I beg to differ on the cockpit, I'm a medium sized man and fit in the exact scale 3/4 sized cockpit of my 3/4 MJ109 just fine. Maybe some people like "cramped" I guess. Would Michael Schumacher have won more races if he had more room? Or Erich Hartman more kills. Doubt it, but more comfortable maybe.I remember that Bf-109 replica, the gear collapsed after a landing. The builder got several enquiries regarding building plans or kits, but he decided that this particular plane does not lend itself well for a scaled down replica.
The gear is notoriously bad, and the cockpit is quite cramped even in the full-size version!
There was a 7/10 scale Stuka at Oshkosh many years ago. It is in a museum now. Photos of it being transported here: All Coast Aircraft Recovery - Photo Albums - 7/10 Scale Stuka Five Bomber - July 25 - 29, 2018How about a Z-37 modified to look like a Stuka? swap out the radial for a Walter six-cylinder, remodel the canopy for a Stuka crew and dress the undercarriage with fibreglass fairings and spats?
A few tweaks to Monty’s Radial Rocket or its stablemate, the P85, and you are there.IAR 80? get a Yak 50 and fit it with the wings of the Yak 52 TD so that it has fully retracting gear and paint appropriately. Fit a three bladed prop and a 400 hp radial and you're good to go.
There was a guy doing exactly that with a Fly Baby a few years back. Stringers on the fuselage to round it out, flat-four under a radial cowling.Boeing P-26 "Peashooter" would get my vote for a fun replica project. The original's 9-cylinder Wasp is so big (more than 4' in diameter) that the fuselage is huge and gives you room to scale it down with the challenge of scaling down the pilot. ;-) 75% scale would give you a 21' span and 141 sq ft of wing area, about perfect for a low-powered sport plane, and there are all sorts of fun historical color schemes to choose from. Given the unreliability of small radial engine supplies, it would be fine to disguise a flat four in there instead.
I hear you, there. I think a Fly Baby would make a nice Mitsubishi A5M ("Claude") replica, especially with the pre-war paint schemes.I prefer the radial engines of the Macchi C.200 Saetta and FIAT G.50 Freccia and both would make great sport planes at somewhat reduced scale, ditto the FIAT CR.32 and CR.42 biplanes as well. The issue comes down to whether or not you want to fly a plane that is associated with a Fascist regime and, if you want to sell plans or kits, whether or not that design will appeal to many others as well. I am a big fan of some Japanese WWII designs, especially the Tachikawa Ki-36, but I would likely not actually build a replica because of the association with the Japanese Empire.
Some members here might recall that I had already designed a UT-1 some time ago. Initially this was intended for an in-line motor (Cirrus ll) as some examples were in-line powered, but a mocked-up radial around a flat-four was considered. It flew extremely well in X-Plane sim. at about 83% scale, but the advent of the Verner radials, specifically the 83 hp. Verner 5S makes such a replica a viable proposition now. My version was intended to have the wings built as two separate panels, for practicality, with the mainspar running straight span wise, taking advantage of the maximum foil depth. The forward main undercarriage leg would attach on a forward projecting mount ahead of the spar to mimic the original pick-up position as well as providing the correct wheel location ahead of CGShould consider one of the first Yakovlev design: the UT-1
Small radial aerobatic design with great looking open cockpit.
War Aircraft Replicas sold plans for a 50 percent Zero back during the 1980s. Half scale proved tight for most North American pilots. They also had difficulty keeping weight close to that of prototypes, so most ditched VW engines (maximum 85 horsepower) in favour of 100 hp. Continental O-200s.I have a partly-built Mitsubishi A6M hanging up in my shed.
My favorite historic aircraft as a kid, the Zero was so superior to Allied opponents of its time, it’s said that without it Japan would never have attacked Britain and the US.
Years ago I decided a 75% replica would be a viable personal aircraft. It was to have been powered by a Diesel engine, to give it the sort of massive range which made the original so lethal.
I spent years on it, helped by conservators from the Australian War Memorial, who shared plans and design details they used to restore the Zero hanging in their Canberra museum.
Also had mobs of help from several of this country’s best designers and engineers.
Too many projects and other interests, too little time…
Now it gathers dust in my shed.
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