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ERCO ERCOUPE - The living legend

14.2k Viper3000ad  1.6 years ago

This construction seeks to represent a living legend, no other than the famous Erco Ercoupe. The aircraft was designed by Fred Weick, rightly called an aviation genius. His work began in the mid-1930s with the intention of building the safest aircraft he could, and spreading the joy of aviation to the general public. Most aircraft of the time were plagued by accidents, most of which were due to derailment at take off and flat spins. The effect was caused by the propeller thrust on the rudder. To cope with all this, he created a new "H" type rudder that left the propeller flow unaffected. He also noticed that the airplanes of the day seemed quite complex to the new pilots, so he synchronized the roll control surfaces with those of the rudder. He actually created an aircraft with unique properties in the crosswind landings, that you could drive with the controls like a car.

The new aircraft began selling before the ww2 and was made of aluminum. Its visibility was fantastic as you could see the horizon line at every angle. Access was comfortable as the new aircraft was low wing, without the ailerons reaching the root of the fuselage. But the most remarkable feature was this sense of familiarity with everyday life. You could lower the windows and drive it by leaving your elbow in the cool air. Even if you stretched your hand enough you could start a small turn, as the plane was perfectly controlled to the point it rolled where it had the most drag!

Sales for a variety of reasons were modest before the war, but after the end they really launched . The aircraft was advertised as a family accessory and in 1945-46 sold over 40 aircraft per day. During this period it sold more than 2000 planes. The huge success has bothered traditional companies such as Piper, which have imposed new rules and restrictions to eliminate the use of the term Weick wanted to introduce. Thus the world's "safest aircraft" was overtaken by bureaucracy, its owners continue to adore it nearly 80 years after its production. Almost 5500 aircraft were built and 2000 are still flying today.


A few words about the construction: The aircraft like the original models has synchronized roll and yaw controls. Although later were added pedals, this was chosen to be made without. The elevators are a bit of a later release as they have an asymmetric trim tab and a split panel.
His behaviour on the air it's a fairly faithful copy of the original flight characteristics. The maximum is near 104mph and the cruising speed with engine at 75% is 95mph. Maximum sinking speed is 144mph and has a climb rate of 650 feet / min. The Vx is about 65mph and stalls in 38mph. You can rotate at 58 mph but I personally prefer the 75 rule. (Take off and landing at 75mph)
The aircraft has no flaps, so for ease the trim is on the left column of the VTOL. As the trim tab is asymmetric, when you use it at 100% you will notice a perfectly normal small roll to the right !

-AG-1=Engine master switch__AG-2= Navigation lights
-AG-3 =Strobe lights
_____AG-4= Taxi lights
-AG-8 =Engine bay______Trim= VTOL

Video post https://www.simpleplanes.com/Videos/View/1008266/ERCO-ERCOUPE

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General Characteristics

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  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 32.6ft (9.9m)
  • Length 21.3ft (6.5m)
  • Height 6.8ft (2.1m)
  • Empty Weight 715lbs (324kg)
  • Loaded Weight 941lbs (426kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.1
  • Wing Loading 4.7lbs/ft2 (22.8kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 201.5ft2 (18.7m2)
  • Drag Points 1151

Parts

  • Number of Parts 550
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    Unlisted version with Gester's light and mechanical instruments In : https://www.simpleplanes.com/a/FP4OFk/ERCO-ERCOUPE-For-personal-use#
    Same controls but with night flying capability

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    99.7k ACEPILOT109

    amazing!
    how did you get the pictures in the background? on the 3 pics

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    92.3k MrSilverWolf

    Awesome!

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    32.3k Trainzo

    Exceptional job . Fantastic plane . Great , very great job .

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    1,159 atgxtg

    Nice design. Really good detail on the engine and the cowling. I love the synchronized rudder - it does seem to make it very easy to control.

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    65.6k Chancey21

    Excellent job on the canopy, this reminds me of my own super Petrel project

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    Very well made plane. Nice performance. Only thing you forgot is to reduce the "brakeTorque" value of wheels, making the plane nose over if you hit the brakes.

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    0 Mellon

    the breaks are a bit hard but for the rest its a great build

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    24.6k Mustang51

    @Viper3000ad well thank you very much!

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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    @Mustang51
    Thanks i had fun while making it. Your mig y was fantastic. Keep up the good work

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    24.6k Mustang51

    Fantastic! It’s really wonderful and I love that you made the front gear move with the yoke (roll) like the real one

    +1 1.4 years ago
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    1,744 Y

    @Viper3000ad unfortunately not. I saw it at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    1.5 years ago
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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    @AndrewGarrison thanks for the vote, you made a fantastic program . Keep up the good work

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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    @ussr @sodiumchloride Thanks for the vote and the spotlight

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    Test

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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    @Mmdben Cool , thanks for trying that

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    3,650 Mmdben

    @Viper3000ad Yes it can land, I recommend 45% throttle,

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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    @Mmdben Oh I haven't tryed that. 😊 It can also land there?

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    3,650 Mmdben

    I love the fact that you can take off from the uss tiny.

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    92.3k MrSilverWolf

    @Viper3000ad no problem!

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    32.3k Trainzo

    @Viper3000ad , It is deserved . Hurry the next plane.

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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    @grizzlitn @kerlonceauxindustriries @chancey21 Thanks for the spotlight

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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    @treadmill103 @sgtk @trainzo thanks for the vote and the spotlight

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    14.2k Viper3000ad

    @mopckoednishe @awesomeness360 @johnnyboythepilot Thanks for the spotlight.

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    99.7k ACEPILOT109

    forgot to upvote! my bad

    +2 1.6 years ago
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