Mike I totally agree with you. I started building my first KR2 back in 1978 or so when I lived in Tulsa. I recall that Dan Diehl was building a Quickie at Riverside airport (way before it was named Lloyd Jones Riverside or something like that) and still lived with his mom (just as a point of reference). I had gotten the airplane into the boat stage when a guy that used to jog by everyday stopped and offered me $750. I had a very young family then and really needed the money so my dream was put on hold. Today, I am well on my way to finishing up a KR2 project and will definitely attend the gatherings. I wasted a lot of years and missed a lot of what I have loved for most of my adult life. Luis R Claudio KR2S Dallas On Thursday, October 4, 2018 08:44:27 PM CDT, Mike Stirewalt via KRnet <email@example.com> wrote: Yes, it's a mystery how someone can spend eight years building something and yet not have enough interest in discussing their planes and projects and even showing up for the Gathering. The U.S. and other countries like South Africa must have many hundreds of someone's life story sitting in the corner of a hangar, covered with dust.
It astonishes me as well at how little money sellers are asking for all their years of work. I guess that's all their worth since the KR wasn't a "kit". All the investment in building a KR was in the labor and twenty or thirty years down the road, nobody gets much back on "labor." It's no small thing - the work itself, the inspections, the paperwork, the loose ends and hoops involved in turning badly done drawings on a paper into a real life machine that flies through the air. Everyone was "airplane mad" following WWII and seeing something for so little money (comparatively) that could get them in the air really inspired a generation of veterans. I guess there are as many reasons for this phemonenon (the neglected or abandoned KRs) as there are old KR's sitting in out-of-the-way hangars around the world. I suppose people, many of whom were not pilots when this "Build your own $300 plane!" showed up on the cover of PM. There were plenty of accidents and scare stories as a result, in the beginning. And the wives of course. Wives must have hated those things. That damn non-removable epoxy fuel tank was such a bad design fault that I'm guessing it's one main reason so many planes have been left to wither away. How to you work on or improve a plane when you can't get behind or under the panel? When the cockpit always smells like gas from invariably leaking or disintegrating fuel tanks. That epoxy fuel tank was a horrible decision on the part of Rand Robinson, but they were learning as they went along and I'm sure that would have been the first thing to go if the company had continued. Others might say it was the retractable gear design that was the biggest design problem, but I disagree. I stressed the hell out of mine when learning to fly my first KR, with nary a problem. I thought it was ingenious, actually, especially when combined with blended covers that acted as drag producers when gear was extended.. You can tell from the paint jobs and pictures that someone, way back when, was really proud of what they'd accomplished - and rightly so. This one currently for sale is a good example. This is a sad phenomenon, for sure. If those old builders that abandoned their planes and projects knew just what a joy the KR is to fly, they might have changed their minds. Sparky Sparks sure did his part back then . . . Marty Roberts too . . . giving people the experience of flying the KR and getting them over the "bump", that may have been holding them back. Lots of stories out there. A real wealth of experiences and adventures focussed around this "fiberglass and foam" plane that really paved the way for all the composite-based aviation industry that followed. Maybe somebody will write it someday. One thing for sure . . . for someone with little money starting out to become a pilot in life, buying one of these KR's & fixing it up (learning so much in the process) is guaranteed to turn out some of the best pilots in the world. The KR is the best aerodynamic instructional platform ever invented. Mike KSEE ____________________________________________________________ 1 Simple Trick Removes Eye Bags & Lip Lines in Seconds ourhealthpros.com http://thirdpartyoffers.juno.com/TGL3141/5bb6c1c68e14b41c66361st01vuc _______________________________________________ Search the KRnet Archives at https://firstname.lastname@example.org/. Please see LIST RULES and KRnet info at http://www.krnet.org/info.html. see http://list.krnet.org/mailman/listinfo/krnet_list.krnet.org to change options. To UNsubscribe from KRnet, send a message to krnet-le...@list.krnet.org _______________________________________________ Search the KRnet Archives at https://email@example.com/. Please see LIST RULES and KRnet info at http://www.krnet.org/info.html. see http://list.krnet.org/mailman/listinfo/krnet_list.krnet.org to change options. To UNsubscribe from KRnet, send a message to krnet-le...@list.krnet.org