|Building the Hatz CB-1
OK, I was going to build a Steen Skybolt.
I wanted a full-blown aerobat that was roomy and looked good. The kicker
was geting the money to pay for it all (meaning...the motor) After running
the numbers, and realizing I would want some serious HP up front to do
the aero thing, and taking up gliders, and realizing that soaring gives
me the flying challenge I need, and rethinking why I was building, and
deciding I want build for building's sake, and getting my father to partner
with me so I needed to pick a two-place he'd like...I settled on the Hatz,
AKA the Piper Cub of biplanes. I have always loved its looks, but shied
away before because it is probably not the most high-spirited ride. But
that's not an issue any more. Also, for some reason the Hatz builders are
notorious for winning awards (the pix above is of a grand champion Hatz
built by Billy Dawson) I want to be a part of that action too!
Go here to see
what the status of the project is.
Where I am Building It
I have been blessed with a very large garage.
It is essentially a 4 car garage, where you would park them 2X2. But of
course the back part of the garage is for storage of lawnmowers and aircraft.
I am going to start building the work bench shortly.
I have the assorted lot of handheld power
drills, handtools, jigsaw, circular saw, dremel tool, and a benchtop grinder.
I am on the lookout for an inexpensive bandsaw that can cut both metal
and wood, and I need an Oxy-Acetylene rig for the metal parts.
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