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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    My remarks entirely. I think the best course of method is to start on the fuselage and procure the appropriate tubing for the job. It will take some understanding as the plans featured in the 1931 manual has the basic layout and dimensions. The wings and such will come to some point which will...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Metal would be very new territory for me but there was a metal rib variant. Through my lack of metal working, I reckon aluminum sheeting is the natural option for that. Its different but I would consider it.
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    That's another few routes to consider overall. Those designs feature some similar attributes to the Dart. Main goal at this point is to maintain much of its original form with implementing some modern materials. If it comes at least close being 103 than that is fine. Would any major redesigning...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Very valid observations and input, very much appreciate it. Aero materials have come quite away since the time on the Driggs conception. Foam would offer more opportunities and freedom to make the craft light with ease of construction. I've looked into the Sky Pup in the past and there are a few...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Thanks for the suggestions. Not much of an engineer but some alterations can be made to make it lighter would be a welcoming idea. As a novice it will take some little help in providing what needs to be done. I plan on having the wings be wood plus altered as a three-piece for sake of space if...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Sorry for the late reply. After working on the job and such things have been more or less consuming, so I regret not gaining anything started. In the meantime I have put thought in how to start. I plan on the fuselage to be started initially with the jig described earlier in thread. I can...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Should be ready to get things going in two or three weeks. At the moment doing a final run-down on the process of it all before beginning. Will provide an update shortly on here.
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    After some thought I feel at the time being it would be a good start to build a modified J3 Kitten tail feather as suggested by Dew777. The design of it is similar to a Driggs and would be suitable for the task. For sake of storage and cost the wings will be 3-piece while constructed in original...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Thanks again for the suggestions and feedback. Plywood paneling it is for the the design on the wing. As for the size of cockpit I've expected its size to be smaller than usual. For me I'm not too big in stature and believe it will be a close fit for me. I will run measurements and make a sort...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Will do and thanks! I'm in the southern half of the state but hope to make some sort of contact. Very good overall that this would be of his interest.
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    After some contemplation I've decided that perhaps that it would be worth a try on constructing the Driggs with aluminum tubing. The goal as mentioned above is to see if that the craft will be able to meet within Part 103 requirements. The aluminum would hopefully shed enough weight to be...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Most certainly will.It was my intention to do so in order to gain a better perspective.I say the fuselage will start sometime early next year once I get things ready.What I would like to do is to buy tubing in 8 feet lengths in order to cut cost of shipping.I will then set them in proper lengths...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Thank you for your encouragement.I am eager to get started on the Dart and see to it on getting the fuselage started.It would be of worth to form a modified rudder and stabilizer from those plans and thank you for that idea.I guess it wouldn't hurt to modify the wing to be able to be in parts...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    Thank you for image of model as it does give a good impression on the framework of those parts.As you say though not to take it seriously but it would make a nice free-flight model.As for the cockpit I will try to see in replicating one.Overall I think it will probably be a close fit as I am...
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    Possible to construct a Driggs Dart monoplane out of aluminum tubing?

    I figured as much.I'll keep looking for the original articles.I assume it is due to infringement matters.I'm hoping there's enough information and details in the link on my original post to at least work the basic fuselage airframe.
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