I recall when I decided to sell my C120 and get some kind of biplane. This was before internet days(1978) so it was Trade-a-plane that I spent time looking over. I was considering anything within about 500 miles. I was in my mentor's shop and asked him what he thought about a Smith Mini that was not too far away. He said,
"Just another face in the crowd"
I asked, "What then"?
I ended up with a well used S1C/150hp that had plenty of life left and am so very happy to have owned it for a couple years.....
Don't get me wrong, I have owned and flown several other bipes and enjoyed them all but IMO nothing, repeat, Nothing, I say again, NOTHING else comes close to a Pitts.
I look forward to getting my SA750 in the air and will likely enjoy it but I have exactly zero hope of it being anywhere equal to my Pitts ride. I'd love to have a simple 180 horse S2A but alas I am indeed on a coke budget.....the AcroDuster project was priced right and I went for it but I think I understand where I will be at on the ladder of sport bipes.....
I like working on airplanes and have worked towards completion on a couple and finished the Spezio but have never had the heart to start from scratch. I therefore look for a "deal that will do" so to speak. But if I were ever to start from scratch, it would have to be a Pitts.......
Another thing. I'm NOT an expert acro pilot, not even close. If anything I'm a barrel roll and loop guy. But at least with a Pitts, if I go play and it's not exactly right I know exactly where the fault lays, on the pilot NOT the plane.....:-)
OTOH, I suspect a Baby Lakes, super or otherwise, if well done would be a fun ride......Heck, I even liked my EAA bipe..... My major issue with all of them is, if the fan quits, look over the front edge of the bottom wing:
That's where you are going to land!
With due respect,