Do you have X-Plane flight simulator? Free and extremely good at modelling flight. It'll give you a really good basis from which to work, and a realistic idea of how this little beauty will fly. And have a lot of fun in the process. I'd love to do so myself, but the workshop calls...I wonder how it would fly?!
Who drew this little fella? If I could get hold of side and top views, I might give a go at modelling it in X-Plane myself. I can already see how to build a full size version with my cnc-routered plywood method. Piece of cake. But I'd like to model it in X-Plane first.You mean like this guy?
I did. Just about every pic I post is a model I made in sketchup.Who drew this little fella? If I could get hold of side and top views, I might give a go at modelling it in X-Plane myself. I can already see how to build it with my cnc-routered plywood method. Piece of cake.
Probably easiest to just scoot the fore wing back a little.Nice looking airplane but unless the engine is very heavy Sockmonkey’s plane would have a CG problem. Tandems need approx 70-30 front/rear wing loading. Either larger rear and/or smaller front wing or make it longer.
Sure thing. Give me some time to dig it up. In the meantime, enjoy this Fauvel version of a Fairchild Boxcar.Actually, if I substitute the Fleabike fuselage for this one (which is very nice), and swap the wing positions (ie front low) I'd be half way there - wings already designed (well, almost). No pivoting, obviously. Come on, Socketmonkey, care to share the Sketchup file? That's all I use also.
I have a specific file that shows how I handle some of those pesky 3D curves. Making it neat is mostly a matter of making all the respective segment intersections line up.Well, your skills at 3D Sketchup FAR outstrip mine. Perhaps I'll get some valuable pointers when I see what your files look like...
Hmm. Has a powered unswept biplane plank ever been done?If you move the front wing back on Sockmonkey's design you end up with a staggered tailless biplane - would be interesting!
Exactly what I was thinking.I guess it would look like a stubby Stratos if the tips were joined by rudders.
As far as I can tell, there is a rudder back there. Yes, CG is going to be a problem, but then again, X-Plane does a pretty good job of modeling that also. Might find we have to increase the size of the rear wing a bit, and shrink the front. But maybe not. The Fleabike has a 6m^2 front wing and a 4 m^2 rear wing with a front wing loading of 71%...If you move the front wing back on Sockmonkey's design you end up with a staggered tailless biplane - would be interesting!