I'm building one

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I'm building one

Postby Brett » Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:07 pm

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.

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Postby Sean_Caranna » Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:33 pm

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.
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Postby Brett » Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:25 am

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.
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Postby Sean_Caranna » Mon Sep 13, 2004 9:26 pm

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?


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Postby bottleworks » Sun Oct 17, 2004 9:50 pm

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.
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Postby Sean_Caranna » Tue Nov 23, 2004 2:45 am

Brett,

How is the affordaplane comming along?

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Postby Brett » Tue Feb 01, 2005 3:21 am

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.
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Postby jak » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:38 am

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
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