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Old 01-30-2014, 03:26 AM   #1
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Default SIG MFG "SMITH MINIPLANE" build thread starting winter of 2014,jan 29th

i am getting a good feeling about this kit build of the Sig smith miniplane. i ordered it Sunday 1/26/14 in the late evening and it arrived at my door today 1/29/14. thats amazing!!

i was also shocked at the outer shipping box's size compared to the kits box that was very well packed in news papers so it wouldn't get damaged. it arrived in perfect condition.

so heres some history on the full size home built aircraft that glen sigafoose modeled the kit to. also a few pictures to start the build off.

i should be popping pc's and sorting the sticks either Thursday or Friday. perhaps begin the build on the weekend if i get the drawings copied at staples. i like to build on the copies and hang the original prints on the wall in front of me.

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Historically, the full-scale Smith Miniplane is one of the designs that helped start the modern homebuilding era. Originally designed and built in 1957 by Frank Smith of Fullerton, California, the Miniplane was an early example of engineering with the amateur homebuilder and weekend pilot in mind. It could be constructed with tools easily within reach of the average craftsman, and in the air it was stable and easy to fly. The top wing spanned 17 ft., and the empty weight was a mere 600 pounds. Powered by a 100hp Lycoming, the tiny Miniplane cruised at 120 mph, climbed at a fantastic 2,500 ft. per minute, and was highly aerobatic. It was just what many sportsman pilots were looking for!
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In 1974, Glen Sigafoose, then President of Sig Mfg. Co., acquired a complete Smith Miniplane to use for aerobatic practice. Glen's beautiful red, white, and black aircraft was the inspiration for this mini version of the Miniplane.

here's the work tables ready to go.... really looking forward to this birds conversion. i plan on making the cock pit th battery access hatch and may need to relocate the servos for the elev/rudder ,won't know till i study the drawings and start planning.

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narrow is the place to land...wide is the space to crash....choose the narrow way!
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