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View of the front of the Solent which has now been mounted on the front using aluminium panels. A small aerodynamic spinner nut will also have to be fabricated, this will have a reflective strip on it for the Laser Tachometer so I can keep an eye on the RPM when in use.

At this stage the plan is to start the engine by air from a Leaf Blower as there is not enough room for a hand held electric starter between the seat and the engine. Note the paint has had to come of the frame as I found out that Kerosene melts paint and makes it all very sticky. Which was nice.
Mounting the engine oil cooler was an easy task. Just under the rear of the turbine on shock mounts (similar to my Nimbus arrangement).

The Igniter Box has been attached on to a couple of brackets welded to the shock mounted frame to reduce vibration. The HT leads are not in the best condition, so I shall be looking out for some that are more appropriate in length and better condition.

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Another view of the Igniter Box mounting bracket. I suspect that I may also fix the small oil pump close to the Igniter for ease of wiring and pipe working.

This is the Exhaust insert that would normally connect directly to the Free Running Turbine. The exhaust cone that I am going to have to fabricate will attach directly to this. This is a small issue as its normally the FRT that holds it in place, so an external bracket of some description will have to be made.

 
A view of the Solent with the Burner Ring removed. The Combustion Chamber is now clearly visible, showing the eight fuel inlet holes.
 
The Burner Ring, with its eight Injector nozzles can be seen here. The way the Solent normally works is that the Injectors work in pairs for smooth starting. 2 for initial ignition, then 4, 6 and 8 at full throttle. The fuel flow is governed by a device which takes air pressure readings from the case to work out the RPM.


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