V - Witt / Witts V

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    I reached in with my phone to see if I could view the prop extension. I noticed when I got home what looks like copper tubing? What are we looking at here?
     
  2. Jul 24, 2019 #62

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  3. Jul 24, 2019 #63

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    Oil cooler?
     
  5. Jul 24, 2019 #65

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    Yes, oil cooler...
     
  6. Jul 29, 2019 #66

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    Wonder what a rotax 912 would be like on this V-Witt. Steve would probably roll in his grave at that thought. Lol
     
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    Witt's end.
     
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    If it was an all spec 912 race, he would be all in. He was about the prize money and racing.
     
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  9. Jul 30, 2019 #69

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    Scrapper,

    I always enjoy your threads and insights, thought I'd chime in with an experience from OSH this year regarding Mr. Wittman. On Monday morning I was dragging the family through the FlyMarket (or whatever they call the tent with all the used stuff). I was just about to pick up two fuselage halves, only tacked welded together, slightly rusty, and with a set of plans lashed to them. They were for a Rose Parrakeet, and priced at $100. I wanted the plans just to study.

    A couple hustled to grab them just before me and make their way to the cashier, and as they were looking at the box of plans, the mailing address was hand written to none other than "Mr. Steve Wittman" ! I thought it was pretty neat- missed out on them by a few seconds. Seems he must have gotten a very brief start on a Parrakeet at some point in time, or maybe passed the plans to somebody else who did, but I would have been honored to own a set of plans that Steve owned at some point!
     
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    That's a crazy story, did you say anything to the guy who grabbed them or just let the situation be? I'm a sentimental type of guy almost to a fault, I would have loved to own those as well. Either way, it's a great story. Thanks for sharing.

    I have a set of Rose Parrakeet plans. If you want to see them, and they are pretty fun to look through, PM me your address. You can have them. I'll never use them it's really a snug airplane. Just let me know and I'll get those out to you.
     
  11. Jul 30, 2019 #71

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    They knew what they had as I heard them talking about it and seemingly appreciating the history, so that made me happy

    Ha, I'm similar- probably would have framed the cardboard box and hung it on the wall :)

    Thanks for the offer! I'll be in touch via PM... perhaps I have something you'd like to peruse in exchange.
     
  12. Aug 2, 2019 #72

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    I read this yesterday at 10:30 am. It really sent a message to me that hit pretty hard. Lot's of people I loved dearly in my life are dead. Let's see if we can't try this one last time.


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    So I wrapped up for the day. Ripped apart my shop, built a table, figured out material, went to WagAero, dropped a grand, laid out the fuselage, cut blocks, and here I go again............

    I seem to struggle with this dam hobby, but hey, I'm having fun so there's that. Worse case scenario is I'm out money. That's not so bad.

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    Are you building to the plans or adjusting to fit?
     
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    Per plans is what I laid out. I did a really quick mock up in the shop with some scrap plywood. I'll fit it seems. Tight, but I'll fit.
     
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    Always nice when you can lay it out. I saw a tacked up fuse - and noped the heck out of there. Pretty sure the # was 2" narrower than my shoulders.
     
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    Good for you. Enjoy and have fun. Keep us posted.

    I took my father for his first airplane ride when he was 83 years old. He was waiting to take the second ride in his friends new Culver Cadet just after WW-2 and watched them get killed when stalling in the base to final turn and he didn't want anything to do with flying and didn't want me to have anything to do with flying. We flew for an hour in my Cherokee and after we landed he almost was crying saying " I have missed this all of my life".
    Glad to see you will never feel like saying the same thing.

    Dan R. ( Pops)
     
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    Mike, I have Formula V, and V Witt parts if you decide to build one.
     
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    Make videos! Have you kids cut the spars! Get rolling in this so nothing gets in the way! And find the cheap V.W. engines. This could be a $3000 project.
     
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    I am glad you are back to building.
    If you go cut this thing up, some words are going to be thrown around. You deserve to finish one. A fresh one of these would be great to see built. It’s a marathon not a sprint.
     
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    Think of it this way: Your kids can help so this is family time. You have been practicing the methods so you shouldn't get hung up on something simple. If you guys can bang out stuff weekly you should have most of an airplane in enough time to keep the kid's interest. I'm excited for you. This is cool.
     
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