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  •  Indeed. (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, shortfinals

    And speaking of "laced tailwheels" the rims I linked are normally built with a greater number of spokes interlacing at the rear for higher strength under torque verses lighter weight in front such as 48 (cross four)/36 (cross three), 36/32, etc., exactly the opposite of your plane using stronger 48 (cross four) in front and (far as I can see) 36 (cross three) rear.

    This may also reflect the traditional 48 cross four interlacing of British bicycles of the era, which influenced the world (later, French adopted 36/36 just to be different I guess, since spokes were a lot weaker and prone to breaking than our modern SUS or HS Al spokes).

    No accident the Wright Brothers were bicycle makers, or that bicycle parts were freely appropriated.

    I don't know, but imagine the skills learned tensioning spokes by ear were put to good use tensioning cables to hold wings together and control them.

    Beautifully crafted airplane.

    {Not a sigline. You are hallucinating.}

    by koNko on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:50:58 AM PDT

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