+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

  1. #1
    Registered User Blackhawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    70

    BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Hi All,

    Has anyone ever thought of a scale replica of the Beechcraft T-34.

    I was thinking of about 75%.

    Any thoughts.

    Graeme

  2. #2
    Super Moderator orion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Western Washington
    Posts
    5,945

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    It's one of my favorite planes to fly and it was the first small plane I ever flew in (as an observer for the CAP back in high school). But it might be a bit tight at that scale - I'd probably go for something like eighty to eighty-five percent, but maybe keeping the length nearly the same, say maybe 90 - 95 percent.
    "To live is to learn; to learn is to live" (author unknown)

  3. #3
    Registered User Blackhawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    70

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Hello Orion,

    I thought 75% would be a good size with plenty of room in the cockpit.

    Rough scale dimensions are;

    Wing span 24.6ft
    Wing area 135sq.ft
    Length 19.35ft
    Cockpit width 2.8ft
    Cockpit height 4ft
    Cockpit length 7ft

    It would come into our Aus 544kg or LSA 600kg

    Not having seen one up close I am only guessing, but I thought the cockpit would have a lot of room in the full size aircraft.

    Only thinking out loud at the moment.

    Graeme

  4. #4
    Super Moderator orion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Western Washington
    Posts
    5,945

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Interesting - I didn't think the cockpit had all that much room. That's over 33" wide and I recall sitting in there with both of my shoulders, although clear, pretty close to the structure.

    But regarding the scale, I was thinking more along the lines of something with a bit more performance - I don't tend to think along the light category lines since I find most of those planes marginal for any serious use. And since that's most of my work, I rarely delve into the lower end of the weigh spectrum.

    But in that case you're right - it would be an interesting scale replica. I'm sure it would bring a bit of a smile to those who trained in one.
    "To live is to learn; to learn is to live" (author unknown)

  5. #5
    Registered User Blackhawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    70

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Some pics for those not familiar with the T-34
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR-t34_lachenmaier.jpg   BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR-t34_3v.jpg  

  6. #6
    Moderator Dana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    5,367

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Not sure of the point of a replica... T-34's are relatively available, and IIRC are basically an aerobatic Bonanza (Beech did make a civilian aerobatic version of the Bonanza, too, not sure which came first) with a different fuselage. Or you could start with Bonanza wings and a homebuilt fuselage...

    -Dana

    The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
    Fisher FP-404
    ParaFan PPG
    Kolb Ultrastar

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Goldsboro N.C home of Seymour Johnson AFB..
    Posts
    92

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Who makes it and what are the engine options.? Looks like a pretty cool machine.

  8. #8
    Moderator Dana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    5,367

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamflyer View Post
    Who makes it and what are the engine options.? Looks like a pretty cool machine.
    The T-34 Mentor was a USAF and USN basic trainer made by Beechcraft and is, as I said above, adapted from their Bonanza. Several different piston engines in the 2-300HP range were used and there was also a turboprop version.

    -Dana

    Hangover: The Wrath of Grapes.
    Fisher FP-404
    ParaFan PPG
    Kolb Ultrastar

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Concord, NC
    Posts
    281

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackhawk View Post
    Hello Orion,

    I thought 75% would be a good size
    Wing span 24.6ft
    Wing area 135sq.ft
    Length 19.35ft
    Put a T-34 paint scheme on an RV-8. It will fly the same and cost thousands less.
    Van's Aircraft - Aircraft Models: RV-8/8A Specifications
    -Kent
    Cozy IV N13AM
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Kent
    -Cozy Mk IV - flying, Long-EZ - 99.9%, BD-5 o-t-g

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    San Mateo, CA
    Posts
    29

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackhawk View Post
    Hi All,

    Has anyone ever thought of a scale replica of the Beechcraft T-34.

    I was thinking of about 75%.

    Any thoughts.

    Graeme
    Like a Temco T-35 maybe?

  11. #11
    Registered User Blackhawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    70

    Re: BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR

    The other plane I am considering for the 75% scale is the Pilatus PC-9 powered with a rotary engine.
    This will probably be my prefered aircraft.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails BEECHCRAFT T-34 MENTOR-pilatus-pc-9.-4.jpg  

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Beechcraft B35
    By saw1970 in forum For Sale / Wanted
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: February 3rd, 2009, 06:51 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts