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DarylP

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Nope...nor do I have the money to buy the plane I would buy. But yeah...it is expensive. For me, this is a darn cool plane, and you gotta admit, a nicely built plane. I will say that if you watch the videos, it is hard to see what is in front of you, as is many tall taildraggers. But for me...this is a great plane, even if I cannot afford it.
 

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Oh, and the $700,000 is for the piston engined version I think; I overheard him talking at Oshkosh last year. But it is a cool plane, nothing the average homebuilder couldn't do himself though. It's basic low tech, just an awful lot of it. Should have a big old radial on the front....
 

DarylP

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Oh, and the $700,000 is for the piston engined version I think; I overheard him talking at Oshkosh last year. But it is a cool plane, nothing the average homebuilder couldn't do himself though. It's basic low tech, just an awful lot of it. Should have a big old radial on the front....
The radial would look cool but I doubt it would have the same horsepower. What's the plane look like up close? (You saw it right)
 

DarylP

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A picture of the plane, and the fuselage in construction. Imagine that build!


 

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I remember the first time I saw this aircraft a Oshkosh, it is truly awesome! I can't imagine welding up that frame. I talked to the guys involved in the construction of it. I ask about the large diameter tubes they were using, they told me that some of the larger tubes had a smaller inner tube telescoped inside of them. I am in the process of welding all the tabs on my biplane. I just thought mine had a lot of tabs. Look at how many that Sherpa frame has! They probably don't hand make their tabs like I do mine.
 

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The radial would look cool but I doubt it would have the same horsepower. What's the plane look like up close? (You saw it right)
The build quality looked excellent, the parts counts seemed enormous - no wonder it is expensive. The labor involved must be huge, which I guess, is why they tried to get it built in Russia rather than here. Didn't work out apparently.
 

DarylP

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If I could ever have this plane, I would make it into a camper. :gig:
I say that because the space inside is ridicules. Wouldn't that be cool, to go camping in this thing. But man...the gas bill! :shock: A 345 gal fuel capacity and a near 35 to 45 GPH burn rate...yesh. Look at the pipe on this thing.

 

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Something similar, bit bigger 3000 kg MTOW
Turbo Finist SMG 92 or SM 92T with Walter M601 D1 or F (PW possible too)
Russian origin, to be built in Europe under EASA soon...
More pic here -> http://helifor.eu/
 

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When the Sherpa first came out I believe it was as a homebuilt project. They were planning on production certification later if I remember correctly.
 

drake

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The piston version choice for a engine should be a lyc GO480. I have a helio and nothing can come close to a geared engine swinging a long prop. The Helio with the lyc 720 8 cylinder gets spanked by the GO480 everytime due to the long prop and geared engine combo. The geared engine does have its downfalls as well $$$$$.
 
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