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UK Escapade UL260i Build

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:08 pm
by Escapade UL260i
Hi Guys.

 Mark Jones here, the UK UL260i Dealer.

I have been building my Escapade Taildragger with a UL260i engine over the last few years, fitting it in between my day job of fixing, covering , painting and many other things on Ultralights.

It so nearly finished now so here are  a few pics on G-POZA.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:34 pm
by Escapade UL260i
A few more

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:32 pm
by scubarider2
Really nice and love the panel  :D

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:06 am
by stede52
Lookin good Mark!!


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:07 am
by Dave Krall CFII SEL SES

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:16 pm
by Escapade UL260i
Hey, thanks Guys.

It means alot to me as all the hard work has paid off.  More to come in a few day when I have painted the Cowls, root cuffs, Bungee covers and wing pulley covers, oh and the spinner. Mark :D


PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:37 am
by MH434
I love the panel. Is that panel pressing only available with English Escapades? It sure is better than the sheet of alloy that I was supplied with.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:21 pm
by Escapade UL260i
Hi All.

The panel is and English supplied unit. It  ( on my kit ) came as a fibreglass moulding supplied blank in white gelcoat. Not a very well layed up part I must say. very rough on the back face so needed  lots of dressing up and leveling with Polyfill so as to ghet the instruments to sit straight on the front.

You have to do a lil bit of trimming to get the bottom corners to fit round some of the fuse tube structure.

Most folks here just spray itsatin black. I elected to do the same but was not happy with the finish as it showed up lots of inperfections that would take lots of filling and sanding ( read weight too ) to get to look perfect.

So I preped mine as best I could without adding weight. ( ie not to much filler ) and sprayed it satin black. I then sprayed it with an Plasti Kote Stone Touch paint from an aerosol. This comes in many colours and I chose MANHATTAN MIST 9444. Using this has the added bonus of hidding any small pin holes and rough spots and also hides any unevenness on the smooth faces.

Escapades here in the UK are now supplied with an ABS panel to the same design as the glasfibre one and is in Black.


Re: UK Escapade UL260i Build

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:09 pm
by Escapade UL260i
Here is a pic of the now finished and painted Cowls, yet to be fitted.


Final inspection on Tuesday and first engine run too.

Re: UK Escapade UL260i Build

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:01 pm
by Escapade UL260i
Hi Folks.

Well, today went well. First part of final Inspection was carried out. Fuel flow checks and engine runs tomorrow.

The Aircraft was presented for inspection with all bits fitted inc doors and floors, nothing was missing or had to be removed. Doors are light weight with
fixed windows and covered lower section. Medium fabric on fuse bottom. Non lightened I beams in wings, 18Ah battery ( 6.6 kg ) and 18" tundra tyres.

The Aircraft was set up as follows.


Newton 60 x 40, 1/2" prop spacer and Spinner.

ASI, ALT, VSI, CHT x 2, Oil P, Oil T, Fuel Pressure, Amps, Volts , RPM, Slip, Sirs Compass and an 8 day clockwork MOD Clock. Panel mount radio, GPS bracket. 7 x Circuit breakers not fuses, battery isolator switch.

Landing light, Intercom, GA style Antenna, Bungee covers, Rear windows, Stiffening rib across top of Screen, stiffening rib down turtle deck centre,
Rubber edging strip round door edges, turtle deck edges, boot cowl to screen as seal, bent ( X'Air ) sticks, alloy instrument panel top cover and carpet covered,
additional pulley covers on aileron pullies, cover for elevator connection hole at rear fin.

Aircraft Passed the first stage of inspection and the ZFW empty Weight has come out ( with all the above ) at 266kg so well happy with that. All control settings were correct and within limits.

Lets see what happens tomorrow if the weather stops raining allows us to go out and play.


PS. Pics of fully painted and complete aircraft coming soon so you can see how the colours are working together..

Re: UK Escapade UL260i Build

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:52 pm
by Sean_Caranna
That's great! Good luck tomorrow!

Re: UK Escapade UL260i Build

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:49 pm
by MYR
What are the specs ?

Re: UK Escapade UL260i Build

PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:41 am
by MYR
Would you like to tell the top speed of the Escapade with a UL POWER 260i, then the top speed with a 100hp Rotax ?


PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:24 pm
by cubouy
scubarider2 wrote:Really nice and love the panel  :D

new to site am interested in 260i have a escapade with a 2200 jab can you tell me if my present motor mount and cowling will fit ? I see you have pot some relef for the cylinders on the side . Thanks Rick