Thank you for your input. The diagonal ribbon bracing is typical for stick built and aluminum wing rib construction as well so not unique to the thermo formed ribs. Glad to heat that these rib have stood the test of time as well.
EXACTLY....It is the thing I like most about the Affordaplane...It is easily configurable to all types of personalities and flying types. It is such a great example of what can be done in a garage with vision and a hacksaw (no welded required...haha). I have been reading every word of this thread and even started on your "Ranger" thread. I am loving that concept as well. I also love your description of "Hillbilly"! LMAO! To be honest I kinda like the controversy that surrounds the little erector set of an aircraft we call the Affordaplane! Makes me want to build it even more and add my personality to it as I go. I lay awake at night thinking about how to improve the plane but the more I do the more I see the reasons why Dave landed on the design he did. Either ease of construction, stock availability or its lengths, etc etc. I'm with you VB and Erkki....I have been wondering how to get the hillbilly stank off it as well.The original purpose of this thread was identifying what can be done to this basic design to bring it closer to ideal, and further away from the things that made it questionable. Substituting bent aluminum C-channels instead of thick-wall and heavy extrusions is one of those things that would make it more "airplane-ish" and less "Hillbilly-ish" Substituting blind rivets for some of the bolts holding the fuselage together will help. Using a more traditional old-school ultralight aluminum tube "ladder" wing construction will help.
All of these things can be done without abandoning the basic configuration and style of the Affordaplane.
================================With this layout and landing gear arrangements, the Affordaplane or AffordaCub would be viable.