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Old 11-30-2003, 08:37 PM   #1
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turbine to kit or not

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can anyone help me which way is the way to go buying a turbine im lookin for 12 to 15 pound thrust o and the cost
which way should i buy this in prebuilt or complete partbuilt ????????
no i have no direct acces to a lathe but could get it
i welcome any helpfull hints

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Old 11-30-2003, 09:06 PM   #2
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12 lb

If your looking for a 12 lb'r then you can choose between the Wren that you build or the simjet that is already built. The wren is cheaper by a few hundred dollars and you put it together yourself. I believe all the machining is done, all you do is assemble. The simjet on the other hand is a bit more money, preassebled and you get a couple of extra lbs of thrust. Although it is rated at 12 lbs, you get around 14 to 14 1/2. So it is a matter of preference. Simjet has local service from Great Northern in Burlington/Oakville area.
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Old 11-30-2003, 09:55 PM   #3
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don't forget the PST as an option....

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Old 11-30-2003, 10:16 PM   #4
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Hey Perry, I've ordered the Wren 54 kit direct from England with the deluxe autostart. It is a kit but is relatively easy to assemble and will give you a good working knowledge of how turbines are assembled and work.

Ordering direct even with the deluxe autostart it is still 4 to 5 hundred dollars cheeper than the SimJet and is rated at 12 lbs thrust. If you've been following the threads in the Jet forem, you'll see that I am putting the Wren on an Av8R which is a trainer type Jet with conventional wing. Easier and more forgiving to learn on than a delta type jet.

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Old 11-30-2003, 10:36 PM   #5
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Here is a picture of my AV8R with the Wren 54. I have started my turbine already on a test stand and it runs great.
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Old 12-01-2003, 12:47 AM   #7
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Go for the kit!

I've just started a Simjet 120 kit and have never had so much fun. It's like Christmas time ten. There's just so many cool parts to play with. Seriously though, it's super easy and you'll gain a better understanding of your engine. Support is excellent from GNM if you run into trouble. Even without saving any money, I'd opt to build instead of purchasing built. I'm sure all the seasoned jet pilots are thinking "I've got better things to do!" LOL Now this isn't a 12lb unit, so the 120 might not meet your requirements. In that case, all the other posts pretty sum up the other great engines out there.

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