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Skybolt questions

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Jan 17, 2007
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I am in the process of buying a skybolt project. I looked at one and when comparing the fuse to the plans (mine are dated 94) All the tubes matched perfectly from the firwall back to the sta 85 (rear pilots shoulders) but from there back there was not a single tube that was like the plans. The top and bottom had the cross members spaning much further, where the plans show steeper angles resulting in shorter spans. I thought it was a mistake. I am now looking at another project much farther along and I am excited about buying and finishing it. I see it looks like (from pics) that it is built the same way!!! Does any one know what the plans looked like before the 94 update??

I was thinking I could add more cross members but now am thinking wieght.

The other thing is this airplane has routed ribs not built up ribs. I would perfer the lighter and stronger built up ribs but are routed ribs a reason to say no to a whole project??? According to the late hale wallace they are only 7.5 punds heavier.

I hope this all makes some sense. I will try to add a pic of the fuse soon. I hope to soon become the newest skybolt builder and I know I will need to lean on the experence in this forum to get the bird flying

Thanks in advance



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