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  1. Feb 22, 2007 #1

    johndoe31533

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    Can anyone suggest some good, all metal warbird replica's. Not sure what to build yet but I know I want metal. Auto, opposed, radial, it dosent matter. Any help would be great. Thanks.
     
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    Despite some old advertisements still floating around, most, if not all, of the replicas have pretty much faded away. There are still several builders groups like for the Thunder Mustang and so through them you might be able to find a partially completed project for sale, but outside of that I don't know if any companies are still actively selling kits or even plans.

    Despite a lot of enthusiasm and attraction to that kind of build, in reality there just aren't enough customers to support that complex a business, especially considering the cost of such a kit and the rather extensive amount of time it would take to build one. In short, you might have to do this from scratch using someone's plans or possibly, getting a hold of a plan-set copy of the original.
     
  3. Feb 23, 2007 #3

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    I think your right. The best idea I've had so far is to get a Vans RV-8 and paint it like a warbird. Another thought was the Rotec radial's. Does anyone know of a kit that use's this engine, or any other radial. I love round engine's that drip oil.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2007 #4

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    Last I heard this company went belly up due to a crash. The web site is pretty much the same as it was several years ago. Are they trying to restart?
     
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    Well, it's not a warbird, but I do plan to put a Rotec on my Acrosport. Seems like just the ticket for a biplane.

    I would think that taking something like a Taylor Titch, which already looks a bit like a Spitfire, making a few cosmetic changes, and putting a 4-cylinder LOM on the front would make a pretty fair warbird replica. Not all metal, however.

    You may be on the right track with an RV-8, and sticking that 9-cyl. radial on it. It has a lot of torque, looks good, sounds good. Rotec will help you with the engine mount design.
     
  7. Feb 23, 2007 #7

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    Have no idea if they went belly up or not. Last I saw was in late 2003.
     
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    The Spitfire at www.supermarineaircraft.com is pretty slick, also believe the Titan T-51 is still available www.titanaircraft.com. If those are over your budget, there have been some pretty slick 'replicas' done from the RV and Midget Mustang series.
    Economy would be a Loehle Aircraft, www.loehle.com, but those are not all metal.

    Good luck,
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    If you don't want to build it yourself, here's an idea:

    http://aircraftsalescentre.com.au/index.php?secId=4&id=2

    The kit costs about A$110,000 in Australia excluding engine, avionics, prop, paint, etc. etc. so at A$75,000 (about US$57,000) this is probably a good buy.

    These type of aeroplanes depreciate fairly quickly because of their specialised use. They're great fun to blast around in but not much good for taking the family on that cross country vacation you've always promised them. I think people spend considerable time and money building one and then quickly tire of it's limitations.

    This one has been advertised for some time now so I suspect the price would be negotiable.

    If you could get it for, say, US$50K, add another $2K - $3K for freight to the US and within a month or two you'll be zapping about in your very own 80% scale replica Spitfire.

    . . just a thought.

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  12. Oct 12, 2007 #12

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    Rob, your over in Perth right? I'm over on the east coast ,but to cut a long story short, i'm currently developing a full set of plans for a all metal 3/4 scale P-51 D Mustang.
    It utilises 4130 tubing for the fuselage, 2024t3-4 for the wings, tailplane and skin for the fuse, Cessna 310 MLG , Stearman Retractable tail wheel. Can be powered from anything from a V-6 thru to a bigblock Chevy! . The version i'm doing is a 2 seater and am hoping to have stall speeds of about the 65 Mph mark with a cruise of around 250Mph mark.
    Prelims have tested the airframe to about +6, -7 g but that will become more confident once we fully finish the plan sets.
    Because we are drawing it all up in 3-D cad we will be also be able to supply full CNC plans for making such things as formers, any mounts (for undercarriage, wing splices, stabiliser mounts, hinge brackets...etc.)
    For those who will be sceptical about it all , all the designs have been taken from the original P-51 SRM and the fuse idea from cropduster designs. As for time frame of when all this will be ready? Well am hoping to have inital plan sets ready within the next 6-8 months but we are trying to get them out there asap.
    Prices of plans are unknown yet as we are still too involved in getting them finished and are unsure on what would be a realistic price .
    The base plans will be hard copy plans only with the idea of utilizing the 310 undercarriage , but if you want to build your own undercarriage then we will be able to supply those plans too.

    To all who are interested please don't hesitate to give me a yell or email me on :
    mickieb49@hotmail.com

    Regards Mick:ban:
     
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    Aircraft sales

    If you have a product or homebuilt kits that you would like to advertise in Australia you can list it for free at
    www.aircraftsales.net.au


    Matthew
     
  14. Nov 9, 2007 #14

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    Two friends have each started a Titan T-51 - great P-51 look-alike. Steel fuselage, aluminum skin. Looks like a nice bird.
     
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    The Replica Fighters Association web site is under revision. Our web master has been unresponsive. While we are updating it we have been using a Yahoo group. You don't have to be an RFA member to join the Yahoo group. Lots of good info on the group. You have to be approved by the moderator. (that's me!) When you get approved, jump in and ask your questions. You will get lots of replies.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RFAprojects

    Tony P
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