The Corsair82: 82% F4U-1A Corsair

Corsair82 Frequently Asked Questions
This page is a quick list of the most common questions people have about the Corsair82.

Why 82%? (Probably the most frequently asked question.)
When will it be done?
Will plans or kits be made available?
If kits are made available, how much will they cost?
Will there be a tube steel frame in the Corsair82?
How fast will it fly?
What type of fuel consumption can be expected?
Where did you get the plans to build the Corsair82?
Will you share this data?
What is that flange around the cockpit area?
What happened to the Corsair Discussion Forum?
How come I can't see the digital videos on this site?
How come I can hear the digital videos on this site, but can't see them?
Why do you use QuickTime for the digital videos?
What happened to the Printer Friendly version of the Corsair82 website?
Who do you use to host this website?


Q: Why 82%? (Probably the most frequently asked question)

A: The reason for 82% scale is that the engine I chose, (P&W R-985,) has a diameter that is 82% of the engine in the real Corsair. A full scale replica would be too expensive to build and operate. The Corsair is a very large aircraft. At 82% my Corsair is almost the same size as a real P-51. Most other replicas are 50%, 66%, or 75%. Those numbers only make sense in mathematics. I chose my engine and then scaled the aircraft to it. I chose the R-985 because I wanted to use a radial engine. And I wanted one that was dependable, affordable, and available. The R-985 costs about $15000 to $20000 when purchased fully overhauled. You can't get another dependable 450 hp engine at that price anywhere.


Q: When will it be done?

A: It is hard to speculate on a completion date. I have a full time job, so I can't always work on the Corsair when I would like. And I am a perfectionist's perfectionist when it comes to the aircraft.


Q: Will plans or kits be made available?

A: Plans will not be made available. Kits may be made available, however I am concerned with liability and I am not sure I want to expose myself and my family to the problems lawsuits can create. After I fly the prototype I'll look at kits more closely.


Q: If kits are made available, how much will they cost?

A: I don't have a clue. I haven't even started producing structural parts. I have no way to determine how much a kit will cost.


Q: Will there be a tube steel frame in the Corsair82?

A: No. A composite aircraft that is properly designed does not need a frame. The composite structure is more than adequate for the loads an aircraft experiences.


Q: How fast will it fly?

A: My calculations say it should have a top speed of close to 300 mph.


Q: What type of fuel consumption can be expected?

A: I speculate 17 to 22 gal/hour.


Q: Where did you get the plans to build the Corsair82?

A: I spent years researching the Corsair. I found the original lofting from the Vought plans. The lofting was entered into a CAD program and drawings to my scale were generated.


Q: Will you share this data?

A: Regrettably, no. I have too much time invested in the research to give this data away. It's out there. If someone wants it bad enough, they will find it. I'm also worried about liability. I don't want to be involved in any way in any other Corsair designs or projects. It's a shame that decisions have to made because of the fear of lawsuits. That is just the reality of the way our society has evolved.


Q: What is that flange around the cockpit area?

A: There is a digital video in the Shop Talk section that shows the cockpit area of the molds and answers any questions about it. Click here to go directly to that video's webpage.


Q: What happened to the Corsair Discussion Forum?

A: The site that provided that service has gone out of business.


Q: How come I can't see the digital videos on this site?

QuickTime A: All the digital videos on this page are in QuickTime format. In order to play them you must have the QuickTime plug-in and/or player. You can download this free from Apple. Just click on the "Get QuickTime" logo to the right of this answer to get it free.


Q: How come I can hear the digital videos on this site, but can't see them?

A: All the digital videos on this page are in QuickTime format. The sound track uses a format common to many media players. So they will play that if they are able. But if you don't have QuickTime installed the video won't be displayed. Also, make sure you at least have QuickTime version 4.0. To save space and bandwidth, these videos use compressors that aren't available in previous versions. You can download the latest version by clicking on the "Get QuickTime" logo to the right of the previous question.


Q: Why do you use QuickTime for the digital videos?

A: First, it's free. Second, It's compatible. It's availble for most computers out there. Third, it performs well. It has the best quality verses file size ratios. Fourth, it offers one of the largest variety of compressors and formats of any file format. I can show the subject with the smallest possible download. Finally, Apple sets the standard in many areas, but most especially in digital video.

Q: What happened to the Printer Friendly version of the Corsair82 website?

A: This required a tremendous amount of work that is completely unnecessary. Most web browsers can override text and background colors automatically, especially when printing. If you are having difficulty printing you should check out the other browsers that are available.

Q: Who do you use to host this website?

A: This website is hosted by Kevin Farley. Kevin does all the programming for this site as well as my other site www.ki27.com.


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