Richard thanks for doing that, if that could be done again when the wings are more locked in then that would be fantastic. but they are close now, 2000 lb gross, 60 mph stall and a front rear distribution somewhere around 70% - 30% front rear.Second, I don't believe you need to consider huge HP V8's to power these designs with. This design is showing that a 189 knot cruise is possible on about 43 hp assuming an 85% efficient prop and an extra .65hp thrown in for the electrical load.
I'll get to more of your comments but for now, concerning what you have above.
I like things that have a lot of reserve capacity and strength, so I like the idea of being able to cruise along at 200 mph with the engine loafing along, the throttle barely cracked open, then when you get to the end of the box canyon you point the nose up sixty degrees, floor it, and it will accelerate upwards.
So I want to make the wings beefy enough to take around 300 hp. But, assuming that I might not be able to get a slicked up V8 model done in a few months, I think I'll put an 0-200 on the back first and leave the tube frame exposed, with a glider type cockpit or simple aluminum frame a la ultralight
That way, if I go to the local EAA chapter for assistance they won't think I'm a nut. I am a nut, but anyway ...
Also I have a plan that goes something like this. I'll make the first version look as plain Jane and boring as possible by leaving the fuselage skins off, and the 0-200 in back exposed, so I can test fly it and people won't pay it much attention. When I go to the big fair people will say something like: "well that's kind of cute idea in a way ... but it's kind of gross too". So it won't get no steenking attention, but maybe some people will want it like that. OK that's fine.
Then when no one is looking I'll put the V8 engine in and the skins on the fuselage and blow some minds.
It's kind of like in the 'Cindarella' type of kiddy movies, you know, where the starlet is sort of plain Jane, but later she takes her glasses off and lets her hair down and you wouldn't kick her out of bed for anything. And remember Voyergeur, about getting me dates with hot women.
I'll get to your other great comments later but for now.
I'm studying my dragonfly and VariEze plans, looking at how to adapt them but someone is suggesting I make molds from the start. With CF do you need to make molds for all the parts?
Next on the agenda, if anyone is willing to offer suggestions, is attachment methods of the parts. For example, the cockpit bolts to the frame with four bolts in a square or rectangular pattern on a vertical plane with a certain spacing, but how is it best to orient the bolts.
There will be an open top 'trough' going across the plane where the wings go so a wing can be dropped on. What to consider is what is the ideal (easy and fast!) way to attach it. I envision something as simple as a single vertical bolt (+ locating pins) going through the center of the wing and into the frame, with a wired locknut which can be easily checked. It could be two bolts front to back or side to side or four bolts. in all case the wing will have an incidence block under it and some kind of removable? frame on top to distribute the pressure from the bolt(s).
Today I started experiencing some mind blowing synchronicity around this, meeting people. I mean, it could be mind blowing for some people, but my mind's already been blown earlier.
Edited to change the "i" to "ee" in the word 'stinking'