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I'm building one

PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:07 pm
by Brett
I just started on one. I am welding it together. I am also planing on doing aluminum wing ribs and skin. If anyone has tried or done this let me know.

Brett

PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:33 pm
by Sean_Caranna
I know of an airbike being built with fiberglass wings. At http://www.airbike.freewebspace.com/ Never seen an affordaplane with metal wings, should be cool! Please post some pics when you can.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:25 am
by Brett
I just got the aluminum for the frame. As soon as I get started I'll put some pics. on the web. I don't think I will get going to hot and heavy until after Sebring.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 9:26 pm
by Sean_Caranna
Brett,

How much to you expect this project to cost you? I have seen a few sites that claim the affordaplane can easily be built for $3000. I just find this hard to believe. I'm sure you could find a Rotax 447 for under $1000 used, but $3k for EVERYTHING! Think you could shed some light on this for me?


Sean C.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 9:50 pm
by bottleworks
Hey! I am starting to get ready to build an affordaplane. What did the alumnium end up costing you? I have looked at onlinemetals.com and it came to a subtotal of about $1850. What thickness is the plate for the gussets? He left out the Al plate in the shopping list.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 2:45 am
by Sean_Caranna
Brett,

How is the affordaplane comming along?

Sean

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 3:21 am
by Brett
The affordaplane is on hold. I am finishing up a Ran's S6ES right now. And working on a single seat Bi plane.
The aluminum for the AP only cost me about $400 I think $1800 is WAY to much. Of course I get my aluminum wholesale.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:38 am
by jak
Hi Brett, seriously reconsider welding, it's been tried and by itself does not work. The plates are agraviting to cut out but really do give more strenght  than welding. The aluminum will crack beside the weld under stress and this will happen very quickly. I know of people who welded and bolted the gusstes and the weld still cracked.  Justmy two cents worth. Jak