Austro Hungarian Albatros D-III Scratch Build

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
I figured out how to log in so here is an update.
While I was Away. Had dead stick landing in the wrong spot on the 3rd flight of the plane. Couldn't get the plane turned around fast enough and clipped the safety fence post. I broke out the lower wing strut mount and the landing gear and the tail skid. sounds worse then it was. Fixed that in a couIMG_5868.JPG IMG_5870.JPG IMG_5871.JPG IMG_5872.JPG IMG_5874.JPG IMG_5876.JPG IMG_5877.JPG IMG_5885.JPG IMG_5886.JPG IMG_5887.JPG ple of days.
Built a cooling tunnel from the engine Bay to behind the landing gear brace. That didn't do the trick. Went to the IOK (Indiana,Ohio, Kentucky) Dawn Patrol and made 3 flights but they were short 4.5 minute flights. Took everything off the front and let the engine hang out in the air and that got me an 8 minute flight but it wasn't running well after about 4 minutes.
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
A week ago I went in the shop and just by chance I grabbed the prop hub and gave it a twist and felt some scraping. After several back and forth twists with the same result, I came to the conclusion that there may be something wrong on the inside of the engine. I gave my buddy Colton a call at DA and he sent me another engine. This is a used rebuilt one but it looks brand new. I won't have a chance to work on switching the engine out this week. Have to fix the wife's car and There is a wedding to go to out of state. Hope this is the en.d of the overheating problem.IMG_6054.JPG
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
I finished the engine change but my bad luck continues. I turned on the ignition switch and no light. I'm thinking that's par for the course. So I start checking things. The IBEC is hot. Not supposed to be. So I unplug everything. Plug in my new IBEC. The light comes on. I think I found the problem. Switch out the IBEC and hook everything back up. No light again. IBEC is hot. Now I'm pissed enough to put everything back in the corner. I may or may not get unpissed. The only thing that is different in the new electrical setup is the pickup on the new engine. IMG_6055 - Copy.JPG IMG_6056.JPG IMG_6057.JPG
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
I took the plane apart this morning and installed the new opto kill. I had already changed the ignition and the pickup on the engine last week. Everything seems to be working fine and I have the engine running. Cant post videos here yet so go to my FB Page if you want to see the engine run. I'll have to check on the weather and maybe try to fly it tomorrow.


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Tseres

Whiny Old Man
Yes I'm wore out by this plane. I'm not used to things going wrong. How many of you ever had a a spark plug wire short out and catch on fire.
Got the plane in the air and it ran great but on the second lap it started what I thought was burbling. I decided to bring it in to adjust the needles... Nice landing taxi back to the pit an I noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment when I shut off the engine. Shut the power of and was able to put the fire out by blowing on it. No damage at all on the plane.

I just have a hard time excepting all this crap going wrong. This was the ignition I got with the new engine. They are both used but were checked out. Oh Well. At this point, there's only one thing left. I just have to laugh. $#!+ Happens.

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Tseres

Whiny Old Man
Since my last post I changed out the ignition and test flew it. Got two flights of 8 minutes without the engine dying. on the third flight I leaned the engine out and it quit on me in a bad spot and I came up 20ft. short of the runway in a bean field. Messed up the rear landing gear mount. So I got pissed off and put the plane in the corner until I got unpissed. That was yesterday. I repaired the L/G mount and decided to install the two ESC fans that I bought for it the last time I repaired it.

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Tseres

Whiny Old Man
Got everything fixed that I could find. Installed the fans in the tunnel today and they operate on the ignition switch.Even touched up the paint. Put it together for the first time since the wreck. I will have to tighten up a couple of rigging cables tomorrow before test flying. Probably go to Converse in the afternoon.

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thepamster

The Mistress of Biplanes
Lifetime Supporter
Some people have fans in the crowd, some have fans on Faceboook, but Tom, well, he has fans in his airplane.:D
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
Looks like I didn't report back here. So here is the good news. I have flown the plane with the fans running. I have installed a 3rd battery. Everything is working as it should. I made a 10 minute flight the last flight and the engine was still running. :) so now to learn to land it under power. He He He.
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
After all the problems this plane gave me throughout the Summer. I can finally report that its flying great. Got the engine tuned sloppy rich but it has tons of power. My Buddy Colton Clark is the pilot.

 

thepamster

The Mistress of Biplanes
Lifetime Supporter
I really like that picture of you guys with your Albi.
That looks like an incredible place to fly.
 

Tseres

Whiny Old Man
Update on the Albi.

Last fall on the last flight of the season we broke the landing gear mount. Yes I'm counting. This was the 3-rd repair. :) Between Getting the Chipmunk ready to paint and while the paint was drying. I repaired the gear and relocated the gas tank for easier access to the radio compartment. Got it put back together and I'm ready to start it up for the first time this season. Have a Fly In this weekend that I want to take it to.

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