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Return of the iconic Clip Wing

Johnny Livingston, Woody Edmondson, and many others flew Monocoupes almost 90 years ago to the delight of crowds everywhere. Whether running a Clip WIng in an air race or doing an aerobatic routine, the fans knew they were in for a treat when the sporty high wing plane was in attendance. Only a handful of Monocoupe 110 Specials were produced with just a few surviving today. Although small in production number, they are great in performance and sex appeal, reaching speeds over 200 mph on just 150-185 hp. These speed demons were the planes to catch back in the infancy of air racing and left an indelible mark in many pilots minds.

 With the technology today, we are able to produce products faster and more economical than ever before. We are using the latest technology to produce one of the finest airplane kits available - The Monocoupe Clip Wing. We started the project by searching for original plans and getting an original Monocoupe in our shop to use as a reference. From there we CAD designed the airframe in 3D to insure that every bracket, fitting, bolt and piece is the right size and in the proper location. By virtually building the airframe in 3D modeling, we were able to rotate each individual part and have CAD files on each and every part. We left nothing to chance and produced the finest example of a Clip Wing that is available with tolerances in the thousands of an inch.

What drives a group of individuals to take on the daunting task of bringing back the iconic Clip Wing? Passion. When a friend and I were in Oshkosh in the early 90's and walked up to Bud Dake's black Monocoupe, we were frozen in our tracks. There sat the hotrod of the airshow, sitting high in the front like a bulldog puffing it's chest out. Sleek, sexy lines that snaked down to a thin looking back with a radial engine up front that was ready for business. There were thousands of planes at the flyin that year, but that Monocoupe stood out like no other. After many miles of walking, we seemed to be drawn back to the Clip Wing and eventually went out to dinner with Bud. Although it was over 25 years ago, it seems fresh in our minds today. We promised ourselves we would someday build a Clip Wing Monocoupe, but family, jobs, and other commitments come first, and time just slips away. As my kids got older my son found a passion for flying and the desire to be in and around airplanes bit him hard. He began working on his private license at the age of 15 and we started an airplane project to have for him to fly.

Though we acquired a few airplanes to work on, they never seemed to scratch that itch. After over 20 years, the friend that took me in his Bucker Jungmann to Oshkosh walked back into my life. Although we had not seen each other for over two decades, we instantly got back in the groove of talking airplanes. A couple days after the reunion we were sitting in a restaurant and he informed me that he had bought a Monocoupe years ago. The memories rushed back like a river in spring time and the thoughts of seeing that black Clip Wing over 25 years ago sent chills down my spine. As we talked about Monocoupes, we discussed him working on his fuselage and the fire was lit. Leaving the dinner, I thought about nothing but Clip Wings driving home. I couldn't sleep or eat. All that was on my mind was the Monocoupe. Not only did I want a Clip Wing Monocoupe, but I knew that others did as well.

There are a huge number of airplane kits available today, making it easy for individuals to get into flying an experimental plane. Though the field is full of different models, ranging from ultralights to mega dollar turbo prop creations, we still had an itch to scratch. In the past couple decades we have built high tech fixtures for race cars and composite molds for hotrods and airplane parts. Surrounding ourselves with craftsman that can draw in CAD 3D, laser parts out of aluminum or steel, and others that are the top of their field led us to discuss building a kit. We knew we had the team of experts in each area needed to produce the finest chrome moly fuselage, wooden wings, composite cowlings, and all the small parts to build the project. With a fire burning inside, we set out to create the plane we are offering here as a kit - The Monocoupe Clip Wing.

