RAGWITH HEATH REPLICA

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TFF

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I looked at buying square stock to laminate from ACS. It costs a good bit more than solid, because you do pay for the sawdust losses they make. With a thin kerf blade cutting capstrip, I lost about 1” on a 5” board to sawdust. Smells good at least. I think laminated spars are great. You still have to find quality wood. I will say out of the blue, one of the Home Depot’s started carrying doug fir 4x4 posts that is close. I keep checking the pile for the day the right one is in there.
 

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"Welcome, Timothy. Please understand that writing in all capitals online is considered SHOUTING and is hard to read."

"DUE THE COST OF SPRUCE I TOOK THE RECOMMENDATION OF ROGER MANN AND AM USING NORTHERN WHITE PINE!"

Houston, what we have here is a failure to communicate!
Hope Mr Casey did not run off. I have the plans for Mr. Mann's Heath and hope he is able to bring it off.
AS FOR USING ALL CAPS, I USED TO DO THAT WHEN I PROGRAMMED IN CoBOL.
Made good money at it... :)
 

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I met Roger years ago when he came up with the Ultra Pete. It was a neat little plane and as I watched him fly off, it seemed to have plenty of power with the snowmobile engine he had at the time. Personally, I would not trust myself to pick any kind of wood to build an airplane. I would trust what comes in a kit, or wood from some place like ACS, I have built the wings and tail group of a Zenith CH-701, and I really like building with aluminum. I would really like to see someone come up with these "old" designs like, the VP I and II, Heath Parasol, etc. constructed out of aluminum. Much less worry about, is this piece good enough! With that said, I'm not going to finish my 701, although I have enjoyed the building process very much. At 72, I think I will sell what I have and look at buying something already flying, wood, tube and fabric or whatever. Just my 2 cents worth.
Bob
 

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having seen some champ and cub spars I think we are probably being too selective with our wood. myself included, I've seen some wood in certified airplanes that I would have used for jig blocks. I mean the AC says for doug fir i need 10 rings per inch, probably the fewest i have per inch is 16 or 17 and most of my wood has a lot more than that. Wood is pretty strong and another advantage is that the stress doesn't accumulate, it either breaks or doesn't. Aluminum each time you stress it you weaken it a little. (how many times can you bend that paper clip before it breaks?)
 

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I met Roger years ago when he came up with the Ultra Pete. It was a neat little plane and as I watched him fly off, it seemed to have plenty of power with the snowmobile engine he had at the time. Personally, I would not trust myself to pick any kind of wood to build an airplane. I would trust what comes in a kit, or wood from some place like ACS, I have built the wings and tail group of a Zenith CH-701, and I really like building with aluminum. I would really like to see someone come up with these "old" designs like, the VP I and II, Heath Parasol, etc. constructed out of aluminum. Much less worry about, is this piece good enough! With that said, I'm not going to finish my 701, although I have enjoyed the building process very much. At 72, I think I will sell what I have and look at buying something already flying, wood, tube and fabric or whatever. Just my 2 cents worth.
Bob
THE 701 IS A SLICK AIRCRAFT!
 

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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.
what kind of wood can be used in addition to Baltic and Finnish birch for wing gussets. I have access to a load of Baltic birch plywood bit it is 3.0 mm. Getting 1.5 mm in Oklahoma is like pulling hens teeth. Can I plane the 3.0 to 1.5?
 

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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
I have access to a load of 3.0 baltic birch but finding 1.5 is like pulling hens teeth in Oklahoma! Can I plane the 3.0 to 1.5?
 

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the only places i have been able to get the 1.5 plywood is ACS or Wicks, the price isn't too bad specially if you figure out how much you need and order it all at once. for my piet i got 11 sheets of 2' x 4'. I probably could have gotten by with 9 had i planned better as i will have lots of small pieces left.
 
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