That's great. And a fine man he is, too. I've always thought so, and told everyone. Generous, helpful, generous, well, I just can't say enough good things about my good friend, VB.I thank everyone for their support and interest.
The 1,000 pages of print are in the mail to Victor Bravo
Yes, the copyright issues might be thorny. It would be great, though, to see example of many of the common structures and solutions. Control mixers for V-tails, a few examples of various types of landing gear, layup schedules composite wings or gear legs, etc.Even a section where we could upload special solutions to concrete problems. How many times did we search for bellcrank setups posted here by Boku for example.
Oh, she'll be fine with it...And lets not forget Mrs. VB!
Yes the old "I'll be ""FINE"" with it"Oh, she'll be fine with it...
I have no idea what I'm going to do with all of it. Like many of you, I just couldn't let it go into the trash without seeing what is there, and making some effort to find homes for whatever it is. But if it is a stack of faded, glue-soaked and pin-holed plans for the 16 inch Guillows outdoor rubber models found in every non-hobby toy store in the 1970's.... I make no promises.
There are already a lot of services that sell old plans, and laser cut parts, "short kits" etc. etc. So I doubt I'm really going to be able to offer something that much different or better than any of the people already doing it, unless there is some truly rare or important model plan in this collection. All of the well known stuff many of us grew up reading about (Korda Wakefield, Sal Taibi's Powerhouse, all the Zaic gliders, Sig Witch Doctor, etc.), is already out there and available. The weird stuff that would be rare (Wolff-Pak Toad... the uglier Q-500 class racer, M.E.N Trainer) is only because me or someone I know had one and it means something personally.
If there's a set of Andrews Aeromaster plans in there, they're going up on my wall framed... and tough (#*$ to you
Anything having to do with Spitfires or inter-war Fairey biplanes is already spoken for, my oldest friend in the world (and master modeler) would never speak to me again if I didn't send that stuff to him.
If there's a giant scale Pou Du Ciel model plan... my sense of honor will force me to offer them to Matthew or Koen.
For the full-size E-AB plans, I'm as curious as the rest of you to see what's there.
In general, I'm a greedy capitalist pig with horns and a tail, and would cheerfully extort the last dime from each and every living creature on Earth... to fund my aviation addiction. Some of that horrid behavior may come shining through with this stuff, so feel free to cower in fear of that.
However, truth be told, I doubt that there is enough profit to be had in this to fund a Focke-Wulf D-9 purchase. So I anticipate there being equal parts of bartering, trading, loaning, and perhaps even (gasp) occasional gifting.
Obviously this is all total hot air until there is some sort of a list.
Let me know if you come across plans for a Keil Kraft Invader
or a Super Sinbad
or a Denny Jr...........