JG, to make a suggestion that is useful to you, we must first know a little more about what type flying you want to do. Primarily, do you have the need to carry a passenger (or even flight instructor), or will this just be a craft to get you in the air? Is this for cross-country work where a little extra speed is nice, or is "low and slow" around the local area sufficient? Do you need to carry some baggage? Do you plan to fly in cold, wet weather, or just during good weather (in other words, is open cockpit OK, or do you need a closed cabin with heat)? Are you very tall or very heavy? These all play a roll in plane selection.Of plansbuilt LS aircraft which is "easiest" to construct with plans that make mistakes less probable? I know its all opinion but you guys have seen more metal plan sets than I.
Easy to build, but heavy and less than stellar in performance. Most VP owners are less than satisfied with their climb and payload capabilities. Flying speeds are low, but that is not really an issue with the VP since that is expected on a design like this.What do people think of the Volksplane?
True. In fact, some of options I had in mind when I said "shed" included a trailer or used shipping/storage container. The benefit of a trailer is that you can tow it home (if the airport allows "through-the-fence" operations), whereas a shed or storage container will still require negotiating and renting a bit of space from the airport.I vaguely recall seeing something about a folding wing Jodel. If you're going to fold the wings, why not keep it in a trailer? Trailer kits are incredibly cheap from Harbor Freight, and you could easily stretch one a bit, then make some kind of enclosure for it. If you used painted dacron over a frame, it might be very light. Just make sure there is lots of ventilation area, with screens.
I built a longer boat trailer from a small Harbor Freight trailer kit in one very long day. (or maybe it was two, I seem to recall 14 hours). That's not painted, however.
some kitfox builder's/ flyer's use an enclosed trailer,..rolling hangar so to speak ..folded dimensions are 7'10" model 4 and down and right at 8' model 5 and up ,. I have design a couple trailers for kitfox's including goose neck 2 plane trailers which are 101" outside dimension enclosed ,..and built open trailers using boat trailers as a platform and lowering the back end of the trailer for the main gear on a TG,..the plane get's towed backwards on the trailer with wings close to level in fold position.There are some easy to build 2-seater kits like the Kitfox and Avid Flyer that have quick folding wings for towing your plane home or tucking it in beside someone elses plane, making hangar rent cheaper or non-existent. It also helps bypass a waiting list for hangars because you can find someone already in a hangar and rent a corner from them. You can even put it in a shed or building that is too small for a normal plane (folds to about 9' wide).
Sonex takes a different approach .There is one page that depicts a building tree similar to a family tree.You can start anywhere on the tree ie;tail,wings etc You start on any box on the tree as long as it has only one branch going to it.If a box has more than one branch(line) it means there are steps that must be done before you can move to that box.For a basic two place sport plane, Zenith or Sonex.
Lots of help available and the plans are very clear and detailed. Any plan set can be over whelming to the first time builder but after taking some time to digest them it gets more clear.
Zenith would be easier IMHO. You can get assembly DVDs from homebuilt help for most of the zenith planes and assembly manuals from Zenith that are geared towards kit assembly are available. Homebuilt help also has a DVD on scratch building which is excellent.
The Sonex has great plans but I don't believe there are any type of assembly manuals or DVDs (sonex does have some video clips) to help you along. Lots of help online though.