Mixed Aluminum and Fabric Construction

Monty

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Lately I have been pondering whether a very light aircraft could benefit from the combination of Fabric and aluminum Semi-Monocoque construction.

For example:
Use fabric for all of the control surfaces.

Use fabric for the aft portion of the wing with an aluminum leading edge D cell to take all the cantilever loads.

Construct the fuselage with aluminum monocoque type construction instead of a welded tube frame.

Anybody looked at this? Any savings to be had? Or is it just a lot of complexity with no real gain?
 
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