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    Re: Hurricane/Spitfire-type control stick?

    The rounded triangular shape is very important for handle comfort. RIGHT or LEFT hand always with the good angle

    never find simplier and better!

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    Re: Hurricane/Spitfire-type control stick?

    Quote Originally Posted by Battler Britton View Post
    Hi, Matthew, yes, it WAS my plane, and yes, I got some drawing, but I'll be back home for one week at the end of june!!
    can you wait ? not cranted forward, just bolt aft of the spar and , on the picture, pushed full forward
    Hehe, yes, I'll manage to control myself until then. ;-) Let me guess, the black cat stole the Tempête and made his escape, like "La Grande Vadrouille," whistling "Tea for Two" all the way?
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    Re: Hurricane/Spitfire-type control stick?

    admit it, you want a fighter control stick to make machine gun noises...

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    Re: Hurricane/Spitfire-type control stick?

    Who doesn't? And a big red button for the guns!
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    Re: Hurricane/Spitfire-type control stick?

    Are there any owners/builders/plans holders of any of the Jurca designs here on HBA? I am looking for the dimensions of the typical Jurca triangular spade grip to avoid reinventing the wheel. Just a quick sketch showing the tube diameter, triangle dimensions and corner radii, or even a cell phone pic of the relevant drawing from the plans, would be great. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Battler Britton View Post
    QUITE ALL JURCA design, very confortable
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    Re: Hurricane/Spitfire-type control stick?

    Good news! I sent in a request via the contact form at www.marcel-jurca.com and got a nice response back from webmaster Patrick Cottereau including a scan of the relevant page from the MJ-2 Tempête plans. I don't want to repost that here without permission, so I will describe it.

    In short, the Jurca spade grip shape is an isosceles triangle with rounded ends made from 3/4" x 0.35" steel tubing or 3/4" x 0.65" aluminum tubing (or cast from light alloy). Basically, draw a box about 5 1/8" (130 mm) wide and 6 5/16" (160 mm) high. Then draw three 1 13/16" (46 mm) radius circles inside the box, one each in the bottom corners touching the bottom and one side each and one touching the top along the centerline. Then draw tangent lines from the top circle down to each of the bottom ones, with the bottom of the box already forming a tangent line at the bottom. This describes the outer edge of the grip, which is attached to the control stick canted 20 degrees forward in the neutral position.

    I could definitely see something like this with a nice leather wrap or cover making a great pseudo-vintage addition to any homebuilt. By all accounts, the grip shape and forward cant make for a very comfortable grip for either hand.

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    Re: Hurricane/Spitfire-type control stick?



    I just used a dead Weedwacker plastic handle for mine... it's tough, light, and got a very nice curve to it.

    One of the advantages seems to be you can rest your arm on either leg, and move it around, without having to have your hand all the way in the center. Kind of the way you do when driving a car, how you can steer with just two fingers and your arm resting on your leg propped up. Plenty of room to get gloves through. I imagine it was many boring hours flying to and from a target. I was told my donated rudder pedals came from a Spitfire...

    One of the disadvantages was it extended my stick 6 inches, and now I have clearance problems. I'll figure it out when I get to rigging up the controls.
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    Re: Hurricane/Spitfire-type control stick?

    Just a side note: Elmer Ward used the round loop British stick grip on his P-51 Mustang "Man O' War" because he had lost most of did fingers on his right hand when he was younger.

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