If not your current project, then what?

This is a forum to ask questions regarding the different models of Vans Aircraft. If you are having problems deciding which one to build, this is the place to go.

If not your current project, then what?

-3
0
No votes
-4
0
No votes
-6/-7
0
No votes
-8
1
8%
-9
0
No votes
-10
4
31%
-12
0
No votes
Bearhawk
4
31%
Rocket
2
15%
Ultralight
2
15%
 
Total votes: 13

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If not your current project, then what?

Post by captain_john »

Hey All,

I thought this would be an interesting thread, as we are always thinking about the next plane we will build.

The renewed interest in the -3 kits among veteran builders is a good example.

I like the idea of a fun little -3 as much as I do a -10 for lugging around a crew!

I am probably MOST intrigued by the idea of a high wing floatplane with huge capacity like... the BEARHAWK! Maybe an O-540 with 230 hosses and amphibious floats? Simple electric avionics and good honest qualities.

What plane intrigues you?

8) CJ
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Post by cjensen »

I voted 8, hands down. It's what I really wanted from the start, but Brit wouldn't sit behind me.

I think a 3 would be fun, but toddling around by myself ALL THE TIME, would get old to me. I have no interest in the 10 whatsoever...honestly, if I wasn't building my 7, I would more than likely be building a car...Cobra.

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I'm still having way too much fun building the 7 to even think about something else I would really like to build. Maybe after a few serious setbacks one will come to mind, like something that can land on a long driveway.
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Post by smittysrv »

I think the RV10 would my next choice, and if (God forbid) I can't pass a physical, one of these would be nice:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JR7dZ3DKG2U

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Post by rv8or »

I voted Ultralight...but what that really means is a self launch glider.

Come on Van, get that -11 done!

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Post by tmbg »

I have a LIST....

I voted Rocket, but it's not really on my list for awhile, since I'll already have an RV...


the next plane will be a Super Cub, it'll likely begin construction before the RV is finished... it'll be a partner project. We want to build a ridiculously STOL cub so we can land on football fields if we want :)


After the super cub is done, we're going to build a pair of Pitts S2C's.
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Tube & Fabric biplane, RV-10, or Sportsman.
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Post by svanarts »

Dang, I'm already on my next project. But if I where to do it again, it will be an amphib I think.
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Post by 1:1_Scale »

Since a Stemme wouldn't really count as a project, maybe a -10 in a partnership with 1 or 2 other parties, or another 130+ hp for my car :evil:
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Post by BSwayze »

I'm with Don. I'm so focused on getting my RV-7A finished and flying that I haven't even thought of something else. But I voted for the Rocket on a whim. Faster, even more exciting, why not?

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Post by chappyd »

Falco

http://www.seqair.com/

I bought the plans before I got the -7 stuff. Very expensive, very complicated. I'll start on it right after I have my -7 done. Or.................maybe that Lancair.........

Can you say "kid in a candy store?"
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A Hatz Classic. Tube 'n fabric and the wind in what is left of my hair....
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Post by captain_john »

I gotta say, if money and complexity were non issues, I would go with a Nemesis!

Of course, that isn't realistic.

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Post by TomC »

My two choices would be either an Osprey II amphibian or a WWI fighter replica such as a Fokker D-VII. At the present time, these both look like pipe dreams as I need all available cash for gas and other op expenses :bang:

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I think I'd build a Breezy if not my 7.

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Post by papakeith »

If I go by what you listed, I still made the right choice for me. Thanks for the post! :)
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Post by captain_john »

Keith, you are welcome.

What I am kinda suprised at is, no one selected the -3. Hmmmm... I happen to like it but it does have it's shortcomings.

The -10's I expected to see listed. In the back of my mind I thought it would be popular.

The -7 really isn't a "second" project, I think. It makes a really good "first" project for it's relative utilitarian nature, I think.

I chose the Bearhawk because now that I have virtually completed the RV airframe, I think I could pull off the plans built wings. Without the RV, I don't think I could do it.

Thanks all for participating!

I know we have some lurkers who haven't voted. Please do!

:) CJ
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Either real practical or totally impractical

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Last post for the night. I have to get my two hours in on the plane.

I guess my choices would lie at either end of the spectrum.

A -10 would be a great traveling plane as would a Lancair ES (if I could bring myself to fork out that kind of cash or work with that much nasty epoxy). The funny thing is that after working on the RV I am less inclined to do a glass plane.

A Rocket or One Design would be great for boring holes in the sky or seeing the coast of Maine from an inverted attitude.

Antony

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Re: Either real practical or totally impractical

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aparchment wrote:Last post for the night. I have to get my two hours in on the plane.

I guess my choices would lie at either end of the spectrum.

A -10 would be a great traveling plane as would a Lancair ES (if I could bring myself to fork out that kind of cash or work with that much nasty epoxy). The funny thing is that after working on the RV I am less inclined to do a glass plane.

A Rocket or One Design would be great for boring holes in the sky or seeing the coast of Maine from an inverted attitude.

Antony
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Post by captain_john »

I am going to shut my transponder off at Pease!

STEALTH MODE!

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