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Darrell Jones 285 Build - Darrell J Jones - 11-04-2019

G'day all, after my long wait, lots of calls to Mark, paying the customs duty. I was able to pick up my boxes. I decided to drive the 1670 kms to Melbourne to pick up the big box, which just fitted into the back of my BT50. Melbourne from where I live is 3 days driving, taking it steady. The drive down was OK, getting from the outskirts to Mark's place is about 2.5 hrs, lots and lots of idiots down there. Finally arrived at Mark's place, cuppa tea, then off to the customs to finally get my hands on the boxes. After dealing with a power hungry clerk, we were allowed to inspect the boxes, both OK. Loaded up the larger one, the longer box I had freighted back to Qld. Returned Mark home, he loaded up my GPS with instructions how to get out of Melbourne, Then started on the 1670 km drive home. Arrived home 3 days later. The box was unloaded to enable me to get it off the back of my dual cab, then I put it all back inside and covered it with a tarp. Just at this time I almost have a single place gyrocopter finished, so I decided not to start on the Mosquito until the gyro is running, but with a Mosquito sitting in a big box outside your back door, the temptation was too great.


RE: Picking up # 1351. - FlyGuy - 11-05-2019

Darrell,

Congratulations! You wanted that helicopter badly. I know how you feel. I waited three years to move to the US Mainland from Maui before I ordered mine making 5 trips from Colorado to Trenton, FL to complete the project. The build at the factory was fun (except for the wiring, I don't like wiring). Have fun with your build and welcome aboard!

Michael


RE: Picking up # 1351. - Dick Campbell - 11-05-2019

Congrats Darrell, good luck with the build.

Australia is on my bucket list, hope to get to meet you guys one day.


RE: Picking up # 1351. - grevis - 11-06-2019

Thats quite sensible finishing the gyro first,
but you could just take the lid off to look inside and see whats there,
and if you take the lid off you might as well take the sides off and have a good look,
and you really should take the fuselage out to see just how amazingly light it is,
...
you will be flying in no time :-)

Gary
XE285 in NZ


RE: Picking up # 1351. - Darrell J Jones - 11-07-2019

grevis Wrote:Thats quite sensible finishing the gyro first,
but you could just take the lid off to look inside and see whats there,
and if you take the lid off you might as well take the sides off and have a good look,
and you really should take the fuselage out to see just how amazingly light it is,
...
you will be flying in no time :-)

Gary
XE285 in NZ
Hi Gary, have had the end opened, started to build the skid jig, getting the exhaust ceramic coated, maybe look at putting the boom on.


RE: Picking up # 1351. - Dick Campbell - 11-12-2019

You will want to load up the boom and attach splitter gear box before attaching boom. Also do the fuel tank safety wiring.


RE: Picking up # 1351. - Darrell J Jones - 11-13-2019

Thanks Dick, for the suggestions, I have got rid of some furniture from my veranda, this is where I'll be building the Mosquito. It's summer here, temp gets up to 37-39 c, so I have a couple of overhead fans, to make it more pleasant.


RE: Picking up # 1351. - Darrell J Jones - 12-04-2019

G'day all, Since starting the 285 build up, I have learnt a new language, boaties know this. After reading the instructions over and over, ringing up Mark. I found it very scary to drill the holes into the fuel cell, you just don't drill holes into these things, but I got over it and drilled the required holes. The sealed plate on the back of the tank is a great idea, especially for cleaning out the drillings. I am building mine the long way, drilling and fitting before painting, this hopefully will lesson the chance of scratching the paint.


RE: Picking up # 1351. - Darrell J Jones - 12-23-2019

G'day All, I thought it was time for a update on my build. First off, it's great to have someone like Mark, just a phone call away to talk things through before you make a great Foopah. Also Dick gave me a good suggestion, which was great. Started of, I walked pass the skids one day, Only had Jandels on, drove the end of the skid between my toes, the air was a bit blue for a while, so I decided to make some end caps. Turned out really good. I have a machine shop at home, so this went well. Next, I thought I would do the tail rotor drive shaft, Mark told me to be careful of tape measures, most of the time they are not correct. I got done, so the drive shaft was 4mm shy of the required length. The 2x plugs that are supplied with the kit, I found they were too large and when I put 1x in, the end of the tube was oversize, so very carefully cleaned the end down to the size of the lovejoy fitting. Having a lathe at home, I decided to make a new plug, and extend it 4mm, this fitted well. So my driveshaft is now the correct length. I, ended up measuring the shaft with a steel engineers rule, which I checked with a vernier  first. My next job was to fit the radiator surround, with a bit of cutting, sanding, it all fits, ready to be bogged up and painted. This is all for now. I have to do some more work on the gyrocopter, that I am building up.  Cheers  Darrell.


RE: Darrell Jones 285 Build - dazzall285 - 01-30-2020

G'day All, Time for a bit of an update. In the manual, it says to drill the torque box  so you can run the fuel,vent and return lines hopefully out of harms way, the directions say  to use rubber grommets, couldn't find any that suited my purpose, next  thing was to buy some nylon bar and turn some up. while doing a bit of wiring on the gyro, I used split plastic piping, so I tried a short piece around the fuel line on the Mosquito, will do the job very well.This time of the year in Qld, mud wasps are out and about, looking for the perfect place or hole to build their nests, when they build the nests in fuel lines etc, so on the Mosquito there are lots of little holes and some big ones, so you have to tape all of these up. Been know to bring down a Cessna in a short time frame of leaving terra ferma.
  That's all, until next time.  Cheers Darrell.