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Old 02-02-2015, 06:42 AM
SR2500 SR2500 is offline
 
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Default The Pedal RV

Yes, for the last year, a friend, Charlie, and I have been working on a secret project -- The Pedal RV. In early 2014, I noticed a comment on the Forum that expressed a need for a child’s pedal airplane made out of aluminum that looked like an RV type aircraft. After a quick search, I realized the only pedal aircraft currently available were made from wood, and resembled WWI and WWII type aircraft. With Charlie’s expertise and advice, we came up with a design/construction plan and began cutting aluminum. The project finally began to come together over the summer, with me building additional pieces and allowing Charlie to disassemble/measure before final riveting. Over the fall, I began work on an extensive construction guide, replete with photos, while Charlie fine tuned the mechanical drawings (CAD). Last week, we turned on our website -- http://www.thepedalrv.com and today, I became a paid advertiser on the Forum. Perhaps in a couple of years, we can have a line up at Oshkosh and award an “Outstanding Workmanship” trophy or something! Please visit the site and let me know if you have any questions. You'll find our advertisement on the "Previous Days VAF News Page."

The prototype was painted to match Brian "Torch" Wampler's RV-8 of the Rocky Mountain Renegades. We share two grandchildren in common.

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Jerry Folkerts
www.thepedalrv.com

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Old 02-02-2015, 08:50 AM
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Jerry, congrats and good luck on the new enterprise.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:15 AM
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Default Build a kit!

This might make a GREAT practice kit.

For as many folks who wind up building two empanage kits, this might be a GREAT practice kit, so when you get to the Emp, you have better skills!

Unfortunately, building from plans will not really help that kind of builder. They need a pre-punched kit.

Hmmmm... Van has the equipment to build that kit.

CC

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Old 02-02-2015, 11:10 AM
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Default more creative mods....

...and a bubble canopy option!
and......
( noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the slider / tip-up dilemma!!!)

what about a prop???

what I used on models when I was 10, was a clear plastic disc to simulate a spinning prop. Might help spread the safety message?

5 point harness?

inverted pedal system?
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:25 AM
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Default Look for Jerry..

Working alongside myself at OSH in HBC he was the original "Coffee Man" up at 5AM to feed the ravished hoardes!!
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:00 PM
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...and a bubble canopy option!
and......
( noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the slider / tip-up dilemma!!!)

what about a prop???

what I used on models when I was 10, was a clear plastic disc to simulate a spinning prop. Might help spread the safety message?

5 point harness?

inverted pedal system?
I think we all know the main question here is whether all parts are etched, alodined and primed before assembly.

Seriously, that looks really cool. I'll have to look into one for my nephew who is now very into the Disney "Planes."
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:14 PM
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Default Windshield

It is going to need a windshield, otherwise when the kid is going down the hill at 40 mph they are going to have a hard time seeing
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:09 PM
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Default RV Pedal Plane




I built this one 18 years ago for my son when he was 3. Its plywood and has an ABS cowling and wheelpants. Used to be able to get the plastic through Spruce, but they aren't made any longer.
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:17 PM
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But what are you putting on the glare shield edge in case of impact?

Crow Seat Belts? Matching helmet for the first flight?
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:21 PM
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Default Pedal plane

Sad they are not as popular as before. That is some incredible workmanship. I would love to build one if it came pre punched. I would even prime it!
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