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    I thought it was inevitable that I would build a Taildragger, it just seems more machoÖ But it sure would be convenient and low stress to have a little tri gear that anyone could fly. Iím not familiar with the Rans nose gear, is it steerable with good suspension? Is it rugged? I live on a concrete runway, but would like to land on remote strips but I really donít see the nose Dragger as being a hindrance at all Especially with a powerful horizontal tail let you hold it off at low speedís.
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    I believe the S-21 nosewheel setup is similar to the s-19, which means it's not steerable, and is castering. But it is simple, and robust to look at. Looks like it would hold up very well. My steerable, disconnect-able in the air, nosewheel in the s6 is pretty tough as well. Randy did a nice job with the nosewheels from what I have seen. I've seen 172's and other firewall mounted setups up close and they are scary, these hook into the chromoly frame and have a little more meat to them. The 21/19 style wouldn't worry me too much, it may be a little bit of a battle in a heavy crosswind until you have plenty of rudder authority, I know it can be that way in the 19, the 21 it might not be an issue depending on the size of the rudder etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airfoil View Post
    I thought it was inevitable that I would build a Taildragger, it just seems more machoÖ But it sure would be convenient and low stress to have a little tri gear that anyone could fly. Iím not familiar with the Rans nose gear, is it steerable with good suspension? Is it rugged? I live on a concrete runway, but would like to land on remote strips but I really donít see the nose Dragger as being a hindrance at all Especially with a powerful horizontal tail let you hold it off at low speedís.
    Even though I've flown nose wheel planes for most of my 52 years of flying I do have about 500 hrs of tailwheel time and there was no doubt that I want to build the tail wheel configuration. The S-21 has the makings of a pretty good back country plane and I think having more prop clearance, the ability to have larger tires if you choose and the lower weight is reason enough to go with the tail wheel. I don't think macho has anything to do with it. The only advantage of a nosewheel I can think of is the possibility of ground looping is pretty much eliminated. Anyone I choose to let fly the plane will have to be proficient with tail draggers.

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    Now that my head is clear it is inevitable that I’m gonna build a Taildragger and there something satisfying about a beautifully executed landing in a nice crosswind.
    Plus living in central Texas swear every place is far, my intention is to optimize the cruise speed probably with 6 x 6 maingear and wheel pants
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    The S-20 Taildragger is pretty tame. Yea I said it....LOL

    Hopefully the S-21 will be the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airfoil View Post
    Now that my head is clear it is inevitable that Iím gonna build a Taildragger and there something satisfying about a beautifully executed landing in a nice crosswind.
    Plus living in central Texas swear every place is far, my intention is to optimize the cruise speed probably with 6 x 6 maingear and wheel pants
    Something no one has mentioned is fairings for the strut/wing and fuselage junction. This area creates a lot of turbulence and drag and is probably worth the effort to add a faring. I wonder if Randy will do that down the road, or maybe adapt one from a Cessna 180 or some other plane.

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    I am planning to build the nose wheel version. The tailwheel advantages really aren’t needed where I plan to go. I even like the appearance of nosewheel planes better than tailwheel. Plus ground visibility and no ground loops is nice. To each his own...

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    Kip wrote :

    Something no one has mentioned is fairings for the strut/wing and fuselage junction. This area creates a lot of turbulence and drag and is probably worth the effort to add a faring. I wonder if Randy will do that down the road, or maybe adapt one from a Cessna 180 or some other plane.
    I hope RANS will offer these as an option. However ... I bet some smart enterprising soul with a 3 D printer and or access to Carbon Fiber manufacturing will offer something ...probably way before any factory official versions come out.



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