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Jon Starr
Olympus 593 Front Blank
Spring is on its way and it's now time to start looking at getting the Olympus running. Pictured is Jon Starr sat at the rear end whilst working out some connection details of the Igniter. A video of the igniter test can be found here. It's worth noting that you have to wind Join up with the Pink Key to get him to work.

The Olympus did come with some inflatable engine blanks, as they are not in the best condition and held water if they became wet, I have decided to start of by making some new ones. The front blank is made from 12mm birch ply, surrounded by 4mm hard neoprene rubber, two handles help facilitate fitting to the engine.

Olympus 593
Olympus 593
The Olympus is heavy by my standards, so I purchased an ex military transport trailer, no idea what it was used for but with a little modification its going to suit the 593 just fine.

The transport base frame is just taking up a lot of space and isnt required, in my configuration anyway, thus it has been removed and put away in case it's need later.
Olympus 593
Olympus 593
The Olympus's new trailer, made for the job :-D

Let's tentatively start with getting the wiring from the Olympus 593 to a Control Panel. I went to some fairly extreme measures to find some mating connectors for the 7 multi pole connectors (Airframe Side), unfortunately with no success at all. Cutting the wires and terminating them in to a new connector wasn't an ideal option and one I wanted to avoid.

Olympus 593
Olympus 593
I removed the blank couplings that held the connectors in place for transportation on the engine, then drilled holes to accommodate the couplings in a Diecast Aluminium box, a standard Bicc 35 pole chassis connector has also been mounted on the box's side.

A spare hole was drilled and then blanked for possible future connector expansion and a couple of feet fabricated to support the box on the Olympus 593 transport stand.

Olympus 593
Olympus 593
With the box now attached to the transport frame and the electrical connectors attached to the box, I how have a reasonable way of accessing the engines electronic systems.

I have some female electrical contacts that fit nice and snugly on to the pins, these in turn will then be routed to the Bicc connector and then the multicore cable. It's worth noting that I will not be using any redundancy and the AB will not be configured to operate, thus I'm hoping that one 35way connector will be sufficient for this loom and another 35 way for the additional loom that I have still have yet to make for the other electrical connections on the engine.

Olympus 593
Olympus 593
A view of the box attached to the transport frame.
As I cannot physically fit the Olympus in to the workshop I purchased a marquee type tent to house it in, this makes working on it pleasant whatever the weather.

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