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Tiger Tim

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The Mini Coupe is a neat looking little airplane, though if I had one those square vertical tails would have to go. I wonder how a homebuilder could easily do a pair of much more Ercoupe-like round tails?
 

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The Mini Coupe is a neat looking little airplane, though if I had one those square vertical tails would have to go. I wonder how a homebuilder could easily do a pair of much more Ercoupe-like round tails?
Anyone with a few thousand hours experience on an English wheel could easily form them.


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If you absolutely need rounded tail surfaces quickly and easily, then bent 4130 tubing covered in fabric has been proven in one or two aircraft. ;-p Though you could also lose the rounded cowing and turtledeck and go with something with all straight lines to push the "heck, even I could do that" factor even higher.

The Mini Coupe is a neat looking little airplane, though if I had one those square vertical tails would have to go. I wonder how a homebuilder could easily do a pair of much more Ercoupe-like round tails?
 

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Square or tapered vertical fin/rudder basic structures, with rounded foam and glass tips, wold give you a much more modern look without the thousand hours of rolling metal.
 
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Square tapered vertical fin/rudder basic structures, with rounded foam and glass tips, wold give you a much more modern look without the thousand hours of rolling metal.
I like the visual clean up! This is a neat plane from about the time I first learned you could build your own airplane. I was 6 in my friends back yard looking up at a plane overhead and my friends father said you can build a plane for yourself.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/59/8f/34/598f3449e92803b1343073c507e0733d.jpg

https://books.google.com/books?id=DNUDAAAAMBAJ&pg=RA1-PA78&lpg=RA1-PA78&dq=tena++mini-coupe&source=bl&ots=e24GjE4Vqe&sig=ACfU3U2MrgE6whzO1ck6nmQCUPUT1SLSRQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj7zJOpgtrmAhVGHc0KHWWRCWUQ6AEwEnoECAsQAQ#v=onepage&q=tena mini-coupe&f=false
 

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I see this over and over here on HBA.

Would someone please explain to me why, whenever someone comes up with a neat little design someone else immediately wants to change it????o_O
 

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Most of the time they end up with something that is completely different.

In other words, a totally new design. So why not just start from scratch?
Its a lot more work to build a modified version of a proven, existing design, than to build per plans, but much less work than starting from scratch to develop a “totally hew design”.

Almost every airplane in existence has adopted features of previous designs.

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