Impractical fun planes you would build if you had the time and money?

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PTAirco

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A Walrus - ever since I built a model of this as a kid I wanted on; amphibious, folding wings, lots of room inside for gear. Perfect fro those South American Biggles adventures.

Riggerrob

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A Breezy, period. Oh, wait...

I wanted to build mine as a taildragger but I don't think there is any way. You'd need a stepladder to get into the seats.
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When they retire from flying, they become climbing bars on children's' playgrounds, mentoring the next generation of pilots.

I only have 4 jumps from a Breezy. That seat truly does get an inch narrower with every thousand feet of altitude!

Toobuilder

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How can you legally jump from a E-AB? (Aside from a legitimate emergency)

Topaz

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How can you legally jump from a E-AB? (Aside from a legitimate emergency)
By not paying for the privilege?

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Victor Bravo

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Messerschmitt 321 Gigant. Go big or go home.
Go that big and it will become your home.

Topaz

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Easy one. The PDQ-2. I've had my eye on this since I was a kid.

bmcj

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How can you legally jump from a E-AB? (Aside from a legitimate emergency)
Legally, I was never in that plane to begin with, and you can't prove it.

Victor Bravo

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Easy one. The PDQ-2. I've had my eye on this since I was a kid.
You know... a PDQ with two 10 or 12 HP R/C model engines mounted at the trailing edge of the wing (meaning not behind your !*#$&% head) would make a really neat little airplane. Hmmmm.... 21st Century PDQ? Matthew??? And Topaz, the wingspan isn't necessarily set in stone, I mean with a set of tapered outer panels and more spar cross section, you might even have a self-..... I'm just sayin' Now you've given me something interesting to do on the train home today ! bmcj Well-Known Member HBA Supporter They're only impractical if you don't have the money and time to do it. Dana Super Moderator Staff member Easy one. The PDQ-2. I've had my eye on this since I was a kid. View attachment 56804 I was fascinated by that one when it came out, too (and it seemed perfect for a broke college student but alas, even that was out of my budget). But that engine, perched on a single pole just behind the pilot's head... the Kolb I had wasn't much different and much safer. Dana TerryM76 Well-Known Member HBA Supporter You know... a PDQ with two 10 or 12 HP R/C model engines mounted at the trailing edge of the wing (meaning not behind your !*#$&% head) would make a really neat little airplane.

Hmmmm.... 21st Century PDQ? Matthew???

And Topaz, the wingspan isn't necessarily set in stone, I mean with a set of tapered outer panels and more spar cross section, you might even have a self-..... I'm just sayin'

Now you've given me something interesting to do on the train home today !
Now that's a cool idea. 1/2 scale Breezy or Aircam.....I do like the shoulder mounted wing though. You could bring back the Mitchell P38.

lake_harley

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Short wish list. Watson Windwagon. So tiny and "minimalist" I have to love it. Since my situation has me limited to Part 103 ultralights I could never legally fly one...too fast, stall too fast, probably a bit heavy even with a very careful, weight-conscious build....but hey, a boy can dream, can't he? Maybe I'll go rogue someday.

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...But that engine, perched on a single pole just behind the pilot's head... the Kolb I had wasn't much different and much safer.
You know, I've heard all those arguments and, yes, they have some merit. But the way I see it, any crash in the PDQ-2 is going to end badly because of the near-complete lack of structure around the pilot, and the location of the engine doesn't really make for any realistic crash scenarios that are any worse than if the engine were elsewhere.

I'm sticking with the PDQ-2, thank you very much.

BJC

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The thread is about planes you would build ..... no mention of having to fly it.

BJC. "Like the concept, don't want to fly it"

Toobuilder

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By not paying for the privilege?
Generally, the Ops Limits expressly forbid intentional parachute jumping from an E-AB. So is glider towing, BTW. Nothing to do with compensation.

lake_harley

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The thread is about planes you would build ..... no mention of having to fly it.

BJC. "Like the concept, don't want to fly it"
Well then, if that's the case, a Watson Windwagon would look great hanging from my shop ceiling. It certainly wouldn't take up much room and I could put it toward one corner...Hmmmm...

Lynn

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Generally, the Ops Limits expressly forbid intentional parachute jumping from an E-AB. So is glider towing, BTW. Nothing to do with compensation.
In a Breezy it wouldn't be a stretch to say the parachute jump wasn't intentional...

Dana

don january

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Easy one. The PDQ-2. I've had my eye on this since I was a kid.

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I've have a set of plans for the PDQ that the oh man gave me in the 70's. For years I have been collecting tubing, wheels+ rim's, and all kinds of needed material for the bird. It is the next build on my list and I thought about trying to figure a way to mount those old 12 foot floats under it and run a 1600 VW engine. I kinda like the idea of adding two engines but I don't worry much about a engine behind me. Chances are if ya hit hard enough to effect the engine your dead anyways..