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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    I'd say buy your wood at the best place for you, in the price range you can afford. I take it you have your print's and build table ready? and some needed tool's?Personally I'd look over your engine choice now and put effort into getting it on hand along with FWF item's. There are many engine type's to choose from. Many thing's to gather up for your plane. Wheels, tires, Ect. Check with Aircraft Spruce or other suppliers too see if they have precut spruce kit's for wing's and Fus. +1 with what Victor Bravo said in his reply, it's always nice to talk, look, and touch another's builders project or finished plane. Good luck and patience on your build you should have a blast!!
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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    At the moment I haven't got a work table set up but tools wont be a problem.I know that the Pietenpol Company's website shows the wood kits and prices.I'm just not sure if that is a suitable option price wise.Aircraft Spruce has the wing kit for $1726.00 and the fuselage for $1095.00.I can gather some pieces along the way.

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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    Have you had time to study the build print's and manual? to me that's the first step to even know what size table you will need. Maybe start with your rib's or tail group just to get the ball rolling. I'am working on a Taylor-mono and the wood is getting really spendy. I went to a couple of small town Ma and Pop lumber stores here in North Dakota and asked around a bit and found some good straight grained D-fur for a very small dollar amount. The key I found was to ask if they had some put up high and out of sight and both stores had some nice 1 inch x 4 inch x 16 ft. long. Scrounging seems to be the key for me to get it done.
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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    Oh I haven't got the plans yet but will do so next month.The only place close that sells wood is Lowes but I don't think that would be any good.There's a Do It Best center close by as well but still might not offer much good wood.

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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    GN-1 vs. Pietenpol ???

    Also, how big are you AlistairL?
    Some tall guys have told me they can get in a Piet, but they sure look small to me?
    They are beautiful planes and turn heads at all the air shows.
    I really really like the looks of them, plus, the stories and history behind the plane.
    Enjoy the journey.

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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    Thank you for your words,greatly appreciated.I don't have to worry about size too much as I'm at 5'6'' lol.The story of the craft is wonderful and Bernard's idea of an ideal homebuilt machine is on par with me.There's not many machines out there available that I'm looking for but the Pietenpol is more than ideal for what I want.

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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    Mom and Pop true builder lumber yards are where you need to go like Don said. Google lumber.

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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    I had a ride in the front seat of a Piet many years ago, and I'd have to say it was a real hoot. I'm 6', was 180 then, and I don't remember having any trouble getting in.
    I've never met an airplane or helicopter that I didn't like

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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angusnofangus View Post
    I had a ride in the front seat of a Piet many years ago, and I'd have to say it was a real hoot. I'm 6', was 180 then, and I don't remember having any trouble getting in.
    do you know if it was built to standard dimensions or not?
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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    I consider the front seat of a Piet a nice baggage for camp gear. The problem is getting in and out. The best front seat pax in a Piet are Romanian Gymnasts, jockeys and smaller framed people. Yes 6 foot 180 pound bubba can do it if he is still fold-able. I met this builder at Lee Bottom field in Hanover ,IN. He told me he flew with the Ford for a very short time then switched to the A65 Cont. This Piet is pretty hard core for a Piet. Most lumber was sourced locally and he went with one piece top wing. Very cool airplane. The good thing about A65's , there are a lot of them around and affordable. They are about the most ideal engine for a Piet.
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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlistairL View Post
    I would like to have a Ford A engine installed in it as well.
    Why???

    Just don't. Unless it's a Donovan of course http://www.donovanengines.com/donovan-model-d-block/

    Here's a good mate of mine in his Piet that he flys almost every day. Rotax 2 stroke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoKu View Post
    The vast majority of engineering failures are the results of failure of imagination rather than failure of calculation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoKu View Post
    The vast majority of engineering failures are the results of failure of imagination rather than failure of calculation.

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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    I agree, the Ford engine scores high for authenticity, scores low for practicality.
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    Re: About to build Pietenpol - How do I first go about it?

    Quote Originally Posted by cheapracer View Post
    Here's a good mate of mine in his Piet...
    Hmm, might want to double check that plane's type.
    ​simplify.

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