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  1. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    That's kindof just how YT works afaik. All text-only posts go right to the Community Channel on YT. It still will show up in the feed and I saw it earlier while scrolling, so it's hardly hidden.
  2. ScaleBirdsScott

    Best Bang for the Buck STOL

    A Bearhawk with a Verner wouldn't offend my sensibilities either ;) Fred above has the right idea on the larger Eagles with the 5V; could be a good option, and the 5V seems definitely like better bang/buck if you aren't trying to go to a part 103 type build.
  3. ScaleBirdsScott

    Boeing - Design Issues...

    Nothing to do with Lufthansa or any other customer far as I can tell. It's up to the aircraft mfg to make it safe at the end of the day. If they had to push things to meet customer demands they still have to make it work. IF the design is changed much later on, it's on whoever changed it...
  4. ScaleBirdsScott

    Homebuilt Aircraft Component Factory - A good idea?

    I think the only financial case for something like this to exist would be a group of people trying to disrupt the current landscape with new designs, and by their powers combined start to reach the sort of numbers that Sonex or Vans would. It would take probably 3-4 new designs all made to...
  5. ScaleBirdsScott

    Homebuilt Aircraft Component Factory - A good idea?

    To a degree it seems that if you're a factory tooled up to make your own kitplane designs from the past, there may be some synergies possible in offering to make similar parts for other kit makers. There has been a bit of this from what I hear, with company X making ribs for design Y, or a...
  6. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    To be quite fair to Peter while he is showing the positive outlook on all this from his side, I think he's earnestly showing his side of the story. He's unaware of the best or "proper" way to solve a lot of these issues, he's learning as he goes, and while sometimes he acts incredulous at the...
  7. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    Watching the latest Kermit Weeks video, let's just hope Petey isn't using DHL for any part of this move.
  8. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    Those risers being kevlar indeed should help against a prop. Ideally could also have some extra protective wraps and anti-chafing sleeves where the prop might possibly hit. Having seen what those risers are like working at a parachute company, I'd actually not be surprised that in a battle...
  9. ScaleBirdsScott

    There is a new V-Twin on the market - DuroMax 713cc

    I'd love to see a 40-ish hp for 80-ish lbs V-twin for that price. That would be a good compliment to the Verner 3Vs (being the same power/weight range) for situations where that 3V engine may not fit. I mean it certainly would beat it on price. And the 3V can shake a bit while that V-twin ought...
  10. ScaleBirdsScott

    The Prop windmilling on RX1/Apex engines

    Could one use electrical braking? I know on my mill when you hit spindle stop it takes a 6-10k rpm spindle to zero in the blink of an eye by switching the rotational energy in the motor over to a massive resistive braking unit. And that unit is basically some oven heating coils in a box. Just...
  11. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    Honestly I'd just as soon get one of those new standalone all-in-one pitot systems that bluetooths to a tablet for independent of on-board systems monitoring. The BOM or Wingbug or similar. Maybe run both. That way at least if the onboard system does have some bias or error there's a greater...
  12. ScaleBirdsScott

    Do people steal glass avionics

    A security camera in the hangar might not be a bad idea if there's anything particularly valuable in the plane. They're cheaper than the avionics nowadays.
  13. ScaleBirdsScott

    Static thrust

    Sounds like we need to build wind tunnels next to the trees or tractors we tie the airplanes to for our thrust tests.
  14. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I will say that time and time again the calculated weights of metal parts in Inventor has proven to be very close to the measured weight of an accurately made part. The big caveat there is metal. And the other caveat is accurately made.
  15. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I'm more reflecting on what I'm going through. I'm almost done with plane #1. And now I get to start over from almost scratch. As in, almost every single part is going to be overhauled and tweaked and refined. Some systems replaced wholesale while others will simply see thorough refinement. As...
  16. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I'm less upset with the current result he's got than the original concept, and it seems like it would work. But it could be more elegant and lighter weight (as could the rest of the whole bird...) But yeah it'll be a matter of fly it and start over.
  17. ScaleBirdsScott

    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    Seeing those inflatable spray booths more and more often. Gonna need me one of those. Those skin panels look really nice but what's really awesome is seeing that decked out and rigged frame that goes under it. Everything looks well thought out, if not almost a bit excessive. I like his...
  18. ScaleBirdsScott

    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    The way Patey carries himself in the videos, its grown on me. Early on I felt it was a bit too put-on. But I think it is authentic, if elevated and edited to make the videos more entertaining. Seeing the work and thought he puts in, and the crazy amount of it on display, it's clear that he's...
  19. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    Of course there's no organized development plan required to build a prototype experimental. To get it registered to fly it has to be looked at still, but even so it doesn't seem like it would be certified by the govt in any eventuality. And, why would anyone in their right mind develop an entire...
  20. ScaleBirdsScott

    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I will concur: My friends have made quite the hobby out of taking old lawnmowers and making them into crappy lawnmowers that happen to be wicked fast on the dirt track. Even without the whirling spinny death blades these steel beasts seem mightly eager to send someone home in a mulch bag. But...
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