And Just Like That...

mini-Corsair

It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and you're looking at a homebuilt miniature Corsair powered by an O-320.

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor in Chief, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the space shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

3 Replies to “And Just Like That...”

  1. I saw it -- not a WAR replica. It has a steel tube fuselage and riveted aluminum wings. Also a realistic-looking gunsight and a "guns armed" switch panel.

  2. Hello, Hal. Well we made it home in one day great flying weather on Wednesday. I have attached a few photos of the Corsair Tim and I built, along with this write up. Both Tim and I are not opposed to you writing an article on our homebuilt, However we would like to approve the final article before it published. We are what we call dinosaurs in amateur built, amateur designed aircraft builders. We believe in the true sprite of grass roots aircraft, and strong supporters of 21.191G built aircraft. the only factory built parts used in our aircraft are the vertical and horizontal stabilizers the elevator and rudder were hand crafted. The rudder peddles also were from another aircraft, that was the true joy of building the airplane. Deciding how to build the next part of the aircraft, was kinda like driving at night to the next town. You know were you want to end up, but only able to see what you lights show you for the next step, and deciding how to respond to the challenges that presented to us. If you want more info please call. Dennis Robinson 479-633-4182

    Built By Tim and Dennis
    The Corsair, who doesn’t like it! Being an ex Marine and an airplane nut, what a great choice for a project. Let me first speak of my good fortune to have met Tim. He and I just hit it off great. We both love aircraft and the art of self expression thru building homebuilt aircraft. We both just seem to be able to bounce ideas off of each other to come to a great solution. I would also like to mention two other guys who have help inspire me, Ronnie Love and Leo Newman. Without their friendship and guidance, I would not be able to have done as much as I have. Thanks Guys.
    Just how did we decide to build a Corsair? Well as I said,” I love the big bent wing bird”. I had a War replica Corsair project that I bought from a guy in Texas. After unloading it and sitting in it, Tim and I said “ it needs to be a little bigger and it needs more wing and the landing gear looks like it would hurt me or anyone else who had to try and land it here on the grass strip”. So I set it back on the shelf until I had a little more time to fix it right. Well after a couple of years and lots of talk about how to fix so it would be safe and a joy to fly, we decided that it would be easier to start from scratch! So it was sold to a guy who already had one flying, and needed the canopy for his. When Tim dropped it off on a trip out west he had a long talk with him about the War F-4U he was flying. He said we were right about the changes we had planned for the project, another seed planted!
    Enter TL, TL is another man who loves home built aircraft, a great machinist and very smart man. He had built a small biplane using a Subaru E-81 with a Ross re-drive and a very nice round cowl . But it fell victim to a unscheduled eventful landing. TL escaped without harm but the beautiful little biplane was not so lucky. So after a few years Tim and I bought the engine package along with the cowling. We thought it would bring a little extra airplane money at a later date.
    Well after we unloaded it and it just sat there, for a while screaming “build me an airplane to pull around the pattern”. Tim said “hey we need to build a Corsair; we got an engine and a round cowl”. I could not think of anything to say that would stop the fun. So there you have it, the very logical event pattern that started a spurt of creativity, which we both thrive on.
    Having had some problems with the FAA getting my last homebuilt inspected and ready to fly Tim and I both became very familiar with the process, and executive order 8130.2f section 9. This is FAA letter of the law regarding Experimental home built under aircraft under part 21.191G. Which simple states that you must be able to prove to the FAA that the major portion was built by you or anyone solely for education and recreation? When I went on line to get an N number for the Corsair guess what number I reserved, that’s right N191G, how about them apples!
    The next thing I would like to say, there are no limits to what you can do, the only limits are the ones you put on yourself. Just because it has not been done, doesn’t mean you can’t do it. If you want to build a homebuilt so you can fly it soon, well go buy a kit that has all of the thought process done for you. You will get an airplane that is of a proven design and just like so many other ones flying. As for Tim and I we enjoy building from the ground up, I just have one rule, if it looks like should fly it probably will. If there is any question I just talk with Tim, we even some times drag out a book or two. But as we see it just it not that hard and there is no magic to it.

    We decided on a few things, wing airfoil should be a 23015 because of its good lift to drag ratio, and if the airplane weighs in at 1200 pounds. Then we would need about 120 square feet of wing. With flaps up the stall should be around 50 mph. Landing gear would be down and wielded so to speak for the whole flight. Retracts are too heavy and how could we get the gear out in front of the spar and when retracted thru the bottom side of the spar without a lot of weight and engineering. Besides when you in the cockpit you can’t see that gear are down and wielded. So that took care of that, this is the process we used many times when building the Corsair. Again we wanted it to be very forgiving and easy to fly. We did not want to be worried about the landing the whole time we were flying it. After all this is a fun hobby, right.
    Our desire is that it will inspire you to step out into true homebuilt way of thinking. For education and recreation purpose only, have some fun building your dream.

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