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Evans VP-1... Worth Building?

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Build the double eagle if you think the legal eagle will not work for you although I don’t know why. The LE and MiniMax are as regular airplane a UL can be.

As limited budget budgets get, the difference between $3000 and 5000 or $7000 to 10,000 is just a little more time and saving. 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.
 

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Buy a kit or a flying airplane?

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Either. I personally want to build a plane from plans because I enjoy making things but if I decide to buy a plane, a kit or used plane are both valid options. Quite a few neat kits out there for sure!
 

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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.
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!
 

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So far , thanx for your OP . The only BS that my detector went off on was the response from the professor . If you like the VPI and it fits your liking and needs , proceed as you like . My only input is , you might be able to find one that needs a a new home and a hug . I've found that it is more cost efficient to find a well built project and do your thing to it . Cost to build has gotten ridiculous . Besides , you can be in the air a good deal quicker . A lot of folks prefer to do the total build , and that's great but it's also pretty cool to get in the air with something inexpensive and then maybe build up as you learn . Hope this helps . Go for it .
 

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you can do what i did. Get the plans and order enough material to start on some ribs (or you can do the rudder and fin), if you like the build process order more and continue. I will warn you building can be addictive.
 

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Hello,

...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
Your post #1 requirements read like a sales brochure for a VP-1. ...jus sayin ;)
 

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What often happens when someone begins to get enamored with building a plane is that they select something they like and begin to build their knowledge.....if not their plane. As they learn more they often change their opinion as time passes. Probably everyone on HBA has had this experience.

The first thing I think you ought to think about is whether you intend to do mostly local flying (where speed is not of the essence) or do lots of cross country stuff. I see you are from Montana, and it would seem that an airplane equipped for slower flight and slower landings might benefit you .....but thats your decision. If the low and slow
type of flying appeals to you, I'd take a long look at something like a Bearhawk LSA. Its pretty fast and lands slowly and has an excellent reputation.

The video mentions kit stuff but you can scratch build it from plans that are sold.
 

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Your post #1 requirements read like a sales brochure for a VP-1. ...jus sayin ;)
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.

There have been a lot of great examples shared here, most I have seen already and bookmarked but a couple new ones I didn't know about! Even if I still decide to more forward with the VP-1, I like knowing whats out there and picking up ideas from different designers and see how they approached the engineering challenges.

Keep the suggestions coming, I truly appreciate it.

@Winginitt - Low and slow is definitely it, cross country doesn't have much appeal for me at this time.
 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_Performance_Aviation_Panther

To fast, to expensive but all metal and can sit outside with a canopy cover in the summer and has the best wing fold and trailer or tow behind characteristics available.

Trying to remember the name of the similar all wood plane (from Georgia?) that was revised several years ago. It has been displayed at Sun N Fun for the last 5 years or so. KOSH promotions also perhaps. Any help here?
 

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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:
http://airbum.com/pireps/PirepVP-II.html
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.
Bob
 
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