I AM TIMOTHY CASEY OF HOMINY, OKLAHOMA AND JUST STARTED A RAGWING HEATH REPLICA. ANY ADVISE WOULD BE APPRECIATED JUST BECAUSE I AM NEW TO BUILDING AND THIS IS MY FIRST! I ALSO HAVE A HISTORY PAGE IN FACEBOOK CALLED History Of Casey's Airplane.
DUE THE COST OF SPRUCE I TOOK THE RECOMMENDATION OF ROGER MANN AND AM USING NORTHERN WHITE PINE!The Heath looks cool, I have those plans too. Take pictures and put a log up on the members projects part of the forum.
Have fun with it
What are you using for wood by the way
IIRC Roger Mann used a lot of white pine in most of his own planes and advocated grading it yourself at the lumberyard. Only buy the wood that meets the standard, the yard can keep the rest.Just any old white pine can not be used if you are doing your due diligence. It needs to be graded to airplane standards. When that is taken into consideration, the wood you buy starts getting expensive because most of what you buy probably does not pass airplane standard... White pine to that standard costs the same as the Sitka.
Given the shortage of old growth spruce, I suspect laminated spars are the future of wood aircraft construction and repair. I wonder how long it will be before ACS and the others start offering laminated spar blanks in the most common sizes?The #1 wood aircraft structures expert in the country has started to use laminated wood for spars, because he can find more good wood with less waste this way. He can rip "layers" of high quality aircraft wood out of a larger board that has flaws...
Steen has been doing that for some time for Pitts and Steen biplanes. http://www.steenaero.com/Products/wing_laminated_spars.cfmGiven the shortage of old growth spruce, I suspect laminated spars are the future of wood aircraft construction and repair. I wonder how long it will be before ACS and the others start offering laminated spar blanks in the most common sizes?