Prototype Volksplane VP1 - original

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  1. Jun 22, 2018 #1

    Little Scrapper

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    For those interested........50th anniversary of the VP1 will be kicked off this year.

    The original prototype VP1 will be on display this year at Airventure 2018 for all to see.

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    Will it be at Homebuilt Hangar?
     
  3. Jun 22, 2018 #3

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    Yup! Looking forward to seeing this!
     
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    I built a VW engine for a VP-1 and did some high speed taxiing down the runway about 5' high several times checking the engine, but never flew it. My old flight instructor flew it for one summer. I was impressed with the VP-1 and think it's an under rated fun airplane.
     
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    A friend of mine just bought a VP-1 this year. He hasn’t re-hung the wings and tail yet but it sounds like it ought to be a lot of fun when he does. The paint scheme is about the same as the prototype.

    The best part is that at 6’5” I somehow still fit in the thing.
     
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    Its not how tall you are, its how wide you are LOL
     
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    It would be cool to get number1s all together. VP-1, T-2, Flybaby, First plans built Pitts, Stits Playboy, Tailwind and Buttercup, Spezio, and I'm sure there are others. All these exist and most are flying.
     
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    I have occasionally wondered why more people don't build them. I'm not aware of a simpler design. How many home built airplanes can claim that their wing ribs (all of them) can be built with a day's worth of stack sawing plywood?
     
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    Same here. Bet if it had the long sweeping curves, there would have been more built. I think the Tailwind is about the best looking homebuilt on the market, but I have always been told that I am different than a lot of folks.
     
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    I think a respectable number were built. The ultralight movement kinda diverted interest away from classic light homebuilts like the VP
     
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    I bet a lot were started. Truly fining a homebuilt is rare. There are probably 500 sets of ribs on shelves or in landfills, because most can get that far. Wanting a plane, wanting a cheap plane, wanting a minimalist plane are not the same. Take a couple of lessons in a Cessna ,if you have never flown, will have you second guessing a 20 ft wingspan plane. No matter how docile a plane is, it takes some guts to get into a small homebuilt along with enough skill to brush off the excitement of the early flights. That's why cars are so much easier to play with. Success is easier to obtain.
     
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    Fly Babies, for one...

    [Edit: Missed the "All of them" parenthetical comment. Fly Babies can do *most* of them at once; there are two ribs on each wing (out of 11 per wing) that are different.]

    The Fly Baby has a beautiful elliptical wingtip and curved rudder and elevators, but it does require some extensive lamination and carving work....
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    A number of builders just said "***** it" and built them with squared-off wingtips and tails.

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    For years I thought the VP was literally the ugliest airplane ever designed. I think I thought this because I always compared it to other airplanes available.

    It wasn't until recently when working on the MiniMax that the VP started to grow on me. Maybe it's because I just started to appreciate it for what it was. It's grown on me now and I'm quite fond of the simple little VP.

    Looking back I think it was a mistake for me to compare it with other other airplanes and I think that's what other people do as well. The competition is fierce these days and many people choose looks first.

    I'm guessing of course.
     
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    If you drove a VW in 1956 America, it was an intellectual choice. The car really went against what was cool or normal. That of course made it cool in the end, along with the quality. VP-1 is the same. You have to be intellectually advanced to see simplicity not just simple.
     
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    I bought the plans for VP including the enlarged version... like Scrapper I always thought it was kind of ugly but saw that you could dress it up. I considered it for a long time but decided against it in the end because I defined my 'mission' to be low and slow with a stall speed no higher than about 35 mph (I'd like it below 30) , and low altitude flights over the mesas and deserts... so a high wing is better suited. Still, it's a great design.
     
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    The Evans Volksplane VP-1 or VP-2 will never be sleek or fast and some are pretty ugly but others do manage to be cute, which is good enough for me. I generally find that a bone-stock, open cockpit, short rear fairing VP-1 looks great with the right paint scheme, like a giant-sized dime store balsa model. The wider VP-2, IMHO, looks better with a full turtle deck.
     
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    From looking at the VP-1 for years, it always looked to me like the pilot was sticking out so much above the fuselage it would almost be like riding a motorcycle. Not the case for me, seem perfectly normal. Built as light as possible sticking to the plans and have a fun little airplane for fun flying low and slow at low cost. My 1835 60 hp VW burns 3 gph of non-ethanol auto fuel.
     
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    The VP series are not ugly, they have just what other designs do not have.

    Fritz has came up with some neat design ideas to enhance the fonctinality of the VP and weight savings.
     
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    I didn't realize there was an "enlarged version." Now that I think about it, some Volksplanes do look larger than others.
     
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    The enlarged PLANS not planes...
     
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