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STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Andy Garrett » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:02 pm

Well, I mapped out the required garage space. Looks like it's going be crowded in the knife shop for a while.

It'll be about 17.5 feet long,
primarily built from spruce,
single seat,
110-120 HP 6 cyl 4-stroke,
and some welding will be required.

Ok, it's not a boat.
I'm starting a Corvair powered, Pietenpol Air Camper. I've always loved those planes. Designed and first built by homebuilders in the late 20s and early 30s, this aircraft represents the genesis of homebuilding. In theory, it is a two place tandem, but I'm going to build it as a solo with a generous baggage compartment and max fuel.

Plans are on the way!
I hope to have it flying before my 50th birthday. (I am 44 years old.) :shock:
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by rbrandenstein » Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:55 am

Very cool. Looks like we'll need a new topic for boat-builders building airplanes. Hopefully, you'll keep us updated here and not is some airplane building forum. Build some floats so you can land on water, and it will fit right into this forum.
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Post by Bill Edmundson » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:26 am

Andy

Stick around for sure. There are a lot of airplane builders and pilots around here.

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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Andy Garrett » Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:42 pm

I frequent a few forums; Glen-L, Knife Network, East Tennessee Lonesome Buzzards, Knife Dogs, and I just joined Matronics Pietenpol List as well as Brodhead Pietenpol Assn.

I'm not going anywhere. :wink:
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Post by mrintense » Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:05 pm

Long ago I considered building a Falco. An absolutely beautiful airplane, but it would have cost me a fortune to outfit. I was way out of my league at the time, but it was a beautiful plane.

Thank God you don't have to spend 3 to 5K to get a boat operators license!!
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Post by steveh41 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:51 pm

Andy,

Sounds like a great project! Looking forward to seeing your progress. :D

My cousin had a turbo'd Corvair convertible in the 60's... it was a real performer and reliable to boot. The engine should be a natural for aircraft conversion.

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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by specialk » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:08 pm

Andy .. I went to the web site ...it looks so cool...and yes please keep us in pictures...
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Mannanj » Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:39 pm

Andy Garrett wrote:Well, I mapped out the required garage space. Looks like it's going be crowded in the knife shop for a while.

It'll be about 17.5 feet long,
primarily built from spruce,
single seat,
110-120 HP 6 cyl 4-stroke,
and some welding will be required.

Ok, it's not a boat.
I'm starting a Corvair powered, Pietenpol Air Camper. I've always loved those planes. Designed and first built by homebuilders in the late 20s and early 30s, this aircraft represents the genesis of homebuilding. :shock:
Why not go original and use the "A" model Ford engine with the radiator sitting on top in front of the pilot, blocking his forward view!??? :lol:
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Andy Garrett » Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:58 pm

The 40HP Model A just doesn't have the 'poop' to get the plane and my 255lb butt off the ground with an acceptable rate of climb, but I love the look of the old Fords!

I love the butterflies I get in my stomach as I gear up for a big project! :mrgreen:
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Mannanj » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:29 pm

Andy Garrett wrote:The 40HP Model A just doesn't have the 'poop' to get the plane and my 255lb butt off the ground with an acceptable rate of climb, but I love the look of the old Fords!

I love the butterflies I get in my stomach as I gear up for a big project! :mrgreen:
It would surely give you a new appreciation for density altitude though!!!! :D
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Lowka53 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:25 pm

8) you picket the right motor depending on what you do with it you can get up to 500 hp out of a corvair engine. they have been used for years after they quite making the cars for this purpose, but they are getting harder to find. If you can find one the best would be a corvair spider motor full factory trubo charged. :lol:
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Andy Garrett » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:20 pm

One of the things that make the Corvair so attractive is that it opperates at a fraction of the available RPM, thus making it uber-reliable.

I will likely go with a 110 HP variant.
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Andy Garrett » Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:42 pm

A few hundred dollars in plans and books and many hours of reading later, I am realizing that converting the engine for this airplane build may very well cost more than my entire boat build. :shock:

Better find some money...
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Tony Hain » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:25 pm

My next door neighbour is just about to test fly this 80% scale Spitfire which he has been building for about 5 years. It is running a supercharged v6 isuzu petrol motor.
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Re: STARTING ANOTHER BUILD!

Post by Ronb172 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:56 am

Carl, I looked at the Falco myself. I love that plane but thought it was out of my building abilities.
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