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death31313

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Hi there, I live in Colton South Dakota, just a little outside of Sioux Falls I'm interested in jet propulsion and VTOL but i doubt I'll be able to combine the two. I would like to build an aircraft based off of the A-10 Thunderbolt in mini light sport configuration (but it will take me a while to be able to afford it).
 

lr27

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Well, at least you picked a reasonable configuration. I'll bet you could even keep the airfoil. What will you replace that gatling gun with? Really large squirt gun? Perhaps you could just use twin pusher props off the back and tell everyone that's just visual distortion from vortices in the jetwash and not a pair of propellers. ;-) Suggest you make sure it doesn't SOUND like an A-10 or you'll set off someone's PTSD. You could say it was the low bid version with twin Briggs and Strattons.
 

death31313

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I like the realy big sqirt gun idea, but i was thinking i could maby get a set of micro jet engines but i still need to do some shopping around, but ya the airofoils would work fine in the design (I would have picked an F-22 but an airofoil would definatly not work there) im thinking I should go with an aluminum skeleton and add a fiberglass outer shell to it. but im still working out the details considering I have a while to go before i can even start buying parts (im still a highschool kid)
 

lr27

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You may have static and low speed thrust problems with the micro jets that you wouldn't with props. I'd think the A-10 would be a natural for moldless composite construction, same as a LongEZ. That's epoxy/glass over foam. However, if you wanted to make it a real lightweight, you might have to go some other way. At least on the wing. F-22 might work with the leading edge flap, but of course you're probably better off with the A-10. Especially if low powered.

Don't dismiss wood construction either, depending on your expertise and the tools you have.

If it really must be modern military, what do you think of the PA-48 or the Tucano? The PA-48 might be modified from a Loehle (sp?) 5151
 

death31313

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i'm certainly not heart-set on modern military i wouldn't mind a mini mustang or possibly a Yak 9, the ME109 has a good look too but the poor visibility and Nazi thing kinda puts me off. the glass over foam idea might work or i could go with a steel frame and glass. i can weld pretty good so it wouldn't be that hard for me.
 

piperpilot1363

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From one high school kid to another, it might make since to start at an ultralight level, or even slightly modify an existing design if you plan on getting it done before college. If that is not a concern for you, then have at.

Andrew

P.s: I was building a Sonerai, but realized the time and money simply didn't exist. So I bought a 1/3 share in a 150 to train. I'll finish the sonerai some day.
 

piperpilot1363

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Yea, I saved enough to just about finish my ticket and get the share in the 150, then my ford ranger blew a transmission, so I'm washing planes for gas now.

Andrew
 
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