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  2. Blackburn Mark

    To reflex or not to reflex?

    Ah, tricky... like I said, I personally feel safer on a standard but this is due to how many years I flew one and not due to any objective knowledge I have gained on a reflex. Some reflex wings where not happy being flow actively when in full reflex mode which really turned me off but the kougar 2 does not require any trim settings vs break use discipline... I am assuming most of the newer reflex wings are similar but I hope someone will correct me if I am wrong.
  3. Trevsked

    To reflex or not to reflex?

    No sorry, my poor post probably. The chap that Del points out was flying reflex and claims it wouldn’t happen with a Dominator. What I was trying to ask was how the Dominator would react with power on and a collapse as opposed to how he demos with a closed throttle. Trevor.
  4. asquaddie

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    fed him with £25.
  5. Blackburn Mark

    To reflex or not to reflex?

    Someone lost their life on a dominator!? I guess that will quiet Dell down a bit on his "everything's none dominator /flat top is a death-trap" spiel.
  6. Blackburn Mark

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Great stuff Keep him fed with Jaffa cakes... I spend quite a bit of time chasing cracks on my exhaust
  7. asquaddie

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    A friend of a friend told me about a welder close by. The best in the South West..... He sounded very knowledgeable and welded the exhaust as below. All looks good, just wondering if there is a second skin and was it intact!!! Richard - Your first photo looks the same - I guess that was just tig welded too.
  8. Trevsked

    To reflex or not to reflex?

    My point exactly, he demos how good the Dominator is but if it collapsed with power on like the poor fella that lost his life, I wonder if it would recover as well. I have my doubts. Trevor.
  9. Cheers mark ,The cylinder walls have survived it’s just took the top of the piston out. Can you recommend any good suppliers to get the parts from we are having fun contacting Baileys as they want me to send it them and I can fix it myself. I am struggling to find any parts suppliers please help
  10. Blackburn Mark

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Don't make me feel bad! Besides, I'm not sure what I would do with two skins... it might get ugly If you are absolutely stuck, I "might" be persuaded but I'm not guaranteeing the outer skin wont get welded to the inner skin.
  11. Blackburn Mark

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Ah... I would never have thought that looking at that image. Surprised it has cracked where it has with two skins.
  12. Richard Leishman

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    There are two skins on the moster 185 exhaust, only on one side at the top of the neck. The crack does only penetrate the top layer.
  13. Richard Leishman

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Was poorly The end two photos are repaired. This was me last night, engine has never felt so good
  14. asquaddie

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Not sure what I am saying to be honest. It just looks like two folded pieces on top, so I was guessing it must be a double layer!!! Thanks for that.
  15. Blackburn Mark

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Are you saying there are two skins on that exhaust or are you assuming the crack does not penetrate? Shame you are so far away, I'm charitable enough to drill and run a bead through that but I couldn't be arsed messing around with postage... you must know someone with a tig welder? If you clean it up and drill it, I'm sure a local fab shop would run a bead through it for a few quid.
  16. asquaddie

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Richard Sorry to say, your motor looks really poorly. Thank you for the photos, now mine doesn't look so bad. The positive side for me is I've caught it early on, so hoping for a quick fix (motor and I) Tony
  17. Richard Leishman

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Hi Tony, I have just had my exhaust repaired by one of our clients. After repairing, he also gave me a report into why he thinks so many of them are cracking. I was not aware of the 3-minute warm-up procedure, but I was naturally doing it as I would run my engine and then go set up my wing. I am relaying his words as I remember them, I am no expert: The exhaust is made in two halves by pressing/forming "thin" sheets of carbon steel into a press. When steel is formed into a mould, you send up with parts of the steel that are stretched more than others. He said that the main cause of the crack is due to the type of metal used (there are better metals, but this increases cost) and that there are parts close to the exhaust of the engine that has been stretch so much that they are wafer thin. He said that what they could have done was to make the exhaust in more parts, reducing the amount of stretch up at the neck of the exhaust. Vortex Aero has made an aftermarket exhaust that implements this. https://www.vortexaero.com/product-page/vittorazi-moster-engine-exhaust In my case, I had a big crack like yours and one of the springs had ripped off. He has added a new plate over the top to strengthen the neck. Before and after shots attached. He charged me 3 hours of labour. Richard
  18. Blackburn Mark

    To reflex or not to reflex?

    You would want to go to idle when things get lumpy enough that a collapse seems inevitable... Just for some perspective, I only ever remember one time that I did this, I was trying to break through an inversion on a very thermic day and drew the line at having to bury both breaks to stop a frontal... Above the inversion is likely to have been nice and smooth but I gave in, it beat me If you get a collapse and maintain power, you are just asking for an off centre thrust line or oscillating thrust line to confuse the hell out of you just when you need your wits at 100%.
  19. asquaddie

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Lufthansi, Thanks for the video. Not sure how long I take to warm up the engine, to be honest, but I know that I do warm it up (maybe not for 3 mins on idle). Nice video to watch afterward's Tony
  20. Lufthansi

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Hi, not only the moster has the proplem. I had the same problem because my engine was too lean and I didn't let the engine warm up. Watch the video
  21. asquaddie

    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Need another few opinions, please? Is this the start of the dreaded Moster 185+ cracking exhaust syndrome or just the outer shell (ha! ha!) What's the fix Tony
  22. Lufthansi

    Beginner wing that's worth keeping.

    Hi, I can recommend the Dudek Universal as a very good beginner wing with potential upwards. Only the complex harness could confuse a beginner.
  23. Hi, I'm a Belgian beginner ppg pilot. Following lessons at an official school/shop. I baught a second hand ppg set, with a (for me) unusable Dudek Hadron and now I am in the process of buying a wing. I would like a safe wing that let's me gain experience but that I don't regret buying after a few flights. A wing that progresses with me. A wing that I keep in the bag as a forgiving wing for windy/bumpy/thermally days and has a good balans between speed/lift so I can use it as a stable XC wing. School wants to push a sting 140, but that is way to sluggish and slow for me. Been looking at the Niviuk link2, but read mixed reviews. Open for any suggestions! And thanks for the help!
  24. e2vdavidb

    Microavionics? And helmets.

    How do I get the micro plug? The generally 2nd cable and plug is slightly annoying. That said as I cant get a cable for my Motorola PMR 2nd radio also a bit redundant. I think I will have to get another Midland radio to be compatible, just a niggle but the Mrs is going to notice a 3rd radio now Dave
  25. Trevsked

    To reflex or not to reflex?

    I’m not experienced enough to judge but whenever Del demos a collapse of some type he does so at idle. I’d assume there’s quite a difference doing the same with the throttle open when the collapse is unintended? Trevor.
  26. Lee Jackson

    Microavionics? And helmets.

    Yes, Microavionics are really great - both service and kit. We just need Eddie to wangle some Bluetooth Sena style coms gadgetry into the headsets! Mind you I'd never heard of Zello and it looks very good. Are there any pitfalls? Obviously I guess you need a well charged phone!
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