We created a company to produce the plane - the Monocoupe Clip Wing Corporation. With my daughter and the same friend who relit the fire running the company, we have laid out a business plan to bring back the Clip Wing. We started with the fuselage and after building it in 3D CAD, we built a jig and have the individual tubes laser cut and fishmouthed for a perfect fit. Every part and bracket is produced to exact specifications. Moving on to the wing and tail, we are offering a kit with the wing spars, all the pieces and brackets to build the wing and tail using proven methods of construction over a century old. We will be offering quick build kits for the ribs and eventually the wing complete. Future sub kits will include the cowling and fairings done in carbon fiber, the sheet metal, the wood kit for the fuselage, control kits, and more. We are constantly adding to the sub kits so we will be able to offer virtually every part on the plane including gas tanks and windows. Our commitment is to support our customers to enable them to have their own piece of history in the form of a Clip Wing.


Monocoupe Fuselage Jig


Wing Jig


Horizontal Tail Fixture


Elevator Fixture

 

For more info, photos, or videos of the Monocoupe Clip Wing Kit
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"Many can build a kit plane and have it come to market- We are building a dream. Come join us and share the dream."


WARNER 185X
Radial Engines

What started out as a challenge to find a Warner 185 engine for our demo plane turned into the comeback of a very special radial engine. One of the partners in the Monocoupe business wanted a Warner 185 on his Clip Wing so we started looking hard for a good rebuildable core. While searching the internet, we came across an old post that someone was  going to reproduce the rare Warner. After tracking down the lead, we contacted the owner of the Warner name and rights and found out that he had been trying to get the engine reproduced but was having a hard time. He had the name , rights, and over 1300 original blueprints of the radial, and after some negotiations, we signed a license deal to make the engines.

We started by 3D CAD drawing every single piece on the engine, down to the studs and bearings. Almost 300 individual part numbers are digitized and solid models were completed so we could look at, modify if neccesary, and ready all the parts for production. Another lead took us to Missouri where we purchased the largest know collection of New Old Stock (NOS) Warner 185 parts. Piston rings, valves, rocker covers, down to stud kits, we have over 274,000 parts inventoried and in stock. With the parts in stock, we started organizing them into groups of importance to produce them. Some parts we have hundreds, even thousands of and we won't have to make them for years. Others, like the cases, induction housing,  and heads are very rare and there are none available on the market. Those rare parts became our priority and we started manufacturing them as soon as possible.

We purchased a brand new Haas VF5 CNC mill with 5 axis table to be able to produce the aluminum parts in house, and partnered with a machine shop that specializes in precision parts in high strength alloys. They are making the jugs, crankshafts, master rod and con rods, as well as other non aluminum parts.
We are going to run each new radial engine on our in house dyno and supply the customer with a dyno sheet specific to their engine.

Our business plan is to produce 20 engines in 2018 and ramp up to 50 annually by Jan 2019. We have over 1300 interested people on our mailing list that have given us their name, email address and airplane they want to build using the new Warner 185X.  While not every one of those who contacted us will buy an engine, we have decided to take a nominal deposit to lock in build slots for those who are serious. We anticipate that we will be sold out of build slots for 2018 and 2019 by the time the engine hits the dyno. If you are interested in securing a build slot and one of the first 70 serial numbered engines, please do not hesitate to lock yours in by going to www.monocoupe.com/warner.html



Front Case


Rear Case

 Induction Housing Part A

We are excited to be offering the new Warner 185X Radial Engine and anticipate that we will be in full production by early 2018. We are now in the process of finishing production fixtures, building pre-production parts, and verifying programming and toolpaths.

Our first series of engines will be as close to stock as possible with stock compression, head and port design, and cam profile. Differences will be limited to the way parts are made, example being CNC machined vs cast. The second series of engines will have a higher compression, improved port and head design, updated cam profile and fuel injection.  Our predictions are the Series 2 engines will be in the 250-270 hp range at 2450 rpms. We have a Series 3 engine planned which will be the high performance model with yet higher compression, fully ported heads, high performance cam profile, electronic ignition and numerous other improvements that will result in a projected 300 hp with it still weighing in at 300 lbs. This engine will be available in 36-48 months after rigourious testing.

We also have plans to certify some of the parts for use as replacement parts on flying certified airplanes and maybe even have a certified version of the Warner 185X available in the distant future. For more info, photos and videos of the Warner 185X
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