Woodenwings, do You think about selling Mite plans (if so for what price?), or sharing them scanned or photographed ? Am oversea and like to have some copy of plans in my archive as Mite is very nice plane, inspirative for building.Two big tubes of drawings. I have gone over them very carefully and made an excel spreadsheet recording all drawing numbers and descriptions. 324 drawings. ... One drawing even shows how to make a nav. map pocket with door! I have a DH98 fuel tank...these drawings feel like history like my wooden fuel tank!
Woodenwings, How do I reach you offline?The mite is a good little plane that is not as complex to build as people think. I feel strongly that the design is more complete than most homebuilts except for a falco or a skyote. Because the drawings look detailed it may look intimidating to some. Im' a mechanical designer by trade...and I find that there are no gaps in information requiring the builder to guess. Guessing is bad! The fuselage is complex but well explained. The wing and landing gear are very clear and simply defined. The cockpit is roomy enough. A mooney is fast a hippo is slow...they have different shapes! The dh98 tank is self-sealing aluminium 100 Imp Gallon with wooden shell. Another great little wooden kite is the Chilton. Also well designed and drawn. If anyone really wants my set of plans on me and we can discuss. Otherwise I will just enjoy them longer! They are enjoyable to parooze.
Some random clicking over there led me to learn that the Mite was a speed record holder, only to be broken by John Sharp's Nemesis.It appears most of the MooneyMite.com site is archived at the wayback machine, i.e., https://web.archive.org/web/20050401000000*/mooneymite.com
My rule-of-thumb is that if there are not a lot of homebuilt versions of an aircraft flying, it is probably too hard to build.
And a clean engine cowl could make it even faster, although I know nothing about what limits Vne.Some random clicking over there led me to learn that the Mite was a speed record holder, only to be broken by John Sharp's Nemesis.
Unfortunately there are not plans for free download.It appears most of the MooneyMite.com site is archived at the wayback machine, i.e., https://web.archive.org/web/20050401000000*/mooneymite.com
I still think an M-18XD LSA (take the homebuilt M-18X and give it the undercarriage of an M-20D) would be a pretty cool aircraft. My personal preference would be to convert it to sheet metal construction as well.New LSA rules would apply to the mite if it has non-retractible undercarriage. If anyone wanted to go that route ... it would be much more popular. That being said...the gear design on the mite is the precursor for the mooney M20. The undercarriage is one of the coolest parts of the mite. The mite also has other cool features you would expect on larger aircraft. Mechanical gear position warning system Etc.