Some people think it looks kind of half-facet.I think part of the problem is that people don't think it looks like an airplane.
Believe that's the chapter that built 14 of the Nieuports at once. So suspect they've got experience in that mode of construction.....Always an intriguing design. Interesting the chapter is going with Graham Lee / Airdrome Aeroplanes style construction. The original was welded steel I believe.
Thanks for the update, Dr Wainfan. Is there a link we can follow to learn more about this envisaged 2-seater, or any other bits you can provide (construction method, likely engine, target specs and attributes, etc)?I'm still working on a 2-seat LSA concept. Its gotten as far as a flying RC model and a wind tunnel test. Results look good, so detail design is underway.
Lost of misconceptions here.. The original (N117wd) was built of aluminum tube with rivets and gussets just like the one being built in Oregon. They have made some detail changes and improvements but the overall approach is the same as the original.Always an intriguing design. Interesting the chapter is going with Graham Lee / Airdrome Aeroplanes style construction. The original was welded steel I believe.
Will be interested to see how they handle entry/egress. The original had a trap door in the floor you had to crawl up in to. A kit would benefit (at a weight penalty) of a hard backbone to walk up the spine of the ship and sit down into the seat. The pics don't show them heading that way however. So getting in and out may still be a chore.
I think the original, while flown solo, was intended to be a three-seater (or maybe I'm recalling that it was a single-seat proof of concept for a later three-seater, I'm not sure.) I wonder how much the EAA chapter scaled it down as it looks as though theirs in intended for on seat.
If scaled down, and with the change in construction materials, I wonder if they will keep the designation FMX-4. It seems like a derivative that needs a new designation.