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

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FritzW

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I've been googleing around a little, there are lots of large format scanning services out there. Some of the prices look really good.

I'll sort the drawings by size so I can get some quotes.
 

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I've been googleing around a little, there are lots of large format scanning services out there. Some of the prices look really good.

I'll sort the drawings by size so I can get some quotes.

Has this venture been completed? Is the planset available for download or on a flash drive?
Dennis Cote, Tricities, WA
 

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I've been googleing around a little, there are lots of large format scanning services out there. Some of the prices look really good.

I'll sort the drawings by size so I can get some quotes.

Hello Mr. Fritz,

If you are interested in selling digital copies or would like to take up a paypal collection for making them electronically available, I would be interested in supporting the cause.

JSG
 

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There are rebuilders of these airplanes in Houston. You may might get a flying airplane for a decent price. I do think those would be a cool set of plans to have. I've always wanted to check off the M-18 box in my logbook.
 

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...If you are interested in selling digital copies
I sold the paper copies to a fellow HBA member (I don't remember who, but I'm sure he'll jump in). I didn't get them scanned before I sold them :ermm:

If the current owner want's to have them scanned I'll chip in to get it done.


EDIT: The pans are pretty much just relabeled factory drawings. The MX-18 would be a challenging build, even for a well equipped builder (lot's of castings and heat treating, etc.) Another thought would be to come up with a more realistic "homebuild-able" MX-18 Mk-II from those drawings.
 

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The MX-18 would be a challenging build, even for a well equipped builder (lot's of castings and heat treating, etc.) Another thought would be to come up with a more realistic "homebuild-able" MX-18 Mk-II from those drawings.
I've always thought taking them and making an M-18XD would be a cool project. The D model being a fixed gear version of the M20. By putting fixed gear on the M-18 I believe it would meet the requirements of LSA and it would look darn cute.
 

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So...

Back from the dead - is there a fund going for mite plan scanning?

For research purposes of course ;)
 

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I suspect the new owner of the plans had the same impression of them I did: It's not something you could build in your garage without some major redesign (lot's of castings and heat treated parts).
 

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Not arguing, like I said more for reference... Albeit I'm talking about a redesign anyway, and a M18 would look good beside an m20 if I go that way lol
 

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It would be nice to have a set to learn from. It is a little complicated airplane which is why it is a jewel like a Swiss watch. I think a simplified designed two seater would be nice. As for the M20D being fixed gear, it had all the retractable gear parts except the gearbox and Johnson bar. I have only heard of one that has not been converted to C specs. Fixed gear is how I would do the homebuilt too though.
 

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As for the M20D being fixed gear, it had all the retractable gear parts except the gearbox and Johnson bar. I have only heard of one that has not been converted to C specs. Fixed gear is how I would do the homebuilt too though.
Last I heard (a few years ago) there were only 2 that still had the fixed gear. It's a shame, because it's a great looking plane with the fixed gear.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Mooney-M-20D-Master/895071

Take a look at the link in my post above.


BJC
I actually emailed Mooney when they announced the new M-10 asking what they were thinking since there already was a Mooney M-10 (the Ercoupe derivative). As you might expect I got no response. Part of me thinks that it was someone in the marketing department who didn't know anything about the history of the company. I can picture the conversation:

Management - We need a name for this new 2-seat training model
Marketing - Hey I have a great idea. Since it has half the number of seats of our only airplane, the M20, lets call it the M-10.
Management - That's a great idea.
-- End thought process --
 
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According to the Mooney Mite ... 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.
Do You stil have files with Mite plans ? Win95 disk could be used as secondary in Win7 machine and data could be shared by any internet service - know from my own experience.
 
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