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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    If you buy a bunch of parts, fabricate some more, put them all together, get FAA approval, and fly it, is it a kit plane? If so, this is the kit plane I helped build.

    Ok, sorry.
    Ever seen the escort version of the 747 Treb? Awesomely impressive. Proposed for the outbreak of WWIII in the '80's. For escorting mass flights of cargo planes between the East Coast of the United States and Britain. 25 Phoenix missiles under each wing and enough radar and avionics to launch and guide all of them at once. Can you say "duck!"?

    Though the only thing close to that that I've seen, eyes on, is a DC-10 loaded down with Harpoons. They would land at then NAS Miramar on occasion. I already assume they were test bed aircraft and not a new role proposed for same. They still look scary as Hell though.
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    I scored brownie points recently in Tulsa there was a photo on the wall of my new contact and i recognised it as Ken Rand early kit. I never built a kit but i did get to advise a long time ago. I also had a self steering keelcraft super 60 model plane controlled over ten miles by twin yagi antennae. Twas a student project i supervised when you could do that kind of thing. I thought Ken Rand was very smart. I have friends who fly with engines on back packs, self inflating lift foils, crazy dangerous things, too slow.
    sicut vis videre esto
    When we realize that patterns don't exist in the universe, they are a template that we hold to the universe to make sense of it, it all makes a lot more sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    Welp, for better or for worse, I am now the owner of a kit plane.

    I attended another EAA local chapter meeting. Before the meeting, Larry, the man I mentioned above, piped out, "Anybody want a Zenith 601?" I chimed in, "Me!" and we agreed to connect over the weekend. I went to his house, looked at the loose conglomeration of parts, then handful of pieces that he's already assembled, and whatnot. Finally, I asked the most important question: "How much are you asking for it?"

    I was prepared to wince, say that it was out of my price range, and regretfully decline. But he named a figure that blew me away. My heart started pounding, not believing what I was hearing. That evening I talked it over with my wife, and she agreed that if I really wanted to do this, then it was a no-brainer. On Sunday I rented a U-Haul and took possession of the kit.

    Of course, my garage is a mess now, so the first few steps will require some serious organization and a cataloging of the parts. I've also signed up for a builders' workshop at the factory next month to get some hands-on experience.

    But wow. I didn't dream that this day would come so soon. I'm gonna build me an airplane.
    Just be sure to put the fuel tank changeover where you can reach it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Just be sure to put the fuel tank changeover where you can reach it.
    As befell the short-in-stature John Denver.

    I got a kick out of the Zenith website as it reminded me of an old one-liner about how buying some products can be silly; would you like frames with those glasses?
    Last edited by schlaugh; 2018-Mar-06 at 09:29 PM. Reason: let's use words that are actually in the dictionary

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    As befell the short-in-stature John Denver.
    Yes, definitely.

    I got a kick out of the Zenith website as it reminded me of an old one-liner about how buying some products can be silly; would you like frames with those glasses?
    If that's a dig against Zenith, I don't get it.

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    Any Kitplane Enthusiasts here?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    If that's a dig against Zenith, I don't get it.
    I was amused that some items were listed individually. Engines, I understand. And I know you can order an entire aircraft as a kit. It was the piece-part way of buying that prompted the chuckle. As if a Controls Kit or a Flaps Kit were options.

    No, Zenith looks like they do a good job of packaging. And I suppose they do the breakdown for situations such as yours, when someone has a partial kit or needs to replace or upgrade components. I once toyed with the idea of a Van's kit but time and money (and now age) were two major deterrents to following through - as always. But if I had done it would only be with others in a club, else the parts would end up in a garage/storage shed/trailer somewhere.
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    Never mind.
    Last edited by jamesabrown; 2018-May-11 at 10:12 PM.

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    this might be of interest but you have to visit Norfolk UK
    It's from the local paper, a large model air show soon.
    http://www.dissmercury.co.uk/news/mo...ield-1-4998199
    sicut vis videre esto
    When we realize that patterns don't exist in the universe, they are a template that we hold to the universe to make sense of it, it all makes a lot more sense.
    Originally Posted by Ken G

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    For no reason I recall, I've been watching large RC airplanes on YouTube lately. It's quite amazing. Some look big enough to take a human pilot. I think I recall seeing a 3/4 scale Fokker Triplane, complete with genuine radial engine. When one crashed, the crew were out doing CPR on the dummy pilot!
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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