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Old Nov 18, 2012, 11:28 PM
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3M Plank Wing Woody/RES/Nostalgia class

I guess I will commit to building this large, 1979 era Dave Jones designed Plank wing design, called the Sunbird.
It's 1300 square inches, and should challenge my building skills.
And, it looks cool!
It has elevators and a rudder instead of elevons, so will be RES class legal for TD comps, and also being designed before 1980, will be Nostalgia class legal. And, wait, its also Woody class legal!

I'm off to order some balsa, plywood, and spruce.

PLEASE KEEP THIS THREAD ABOUT THIS PLANE.....
And I WILL be editing it, so don't get your panties wadded up if I delete a post that is wandering.

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Old Nov 20, 2012, 07:41 AM
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I guess I will commit to building this large, 1979 era Dave Jones designed Plank wing design, called the Sunbird.
It's 1300 square inches, and should challenge my building skills.
And, it looks cool!
It has elevators and a rudder instead of elevons, so will be RES class legal for TD comps, and also being designed before 1980, will be Nostalgia class legal. And, wait, its also Woody class legal!

I'm off to order some balsa, plywood, and spruce.

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... a nostalgia class, woody TD Sunbird Plank. Great build project !

I am really excited about your build as I am devoted to Plank and Horten wings and have a Sunbird plan draft since 2010 as well (but still no time to start a build from scratch).

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Old Nov 20, 2012, 09:09 PM
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Is yours the 2M Sunbird by Mike Hollison? OR the same as mine??

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Old Nov 21, 2012, 01:18 AM
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Is yours the 2M Sunbird by Mike Hollison? OR the same as mine??

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I guess it is Dave Jone's design. But it is only a draft version of the plan copied from an old Western Plans Service cataloge.

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Old Nov 21, 2012, 01:16 PM
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That is the one that I'm building.

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Old Nov 26, 2012, 11:05 AM
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Looks like fun Target.
Laminating strips for curved TE's and tips and such are pretty easy. Several ways to do it.
Many like to use a gazillions pins on a board.
Me, I like to use a band saw or jig saw and cut the shape out down the center of a 1" x X" pine, glue up you strips and clamp em together. I remember this from boat building a few decades past, perhaps before.

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Old Nov 26, 2012, 02:07 PM
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I may do the same with some 25 PSI foam.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:06 PM
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I'm happy to say that it seems my order from National Balsa has shipped, yay!

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This project will be on hold for a bit.
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Old Jun 28, 2013, 12:01 AM
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Sorry to bump an old thread but is this the plane you mentioned in guitarcher's thread?
It would be very interesting to see it updated.
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Thanks for posting the picture this is one plane I have always wanted to try and build.
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Old Jun 28, 2013, 12:21 AM
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Yep, this is the mentioned one.

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