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Post  Mjsas on Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:04 pm

I finally finished the Baby Barnstormer. It has a pressure system and the filler cap is spring loaded with an air tight gasket under the cap. The tank is hand made from a tin can. Back in the day I just used any old can to make a fuel tank. Today almost all cans are ribbed and cannot be used. I went to the store and felt up almost all the cans on the shelf before finding a pineapple can that was not ribbed! It has a 24" wing span so it is a bit over sized.
I had a Barnstomer when I was in school and it was powered by the same engine that is installed in this plane. That plane was painted white and I flew it all year, even in winter. In cold weather like 10 degrees it would backfire and did that ever hurt on cold fingers, no chicken stick back then. I remember flying on the frozen lake and could not see the ice (ground) and made a high speed touch and go. Bent the landing gear and broke the prop. I had many planes but the barnstomer was a favorite.
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Post  944_Jim on Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:00 pm

Wow! That is a humdinger of a plane. I like the amber/orange combo. Fabulous hinges!

Can you explain your tank plumbing?
I assume you pressurize the back outside corner, and feed from the outside front corner. Or is the feed pipe turning back in the tank? I can only guess the outside tank wall is slanted from inner rear to outer-front.

I do love the fuel cap! I bet that tank fills in a blink of an eye. Did you do it for some other convenience of use? Would you do it again?

And do you have any pictures of the tank prior to installation?

Thanks much,

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Post  getback on Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:01 pm

Very Nice !! I see you made it for CC flight, i been going to build one i have plans for one of these days .... But the time just keeps on going and its gets farther down the list ! Wish you could have done a build log but that's ok . Hope to see a flight report ? I am sure she will schoot !! Hey Jim is that ur clean out ? 4th of July Flag Very Happy
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Post  944_Jim on Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:39 pm

Eric,
It is the one piece on my TR6 my boy did NOT damage.
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Post  Iceberg on Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:00 pm

Hi Mjas
How do you solder the outlet tube onto a non ribbed tin can? I like the idea as I have a Sandblaster needing a tank and might be an idea. Have a picture?

PS the barnstormer looks beautiful!

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Post  happydad on Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:55 pm

Iceberg wrote:Hi Mjas
How do you solder the outlet tube onto a non ribbed tin can? I like the idea as I have a Sandblaster needing a tank and might be an idea. Have a picture?

PS the barnstormer looks beautiful!

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What do you mean? Pics please. I can make a guess. You make a hole where you want the fuel to exit. Use copper tubing the size of the hole. Jam the copper tubing into the can making sure that the pickup for fuel is a the lowest pot and furthest away from the engine, so when the plane or car is moving and the fuel rushes to the back of the car-tank the pickup is there. Oh, you should tin, presolder, the hole area before jamming in the copper tube to make soldering the 2 pieces together easy. Place the copper tube into the hole making sur3 the pickup end is almost all the way to the back end, engine end, of the tank, but not jammed against the can so it can pickup fuel. Solder. Don’t forget the fill tube and if needed a full tube to let you know the tank is full. Easy, larger soldering for tin cans. Thick tin takes HEAT.

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