Spacewalker

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  1. Apr 15, 2017 #1

    Little Scrapper

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    At the mall today with my family and we saw an older RC airplane hanging from the ceiling. It was Spacewalker with a 8' wingspan.

    I'm curious, we're these ever popular? In older Sport Aviation issues there's a couple but not many. It seems like a pretty fun airplane.
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  2. Apr 15, 2017 #2

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    40 on the FAA registry list of which 24 with linked records so I'd guess about a dozen flown?

    Here are two from 1000aircraftphotos.com:

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    I just think it's a great looking airplane, the designer really nailed the proportions.
     
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    The orange and brown one in Matthews photo? Behind it. Is that a Ford Fliver?
     
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    They still sell plans. They are on the high side for just looking and not building. I would like to see the wing plans as its a catalivered wood wing. I know it has a beefy laminated spars.
     
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    Somebody built a Spacewalker and substituted basswood for spruce as main wing spars. That plane suffered inflight structural failure and killed 2 people. Despite being purely a builder fault, a lot of people felt like there was a problem with design. I thought it was a cool little plane.
     
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    Another cool design compromised by the second seat. The original Spacewalker was really cool.
     
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    They were much more popular as RC models than full scale. The RC ones are pretty good looking.
     
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    I think the wing has double steel tube diagonal bracing for torsion.
     
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    A friend of mine built a beautiful Spacewalker II. It had an O-200 and impeccable fabric. Effectively, it was a low wing, open cockpit Cub. When he was ready to give up flying, he put it on Barnstormers and got $17k, IIRC. Very disappointing for such a nice airplane.

    I'm pretty sure this is the airplane:

    http://rs520.pbsrc.com/albums/w328/snaildrake/Airplanes/spacesmall2.jpg~c200

    I'm very interested in building a Spacewalker 1 some day. Beautiful little airplane.
     
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    My list of airplanes I want is getting long. A single hole spacewalker with a radial would be rad.
     
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    The single seater is one that an A65 engine will give you adequate performance. There is still a lot of A65's around that can be bought reasonable. They are AIRCRAFT engines, thats a good thing.
     
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    Here ya go. Spacewalker 2 with Rotec.

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    Now that is one sexy plane!
     
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    Yep....
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    Fly Baby with Rotec....
    [​IMG]

    This airplane is now Rotec's flying test bed in Australia.

    Ron Wanttaja
     
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    Does anyone have a link to a plans distributor for the single seat Spacewalker/Revolution I? (not the two holer with the front cockpit covered over)
     
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    That looks like one tough wing.
     

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