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Old 1 February 2006, 11:56 AM   #1
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Nieuport replicas and Rotec engines...

Hi all,

A bit more than a year ago, there was quite a bit of buzz about the Rotec radial engines.

The Rotec seemed to be an especially good match to the Graham Lee Nieuports. Do any of you know if, since then, has anyone built a WWI replica using a Rotec, or mounted a Rotec on an existing plane?

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Old 1 February 2006, 12:10 PM   #2
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from the Customer Projects page:
http://www.rotecradialengines.com/customerprojects.htm :

http://www.rotecradialengines.com/cu.../RayJarvis.htm

http://www.rotecradialengines.com/cu.../PaulMusso.htm

http://www.rotecradialengines.com/cu...a.htm#ArtDavid

these are 3 examples of WW1 era aircraft reproductions in the works. I do not know if any of them are flying yet, but there are some other aircraft there listed as "FLYING" which use the engine. Most have web links that might give you an email address for some honest up-to-date review. Let us know what you discover!
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Old 1 February 2006, 12:11 PM   #4
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There are several WW1 aircraft listed on the Rotec website, with pictures. Look for the customer project table on the side menu.

I see Jim has just posted the same while I was away typing
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Old 1 February 2006, 01:58 PM   #5
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There seem are a lot of people out there building replica / reproduction WW1 aircraft who have slipped under the Aerodrome radar. Its a pity they don't post to this site in a similar way Achim is doing with his FTS projects.
It would be great to have their imput and watch them build their planes.
Anyone know these gentlemen and have a word in their ears?
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Quote:
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...The Rotec seemed to be an especially good match to the Graham Lee Nieuports...
If you visit Graham Lees website you'lll note that he is an official distributor of Rotec engines. From talking to Rotec, they encourage kit manufacturers to be the distributors as well - that way the kit designers themselves can give you expert advice on how to fit the engine to their design. I would suggest you would get worthwhile assistance if you did choose a Graham Lee design and installed a Rotec.

And a bit of shameless self promtion - here's something I prepared erlier...

http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=23232
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If you visit Graham Lees website you'lll note that he is an official distributor of Rotec engines. From talking to Rotec, they encourage kit manufacturers to be the distributors as well - that way the kit designers themselves can give you expert advice on how to fit the engine to their design. I would suggest you would get worthwhile assistance if you did choose a Graham Lee design and installed a Rotec.

And a bit of shameless self promtion - here's something I prepared erlier...

http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=23232

Just a quick note: Graham Lee passed away several months ago from cancer. His son is running the business now, but actually his son was doing most of it for quite some time. He doesn't know as much about the "nuts and bolts" of the aircraft as his father did of course, but he's still a fairly good source for info on their aircraft. I'm building a 7/8 scale Siemens-Schuckert from Graham's plans... but I'll be using a VW or something smaller with a reduction drive. There is a list for Nieuport Builders on Yahoo.



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I note some fellow Aussie's, "Peter N" & "BrineSharks".
Just to let you know that my Rotec R3600 powered AA Nieuport 28 hopefully will be returning to Aust later in the year and will be hangared at Bendigo. Not sure whetehr it will be home in time for SAAA at Wagga in late October, however I will take it to Lethbridge occassionaly for Sunday Brunches etc.
I am off to US this coming week and we plan to take it to the Gardner WW1 replica flyin and really looking forward to putting some time in on the aeroplane. Fortunately Gardner is within the test radius of Rob Baslee's homefield where it is currently based.
We put some new pic's on the AA & Rotec website just last week.
Rob Baslee will have some more new (flying) photo's soon on his <www.airdromeaeroplanes.com> site & same for Jim's site <www.rotecradialengines.com> site.
I must say that both Rob Baslee & Jim, Paul and the crew at Rotec have been very supportive to get this aeroplane offf the plans, into reality and now into the air. Thank you gentlemen!
Now lets go enjoy a great machine!
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I saw the pictures on the aerodrome forum, and your aircraft looks realy nice!
Congratulations,

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Old 10 June 2006, 03:31 AM   #10
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TOMS,
Thank you for the compliment.
After Gadner (16th-18th June) we should have a few more up including aerial shots.
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