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  1. akschu

    Help me narrow down my choices for an Alaska Bush plane.

    Anyone here know anything about a merlin? I guy at church has two of the kits he bought from them when they went bankrupt. Seems like a pretty quick and dirty little airplane that I can run with a rotax for bumming around in. I could get one up and running pretty inexpensively and it would...
  2. akschu

    Help me narrow down my choices for an Alaska Bush plane.

    I'm not sure I want to play the cut/weld/rebuild game. I would be very comfortable building an existing design or rebuilding a plane, but I'm not sure I want to start swapping wings and lengthening things. As far as kits go I have to decide if want a fast family hauler with no bush usage or if...
  3. akschu

    Help me narrow down my choices for an Alaska Bush plane.

    I just showed a picture of the CH801 to my wife and she was royally put off with how ugly it is. I told her function over form, to which she replied that must be some serious amounts of function to build an airplane that ugly. The more I look at this the more the bearhawk makes sense, but it's...
  4. akschu

    Help me narrow down my choices for an Alaska Bush plane.

    I have my doubts about getting a stinson to perform like a cub, especially the very well setup 180hp cubs around here. But that doesn't really matter since I don't really need cub performance and I'm not willing to buy a stinson unless it already had a lycombing. Anyway, I'll take a closer...
  5. akschu

    Help me narrow down my choices for an Alaska Bush plane.

    I've not seen a maule for anywhere near $40k, more like $50 and up, where are you seeing such good deals? Also, I've looked into the stinson, but most people I know shy away from them because they need a bit of runway and because the franklin engines can be expensive to work on. I'm not dead...
  6. akschu

    Help me narrow down my choices for an Alaska Bush plane.

    Wow, What great replies. Lots of useful information. Since it is not looking like I'll get a plane to do everything I want let me narrow it down further and prioritize some of it. First of all I don't hunt and fish. I figure I might if I had a way to get beyond the crowds, and once I have a...
  7. akschu

    Help me narrow down my choices for an Alaska Bush plane.

    Group, I am looking to build a kit plane and I know pretty much what I want it to do, but there are a few options so I need help narrowing it down. Design goals: Inexpensive to fly. I would like ~5gph. Light weight. Fabric. 2 Seat side by side. (Much better for my wife) Good useful load. (It...
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