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    Still breathing!

    I am able to keep working, mostly from home, though much of the work I'd normally be involved with is on indefinite hold so I just do what I can. We got our son back from college in the UK (now on self-quarantine because of travel), two teenagers in high school started online classes today, my...
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    Interesting VW aircraft

    I have been bumped! ;-) It was a very interesting design with a lot of features that have been discussed in the forum: wood version of an Ercoupe wing, composite landing gear, etc.). Despite the spelling "Livesay" in the that great little book (The Wooden Wonder: A Short History of the...
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    Very low aspect ratio planes?

    I hear you, but keep in mind that this would be a much, much lighter aircraft with far lower wing loading and the single largest weight to consider would be the pilot. Here's a 3-view of the final interation of the Saab 210 (looking much more like the full-size Draken, but never mind that) as a...
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    Very low aspect ratio planes?

    I've said it before, but I have always thought the Saab 210 proof-of-concept flying scale model of the Draken fighter (therefore nicknamed "LillDraken") would be a great starting point for fun homebuilt plane. Lose the nose cone and put the engine and cowling where it and the engine air intakes...
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    The big video topic

    The two Jodel D.9 Bébés flying in formation are definitely the stars of that clip.
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    Modern day "motorcycle of the air" aircraft class?

    No, just a truss with a limited number of members and using doubled tubes in certain places such as the backrest/rollover structure.
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    Very low aspect ratio planes?

    Yes, I was thinking basically of a blunt paper airplane shape like the one below, but with the ventral fin bulged at the front to fit the pilot and provide a firewall for the engine. The pilot would access the cockpit through a door in the bulged fin leading to the seat with his/her head in a...
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    Solving forward sweep problems by using tapered thickness

    CR, could you explain what we are looking at here. Is this a section of wing rib with flat sheet web and riveted cap strip? I am just trying to visualize the whole assembly. Cheers, Matthew
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    Modern day "motorcycle of the air" aircraft class?

    Not winglets, though they could have led to their discovery a few decades earlier had the plane been adopted. ;-) They are little masts for the wire antennae strung between the wingtips and the rudder for the radio, see this drawing for a little more clarity.
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    Very low aspect ratio planes?

    That Scroggs Dart could have potential, maybe using Dacron over aluminum tubes, ultralight-style construction. I'd give it triycle gear and a door in the ventral "fin" for accessing the cockpit from below. I wonder if you could get away with a kink in the ventral fin so that it would be widest...
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    Modern day "motorcycle of the air" aircraft class?

    Fritz, the RW9 is pretty cool just the way it is, but yes, what I had in mind was something between an RW9 and a de Pischoff using an exposed fuselage frame of large aluminum tubes like the Super Floater glider, but in a ride-on style where the bent tubes form the backrest/rollbar for attaching...
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    Modern day "motorcycle of the air" aircraft class?

    If you were really going with something like this, would conventional controls make sense or something more motorcycle-like? I have seen a prone pilot design that used “handlebars” for all three axes (left-right for roll, fore-aft for pitch, rotate for yaw). That could be neat with a twist...
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    Modern day "motorcycle of the air" aircraft class?

    Rewatching the video that helped inspire this thread, I do wonder if a compact biplane would be the way to go, maybe monowheel, with a somewhat safer seating arrangement more like a recumbent bicycle or motorcycle.
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    saluti

    Welcome!
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    Very low aspect ratio planes?

    flitzerpilot, I like the exposed motor and variable-length engine mount as a solution for dialing in the CG. One thing that concerns me about many of these designs is the use of a central elevator which washes out a big chunk of the wing area at low speed when you need it most. That also seems...
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