The wife and I are planning an aerial tour of the west, and I was wondering if we might stop in on you, shake your hand, see your projects, and maybe discuss airplane building a bit? Right now, we are planning to depart MI in late May, visit some folks in MS, TX, some museums accross the SW, then into Socal early in June. Do you think we might visit with you then?
Thanks for your offer.
I have watched the HP-24 project for some time, very nicely done.
I was looking for a smallish sailplane to self launch as it is almost two hours to the nearest glider port.
Windex is a proven design, but never took off. I think it was because the cost was over $50K for the kit in the 1990's.
Original owner says all molds have been stored properly and nothing has been damaged in any way.
They may not have every part, but have these pieces:
Fuselage, upper and lower part
Wing skins, right and left. upper and lower
Vertical and horisontal tail plane parts
These moldings are approx 2 years old but have been stored properly, and represent all the BIG moldings needed
(there may also be some smaller parts)
If I design a similar plane, My guess is CNC foam molds would cost around $15,000 for everything.
Am I in the ballpark for CNC foam molds?
Any input or thoughts would be appreciated,
Thanks for the note, and for your kind words! Dick was a marvel of ingenuity and positive thinking and positive _doing_.
Although not a glider pilot (yet), I have liked the HP designs since I saw Dick Schreder walking up the wing of his HP-18 at Oshkosh, or, perhaps, Rockford. I still have some notes that I took way back then about bonding aluminium to the ribs.
I am glad that you have continued to improve the HP series.
This is Mohan, Thanks for your views on the leading edge sheet stress. I have just gone through the link you have attached with the reply. I am just curious to know more about your project. How far is the kit now, Is it flying already.
By the way to introduce myself I am an Aeronautical engineer by profession, working for Airbus and Planning to work on some projects in the near future
Thanks & Regards