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berniematic

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Hello -
I'm a new member, good to be here. I'm helping a friend with a Wittman Buttercup that he and someone else got about 60% done. I realize this is a fairly obscure plane. The plans we have do not include a cowl. Can anyone give me suggestions about a scratch built cowl or does anyone know of perhaps kit cowls that would be close to what we need? Also, can anyone send photos of a Buttercup panel? Thanks much!
 

TFF

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I would think Wisconsin would be a great place to know about Buttercups. The old way to build cowls was to find a nose bowl you like or make, and then make the sheetmetal match. I hope you are on the two yahoo BC and Tailwind groups as that is where most of the builders are.
 

berniematic

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The original is at the EAA museum, so thats good. I have quite a few contacts but few have ever seen a buttercup besides that one. We do have a nose bowl but its pretty round and the plane is pretty square. Its a start. Have found the Yahoo sites and have just joined. Thanks!
 

wsimpso1

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Earl Luce at luceair.com is the source for plans and information on the Buttercup. It looks to be a GREAT plane.
 

dcstrng

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Look over Mike's build sites (one on Yaho, the other listed there), he captured his cowl construction with multiple photos...
 

Turd Ferguson

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Steve used a nose bowl from an Ercoupe on his buttercup final version cowl. Not very streamline in appearance but I think it fits the design well and I'm sure it worked. Mikes cowl looks really sleek.
 
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