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n3480h

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Well why not. This is one of my projects. Its a plans built two seat Sonerai, powered with a stroked VW Type 1 (2287cc). And yes, it is full scale and I will fly it. Also have a Skylite ultralight in the hangar, undergoing a rebuild/refurb.

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Very very cool! I had a customer back in WA who lived on a private strip and only had birds he built in his hangar. He took me up a few times, but I'll never forget the first. The fact that they were all built specifically for stunt flying wasn't completely evident to someone like me so I had no idea what that shiny piece of metal and boxer engine were about to subject me to. He was very proud to have made every conceivable pice himself (obviously ignoring things like displays etc). Will you be doing the same?
 

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Wow, that is awesome. I would love to get involved with a build like that, but I have way too many interests/hobbies...
 

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Thanks guys. I got the 7x10 lathe two years ago and did a few parts on it, including a prop hub spacer. I just got the HF mini mill because I hand made so many parts that would have taken a lot less time if I had a mill. Wish I'd had the mill long ago, because cutting the carbon fiber instrument and switch panels was not a lot of fun. The plane is very efficient, typically 140-150mph cruise and about 4.5 gallons of car gas per hour. It is also rated for sportsman class aerobatics. The engine uses a magneto and a Dyna electronic ingnition for redundancy, with two plugs per jug.

Here's a view from the pilot's seat (rear seat). You can see where the mill would have been nice to make the cutouts for instruments. Oh, and there will be a very lightweight gray trunk liner carpet inside the canopy skirt.

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Nice work!!!

I have a passion for airplanes and I have several scratch builds under my belt as well as a few re-builds including my latest, a "C" model Cessna 172 that I did in 2009 that was a complete nosecone to tail restore with new engine, interior, prop, paint, controls, etc, etc. I currently have a 1946 Piper PA-14 in the works but have had to put it on the back burner due to work demands!

I'll try and post some build pictures if I can retrieve them as they are on my old laptop that recently conked out.
 

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Thanks Ray. Always interested in other's builds and refurbs. Did my PPL training mostly in an old 172, and I am still fond of that old bird, Johnson bar flaps and all. Refurbed a '46 415CD Ercoupe, then jumped straight into a Cinquanta Hornet bipe, with no tailwheel training available. Good times. Here's a pic of the Hornet right after I painted it:

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Neat, guys please post some pictures of your builds.
 

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i second that request. . . . .
 

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Well, some people call them airplanes...


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My Rotorway 162F helicopter. Bought the kit in 1998, first flew it June 2001, been flying it ever since.

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That is AWESOME!
 

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Beautiful work Mr. Wolf! My 4 year old granddaughter, my son, and I, took a ride in a R44 last summer, her first flight experience. We all loved it and it was cool to see the wonder and joy on her face. Great fun!

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Thanks for the compliments.

I chronicled my experiences building and flying my helicopter if anyone is interested:

www.ucosm.com/rotorway

Haven't updated the website much since I started flying it.
 

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Bought this 90% complete in 1994. Finished it up and had it flying in 6 months. Over the last 18 years have modified and upgraded it. New Radio, Transponder, Toyota Starter,
Alternator Kit, Scott tail wheel and so it goes on.
Model is a Hatz Bi-Plane built from plans powered originally by an Lycoming 0-290 but swapped it out a few years ago for an 0-320.
I have flown it to Oshkosh 3 times it now has 1000 hrs TT. I have taken so many people for plane rides I have lost count.
Never had anyone get out without a huge grin on there face.

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Awsome '
 

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Good looking Hatz, Joe. I just finished turning threaded plugs for the control tubes for a Hatz build in Texas.

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I have a RANS S6ES I bought from a friend 6 years ago. Also built a Challenger II in 1995 that I flew for 13 years. I finally spent money on better tools to get the job done right. These things always need tinkering.

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Beautiful Rans, Flip. I hear they are a joy to fly.

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N3480h, you mentioned that you were running a VW type engine. Was your engine a car engine that you stroked and made provisions for two plugs per cylinder? Or, is this a purpose built aircraft engine that is a boxer?
Thanks
 

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I have to say, all of you guys have an awesome hobby...
 

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N3480h, you mentioned that you were running a VW type engine. Was your engine a car engine that you stroked and made provisions for two plugs per cylinder? Or, is this a purpose built aircraft engine that is a boxer?
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Brandon, the engine is based on a Type 1 VW, but no part of it has ever been automotive. I built it with 92mm jugs and an 86mm stroker crank, for a displacement of 2287cc. Case is line bored and it has a completely different 4th bearing which is very large. Arp lightweight racing rods, and an SU HS4 carb. Heads have been modified for two plugs and it utilizes a magneto and a Dyna 5 electronic ignition for redundancy. Hope to see 85-90hp from it at 3600 RPM. The accessory case caries a 20 amp alternator, the mag, and a starter. Weight is 160 pounds dry. Properly built and maintained, most are going 1500 hours before rebuild.

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Beautiful Rans, Flip. I hear they are a joy to fly.

Tom
Thanks Tom. It is the best compromise I have found for comfort, safety, utility (speed and short field access), cost (upfront, maint. and fuel), and looks. Plus I no longer get a medical every other year with sport pilot regs.

I can see why flying a Sonerai would be fun! That is a much more lively creature.
 

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This one I built in 2010

We have enough snow now in Minnesota!

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SWEET!!

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This is a picture of the project currently in my garage. I hope to fly this Bearhawk aircraft this summer.
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Wow, lots of fliers here! I owned and flew a 1941 Taylorcraft for some years, then disassembled and srored it for about 10 years awaiting restoration. Finally realized I wasn't going to restore it as the process just didn't hold my interest... I like building original designs, working out the details; an airplane restoration doesn't leave much room for improvisation. So I sold it, bought a powered paraglider, then designed and built another powered paraglider (with a converted Kawasaki drtbike engine). Still have the PPGs, but mostly fly a Kolb Ultrastar that I bought used. Currently working on a design for an aerobatic ultralight biplane, though actual construction is a few years off.
 

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Well, some people call them airplanes...
What's the saying about helicopters... A series of parts flinging about in an attempt to rip themselves apart? Or something like that. :D



I'm still an apprentice AME (A&P in the states?), since I gave it up about 15 years ago.
Still gained a huge stack of knowledge from it (including discovering an industry I don't want to work in! Ha!).
Will stick to flying them - not working on them for a living.
 

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Well, this is my 1960 C-310F. Fast and nervous, but I love it. I cruise in it at 180 knots indicated air speed, seldom reaching over 216 Knots Ground Speed. I m now working on it, will soon fly again....by the way, Im looking for hartzells blades for it.

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