Wanna build a 110 year old airplane?

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    Tiger Tim

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    How about a book that walks you through building an early airplane? It’s pages 35 or 74 you’ll want to start with:
    http://archive.org/stream/buildingandflyi00haywgoog#page/n162/mode/2up

    I think either a Curtiss Pusher or Bleriot XI would be great to have around, though with no illusions of them being in any way practical I’m not sure I could justify the time and money in them. Not yet, anyways. I do know where to find most of an original engine for a Bleriot...
     
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    A Bleriot! Is that a 3 cylinder? I thought when Louis was on his way across the Channel his poor little engine was at the limits of its endurance. It would be cool on an Easy Riser LOL!
     
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    There is a guy at Oshkosh that has a “new” Bleriot with a Rotec radial. I have seen it a couple of times. There is probably some concessions but it looks like a stable hand full. About ten years ago there was a full correct one with Anzani.

    I would have to restore the engine, even if it was just running on a stand. Probably easy considering each one was hand made. No fancy castings.
     
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    You might be surprised by how some of those early engines were made. I think Louis Bleriot became famous for making the airplane into something more than a curiosity and as a result his airplane became mass produced, sold as kits, licensed to other manufacturers, and just copied probably hundreds of times over all around the world. The popular Anzani engine in them was made by a company who made motorcycle engines so I would imagine that’s the origin of most of the parts.

    My friend’s Bleriot engine is from Humber, a company that actually license built the whole airplane. The engine itself look so to be a bit bulkier than an Anzani, and this particular one is only about 3/4 complete. I suspect it threw a rod so some scrounging would be needed for various bits before it ever runs again.
     
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    Mass production was a lot cruder then. By that I mean an average machinest could pull off with chunks of metal instead of something complicated like a Chevy v8 head. Like I said, I would try to make it run. It would be fun.
     
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    Maybe Verner Scarlet radial could be solution to build some semireplica.
     
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    Personally I would want a Eastbourn Monoplane. It’s got ailerons.
     
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    Anzani also made radial. Some were fitted to Bleriots... They are a pretty crude design, something that many home machinists could make. Though a Verner would be much more powerfull and reliable.
     
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    That’s a slippery slope, next you might even start thinking about a windscreen!
     
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