FAQ

How long did it take to design and build Warbird?

 The design and build time was just over 2 years.

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Where did you get the radial aircraft cylinders?

 All of the aircraft engine components were provided by my good friends at Radial Engines Ltd. in Guthrie Oklahoma.

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Did you build the frame as well?

 Yes I designed the frame, bent the tubing and did all the welding in house.

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Who made the crankcase?

 I designed and made the casting patterns and did all the required machining in house. The casting was done by OBCO foundries in Richmond B.C. and I offer them many thanks.

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Does the engine run?

Yes, the engine has been started, and did so on the first crank. The sound is very much a blend of a large radial engine and a Harley Davidson big twin, with open exhaust of course! I will be posting a video shortly. 

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Is the pin-up girl nose art a decal?

 No, the artwork was done by a very talented local girl named Jennie Persak. She hand painted it with a brush no less! not an easy prospect when painting over a textured surface.

The colour was applied by an experienced aviation painter named George Kanavaros. He also painted a custom Indian motorcycle that I built that was a show winner.

 

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