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    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    I doubt he'll get much lift out of those little wings, with the shocks coming out of the top like spoilers. But it will probably be more than 0, and a wing isn't a bad fairing. Regarding his personality, he is local to me and I've met him at some EAA chapter meetings. Lots more laid back in...
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    Another silly idea: A container plane using RV-12 wings.

    Looked up the folded length on a Highlander. That would be in a deeper T-hangar than mine. I only have 18'8" from the front the back of the T. I could get about 8 more if my neighbor never opens their door. Plenty of room behind the RV (20'10" wide back there) but you'd have to move the RV...
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    Homebuilt Aircraft Formulas

    Minor correction to excellent post, that should be 30 pound of fuel. Also if you have flaps you can get the area down to 120 square feet.
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    Control linkages geometry

    Cables and pulleys are also a traditional option. But does it have to have so many bends? You can't do:
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    Another silly idea: A container plane using RV-12 wings.

    You guys talked me into taking the tail off. Only makes it 1.5 feet longer, not 2 because that's how big my rudder was. If you check my picture closely you'll see I had the rudder 30 degrees over to get it to fit before. Went with sailplane T-tail, keeps it out of the weeds. Maybe opens...
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    Another silly idea: A container plane using RV-12 wings.

    I know the sailplane guys take off the horizontal all the time. I'm not used to doing that so trying to keep it as simple as possible.
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    Another silly idea: A container plane using RV-12 wings.

    The extra space in the end hangars at my home airport is actually used as a utility room for airport storage. So not an option in this case. Also O-200s are way cheaper than O-360s. Would still leave the Bearhawk LSA as an option if I could hunt down a square hangar.
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    Another silly idea: A container plane using RV-12 wings.

    To get performance estimates use comparisons to known planes. To compare I like to use wing loading, power loading and span loading. Stall speed and thus landing distance will be a factor of wing loading. Acceleration a factor of power loading. Climb mostly power loading, but also span...
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    Another silly idea: A container plane using RV-12 wings.

    Since my RV is "done" I've been exploring ideas for another project. Still 3 hours to go before my phase 1 test is up, but thinking about things I want that the RV doesn't quite do. It's aerobatic enough, and fast enough for the tiny amount of cross country I do, but not quite suitable for...
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    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Got the wheel pants and fairings mounted. Once on the plane the crappy paint with dust on it from the very dusty hangar fits right in with the crappy dust covered paint job on the rest of the plane. In the two steps forward one step back department, when putting in the third to last screw...
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    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Painted the wheel pants and gear fairings. Still lots of pinholes. But at least no BB sized anymore. Good enough for a 10-yard paint job. Used up the last of my paint so I'm calling it good. From day one on this project I've said "if an error is cosmetic rather than structural it flies"...
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    P-51 Replica. It's a Slow Day, so Let's Design One.

    Saburo Sakai said the P-51 flew better than the Zero: An afternoon with Saburo Sakai Zero did handle better at low speed by all accounts.
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    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Did sanding #4 of fill and sand on my wheel pants and gear fairings. #3 was supposed to be the last one, but the finish coat of paint brought out so many pinholes (some were way to big to be pinholes, more like bb holes). I'm only aiming for a 10-yard paint job, so it should have been good...
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    New replica 1944 Hamilton-Standard prop

    If that flies anywhere near as good as it looks you've got a winner.
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    How To Match Existing Holes

    Or, since this is an RV and you have all the riviting tools, just cleco the white rectangles to the red piece.
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