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Heinkel He51 pre WWII biplane project

Peter Garner

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Hi,

I started this project in 2005 with the ambition to replicate this aircraft as authentic as possible. In the following years I collected as much information as possible from all sorts of sources. So on paper we have reconstructed the wings and fuselage 100% accurately. I built the upper wingribs in 2007/08 and then started work on the fuselage. Only four tubes need to be attached to the nose before the tubulat framework is complete. Some of the fittings have been produced but they haven't been welded to the fuselage yet. All of the fittings have been designed however. The framework is only tacked together should some alterations needed to be carried out.
The wings of the He51 were made of pine which we also used for our ribs for which we used aerodux to glue them. Though we built a section of a spar for load testing, this hasn't been carried out yet. Like I said: the plans are there to build the complete wings and the fuselage framework.
The He 51 was powered with a 350 bhp BMW VI engine, but I guess an Allison would also do the job.
Due to health issues I have to give up my business and I won't have the financial means to continue on this.
Should anybody be interested in taking over this project drop me a line at [email protected]

The project has been supervised by an inspector from the German Civil Aviation authority and is located in Germany.

The nose area has progressed since this picture was taken:





 

Lotahp1

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Looks like a airplane that the 12 cly Ranger would be perfect for
 

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Peter:

I am sorry you have to give up such a large chunk of your life. I hope you are able to sell it to a person that will keep you involved with your "dream". Not many projects come with such a knowledgeable consultant.

will
 

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There are 2 o time Ranger V-12s for sale in Barnstormers right now. I saw them this evening. They are at Oshkosh.
 

Peter Garner

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Thanks folks,

as far as I know the Ranger is an inverted V-engine. Is there any way it can be upturned without too much alteration?

Peter
 

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I've got a couple of Jag V12s if you'd like to put half a ton up there. :eek: I know I wouldn't... Poor performers but they sure do look mean! :cool:
 

Lotahp1

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Yes the Ranger has been uninverted before. Both the 6cly and v12. The car "Blastiline". Spelling is off. I think used an uninverted v12 Ranger.
 

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Many Fokker D-VII replicas use inverted Rangers. Absolutely doable. The He-51 is a beautiful biplane. I truly hope this gets finished.
 

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Inverted Ranger.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTapiJ_LQU0[/ame]
 

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Just found the thread on this build. Truly awesome. I hope someone has the passion that you have for this project. This kind of dedication to originality is awesome.

I have the occasional dreams of building a WWI replica like a Sopwith Pup or Camel. This one sure would be great also. Maybe an EAA chapter can adopt this project.
 

Lotahp1

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Man someone needs to complete this. This is a great chance. There are two new ranger v12 engine for sale for less than 5k each!!!
 

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Peter,
Very sorry to hear you are having to stop work on this. I do not build in full scale but only models. 1/32. Your photos have been very helpful as I have a 1/32 Heinkel 51 under construction. You must have got a lot of reference material to do do your build. Is it possible you could make some of this available. In particular the cockpit area and forward to the firewall.

Hope your health improves
 

Peter Garner

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Plasticpilot,
no doubt you're building the Silverwings kit. The cockpit is totally wrong and should be completely rebuilt from scratch.
There have been setbacks with my project in the past two years, however today I spent a very enjoyable day working on the project. Originally the fin and rudder were made of aluminium, but a few weeks ago I contacted my inspector and asked him, if it would be possible to build these from wood as this would help to save time and costs. He told me to go ahead and he'd have the stresses calculated based on my design. Work on the fin has progressed well, I am using the original fin's design as a basis but I'm using wood instead (got to keep the weight down!). I really enjoy this part.

Peter
 

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