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Old 08-28-2006, 10:26 AM
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Wow...my friend Allen gets to test fly this Jet Berkut with the cool instrument panel. I bet this bird will go over 300 mph with no sweat!!!! Check out the pics.
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:14 AM
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Wow that's pretty. Maybe the panel needs a shot of dullcote tho...looks a little bit shiny in that last picture ;-)
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:56 PM
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I foresee reaching the landing gear switches being an annoyance due to the huge throttle... but aside from that it looks awesome.

This isnt a creation of Robert and Valerie Harris is it?
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Old 08-28-2006, 04:33 PM
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o.O I love the carbon-fibre look dash. No doubt a hint to the amount of CF in the airframe. Very yummy, and Oh to be playing with toys like that.

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Old 08-28-2006, 06:07 PM
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That carbon fiber in the instrument panel looks cool. I want to have something similar finish on my instrument panel, will add carbon for the looks - I want it to be shiny and showing carbon fiber under it .
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Old 08-28-2006, 07:22 PM
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I want it to be shiny
Not me, I've flown in a plane with a shiny panel when the sun was from the wrong direction. If I could figure out how to get rid of the glare from the glass on the instruments I'd be even happier.
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:19 PM
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This isnt a creation of Robert and Valerie Harris is it?
Appears to be a custom job:

http://www.x-jets.com/burkut_jet.html

I ran across this some time ago and am pleased to see that the fellow made it past the usual "it'll be ready to fly by the end of the year" stage where most projects like this stall.

Wicked looking speed brakes. Oughta make for an interesting ride!

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Old 08-28-2006, 09:49 PM
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Holy cow, those are amazing drag brakes. I wonder what the tradeoffs would be in adding those to a Cozy or LongEZ....
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Old 08-29-2006, 02:20 AM
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Holy cow, those are amazing drag brakes. I wonder what the tradeoffs would be in adding those to a Cozy or LongEZ....
It would blank the prop when they deployed... might cause a vibration issue when the prop begins to cavitate.
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:25 AM
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I did a carbon fiber overlay for my buddy's Long-EZ panel. It's three plies of carbon laid up on a waxed white marker board. The overlay was cut to shape, then glued to the panel. Stole the idea from Chris Schida's Cozy IV.

I prefer the weave at 45 degrees. The eye doesn't detect crooked weave as well. Vertically and horizontally, the eye can pick out crooked weave in a heart beat, which would drive me crazy.

The other gentleman is correct, the overlay is quite shiny and reflective. But you can fix that by spraying the overlay with satin clear urethane.

While carbon panels look cool, keep in mind that the weave plays tricks on your eyes after a while. After a few hours the instruments appear to float in an infinite background. One of the reasons most panels are painted in one, flat color.
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Old 08-30-2006, 02:50 PM
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Wayne are you going with a solid color?
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Old 09-04-2006, 07:03 PM
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Back to the Berkut jet thing...Are you sure theres a turbofan in there or just a "turbo-'fan'" in the cockity pit? I am havin a hard time seein the cowling form around said engine without a sizable maw[s] for intake..Just askin...?
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Old 09-05-2006, 12:16 AM
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Back to the Berkut jet thing...Are you sure theres a turbofan in there or just a "turbo-'fan'" in the cockity pit? I am havin a hard time seein the cowling form around said engine without a sizable maw[s] for intake..Just askin...?
It has a pretty sizable scoop on the underside of it. I kinda doubt it is a turbofan though, there are very few turbofan engines that are small enough to fit the bill for a Berkut, Long or Cozy. Its most likely a turbojet.
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Old 09-05-2006, 12:54 AM
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Looks kinda like a standard male doggie scoop from a Long eze....
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its a vintage helicopter turbine with the power turbine removed. It put out over 1000hp in helicopter trim.

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