Always start with a mockup

The aerodynamic design ir practically done and it’s time to start with the full-sized airplane. But before I put my hands on it, a mockup of the center section is needed to decide on how to design the cabin. A cabin is not needed in an all-wing, at least from the point of view of aerodynamics. Nevertheless, you need to sit somewhere, unless you decide to use a prone position, like in the Horten IV. To be honest, I prefere a more conventional sitting position.

After getting some ideas and letting a friend cut wood for me, I started to build a full-sized mockup to get an idea of the sitting position, instrument and control positions, and not to underestimate, how the view out of the plane is going to be. Essentially, I decided to build the mockup of two spars and wooden ribs. It will be covered with Ceconite Superflite 104A. Surely not he cleanest build, but it should do enough to get a feeling of how it’s going to be piloting the Schneewittchen.

There is still a lot to do. Anyway here are some pictures:

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