That's definitely true and part of my conundrum. I just want to make sure I have as much information as I can get before I pull the trigger on this. Might be overthinking it, but figured it couldn't hurt to ask around. All the comments already have been incredibly helpful, thanks!Don’t get fixated on the trees when it’s the forest you need to be looking at.
I love the building part but there are plenty of ready to fly or just ready to fly single seat homebuilts for sale cheap. Cheap and ready to fly today. Might be money better spent.
Your post #1 requirements read like a sales brochure for a VP-1. ...jus sayinHello,
...I'd like to build my own plane and fly it ...can't justify the money for a bigger airplane ...airplanes that could be trailerable ...my interest is purely recreational.
The Evans VP-1 greatly intrigues me as I love the basic design and simplicity ...on a fairly strict budget ...I want to fly for fun on the weekend
...high bang for buck ...can be build economically ...flies well ...can be towed or trailered ...can be built from plans ...in a garage/basement ...I've seen the "kits" and I'm not really interested
Hehehe, I hear ya! At the moment my LSA choice is definitely the VP-1 and if I go Part 103, its the Legal Eagle XL. I purchased the plans for both and I like em.Your post #1 requirements read like a sales brochure for a VP-1. ...jus sayin
Those are neat and I hadn't heard of them before until Dana mentioned them in Post 38. Looks like they are in the UK, but its definitely the exact sort of thing I'm looking for.
Thanks for posting the link to the VP II Dana, I had, or may still have, a set of VP II plans somewhere. I have always liked the VP's but I just turned 73 today and I'm not in the building mode as much as I'm in the flying mode. If I could find a decent one, not too far away I would really consider buying it, even if it needed a little work. I spent a few years, off and on, scratch building the wings and tail group of a CH-701 but it's for sale now, as I said, more into flying than building.I've always liked the VP. Some random comments, I've never flown a one:
The 103 "restrictions": yes, there are some limitations, but with that comes freedom not found in any other class: no pilot certificate, no required inspections, no minimum altitude, etc.
The VP-1 isn't an ultralight, but the mission is the same: fly around for fun on a nice day.
Does the VP have folding wings? If so, I wasn't aware of that.
Folding wings is OK of if it's fast (15 minutes or less) and takes only one person. Otherwise, you won't fly much.
Look also at the Minimax and related designs, and also the Fisher line for simple wood designs.
Here's a pirep on the VP-2: