Two-seat WWII warbird replica candidates?

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Riggerrob

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Along those lines, has this thread visited the Grumman Duck yet?
There is an excellent photo of a Grumman Duck mockup, presumably at the Grumman factory during the late 1930s.
The lower wing will interfere with pilot(s) feet.
Perhaps the front pilot will sit on the bottom wing and can hang his feet forward of the lower wing and into that saddle-curved fairing where the cowling curves down to meet the float.
The rear pilot will be able to take advantage of the deep fuselage, but might end up in an almost standing position to prevent his shins from hitting the rear spar of the lower wing. If W&B allow moving his seat aft a foot or two, then he can hang his rudders from the rear spar of the bottom wing.
Perhaps the deep fuselage and wire-braced wing swill allow re-routing of some of the lower wing structure. How complex do you want to get?
A quick way to compare pilot sizes with different sub-scales is to buy a plastic model in 1/72 scale and another model in 1/32, then try to shove the 1/32 scale pilot into the 1/72 scale model. That will give you a rough idea of how the cockpit scales down to 50 percent ... though most replicas seem to end up closer to 70 percent scale.
 

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I’m thinking you can scale a fair ways down before that lower wing position becomes a problem. The guy in the lower hull has to go, though.
Thanks for posting that particular photo.
That mockup actually has TWO guys sitting in the lower hull. They might have been too heavy for the under-powered original Duck and are definitely too heavy for a replica.
If the rear gunner faces aft, that solves all of his problems with leg room and reduces many balance problems. While working as a skydiving instructor, I have flown thousands of times facing backwards and can count on one finger the number of students who suffered airsickness.
My favorite seat in a B-25 bomber is tail gunner's sling seat.
 

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5/8 scale TBF Avenger 25' long with a 33' wingspan. Has a big wing and you could keep the wing loading very manageable. It could be a neat project. 6' tall men shown.

Well now, if rear-seat guy has to face backwards at least stick 'em in the gun turret. But even so maybe some room to drop the pilots a smidgen. At the size being talked about you probably still need to build that Avenger for a good size engine, probably an M14 or 985 or similar small traditional radial; a good 250-450hp weight up front just to help balance it all. And at that point may as well make it a 3-seater with 2 tandem and one small seat in the gun turret area for a kid or small adult to hold down the 6. Plus gotta have a working cargo bay in the belly with optional extended range tank or foam torpedo.
 
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