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    Re: Raptor Composite Aircraft

    While I'm not sure about anyone learning anything from this project they didn't already know, it does seem to validate a few of my opinions. But I didn't need another example of "untried engine in...
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    Re: Pitts / aerobatics questions

    You either compare it to a Pitts, or an Extra, or a Yak. Maybe a One Design.

    But everyone compares those.........to a Pitts.
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    Re: Cantilever parasol wings?

    Or you can paint in flashy race plane colors. A V.40 replica is perfect for an imaginary Burbank to Catalina or Shangri-la to Xanadu race.

    And by golly, they already look steampunk!
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    Re: Cantilever parasol wings?

    I'd long chosen the paint job of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, McCook field experimental engineering unit for any WW1 or slightly later design.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCook_Field
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    Re: Replica home builts

    Mea Culpa. :)

    I should have quoted directly, instead of off hand by memory. My excuse is that the book wasn't at hand, but I do stand corrected. It's a small, but important detail.

    I was able...
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    Re: German flying wing

    No offence taken. :)

    In my not so humble opinion, ;) when you change one variable, you then want to "start over" the iterative process to get the proper pitching curves, then optimize as needed. ...
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    Re: Replica home builts

    No, that is not what I'm saying. See Mr. Meyers's quote above.

    I wouldn't choose to take a RV-8 or Harmon Rocket into a split-S at cruise speed and power on at any altitude. Clean aircraft like...
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    Re: Replica home builts

    From Flight Journal magazine. Special edition WWII Fighters, From The Cockpit. 2017.

    Page 18-19 author Corkey Meyers ( from the book referenced above ) my copy is loaned out or I'd reference it...
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    Re: Just an interesting photo

    Well, I'm old.
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    Re: Replica home builts

    Re: bad flying machines.

    https://www.amazon.com/Corky-Meyers-Flight-Journal-Corwin/dp/1580072038

    Although WW2 era, this is an excellent book, not on being a test pilot ( although the advice...
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    Re: Replica home builts

    Re: Fokker vs. Junkers.

    Fokker's greatest strength was frankly the ability to steal & have his crew improve. He was a great salesman, good pilot, and had a decent sense as to what flies well.
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    Re: Dual in a GT500

    It doesn't matter if the wheel is round. Or if it is on a stick going down to under the floor, or forward into the panel. Yoke. Among the earliest flight control configurations.

    Arguably the...
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    Re: Dual in a GT500

    Since it is the same, except for scale and an "S" shape, to a B-17 or B-29 yoke, I suppose "yoke" is as correct as anything. It's not a Spitfire jointed stick. ( designed to solve much the same...
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    Re: Dual in a GT500

    High dihedral? Plenty of adverse yaw? The tradition of it's ancestors?

    As to lead with ailerons, that's more or less the technique I was taught on a Citabria back in the Iron Age. Others with more...
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    Re: German flying wing

    I said if the area remains the same.
  16. Re: Tailless Aircraft - Reflex and other design issues

    Digging through the intraweb, I found a glider I mentioned much earlier in this thread.

    79139

    79140

    Short coupled little beast, and marginal in pitch stability. I wonder how I would have...
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    Re: Replica home builts

    Holy grail plane? Wow. Too subjective.

    Fokker Dr.I & Sopwith Camel would be the Peanuts influenced popular choices.

    I vote for the Fokker D.VIII as the last with the best nick name. The Flying...
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    Re: German flying wing

    Excuse me while I go buy lottery tickets. I want one.
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    Re: German flying wing

    I disagree. Stability in a swept wing like that is a "whole body" approach. It's all in the twist/sweep/ lever arm totality. Long swept wings give you a nice long lever.

    It's true that a wing of...
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    Re: Dual in a GT500

    Victor Bravo, I'm curious as to your future and now declared unwanted suggestion. ;)

    But to avoid thread hijack or any appearance of disrespect, I won't ask you to amplify. :)

    Quicksilvers...
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    Re: Dual in a GT500

    I have two recommendations for anyone buying GT400.

    When the engine gets quiet in flight, Loki forbid, immediately input nose down stick to maintain airspeed. It's a lovely flying machine,...
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    Re: Crashes in the News - Thread

    https://9gag.com/gag/aWYv4zd

    Thought I'd get this one in before the crash. ;)
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    Re: Cantilever parasol wings?

    One thing to remember is that humans have to fit. A 3/4 Fokker DVIII is more or less a full sized V.40, in the fuselage.

    A composite wing, a glass version of a wood wing, is an option for those...
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    Re: Cantilever parasol wings?

    The Airdrome version of the D.VIII already uses a stacked tube with dual sheer web spar.

    If a tapered wing is not desired, then the Morane-Saulnier may, with tail shapes modified to suit your...
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    Re: Cantilever parasol wings?

    There are two versions of the Baslee 3/4 scale dVIII. Long & short wing. And a new 100% scale version. Contact the designer for details.

    Should be as simple as designing new engine mounts and...
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