The Prodigal Volksplane Returns

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  1. May 14, 2019 #1

    FritzW

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    Kill the fatted calf, my old Volksplane has returned!

    I finally brought my VP-1 home today. I traded it off a few years ago and traded back for it last year and it took a year to get around to hauling back to my hangar.

    After ~1500 hours in 16 years of flying and 3 years of neglect in the back of a hangar (she's been rode hard and put away wet) it's going to need a complete restoration. The last owner did a few things that I'll have to un-do (like the funky windshield).

    I also got my low seat, wide body fuselage back in the deal. I may just recover the wings and tail feathers and put them on that fuselage. I've got a couple of engines sitting around that would work (a GPAS 1835 and HAPI 2180(?), ...maybe the 1835 with a redrive, hummm )

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  2. May 14, 2019 #2

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    Very cool! What do you have in mind when you say "complete restoration?" Or just strip the fabric, take a look, and go from there?
     
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    Congrats on getting your plane back. She looks pretty good to me.
     
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    Mazeltov !
     
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    Oh boy, your Ranger groupies aren't going to be happy that you have another project to distract you and suck up your time!:(
     
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    Very cool.man!
     
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    The last owner drilled some holes in the firewall that he didn't seal and they got a little mushy. He also did something to the upper rudder bushing mount that I haven't figured out yet.

    But yeah, "just strip the fabric, take a look, and go from there"

    ...after the Ranger ;)
     
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    To heck with the ranger, that's a sweet airplane, get her up and flying.
     
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    Mike you're going to have to hire somebody to start your car in the morning...
     
  10. May 15, 2019 #10

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    FritzW. cool to see the old bird back. Would love to see it get air under it's wings along with the school project in NM. I hope all is going smooth there.
     
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