- Oct 18, 2003
- Saline Michigan
That sure looks like a structural skin to me...I suspect one of the most efficient and amateur-accessible ways to make a cantilever, internally-braced, fabric-covered wing is the geodetic approach used in the Vickers Wellesley and Wellington bombers and also the simpler wooded Thalman/Yates/Greenwood etc. series of homebuilts.
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Ok, so I might have gone down a rabbit hole after getting inspired by Pop's JMR special, and Fritz's rear fuselage on his Ranger. Here are some resources I found about Geodetic Design. It's gotten me thinking about slow, light airplanes like ultralights, or reworking the fuselage on a Ragwing...www.homebuiltairplanes.comIn the tradition of the 21st century Volksplane thread, I have been kicking around a concept for a wood geodetic light aircraft in the same weight class as the Evans VP-2, so about 1050 lb gross weight, but with far better performance thanks to lighter construction and cleaner design. The...www.homebuiltairplanes.com