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  1. Apr 1, 2019 #1

    Woodwings

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    I've been looking for a project and I think I've settled on one. I like the idea of wood, because I'm comfortable with it. The next element was two seats. Check . Something that would fall inside the Light Sport rule. Also, other, more nebulous attractions that may be harder to articulate.

    I find myself drawn toward the Druine Turbi.

    I've data mined the internet for pretty much all I can find, and found a few wonderful videos of Turbis in flight on YouTube.

    I'm now remotivated to clear space in the garage!

    I ordered the wood building video from Homebuilt Help. Any other tips or resources from you folks on getting started into a project like this?

    Oh yeah - HI!

    I'm looking forward to browsing the forums.
     
  2. Apr 1, 2019 #2

    plncraze

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    Welcome! First rule for checking out homebuilts: Make sure you fit! There is a chance Roger Druine was 5 foot 100 lbs.
     
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    Woodwings

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    Hmm .. More than the garage may require some attention!
     
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    Jerry Lytle

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    Sounds about right, I was invited to sit in a Druine Turbulent and could not settle in, legs too long to slide under the panel. At the time I was 6'1" and 220 pounds. I was afraid for a minute that would have to be surgically removed.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2019 #5

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    I love those early, post-war, European homebuilts. The problem with them, though, is that they are sized for early, post-war Europeans. I could shave a few pounds off my *ahem* payload, but there is no way I'm getting down to the size of a 1950s Frenchman.

    The Druine Turbulent has an approved mod to increase the knee clearance under the instrument panel, for the exact problem that Jerry mentioned. That little bit of extra space is said to make a big difference. The Turbi's construction is very similar, so perhaps that mod could be adapted to the two-seater?

    This may be premature discussion, though. If you have the plans, you can make up a mockup of the cockpit from cheap, disposable materials. Then you can test to see how you fit, and dispense with our speculation. If clearance is required, you can figure out how much, and make a game plan for getting it.

    I recall reading that the Turbi is a delight to fly, and it would be cool to see another one take wing!
     
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    Welcome!
    I have to admit I don't understand "clear space in the garage". Can you explain?
     
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    Woodwings

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    The garage has become something akin to a storage unit. Stuff has to go to make room.

    Due to the limitations of this communication medium, it was hard to tell if there was humor in the question.
     
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    Chris In Marshfield

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    Welcome aboard! Nice to see another wood lover in the group.
     
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    Wood is good.
     
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    There was meant to be. IMHO, a clear area inside a garage is about as likely as a hard vacuum.
     
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    My whole house is that way. Moving from 3 stories to 1.
    Percy Wood (one-time imaginary company was Wood's Wings of Woodburn)
    I also liked the look of the Turbuliant.
     
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    Woodwings

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    Good suggestion on building a mock up to check the fit. I'll start some research and see what I can make happen.
     

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