Monday 13 August 2012

Homegrown Single Seat Homebuilt Aircraft of New Zealand (10) - JT Grant D5 U/L Replica

Tom Grant designed and built his 3/4 scale Albatros D V replica from his own plans over about 14 years, which included a building time of around three and a half years.  The fuselage was built up from white pine carvel planking ( a boat building technique), with a lightweight fibreglass finish.  The wings are of standard spruce spars and ribs with fabric covering.  The engine is a 4 cylinder Toyota 480E from a Corolla..

ZK-DVR (c/n TG01) was registered to Tom Grant of Dunedin on 8/11/07.  Tom says that it flies just like it is supposed to, and he has flown around 50 hours in it to date.  I think that Tom has captured the lines of the Albatros D V really well.

Thanks very much to Tom Grant for use of the photo.

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