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    Bill Manhein's plug works!

    Hi all,



    Just wanted to let everyone know, especially Bill, that his magical power
    plug works.



    Picked the plane up today, after annual I might add, and "Rrr, Rr, Ooh",
    just nothing in the battery.



    We yanked out the rubber stopper (the hardest part of the job!) and plugged
    in that copper and nylon blivet. (Don't EVER wave that thing around in a
    crowd! The security types will freak out thinking it is the most attractive
    pipe bomb they have ever seen.)



    Hooked it up to one of those battery in a box things (You know, it sits in
    the trunk until you need it.then it's dead. But this one worked.) Voom! She
    spun up and started.



    I heartily recommend that anyone in the Great Frozen North get one.
    Besides.it's a great looking piece of machine work!



    Thanks, Bill. Great job. Now, if only I can figure out how I am going to do
    this when I am alone. I can just see me chasing my airplane down the ramp!!



    Steve Cote

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    Bill Manhein's plug works!

    I actually did that once. Left 'er idling, no chocks, no parking brake..but some fresh snow...(had a start problem..)

    Chased after her (from behind), hopped on the wing, opened the door & shut 'er down.

    Good thing too. Another~25 feet ahead was a wood deck, at the front of the flight school building.

    It was ~ midnight..& no one was around..

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    I can just see me chasing my airplane down the ramp!!
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    Bill Manhein's plug works!

    At 04:33 PM 2/24/2007 -0500, bigbajon@aol.com wrote:
    > I actually did that once. Left 'er idling, no chocks, no parking
    > brake..but some fresh snow...(had a start problem..)
    >
    > Chased after her (from behind), hopped on the wing, opened the door &
    > shut 'er down.
    >
    > Good thing too. Another~25 feet ahead was a wood deck, at the front of
    > the flight school building.
    >
    > It was ~ midnight..& no one was around..


    The story was worth it! <G>



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    Alright, Steve. Now you've done it. You actually took it down out of its wall mounted, velvet-lined shadow box and used it? Shame! I'll bet you scratched it and got fingerprints all over it. Such disrespect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manhein
    Alright, Steve. Now you've done it. You actually took it down out of its wall mounted, velvet-lined shadow box and used it? Shame! I'll bet you scratched it and got fingerprints all over it. Such disrespect!
    You Betcha! Maybe I should get another one for display?? ("In case of NO Fire, break glass")
    One of the guys watching the "show" suggested that Beech should have mounted the plug on the inside of the cabin so we could just start it, fling the cables out the door and leave without getting out while the engine was running.
    I told him that the aux plug was a replacement for the original method which was a 12hp electric motor with a foam mount that went over the nose cone and spun the prop. He bought it. How come I can't sell anything but people believe me when I say things like this?

    Steve


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    I told him that the aux plug was a replacement for the original method which was a 12hp electric motor with a foam mount that went over the nose cone and spun the prop.

    Not outside the realm of possibility.

    There was a piece of ground equipment known as the Hucks Starter.

    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/e...s.cfm?offset=7

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    Son Of A Gun!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous

    There was a piece of ground equipment known as the Hucks Starter.

    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/e...s.cfm?offset=7
    If that thing is self propelled I sure wouldn't want to let the clutch slip during the process!

    So we have a difference here. On the one hand we have the "Hucks Starter" of historic stature.
    On the other hand we have my drivvel...which we all know is often of hysteric stature!
    Careful readers will recognize that the process I quoted is the current method of starting model airplanes. But...ya know? With the right Power Take-Off adapter on my truck...hmmm. If I try it I'll get someone from the hospital to let you know how it came out!


    Steve Cote
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