Volksplane History Video

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  1. Apr 17, 2019 #1

    FritzW

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    Our own Matt N. sent me this link. A video of some great VP history. There's a great shot of squeezing a VP into a tiny little runway at 1:07 :rolleyes:

     
  2. Apr 17, 2019 #2

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    Yup, and even cockpit footage of Bill Beatty rolling the VP-1 prototype at 2:14!
     
  3. May 12, 2019 #3

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    I use to hate this design, thought it was the ugliest airplane ever.

    Then I saw the original at Oshkosh last year and fell in love with it. It really grows on you. I bet it's absolutely a blast to fly.
     
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    Think of it as classic design of the original VW Beetle type. Once you understand why it is is the way it is seems so much more exciting.
     
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    I really like it. I looked over the original at Oshkosh extremely long and I walked away with much appreciation. I think it's the simplicity that really pulled at my heart strings or maybe the fact it looks like a model airplane. It's just super cool.

    If I didn't hate sawdust so much I can see building one.

    What plywood options are guys building these with in modern times? How many sheets at what thickness does it take? Curious if it still lives up to it's name as the most affordable home built. Mahogany can get a little pricey to buy and ship for folks.
     
  6. May 12, 2019 #6

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    I think a Teenie Two would give the VP a good challenge for cheapest homebuilt.

    And I agree with you--after giving it a good hard look last summer, I walked away with a much greater appreciation after seeing it in person.
     
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    Like you I never liked the looks of it until a friend bought one that had been setting for many years and I rebuilt the VW engine for him. I never flew it around the pattern but did fly it up and down the runway in ground effect checking the engine out. Then like the VW bug, its so ugly, its petty . My friend really like it and sold it after a couple of years and then wished he hadn't sold it. I think its a lot better airplane than most people believe.
     
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  8. May 13, 2019 #8

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    I think most folks use domestic Birch for the 1/16" and 1/8". For the ribs, whatever 1/4" exterior ply looks good at local lumber yard. A half sheet of good 1/4" ply for the bulkheads is probably worth it.

    The plans say you need:
    3 sheets of 1/4"
    2 sheets of 1/8"
    2 1/2 sheets of 1/16"

    They're wonderful airplanes and they're crazy simple to build ...if you let them be crazy simple to build. It's not for people who need to spend 6 months laser leveling the build table and calibrating their micrometers. You need a tape measure, a saw, a bottle of glue and a bucket of Harbor Freight spring clamps.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, I've spent a thousand hours on the VP-21 thread talking about how to "improve" Volksplanes but if I needed an airplane this summer I'd grab a tape measure and a pencil and go out to the garage and build another PtP VP-1.
     
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  9. May 31, 2019 #9

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    Neat looking photo.
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    I dismissed it out of hand for years, recently I have studied it and have much more appreciation for it. It is elegant in its simplicity.
     
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