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    a good wood airplane

    Hi,
    I am a 15 year old and am interested in going for a sports pilot license when I turn 16.

    I am really good with my hands and have built several balsa RC airplanes...

    So my question is what is the least expensive two seater wood airplane that is made? I really don't have a whole lot of money so maybe I should wait but it can't hurt to ask. I was looking at the Light Minaiture Aircraft... has anyone had one of them?

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    depending on what you wanna do with it, Fisher has some designs which seem pretty good. When I was single, and younger (and lighter) I wanted the Classic, a relatively inexpensive biplane. Now I'd look more at the Celebrity with its higher useful load (I'm married now, need enough useful for a passenger now.)
    Their planes go together like wood models and fly well, from what a local dealer here told me. One of these days I'll wrangle a ride from 'em.
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    The celebrity looks cool and I will look into it, but I was thinking more of a cabin plane.......not open air
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    I assume you are looking for a plans project rather than a kit? Since you mentioned limited funds, that usually entails a plans project, especially when building with wood. The Light Miniature Aircraft actually looks pretty good, though I admit I hadn't heard of them before. But then of course, I don't usually get involved with wood and/or plans projects too much.

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    yeah, plans......

    I was just looking at the Ragwing airplanes....
    especially the PT2S

    or maybe the Storch... I have always like the Storch
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    Sticking strictly with wood and fabric (no other materials allowed), two passengers, inexpensive and a cabin kind of limits the choices. If you were to allow other materials, such as a tube fuselage, the choices would expand somewhat, though admittedly not a lot. I'm not making any recommendations, but you might want to consider a Falconar model.

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    I like the cub major, just the upper cockpit wouldn't be TOO bad
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    If you have no quams about using a little foam and fiberglass as well, you could look at the Rand-Robinson KR2 or the KR2S.
    They are an economical build, and have a very good support network of builders via the KRnet mailing list.
    The builders websites are also very informative. (unfortunatley I've been pretty lazy about getting one up myself, and for the moment, my building progress is on hold due to health and location problems)
    Go check out http://krnet.org for more info.
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    Take a look at this site http://www.jdtmini-max.com/home2c.html

    These are fun aircraft to build and fly. You would also have a few engine options and the aircraft is easy to personalize without sacrificing safety.

    You can purchase sections to build as money allows or just buy the plans and build when you can.
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    Aren't those all single seaters?

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    Yes they are. Even though Ekim is interested in a two seat I thought that one of the JDT airplanes would be a quick less expensive (~$6K) way to get into the air. These airplanes have a good safety record and are easy for a first time builder.

    Sorry, don't mean to sound like a sales pitch, I just like these planes.


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    Hey.... I LIKE!!!!!

    too bad there aren't any two seaters.....,
    but I bookmarked that page...
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    Thumbs up

    Hello,

    Forum newbie here! I can give a big thumbs up to the LMA aircraft. The designer is very helpful and accessable. A high school group in New Zealand is building the super cub, might take a look.

    I have a 85% J3.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LMA_builders/

    http://www.lightminiatureaircraft.com/

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    Thanks for the links....

    umm.. I have a question.. although you are building a 85%, do you think in the 100% there would be room anywhere for a bicycle?
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    Ekim.....

    Folks have been stuffing bikes in Cubs for decades!

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