Mooney (MX-18) Mite Plans....worth??

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badger

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Recently acquired these plans from a friend in New Zealand. He's had them since 1970. They appear to be completely complete, with construction manual, (THICK!), an array of Mite brocheures and literature, and 3 "tubes" of prints, two of which havent even been opened yet. The ink on the prints that HAVE been opened is still blue, and as legible as the day they were printed.

After reading through the manual, and looking at a few of those prints, it suddenly became very aware to me that undertaking such a project as this would be at least a 2000 to 3000 hour build, if not more. I'm not so sure I'm up to it....not that long! Too old frankly.....I'd never get it completed, unless I had funds and dedicated time to it.

Does anyone happen to know if these plans are worth anything? I paid shipping for them, from New Zealand to here, and gave the guy 100 New Zealand dollars. (79 US Dollars or there abouts). Shipping was $!25.00 US. I was thinking maybe of keeping them for "bragging rights", and/or getting one of my sons into building. So far, race cars are the boys' passion, but they'll come around!

Just wondering if anyone knows of any more such "complete" sets. I've heard that most Mite builders can only come up with used plans, pieces and parts at best.

Curious,

John
 

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Plans? I always thought the Mite was a factory plane?

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Factory production of the M-18 ended in early 1956 when the Mooney Corporation turned to the four-place M-20. However, in 1972, the Mooney Mite Aircraft Corp. was formed by Fred Quarles of Charlottesville, Virginia, who bought the Type Certificate and planned to market the M-18X as a homebuilt aircraft. Plans and kits are no longer available.
http://www.mooneymite.com/overview.htm
 

badger

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Yea, it is bud. I'm not sure of the history, nor why, but there are indeed complete plans/prints/manuals etc. The ones I have I got from a guy thats had them since 1970. He said they were "new" when he got them.

Theres a "MooneyMite" site that probably explains it better.... www.mooneymite.com. There have been quite a few finished by home builders.

John
 

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Do you still have the plans? If you do PM me with how much you want for them.
 

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Do you still have the plans? If you do PM me with how much you want for them.
How ironic....I talked with a guy from Washington state last wednesday about them. We'd settled on $425, and he said he was getting the money order "as we speak". As of mail call today, no money order yet. So yea, I still got them. I'll get ahold of him tonight or tomorrow and see what the hell. If he was blowin smoke, they're still for sale.

Some have told me that they're worth as much as 8 or 9 hundred, and some have told me to tape a 20 dollar bill to them, so if someone actually buys them, they'll at least get 20 bucks out of the deal! I STILL have no idea of their actual worth.

Thanks for asking though. If you want, you can email me at lorijonb@msn.com Might be a bit easier. Up to you bud.

John
 

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Just wondering if you ever sold those M-18X plans to that guy in Washington last year. I've been intrigued with the design since high school and you have piqued my interest.
 

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I would defently like to get a copy of the drawings.
I have a Mite project sitting in storage and the drawings would be of great help to rebuild
 

Woodenwings

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Hello! if the plans are still around i would be VERY interested in buying them.
Thanks!

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According to the Mooney Mite registry only three homebuilt versions were ever built, probably due to the labor intensity of the project. The original plans were something like $70 (I think I read that someplace), but that was 40+ years ago. I was given a set on a disk just last weekend, but it was for Windows 95 and won't run on my Windows 7, 64 bit computer. I have a computer guy working on that right now, but even he isn't sure we'll be able to salvage it. I'm only interested in certain details, such as the welded steel fuselage structure and the general placement of the airframe components. If I were to build one it would be out of composites. I do think it would make a great little light-sport with fixed gear and an 85 horsepower Jabiru engine.
 

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I've got a set of Mooney Mite M-18X plans, the sheets say copyright 1971. I don't remember where I got them.

I wasn't planing on selling them but: Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #98 "Every man has his price":)
 

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Hey!
Your kite looks amazing! and the CNC router equally impressive!
let me know if you ever want to swap cadd files of components etc.

Shane
 

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According to the Mooney Mite registry only three homebuilt versions were ever built, probably due to the labor intensity of the project. The original plans were something like $70 (I think I read that someplace), but that was 40+ years ago. I was given a set on a disk just last weekend, but it was for Windows 95 and won't run on my Windows 7, 64 bit computer. I have a computer guy working on that right now, but even he isn't sure we'll be able to salvage it. I'm only interested in certain details, such as the welded steel fuselage structure and the general placement of the airframe components. If I were to build one it would be out of composites. I do think it would make a great little light-sport with fixed gear and an 85 horsepower Jabiru engine.
I still have a computer set up that is running Win 98 SE, it should have no problem reading your Win 95 plans, lined up at the same desk I also have computers running Win XP SP3, Vista SP1 (32 bit), Win 7 Home Premium (32 bit), and Win 8.1 Home Premium, so I ought to be able to transfer your disks to something that your Win 7 machine could actually read. I'm near Detroit, so a bit closer than the user in England who offered help. If interested let me know.
 
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