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218KR

USA
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Posted - 12/16/2010 :  10:23:11  Show Profile  Reply
Hey guys, I'm fairly new to the thorp world and brand new to building. I have not taken the plunge into building one as of yet, but it's on the horizon. I'm just curious what the cost to build this baby is going to be? I know I know, it depends on engine, avionics, etc... I'd be looking at a t-18 with an O-320 probably, and undecided on avionics at this point (still have a while to think about that). Just curious though if anybody would be willing to divulge info on what it cost them to build? Cost for airframe only, or with it completed. Anybody keep receipts? It seems like you can buy a completed airplane for about the same as it would cost to build? I actually still want to build it myself though Also, how are the plans setup? Easy to read, or do you spend hours staring at drawings trying to figure out what the heck your looking at?? The forum is great! Thanks in advance guys.

"What happens when you get scared half to death twice?"

leewwalton

USA
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Posted - 12/16/2010 :  10:37:53  Show Profile  Send leewwalton a Yahoo! Message  Reply
Kyle,
You're in luck. One of our most active Thorp builder/drivers is a few miles away from you, David Read in Olney, IL. He's probably got the best grasp on all of your questions as he was in your boat about 5 years ago. He's finished now and has one super nice airplane.


Lee Walton
Houston, TX
N589LW,N51863
KDWH

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218KR

USA
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Posted - 12/16/2010 :  10:54:14  Show Profile  Reply
I know David and have even bummed a couple of rides out of him (thanks david!). I'm sure I'll be wearing him out with questions soon enough. I was just curious and looking for a wide response from several different people just to see where everyone stood. Just curious, thats all.

"What happens when you get scared half to death twice?"

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leewwalton

USA
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Posted - 12/16/2010 :  11:44:07  Show Profile  Send leewwalton a Yahoo! Message  Reply
Ah ok. Well I have recent experience with rebuilding and what building I've done has been with leftover materials and or parts.

One of the beauties of the Thorp that in my opinion set it apart from the rest of the "real" homebuilts (in other words, an airplane you can actually go somewhere in) is that the T-18 was designed with the plans/scratch builder in mind. I would argue that for the price of just the Van's RV-7 kit ($31,370) a good scrounger could build and complete an entire T-18.

here's where I get that ...

I recently sold an entire T-18 "Kit" for $7500 (that's about the going rate on the second hand market and there are a couple out there right now in that range)

You can pick up a mid-time 0-320 for around $7000-$8000

Tools/Hardware figure $2000

So;

$7500 + 8000 + 2000 = $17500

That still leaves you another $12500 for Misc items such as avionics, prop, paint, etc


Lee Walton
Houston, TX
N589LW,N51863
KDWH

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darinsimon

Australia
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Posted - 07/11/2011 :  19:50:57  Show Profile  Reply
Can anyone give me an idea on some sort of materials list to build the T-18, eg No. of sheets of each gauge and alum angle etc.

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Rich Brazell

USA
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Posted - 07/11/2011 :  20:57:32  Show Profile  Reply
Go to the NL Archives (NL 1-44) You will find "Excerpts from T-18 NL's 1-12. PAGE 18...SHEET METAL MATERIAL LIST FOR 1 T-18. PAGE 234- LANDING GEAR MATERIAL LIST. There is also a sheet metal material list for the S-18. Can't remember the page number ? Type material list in "search" and it will direct you to the page for all the above. I don't remember a material list for stringers.

RB

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darinsimon

Australia
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Posted - 07/11/2011 :  23:45:11  Show Profile  Reply
Got it, this is just what I was looking for thank you.

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