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Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby Landsurfer » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:03 pm

Used to have a set of these, and have lost them .... many house moves, RAF.
New on here so could someone point me in the right direction please.
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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby ColinC » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:06 am

Hi,

they used to be available via the LAA shop along with various aircraft plans sets. The plans have been converted to CD now, but I cannot see the Peacock drawings there.

Am sure a call to the LAA office will clarify the situation.

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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby SteveSlater » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:16 pm

Our archivist, Stuart Macconnacher is away at the moment, but I am sure we have some at LAA HQ. Alternatively, I may have a set in my personal Luton Minor/Taylor Monoplane archive. Drop me an e-mail to steve.slater@laa.uk.com and I'll see what I can find.
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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby Landsurfer » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:56 pm

As a newbie I must say i am surprised that classic PFA / LAA resources are not freely available on the site.

Where is the the Evans VP1 downloads, the Clutton "Fred" , and so many more classic airframe plans and info ...
When i joined (re-joined) the LAA i thought i would have access to all of these resources .... but no ... not the case ..
Where are the Peacock conversion plans ?

Not expecting anything for free, but if they are on the website could someone please guide me towards them ....
I could be having a "Senior Moment".
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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby Ian Melville » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:31 pm

Landsurfer wrote:As a newbie I must say i am surprised that classic PFA / LAA resources are not freely available on the site.

Then
Landsurfer wrote:Not expecting anything for free, but if they are on the website could someone please guide me towards them


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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby Landsurfer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:20 pm

Ian Melville wrote:
Landsurfer wrote:As a newbie I must say i am surprised that classic PFA / LAA resources are not freely available on the site.

Then
Landsurfer wrote:Not expecting anything for free, but if they are on the website could someone please guide me towards them


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"Freely" as in easily available as opposed to "free" smartie pants ..... :D
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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby ColinC » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:29 pm

Hi,

you mention the FRED and VP1 plans; they remain the copyright/property of individuals, e.g. Eric Clutton for the FRED and I believe Bud Evans' son for the VP1. They are not LAA property so the LAA cannot publish them. For many aircraft designs, a little searching on the internet will reveal scanned plans, but these are unsupported by the designers. Importantly, even if builders have plans, they need to be sure they have a legitimate licence to build from them or could find themselves with an aircraft that cannot be registered.

http://www.evansair.com/store.html

http://cluttonfred.info/plansbooks#.WUPUKYWcFmA

The rights to the plans in the LAA shop have been gifted to the LAA but those are of a standard that perhaps falls short of modern expectations of clarity and accuracy, so are sold with a 'heritage' tag attached to reflect their status.

Having plans just to look at for informational purposes is another thing altogether. I guess there are a lot of people like me who have a small collection of various designs considered or worked on over the years and they are a useful technical reference.

Stuart MacConnacher is doing a sterling job of organising the LAA Archives and if you have specific interests, a chat with him, or a visit to Turweston to meet with him could be useful.

regards

Colin

ps I have a set of Peacock drawings if Stuart cannot dig some out.
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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby ColinC » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:49 pm

David,

whilst getting some drawings isn't likely to be a problem, wouldn't you be better of using Leburg or similar electronic ignition for your engine?

The advantages they give for starting and the weight saving ought to justify the cost?

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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby Landsurfer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:13 pm

Have a full SR4 ignition package for the VW including all mounts and tensioners, new and unused and with overhaul certs for the mags.
I will look at the Leburg conversion and other CD ignitions.
I am returning to the homebuilt world after a 30 year gap and am very much in catch-up mode at the moment.
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Re: Don Peacock VW CONVERSION PLANS

Postby Chris Martyr » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:42 pm

Hi David,
Welcome back to LAA land after your 30 year break. I also have a copy of the Peacock plans in my workshop and should you wish to peruse them , I would be quite happy to forward them to you . Although alot of the information in these plans , I believe is now considered to be obsolete but by no means irrelevant.
May I ask what you are building ? Presumably you are looking to equip your project with the Lucas SR4 magnetos.
My VW powered aeroplane has the LeBurg system and it is just so good , but if you have all the requirements for the Lucas mags then go ahead and install it , it has done all that is asked of it for nearly 60 years.
If you want to give us all a bit more type specific info , then I'm sure there are the resources here to get your project up there into the ether... :D
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