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Old Jan 25, 2013, 10:10 PM
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any way to make a custom fit fuel tank?

i need to find a way to fit more fuel into my engine housing, is there a good way to make a custom fit fuel tank? the housing tapers down behind the engine so if i could make some like a wedge shape i could get alot more fuel in it. it would be for a twin engine pby catalina
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 10:41 PM
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If it is a confined area, an IV bag might work. I think if you are careful, tanks can be heated and mooshed in to shape.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 11:35 PM
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is brasing your own fuel tank an option???
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 07:13 AM
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Tank + 1

I'm kicking around a similar problem,right now, but with a Monocoupe build. The short nose, with the model engine set-back,took most of the available space.

It's a scale build,so the instrument panel needs to stay put.One tank could be installed crossways, or two tanks could be mounted "saddle tank" style, one on each side.

In your case do you have room for a large tank,with a smaller tank behind it? The small tank would have the only vent......it's pickup line would go to the vent of the front tank, and as fuel is pulled from the front tank, it would be replaced from the rear one. Same as we did the ducted fan jets from years ago.

My option in the 'coupe is one 12 oz. tank, or 2- 8 oz ones, connected as above.
I'm going to the 'engine' guys with this right now, you might want to see what they have to say.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 10:48 AM
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I have similar tank placement issues in a dirty birdy I'm putting together. What are the most important factors for position of tank? I can get it in the nose but at an angle with the rear of the tank angled up. I assume that is bad for fuel pickup? Does it matter with exhaust pressure? What is the theory? When flying the tank would rarely be level anyways.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 11:03 AM
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I can help with a couple of things...With the rear of the tank higher, you won't access all the fuel when flying level.-there'll still be some in the front of the tank..

The centerline of the tank is usually level with the needle valve entry into the carb, for good all around performance.

Muffler pressure always helps with a smoother fuel draw.
It's better than NO pressure.

I'm wondering if you turn the tank around, with the clunk in the FRONT of the tank ?....on that angle ...a little longer fuel line shouldn't matter, once it's full of fuel.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 11:12 AM
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That is helpful. I think I understand why most with this plane are doing a header tank. The small tank fits in front of the retract well and is nice and level with the centerline in the right place. The larger tank placement further rear doesn't matter as much for good fuel feed?
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 12:04 PM
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That is helpful. I think I understand why most with this plane are doing a header tank. The small tank fits in front of the retract well and is nice and level with the centerline in the right place. The larger tank placement further rear doesn't matter as much for good fuel feed?
as long as the big one feeds the littler one, they say it'll be fine..
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:06 PM
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i need to find a way to fit more fuel into my engine housing, is there a good way to make a custom fit fuel tank? the housing tapers down behind the engine so if i could make some like a wedge shape i could get alot more fuel in it. it would be for a twin engine pby catalina
thanks jeff
To come back to the OP question, it is easy to manufacture any shape fuel tank using thin brass sheets about 0.005" thick.

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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:35 AM
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turbines will use fiberglass tanks. formed to fit the fuselage.
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Old Feb 07, 2013, 11:14 AM
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i need to find a way to fit more fuel into my engine housing, is there a good way to make a custom fit fuel tank? the housing tapers down behind the engine so if i could make some like a wedge shape i could get alot more fuel in it. it would be for a twin engine pby catalina
thanks jeff
I might be able to help you out. Here's a thread I started last year. I've made tanks for many different articles UAV's, turbine jets, boats and even a rototiller.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...stom+fuel+tank

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