|Project by Tim Skloss||posted 05-07-2011 10:11 PM||11307 views||19 times favorited||30 comments|
Did this project a few years back. It’s a pedal plane. That means a child can sit in it and pedal it around. Steering is accomplished by moving the control stick left and right to turn the tailwheel. The project was plans-built. Plans came from Aviation Products at: http://www.pedalplanekits.com/plane.html This kit is based on the famous Christen Eagle Aerobatics team and their signature aircraft, the Christen Eagle.
I built it out of 6 mm marine grade baltic birch plywood. The sheet was sold in a metric size by our local specialty lumber store and had cycrillic marks in one corner suggesting it was sourced and made in Russia. Aircraft grade aluminum sheet was used to cover the cowl and fuselage. Arctic white automotive primer/paint will ensure generations of enjoyment.
Very rewarding (and somewhat difficult for the beginner) to see something really pretty come out. Kids in the neighborhood would fight to “fly” it when I wheeled it out of the garage. The metal hardware is available as a kit but plans show you how to bend it yourself. I purchased the decal kit from the plans dealer because lets face it, the design is awesome and a bear to tape and paint yourself.
The best part is to see the look on the new “pilot’s” face when you say to take it easy because if they go to fast it will fly off the ground! Then watch as they try to get it up to takeoff speed.
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