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Old 01-04-2006, 01:12 PM
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I just came across this photo of the VK Mach I. Does anyone have specs/info on it? Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2006, 02:51 PM
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You mean something like this?
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Old 01-04-2006, 03:39 PM
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Amazing! That's awesome. I can't make out the writing on the box, is it 68" and 716 sq." single .23 - .29 engine?

If you ever decide to copy those plans I'd like to know.

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Old 01-04-2006, 03:49 PM
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Yes, span 68", Area 716, single channel .23-.29, multi .35-.45 size engine. Kitted around 1961 for only a year or two. I live a long long ways from Kinko's, but at some point in the future...

Krebiel also made a smaller version that I believe was called the Compact with a 62" wingspan for .15-19 engines.
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:42 PM
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Boy, I thought I knew everything Vern ever made, but I never heard of that one!
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Yep, and was here years before Norm Page's pattern plane of the same name.
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Old 01-04-2006, 07:46 PM
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It's a sharp looking design, if not a bit novel for it's day. I'd love to build one.
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Old 01-05-2006, 12:43 PM
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My dad purchased a Mach I from an estate years ago. It was equipped with a W.S. Deans 12 channel radio with Bonner servos and a Johnson .35 R/C with the Automix carb. He removed the Deans and installed a then brand new Orbit 4 channel proportional with the PS-1 servos and flew it a few times. The airplane was sold off and the Orbit installed in a Gus Geissinger design called the "Klutz Bug" which was something on the line of the later Kraft Ugly Stik.

Before VK closed up shop, I inquired about plans for the Mach I. Surprisingly, they had a few sets left and several sheets of ribs. I got that and a set of the Compact plans too. Both are stashed away for a later time.

A few years ago, I found one at the Lebanon, PA swap meet. Picked it up cheap too! I asked the guy what it was, he said that he didn't know and that it had been hanging up on the garage wall for a lot of years. It was in pretty bad shape, covered With Monocote and looked like it had never been flown. I started a restoration but have put it on the back burner for a while to get some other projects completed. I have several pictures and will post them here if I can find them.
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Do you still have this original VK Compact kit? Is it for sale? Any other VK kits? Mike.
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I'm not sure you'll hear from Mike. His last login was 08/31/2006. That is a pretty slick looking plane though.
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