Baby Great Lakes vs Smith Mini

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  1. Feb 19, 2018 #1

    dls1981dustin

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    Could someone explain the differences between the Smith Mini and Baby Great Lakes. They very similar. Are they comparable in sizing in the cockpit and do they fly similar?
     
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    EAABipe40FF

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    I've sat in a couple Babies but haven't flown one. My impression is they are uniquely little. It seemed I was sitting on them rather than in them.

    That said, I suspect a well done example of either would be a nice ride.

    Cockpit size is somewhat relative. My Acrosuster 2 is tighter than a Smith Mini I sat in recently. Big question is how big are you?

    Jack
     
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    5’11’’ 210lbs
     
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    You are going to have to sit in every candidate. I'm about the same size with a couple of pounds extra. Sitting in my Starduster project, cockpit is plenty wide and deep, legroom average. There is a Smith project on the airport, you can get cheap probably. I am scared to try and sit in it because I don't think I can get out. Any one of them could have been built bigger and sometimes smaller. Jack up there has a Spezio. The one I sat in had my knees in my throat. I would have bought it if it were not for that. No complaints from Jack with his. As for fun, I'm sure they are both fun. Airbum website has some old articles on those planes and many others.
     
  5. Feb 20, 2018 #5

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    Yea, I too am in the same ballpark, 5' 10" & 205#. My Spezio is just fine, much better than the AD2.

    My AD2 works it's just that the panel seems so close compared to my other airplane.

    You have to try each on for size.

    Jack
     
  6. Feb 20, 2018 #6

    Larry Lyons

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    My Smith is a tight fit for me at 5'9" 175lbs. Panel is in my face, throttle is too close to the seat and I have manuver my hand on to it, knees are up under the panel. Once there I can't grasp the knob only the lever close to the rotate point. As top flying can't comment as I haven't flown a BGL but Bud Davis "Airbum" has read his short story for more info.
     
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    Construction wise the Smith is standard while the Baby has a lot of Alum parts that you will need a milling machine.
    Building from scratch you can make some changes to the Smith like some have done by making her longer and wider to fit you. I guess you can do the same with the Baby. Build a Buddy BGL as a single place.
     

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