UPDATED 10–5-2013 I heard from Wayne Muxlow via e-mail last night that this airplane has been donated to the HARM Museum at Creve Couer airport. Expected to be there around Thanksgiving 2013.
Posted tonight on the Monocoupe Group on Facebook:
Hello Monocoupe Friends, Unfortunately it’s time to think about selling our 1933 Monocoupe. Here are some details:
110 special long wing modified to a clipwing
engine 145 warner
hours: less than 25 hours on complete restoration
New “aeromatic” propeller
Restored to original as possible
Ultimately Dad would love for his pride and joy to be displayed in an aviation museum forever so that will be our first goal but we had to get the word out. Please feel free to share this information with everyone and contact me with any questions. I can be reached at email@example.com
A little background….. my dad, Donovan Schmidt (retired Navy Commander), acquired the frame and parts in 1978 and spent about 25 years working on restoration before her first flight. He …is an artist and craftsman. He did metal work on the N9M Northrop Flying Wing for 13 years (which is now in the Chino Air Museum), metal, plastic and wood work on the Douglas M2 Mail plane which lives in the Smithsonian, metal on F8F, F7F and P51 in Chino Air Museum as well. We currently live in Camarillo, CA.
Thanks so much for your help!
Richard Smith posted this on his Facebook page this morning. It sounds like he is back to flying the clipwing regularly.
Just in case you will be rebuilding your gas gauges tomorrow. Part numbers are from Snyders Antique Auto.
Finally, some warm weather today and I was able to spray the first cross coat of Poly Brush on the underside of the elevators. It has been too cold all week, but have been able to use that time to clean the shop and move quite a bit of “stuff” up to the hangars. Also went through my complete air system and simplified it with fewer couplings. And set up a new spray gun with a larger tip & nozzle more appropriate for Poly Brush/Spray/Tone. So far so good.
Lots of parts lined up and ready to spray:
Len Rulason posted an update of the progress on Jim White’s N501W clipwing. The aircraft is based down at Chandler, AZ. They got the wheel pants back from DJ Short and Len has been getting them mounted and ready for paint.
Len posted these pictures on the Monocoupe Aircraft Group on Facebook. I like to cross-post some of this information and photos because, well frankly, there are a lot of people interested in Monocoupes who just don’t want to deal with Facebook. But they do stop by here occasionally to see what’s going on.
I received a nice package of information in the mail today from Jim Harvey, noted Monocoupe historian. In the package was “A Letter From Pete”, a letter written by Monocoupe 110 owner “Pete” Reginald Langhorne Brooks on June 22, 1931, sent to Don Luscombe, President of the Monocoupe Aircraft Company. I’ll scan this and post it to the website, but here is a page from the letter (which was subsequently turned into a Monocoupe marketing piece) in which Pete lists the stunts that he has performed with his Monocoupe 110.
What a list!!
Was able to finish the leading and trailing edge tapes on the rudder today.
And the B-25 made it to Sedona. It was nice to see the turn out, especially since the event wasn’t advertised much in advance, but it doesn’t take too many passes over a small town to draw out interested parties!
Have been fitting straight tapes (not biased tapes) to the curved trailing edges of the elevators and the rudder. Here is one of the elevators, not completely fitted yet, but almost there. It need a little more work in the more curved areas. Since this picture was taken I finished applying tapes to the elevators.
Here is the rudder and you can see it is possible to get the straight tape to go around the curve with the help of an iron at 225 degrees.
Got a decent day up at the hangar and was apply to apply a final coat of Poly-Fiber varnish to the wood work. I still need to do the stringers and hope to do that on Saturday while waiting for the B-25 and other vintage military aircraft to arrive at Sedona.
What a nice shape to that fuselage!
Started to put down tapes on the tail surfaces. Horizontal stabilizer and elevators just about done.
Lying down tapes on horizontal stabilizer
All I have left to stitch is the horizontal stabilizer and then it is on to laying tapes. Will probably put on the last coat of poly-fiber varnish on miscellaneous pieces of wood work on the fuselage up at the hangar next. Weather is cooperating nicely and I might as well take advantage of that.