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Little Scrapper

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So I've been working on this Smith Miniplane wing which is just a project to have fun. As some here know I'm doing this as a fun project until I figure out what I want. This has been an interesting journey to say the least.

I have a thread on possibly shrinking a two seater. That really got wheels turning.

I'm pondering all these options and last night while I was making parts for the Smith wing I thought to myself, I just really enjoy the building challenge, especially airplanes that are a bit obscure or rare.

What about a replica? Something unusual where it would be a challenge just to figure out the plans? Maybe a factory design that hasn't really been homebuilt before or if it has maybe just a couple of times.

Budget wise I would set the limit at about $80k. I could make that work over the next few years.

What designs exist that really would be neat to pursue? Spirit of St Louis? A rare racer? I'm not sure, I'm open to discussion. I'd even consider not flying it and donating it to a museum if it was far above my skill set. I'm after the challenge of it. The Gee Bee has been done a few times, so as much as I love that airplane it's not an option.


My only real requirement is that the fuselage is steel tube and fabric.
 

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In the meantime I'm just gonna keep working on my Smith wing until no get this figured out.
 

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Personally, I'd be all over the racer. For me it would be something from the beginning of the golden age of racing like a Travel Air Mystery Ship or a Laird Solution. While there have been a couple Super Solution replicas built, I don't think anyone has done the Solution. A Cessna CR-3 would be neat too, though the retracts complicate things.


 

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Any of the older kit designs, especially those prior to about 1975, are a lot "thinner" on build manuals, systems diagrams, or really much of anything but the very basics. I'd stick to one of those for this kind of challenge. Type-certificated designs tend to be designed for factory manufacturing conditions, toolsets, and amounts of available labor. They're not at all optimized for garage-building.
 

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I know of an 80 or 85% Staggerwing project that's probably available. Lots of options out there, just have to define how big, how many seats, how fast and what materials you want to work in.
 

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How about something like this, welded steel tube fuselage and it would look great with a Verner 3VW....see Cantilever parasol wings? The downside is that you'd basically have to design it based on standard Fokker practice of the time, no plans likely exist.
 

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Hehe, yes, I like it, too!

From what little info I have found, it was a sport plane based on the D.VII proposed immediately after WWI. The initial V.39 seems to have been essentially a slightly smaller D.VIII without guns but complete with the 110 hp rotary engine. The V.40 was an even smaller, lighter, simpler version with a radial engine of 1/3 the power that would have been much more economical for a private owner.

Here is a 3-view comparison with the D.VIII roughly to scale. Note the constant-chord wing and simpler treatment of the turtledeck and horizontal stab. I think you could straighten the ailerons (perhaps make them full span), use a larger rudder, and split the landing gear and still end up with a racy and fun little plane.

v40 vs dviii 3-views.jpg
 
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I want a half-scale replica of a World War 2 vintage Blohm & Voss 141 assymetric airplane. It definitely n Ed’s a weld steel roll cage around the cockpit to hold all those clear windows.
 

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Some crazy suggestions :) all good stuff though.

I like some of the old racers like the Hall Bulldog but man, that's a bit too hot for me.

I like the C3 suggestion, that's pretty manageable.
 

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How about a replica de Havilland Hornet? Very good areas and moments and could easily accept automotive liquid-cooled engines. Keep the wing loading under 20 lbs/ft sq and the power loading near 10 lbs/hp. The prototype had very good single engine handling.
 

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Beings you love to build parts and probably would like a taste of retracts and all good plumbers like a nice round body I would love to build and own a Grumman Gulf Hawk scaled down to about 70 percent.:)gulf hawk.jpg
 

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I want a wooden JN4 Jenny it can be 3/4 or 2/3 scale but I'd love a wood and fabric Jenny
 

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I want a wooden JN4 Jenny it can be 3/4 or 2/3 scale but I'd love a wood and fabric Jenny
I’d love to do a full size Jenny with a tube fuselage and tail feathers but wooden wings. A 200hp Ranger would be about right and would be in keeping with the general theme of a 60’s-style airshow and movie plane. The only trouble is the span is beyond what would fit in an ordinary (cheap) hangar.
 
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