I have no problem with tail draggers.
I have no problem with mustaches.
Every airplane ever flown has been a concoction of design compromises.
Having said that, IMHO, the RV-10 is the best airplane that I have ever flown at meeting its design goals. Near perfection for what it was intended to be, which is a comfortable and efficient cross country cruiser that can carry a very useful load.
It was never intended for sand bars, but it still does an amazing job getting in and out of unimproved strips if the need arises.
Yes it can use different power-plants than originally intended but what was originally intended has proven to be the most successful.
Yes it could be put on floats or fitted with retractable gear, and yes, it would be possible to move the nose wheel aft. All of which are theoretically possible, and perhaps fun to fantasize about, but also IMHO, MAKE NO SENSE! There are other products on the market already designed to scratch those itches, including soon, the RV-15.
Don't mess with a masterpiece. It would be like sketching a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
KITPLANES Contributing Editor