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Old 10-13-2014, 08:21 PM
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Default The Terrifying Tale of FrankenSnorkel !

<<WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART OR STOMACH>>

Just in time for Halloween, let me tell you the chilling tale of a poor tortured FAB snorkel, one like so many others, that began its life as one whole and complete fiberglass item with dreams of living in a mighty fire-breathing 200hp IO-360. However, as (mis)fortune would have it, this snorkel ended up in a 180hp IO-360 firewall forward kit.

Again, like so many others, its kitbuilder saw need to dismember the snorkel horribly into two separate end pieces:



The snorkel's dismembered limbs were drawn to separate locals, then bolted under high tension to horrible machines of torture with names like fuel injection servo and intake ramp. Oh, the horror:



Then, the kitbuilder mutilated the poor snorkel to cram its mangled body into the most agonizingly tight spaces:



Oh, the horror...



Hideous metallic probes and studs were riveted to the snorkel's neck, like electrodes on a Hollywood monster:



When the mad kitbuilder was satisfied with his sadistic placement of the snorkel's two limbs, he hideously grafted them to the center part he had surgically removed before, transforming the once-beautiful fiberglass snorkel into.....FRANKENSNORKEL!!!




The mad kitbuilder wrapped poor Frankensnorkel in layer upon layer of rotting, festering, skin, making the monster even more monstrous:



....to be continued in episode 2....
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Default Episode 2

He then clothed Frankensnorkel in the brightest ghost-white clothing, hiding the horror that lies just beneath the rotting skin:



And now, doomed to a life of torture under the cowl of an otherwise beautiful RV-7A, one can find the desperate gasps of the pitiful...
the wretched...


(wait for it)


FRANKENSNORKEL!!

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Old 10-13-2014, 08:52 PM
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At least a portion of the tale is somewhat riveting.
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:52 PM
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I'm just hoping that someone comes out with one that "just fits" before I get to that point...
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:10 AM
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Arrow Cowl clearance??

Scroll, are you sure that your snorkel will clear the cowl? I thought mine was done when I was at that stage, but wound up visiting the bandsaw and belt sander again for further 'slim and trim'. After a while I started saving "spare" pieces...



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Old 10-14-2014, 04:47 AM
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So far, so good.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:17 PM
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You might be surprised at the ductwork in certified helicopters (not just light singles, either) that looks pretty much like your pics above... at 0.0 TSN... from the OEM.
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