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    Re: True ultralights?

    I don't like the cold either but I find open cockpit airplanes to be wonderfully distracting. Beautiful steam engine you built, BTW. If you're capable of that I bet you could pick up airplane...
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    Re: True ultralights?

    C'mon, live a little. Don't knock it until you've tried it, cold days are often fantastic for flying.
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    Re: True ultralights?

    Probably none. The Home Depot Plane is most likely a twin for cheap power, not for redundancy. I mean just look at the thing, it clearly was never made to safely cross oceans or mountains or the...
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    Re: True ultralights?

    The V-tail one you like the controls on is referred to on that site as the Altostratus. That might help find more info if you're searching.

    Personally I like the other one, the Cirrus. I wonder...
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    Re: Siebel Si 202 Hummel

    If you squint really hard, you can almost see it
    https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/full_size_056/1084928-large.jpg
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    Re: True ultralights?

    Would the Ragwing Heath replica make the FAA's calculated stall speed figures if it could be rigged to have drooping ailerons? That might be the best of all worlds, especially if you have one partly...
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    Re: Farnham Turbo Banshee

    You can say that again. Reminds me of the Polen Special but with a FW-190 fin and rudder for good measure.

    Jet speeds (okay, slow jets) on a Corvair would have really been something to pull off.
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    Re: Aluminum pietenpol aircamper?

    Your friend needs to get welding a new fuselage. The E-2 could be the sweetest flying little airplane there ever was.
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    Re: True ultralights?

    How much do you figure it will miss the stall speed by? If it's close enough and you like the Ragwing Parasol, I say just go for it.
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    Re: Aluminum pietenpol aircamper?

    The hard part would be determining the style of the thing. I can't think of any nostalgic parasol that was an aluminum box. If you'd be willing to accept building a round fuselage then you could...
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    Re: Zenair Zipper box fuselage size?

    This should be a good start on how it's made:
    http://zenair40.weebly.com/uploads/8/1/4/3/8143775/7173866_orig.jpg

    Hopefully someone else can chime in on skin thickness, angle size and outer...
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    Re: Aluminum pietenpol aircamper?

    http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8215/8356087670_0a6cc49b08.jpg
    http://www.flyhummel.com/hummel-bird

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6829928821_729e63a6ed_b.jpg
    http://www.thatchercx4.com/
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    Re: Aluminum pietenpol aircamper?

    You beat me to it. I too think something like this would be in reasonably high demand and I'm surprised it doesn't yet exist. I've also thought it would be neat built in aluminum angle and channel...
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    Re: Aardem powered concept

    Throwing money and horsepower at the problem sounds way more fun...
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    Re: Aardem powered concept

    If you have to ballast it anyways, may as well do it with a second engine. Hot rod Do-335, anyone?
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    Re: The economics of commercial flight

    I was just expecting an explanation like this:
    http://gifsec.com/wp-content/uploads/GIF/2014/08/GIF---Money-Burning-Money--GIF.gif
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    Re: Sneaky tapered wings?

    The Nieuport 2 has a sneaky taper by having two main spars, a few (3?) built-up span wise trusses and the ribs are just capstrips across all of that. Requires no rib jig but is probably pretty iffy...
  18. Re: Why do the Long-EZ and Varieze have anhedral in the main wings?

    Was it the Vari-EZE that had to have the canard redesigned once or twice already in development? Something about an unstoppable descent in rain, IIRC. Anyways be careful with that change, Vector,...
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    Re: New Aerodynamic Theory: Drag-based Flyers

    Hence why the paddle wheel submarine never caught on.
  20. Re: How easy is it to build a Curtis Pusher or a Bleriot?

    That sounds like a thread worth bringing back.
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    Re: Lets play Leap Frog!

    Here we come for those sweet, sweet burgers!
    https://972static-rsvpteamltd1.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads//2013/07/wall.jpg
  22. Re: How easy is it to build a Curtis Pusher or a Bleriot?

    If you live anywhere in North America and have a real interest in pioneer aircraft, you owe it to yourself to visit Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in upstate New York at least once. You can learn more...
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    Re: THE PIETENPOL AREA

    Could you imagine cruising the countryside in something so dated yet substantial though? The thing about the Piet is that for a big guy like me it feels like a 7/8 scale model. A Jenny would be a...
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    Re: THE PIETENPOL AREA

    Of course, if you absolutely must have a bigger Piet, wouldn't something like this be cool with a direct drive V-8?
    http://flyingmachines.ru/Images7/Putnam/Curtiss/149-3.jpg
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    Re: THE PIETENPOL AREA

    Right here: http://www.pietenpolaircraftcompany.com/purchase-pietenpol-air-camper-plans-and-aircraft-kits

    If you're really serious about a Piet; join the Pietenpol mailing list, the Facebook...
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