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  1. Buy a small antique like a T-craft or Champ. You should be able to find good examples of both these types for about 20K. Some of the others, such as the C-140's and J3's, tend to draw 25K or more. They are simple machines with little to go wrong. The Champ, with a C65 in it doesn't even have electrics. A couple gel cel batteries to power a hand held radio and a transponder and you are good to go burning only about 3.5 gal per hour. Go for an airplane with about a 1/2 time engine. Any inherent manufacturing flaws will have already failed and been repaired, and you will still have lots of
  2. The gear on the L-19 is softer then any other I''ve seen. It was designed for battle field liason, observation, and forward air controlling and saw service in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. It had to be able to operate from very rough unprepared surfaces, hence, the gear is VERY soft. In gusty x-winds it can really rock back and forth with the wing tips going up and down several feet. You can also botch a landing with the gear soaking up a jolt that would knock your fillings out in anything else. It''s other notable feature are the large flaps that extend 60 degrees. In a 20kt wind -
  3. A frequent discussion among those who fly taildraggers. I''ve got about 1500 hours taildragger in a variety of light stuff. A bunch of it towing gliders which multiplies the landings per hour somewhat. There is certainly one airplane that lands 3 point a lot better than on the wheels; the L-19. The gear is very soft and springy and if you don''t wheel it on very smoothly you tend to get a big bounce. After hearing many, many disucssions on this topic, combined with my own experience and reading I have come to some generalizations regarding light taildraggers. 1. It is easier and
  4. I''ve been giving some serious consideration to building my own airplane. I''m looking for something that will cruise above 150mph, 2 seats, and low hp. I''m leaning toward wood construction because I have the tools and some ability with that medium. I''ve got zero metal work experience. One design that has caught my attention is the KR2. Does anybody out there have experience building one? Any advice to offer, cost, degree of difficulty,etc? Or, does anyone know of another good performing wood airplane. Thanks, Wilbur
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