pm

About half way through the engine runs. All's perfect so far.

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It looks a lot smaller once it's packed in there...

Propeller diameter is 11' 2".
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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by pete » Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:07 pm

Awesome plane Glenn and I'm more than impressed. A low pass with a Merlin at full throttle has to be about the best sound in the world. That's even better than a NHRA nitro engine at full throttle in my opinion.

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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by NP317 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:04 pm

Goose bumps!
There will be a very happy pilot.
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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by BigDumbDinosaur » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:00 am

pete wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:07 pm
Awesome plane Glenn and I'm more than impressed. A low pass with a Merlin at full throttle has to be about the best sound in the world. That's even better than a NHRA nitro engine at full throttle in my opinion.
I'm partial to a low pass with a Pratt R2800 at full power, bolted to the front of a Corsair or Thunderbolt. The Merlin sounds like a big Chevy Stovebolt Six. The Pratt snarls and rumbles. :D
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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by pete » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:21 am

To my ears I like the Merlin better than the round engines, maybe it's the super charger that helps the sound. Either way I can only afford to listen to them though. :-)

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Re: Amazing machine work

Post by EOsteam » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:51 am

Wow! That is absolutely beautiful. The highly polished Aluminum speaks to an incredible to effort to achieve and even more to maintain. What was the original octane rating during WWII for the fuel required in a Packard Merlin? Are there any limitations on the engine while burning 100LL?

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