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Rebuilding a Rutan Solitaire

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Paul Gies
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#1 Posted: 2/4/2011 17:29:32

I have recently acquired a Rutan Solitaire and I am in the process of rebuilding it. On detailed inspection I found several deficiencies that gave me serious concern about the general quality of the workmanship. As a result I have recovered the prefabricated components and I am in the process of rebuilding the aircraft from scratch. I have the Plans book 1, the appendix A sheets and the rough written component of Plans Book 2. I am looking for the B, C and D appendix sheets as well as whatever additional information that Task or RAF may have provided for the spars. I also have all of the relavent Canard Pusher newsletters.

I am competent at composite aircraft structural engineering and fabrication so the lack of information is not a serious problem but I always like to have as much historical information as possible when I am working on this kind of project. If anybody has any of the documents I am missing, or additional information, I would appreciate a response.

 



Ian Huss
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#2 Posted: 3/9/2011 14:49:31

Hi Paul,

 

I also recently acquired a Rutan Solitaire that I'm working on. I have quite a bit of info with mine and I bought it from the guy who made the kits for RAF. I'll look through the stuff I have and see what I've got.

 

Did you get that one that went through EBay last year?

 

Ion

Boulder, CO



Spencer Gould
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#3 Posted: 3/9/2011 23:31:54

Do you guys have a web site up for your Solitaire project? know of any builders web sites for this plane? I like to check out the Long Ez construction photos / builder sites from time to time,

Regards,

Spencer



Paul Gies
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#4 Posted: 3/10/2011 09:10:34

Ian,

    My solitaire was purchased in Canada but is registered in the US. As far as I know it was not advertised on eBay. I would appreciate any help you could give with regard to the missing documents - particularily the Appendix - D drawings.  I have split the fuselage shell and am currently removing most of the internal structure down to the original shell layup. I am particularily interested in knowing the position and design of the tow hook and the routing of the release cable. I Have found evidence in the shell that leads me to believe that the tow hook was originally in place but was removed later.

 

Regards,

Paul Gies

 



Tim Taylor
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#5 Posted: 4/8/2011 09:46:06

This is a somewhat related subject; I am in the beginning stages of planing a build of a Woodstock with a 13m wing. Some were in the history of this glider design a self launch capability was incorporated. What I'm looking for are designs for engine/motor plyons. If you would like to share any of this kind of information it would be greatly appreciated.

Tim Taylor