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April 2001 Kitplanes Article - Sherwood Ranger

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Eric Witherspoon
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#1 Posted: 5/14/2011 00:29:03

I'm working on a Sherwood Ranger.  A what?  Yes, there's not much info out there.  Another of the EAA's sites says it was featured in a Kitplanes article, April 2001, page 24, 7 pages.  Does anyone have that issue?  If so, could we work out a way I could get a copy / see it?

My website 

Sherwood Ranger factory site 

(ok, it's a 2-place LSA biplane, riveted aluminum tube structure, fabric covered, Jabiru 2200 power)

Thanks,

Eric



#2 Posted: 5/14/2011 03:23:14

I have the July 1996 issue of Kitplanes in front of me right now--it has the Twinstar Gyrocopter on the cover.  Anyway, on page 10 is a story on the Sherwood Ranger called "Ranger to the Rescue".  The article is 6 pages long and was written before companies had websites.  There's an ad on the side of the page for the all new Bendex/King KLX-135A.

If you are interested in having this article scanned and emailed, after I blow off the dust, write me: flyguytilidie@yahoo.com


James



Patrick Panzera
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#3 Posted: 5/14/2011 05:29:35

Hi Eric,


Would a nice Experimenter article suffice?


http://www.eaa.org/experimenter/articles/2009-09_ranger.asp


Pat



Eric Witherspoon
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#4 Posted: 5/14/2011 08:22:34

Thanks, guys!  I've seen both of those.  The 1996 article is available via the factory website, "downloads" section.  The Experimenter article is very well done, though more of a perspective from the factory.  The 2001 Kitplanes article I'm guessing might be more of a "I built one, and here's how it went" sort of piece.



Brian Church
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#5 Posted: 5/20/2011 22:22:39

Eric,

Are you building from plans or a kit?  I have always liked the Sherwood Ranger ever since I saw the turquoise and purple XP demonstrator years ago at Oshkosh.  The company website provides little information and I have wondered if they were still in business.  I have the article you are looking for and will scan and email it to you.

Brian

 



Eric Witherspoon
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#6 Posted: 5/20/2011 23:53:44

I'm going to see how far I can get from plans, then will probably need to place an order with the company for some of the really unique parts like the fuel tank and the fiberglass top deck.  I haven't really started asking yet, but I'll need some help with a little welding and some machined parts.  It's simple lathe and mill work, but it's definitely got some parts outside the range of tools I collected for the Sonex. 

In the thread I started in the Red Barn forum for this airplane, I kind of hinted that maybe the company would consider putting together a "hard parts" kit.  This would give them an offering at a lower price point for people like me who can do simple layout, cutting, drilling, and bending of flat stock, tubes, and other simple shapes.  It also would be a really small box to ship from the UK to customers around the world as an intermediate kit to get the basic airframe sitting there.  Then, once that is ready, one could ship the larger package with that fuel tank and fiberglass deck.



Eric Witherspoon
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#7 Posted: 5/21/2011 17:45:32

Thanks guys!  Brian got me a copy of this article.  I can see why the current factory wouldn't need this on their site.  It's from the time after the designer / original parts supplier had died, but before another company was really in a position to support builder needs properly.



Patrick Panzera
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#8 Posted: 5/24/2011 16:01:20

Keep me posted on your progress. I'd like to feature your build in Experimenter. We have a What Our Members are Building column each month and our readers are clamoring for plans-built projects, especially wood. 



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#9 Posted: 5/27/2011 12:40:32

There was an article on the Sherwood Ranger in the British 'Popular Flying' magazine (now called 'Light Aviation') that compared the Ranger with a Tiger Moth. Nothing about building it as I recall, although it does comment on it's structure and controls etc. but mainly it was a report on its flying characteristics and then comparing those with the Tiger Moth. It came out very well in the comparison. Enough to put it on my 'short list' (regretably I haven't got past that point). I've got the article, but I'm about to move house shortly so it's all packed away (I think). All the best for the build ! David.



#10 Posted: 5/27/2011 13:57:04

Dear All


If you go to www.g-tlac.com/press_releases.html you will find most of the flight tests done including the US one with Dan Nelsons aircraft, if there are others I don't know about please send me a good quality PDF and I will up load them.


Please also look at the following links 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsDZxfskuSM   which was filmed in Friedrichshafen this year 

and www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpI_y1vVc4k&feature=related  which is being finished as we speak as a promo video

The first video you will see my ugly mug, but there we go you have to pay a penalty somewhere along the line.

The Sherwood flys like a dream it is nicely stable yet really chuck'able for the more spirited aviator, short field take of and landing come as standard and at the end of the day without disconnecting any controls you can fold the wings, stick her on a trailer and take her home.


We are just going through approvals for the German market, we are also getting UK approval for single seat aeros, significant improvements  have been made on the kit with noted time savings using new assembly techniques.


Well we are regularly getting serious enquiries from the US, about 2 or 3 a month but we need to find a distributor to represent us, if you are that man (or woman) please give me a shout.  


Kind regards to all

Paul (CEO The Light Aircraft Company Ltd home of the Sherwood Ranger)