Super Constellation

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Alan Cantwell 1131
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Alan Cantwell 1131 » March 9th, 2015, 7:54 pm

Looks great Doc, what did you end up using for the undercart legs?

Keith Mitchell
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Keith Mitchell » March 9th, 2015, 8:41 pm

Peter sourced some stainless, hydraulic system tube. Expensive but very strong ........

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Alan Cantwell 1131 » March 9th, 2015, 10:57 pm

Didnt fancy the titanium then?

Ron Pearman
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Ron Pearman » August 28th, 2015, 7:53 am

Where are we with this project? It's gone very quiet.

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Cary Bailey » August 28th, 2015, 8:03 am

Keith has not been too good recently and is due (if not already had) heart surgery. I was in contact with him a few weeks ago.
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Ron Pearman » August 28th, 2015, 8:06 am

Very sorry to hear that.

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Cary Bailey » August 28th, 2015, 11:28 am

Ron Pearman wrote:Very sorry to hear that.

Ron, he will be fine!
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Keith Mitchell » August 28th, 2015, 8:11 pm

Just to clear things up Gents, I'll be having a heart valve replacement in around 6 weeks. This is a problem I've had for several years but this year it progressed from 'moderate' to 'severe' dictating surgical intervention.

As for the 'Connie', following initial engine runs and Phil Clark's inspection there was a major problem with the tailplane mounting tube and Peter set-to completely replacing it with a larger diameter CF tube and socket (supplied by IAD - beautiful quality). Now sorted.

Two weeks ago, a further shake-down session at Longhorsley was undertaken and the model underwent several taxi runs very successfully. The four ZDZ 90's throttle-up beautifully, even though we've got them set rich for running-in. Power is awesome and the 215lb model accelerates very smartly up our strip. Interestingly, it is the first big multi' that I've had that doesn't track to port on application of power - the effect of the triple fins/rudders and streamlined fuzz' section perhaps??

We're now doing a few odds and ends prior to further ground runs and - hopefully - final inspection by Phil in a fortnights time.

Considering my surgery, that'll be it for this year, so looking to test flights early '16......

.... and thanks for your good wishes.

Keith
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Alan Cantwell 1131 » August 29th, 2015, 3:52 am

Wishing you well Doc, Beutifull model, but the owners a tad rough round the edges, get well, get flying Doc

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Keith Mitchell » August 29th, 2015, 11:39 am

Thanks, Alan. If I've recovered enough, I'd dearly love to get to the AGM, as I haven't been able to get to much this year.

Hopefully see you an' all then......

K.

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Phil Clark » August 29th, 2015, 8:48 pm

Lookin good Keith (& Peter)....see ya on the 13th

Phil

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Mike Ellis » August 29th, 2015, 8:52 pm

Sorry to hear about your health problem Keith.
I wish you a speedy recovery .
As I have had 2 colon cancer ops in the last 18 months I realise how mortal we all are and therefore should try and live in a positive way everyday !!
Take care and keep your chin up !!

Regards

Mike Ellis

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Keith Mitchell » August 30th, 2015, 6:08 pm

Yep - changes your perspective, Mike........
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Ron Pearman » August 31st, 2015, 7:57 am

Thanks for the update. I suspect this project has worldwide interest and everyone is wishing you "All the best".

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Cary Bailey » September 1st, 2015, 7:36 am

Keith Mitchell wrote:Just to clear things up Gents, I'll be having a heart valve replacement in around 6 weeks. This is a problem I've had for several years but this year it progressed from 'moderate' to 'severe' dictating surgical intervention.

Considering my surgery, that'll be it for this year, so looking to test flights early '16......

.... and thanks for your good wishes.

Keith


Keith, glad all OK with you. I was not sure what your surgery date was. It's just a quick plumbing job so you will running marathons again! Take care
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Keith Mitchell » September 15th, 2015, 9:41 am

Got another really good shake-down session in at our Fly-In on Sunday, under the watchful eye of inspector, Phil Clarke. Fast taxi's up to the point where the n/leg was off and about to get airborne.

An exhausting day but worth it as scrutiny now virtually complete and hopefully I can get the D&I Certification out of the way before I succumb to a theatre trolley..........!
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Tony Nijhuis 2280 » October 11th, 2015, 10:17 pm

Looks great Keith....soooo close to lift off too.....It been quite a journey for you and peter since collecting the airframe from me all those years ago!...something to really look forward too at next years shows I hope...

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Keith Mitchell » October 12th, 2015, 7:05 pm

Cheers, Tony.
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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Scott Crosby » October 15th, 2015, 7:55 pm

An amazing model and a well done to all involved!! Keep us posted!

Scott

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Re: Super Constellation

Postby Keith Mitchell » June 30th, 2016, 7:18 pm

Well the model got air under its wings for the first time with 2 flights at Elvington today.

Beautiful flier and the four 90's sounded gorgeous. It really is an elegant presence in the sky.

Flying shots/video links to follow..........
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