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Quickie Builders Association
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Mar./Apr. 2008
Issue Number 128

Checking In With HQ!

Here are a few more letters from builders I received late in the newsletter renewal process.

Like any other fool, I bought the thing in the early 80's from lust of the eyes and being a single guy. Between five moves, getting married, raising a family, rebuilding a house (five year project turns into ten), and building a church; I am finally back on the project in earnest. There is nothing much to say, other than what so many have already been through. Part of the delays is trying to re-engineer or redesign different parts, such as the wheel pants, larger fuel tank, tail spring / rudder area, and boltless trailer-able option. Here are a few pictures of my project

D. Michael Bergen Linthicum HTS, MD

The Q1 design has been intriguing to me since I taxied one a few years ago. So I bought #091 which was built by George Sweeny of Culver City, CA in 1980. Contrary to common sense, I drove it 2654 miles back to Atlanta. It needs a thorough restoration but came with two engines; an Onan and a Rotax 503. Empty weight was 291 lbs with an Onan. I have no history of it beyond that. I wanted a bare bones, but airworthy airframe and hopefully that's what I got.

It needs a lot of work as there is some exposed foam in some areas and a large square hole cut out of the bottom of the fuel tank. I need another year to finish my Waiex and then it will get my full attention. I'll fill you in as it happens.

I fly a Challenger 604 and Lear 35 for a living. I have built and still fly a Kolb Firestar.

I also built a flying model of a Q1 from a quickbuild kit. I have an electric motor in mine. I bought it to explore the Q1 flight characteristics. It's a little different for sure. One interesting thing is that at the lower 1/3 of the speed envelope the pitch control gets mushy, so it must be flown in fast for a decent flare. The model rolls scary slow, but it will loop. Other flyers land to watch it fly. Here's a link to the kit:


Kip Laurie Atlanta GA

Then I heard from a new member, Richard Labarre who sent this email.

My interest in flying started when I got back from Iraq in 2005. I went back to my civilian job and decided I need to learn to fly. I've always wanted to, but never had the money. I saved a lot while I was in Iraq. I started my flight training in May of 2005. It was then that I started looking at buying an airplane. I looked at cheap Cessna 150/152's. Then I saw the Dragonfly and Quickies in September 2005. They really sparked my interest in experimental aircraft. At the same time, I was still looking at Cessna 140's. Almost bought a few. I started my tail wheel training in January 2006.

Then in August of 2006, I bought my dream Cessna 140. Shortly there after I

earned my pilots license. I even flew my 1946 Cessna 140 back to Vermont.

After this I started looking again at Quickies. I went as far as Oregon to look at one, but did not buy it. However, I did find one in Pennsylvania and ended up buying this one. It was delivered in August 2007 and I have been rebuilding it since.

Richard Labarre Waterbury Center, VT

The next letter makes me realize that, for some, the building process can be what satisfies the soul.

I can't believe that another year has past. Enclosed is a picture of my plane that is about ready for taxi tests. I have run the engine for a few hours and it runs beautifully.

Due to the loss of my medical, I will have to put the plane up for sale. I am 88 years old this June and can't do all the things I used to do. Please put a For Sale ad in the newsletter for me. I have put 5000 enjoyable hours into building my plane. Thank you, all the old editors, and the contributors for the hints and ideas I have used over the years from Q-Talk. I have looked forward to every issue.

Gordon Hanson Glen Ellyn IL

Gordon is asking $12,000 or best offer for his Revmaster powered Tri-Q. His phone number is: 630-545-2107.

Hi Doug! I had been a wannabe since I first laid eyes on the Q planes in my younger years, but you know how it goes... money, family, life .... I started by building a Mini-max (ultra-light in Canada) and sold it to buy a Midget Mustang aircraft and have owned that project for 5 years now.

Then I went looking for a two seater and came across David Cyr (builder of the aircraft) who was looking to sell. Unless something comes out of the inspection, she'll be mine. It has about 120+ hours on it and was finished in 1998.

There is a Revmaster up front. One of the reasons I bought it was because David is one of those obsessive compulsive types and I know what kind of work he put into it; something like 5000 hours! I am planning on adding lights (tubing for wires already in), modifying the panel, and maybe a new paint job. My goal to eventually fly her to Oshkosh and one of the Tandem Wing fly-ins!

I went up in another fellow's Q-2 (jabiru engine) today and DANG I love the Q!!!!! I have included a few photos. One of the them is of me (pilots seat) and a friend trying out the fit last November in our winter coats (we each weigh 185 lbs and the fit was good).

Tony Molle

Pincourt near Montreal, Quebec Canada

Articles from this issue:

Where was Sam hiding? - by Doug Humble
Builder's Tip: Identify Those Wires! - by Jeff Letempt
>Brake Bleeding Catch Bottle - by Jerry Marstall
Sun 'n Fun Report - by Doug Humble
Swing Bar Canopy Installation - by Jim Masal
Milestone - by Kevin Boddicker
Sam's Progress - by Doug Humble
Fly-in Season Begins - by Doug Humble
QBA on the Grow - by Doug Humble

A current QBA member may have one free ad per issue. It may be a maximum of five lines of type and will be edited to fit space available. Items advertised must be owned by the QBA member. The ad contact must be a member name. Ads will be run for two issues and then the ad must be resubmitted. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that these ads may no longer be valid. They are included here only as part of the online archive.]

Wanted: Q200 Plans and Kit Looking for Q200 plans with templates and/or kit. Let me know what you have. Call Lance Hooley at (407) 361-0422 or email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOR SALE: Q2 w/ LSI Canard Q2 project assembled and ready to mount engine (no engine). I MUST clear my shop! Has LS1 canard. Final finish, cockpit and instrument panel not completed. Photos available. Any offer considered! 618-398-3393 Henry Hurd, Belleville IL

FOR SALE: Q1 Kit #154 Includes plans, Onan engine, canopy, prop, instruments & all manf. supplied parts less two blocks of foam. Boxed & stored in Raleigh, NC. Asking $3000.00. Dennis Lundberg 919-376-0374, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WANTED: I am a new Tri-Q200 owner and need a heavy nose gear. Anyone who has one for sale please Larry Seals at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (870) 942-7677.

FOR SALE: Q1 Kit #11 60% complete. Engine with high compression heads, extra foam & fiberglass included. Make offer. John Cowan, Norman, OK (405) 447-5551-hm or (405) 535-1935-cell

FOR SALE: Misc. Q parts Molds for Q-200 cowl & spinner & back plate, Q2 canopy, misc. Airheart brake parts, Q2 pre-molded wheel pants & two Q2 CSA9 rudder pedals. Contact Marion Brown at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOR SALE: Tri-Q2 Selling due to my age. This Tri-Q2 has a Revmaster 65 HP engine and is about ready to taxi test. Asking $12,000 or best offer. Located in Glen Ellyn IL. Call Gordon Hanson at (630) 545-2107

FOR SALE: Revmaster Engine 50-60 hours. Call Glenn Hockenberry at (717) 243-1100

FOR SALE: Revmaster aluminum super engine block (not magnesium) Block is machined for 94mm pistons and cyclinders & up to an 84mm crank. Asking $600. Email Rene Robertson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Roy Shannon at the Rough River Fly-in, Sept. 2007

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