Any idea what is better than this?
About two years ago, Peter asked me what plane I would like to see in kit form. While I think he was asking about what sailplane I would like to see, my mind went straight to what tow plane I would like to see. In my book, the gold standard for a scale tow plane is the Cessna L-19. Ten years ago, researching the Soaring Society of America website "Where to Fly" interactive map, the top three most common tow planes in use in the U.S.A. were the Piper Pawnee, Cessna L-19, and Piper Super Cub. What makes the Cessna L-19 stand out (beside the fact that it looks cool) is its built like a model airplane! Simple landing gear, simple struts, simple tail group (unlike the other two). Peter didn't immediately seize upon this idea, but I guess my persistence finally won out...and look at that smile on his face, he likes it, he really likes it!!! In the design phase, the first decision was what scale should it be...seems 1/3-scale has become the "standard" for many of the scale sailplanes in common use now, so 1/3-scale was the obvious pick. This scale also suited the very reliable DA-150 engine that our trusty Bidule 170 tug was using. Once these parameters were decided, Peter was off to the races and produced the prototype pictured above in an amazingly short period of time. Now the pressure is on me...with kit in hand, time to finally build the plane that I have wanted for decades!