DSUZU wrote:Wife had very little to do with the decision other than to agree with my deciding to do it (I have a GOOD woman ). My decision was based on our changing life demographics (getting crowded out of house by addition of 2 "rug rats" (now somewhat grown kids (and I thought I was crowded out THEN ).
My engine was a VW based 1835CC that produced 65HP. The plane, a 3/4 sized Piper Cub, weighed about 1/3 of what a "real" Cub weighs. 3/4s the size, 1/3 of the weight, and 100% of the power - at the time it was the only "replica" that far outperformed the original plane. The old original Cubs had a Continental A-40 - a 4 cylinder opposed flathead engine of 40 HP. They were underpowered. Later they were upgraded to a 65HP Continental A65.
If I went for (or ever do get back into it), I'd probably opt for a single seat aircraft. A friend says "why build something you can go out and buy". He has a home bult that cruises at 200 or better and they regularly fly it to New York or other places. No kids, plenty of money.
Remember this saying. "If GOD had intended for man to fly, He'd have given him.....more money"
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