Luga Propellers

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Hi guys.....at last I have been able to take-off..it's funny but since I got the prop it has been terrible weather (snow, storm, showers etc..), it was hard to wait.

So here my first flights using the Lugaprop/Koolprop in the 3 bladed and 2 bladed configuration (same diameter/69in). On the day of the flight I have not been able (not enough time) to fine tune the pitch for best performance and hence the actual figures are not comparable. Below are my first impressions for you after one flight with each setup..

In favour of the 3 bladed prop:

More t/o thrust (water t/o in 6 secs),

slightly smoother and for some..sexy look

In favour of the 2 bladed prop:

different nicer noise in flight (lower pitch sound) ..remember I have a pusher configuration with exhaust gasses going through the prop,

easier engine start (and starter motor turns faster),

low idle smoother (less/no chatter of the gears below 1800Rpm),

quicker engine response when going from idle to full power,

much lighter (2.5 vs 4.4 Kg) with less moment of inertia (2800 vs 4500)..

The fixed pitch Lugaprop compared to my IFA warp drive is able to provide as good t/o performance and even better cruise speed. I must say that my 2 bladed Warp drive was not able to absorb all the power as it was designed for 80Hp, not for 95Hp....

Next time I will have the data to compare the props more scientifically.

Cheeeers

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As far as my research on the scimitar shape, I found that it runs smoother and quieter, cruises very slightly more efficiently, and has better trans-sonic properties if you were to get the tip speed above .89 mach.  Downside is that it has a little less static pull.

So I decided to go a little longer scimitar than I would have gone with a straight blade  (to regain lost thrust) that will turn with higher tip speeds... but it should be able to handle that better.

Thanks. I choose thrust out of the hole I think.  Smooth is nice though.  Hard to tell.  At least with the Luga you can kind of afford to try both blade shapes on the same hub and whatnot. 

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Thanks for the update - I was just about to ask.... 

you mention 95 hp, what engine do you have? I’m currently using short 3 blade warp drive that worked well mith my old and tired 532 but don’t give what I expect from my 92hp Simonini.

please keep posting your impressions and kool experience

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Thanks for the update - I was just about to ask.... 

you mention 95 hp, what engine do you have? I’m currently using short 3 blade warp drive that worked well mith my old and tired 532 but don’t give what I expect from my 92hp Simonini.

please keep posting your impressions and kool experience

I'm just guessing Fred but I think that the 912ULS only transmits 95hp to the propeller.  

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Hi guys, I have the 912 UL / 80Hp fitted with the Xtra Kit (other pistons increasing compression to 11:1). The Xtra kit manufacturer claims 95 Hp.....

http://www.craftworks.biz/pistonsite/912sales.htm

 

Cheeers

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Any further feedback to share? I know this is not the period we fly the most, nor is it the best time to judge aerodynamic performance as anything will perform better in the cold air...but still, we are very keen to learn more about this prop...

Fred

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No flying yet on my new prop, but it sure is a work of art!   79" SL-118 3 balde:

 

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Still having my engine looked over......no engine no prop turning :(

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I sent or an email yesterday and got a response from them.  I stated that I was using the IVO IFA and what did they suggest for best STOL performance with the 582.  Vassili said the 71" 3 blade saber blade would give me better performance than the IVO.  Now I am tossing around the idea of getting this prop to try out.  So many irons in the fire right now and so little time to play is making me a grumpy boy.  Has anyone flown an IVO and then Luga / Kool prop and have any info to share on the performance differences?

:BC:

 

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Any updates or second thoughts on the Luga/Kool- or-whatever-they-are-called-today props before I place my order?

It looks like I will be going for a Scimitar SL107-1820 3 blade (with the actual diameter of 1840...).
620 euro including shipping and hub... I think I will be able to reuse my current spinner that I have for my Warp Drive...

Go, no-go?

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Hey Fred.   I havent flown my Luga yet but did the same upgrade from a 72" warp, so FWIW my answer was "Go".

And I've been in contact with a few people who have gone with Luga and I sure haven't heard anyone say they regretted it.

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Order placed for a Scimitar SL107 3 blade...

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Order placed for a Scimitar SL107 3 blade...

 

Good thing is:   Now you got someone to  blame (me) if you are the first one that doesn't like it!   LOL 

I'm not worried... I'm an expert at taking the blame for everything, but am sure you'll love it at first sight and first flight! ;)

:BC:

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Order placed for a Scimitar SL107 3 blade...

 

Good thing is:   Now you got someone to  blame (me) if you are the first one that doesn't like it!   LOL 

I'm not worried... I'm an expert at taking the blame for everything, but am sure you'll love it at first sight and first flight! ;)

:BC:

that was my thought - if my wife ever find out what it cost... 

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