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    Corben Cabin Ace

    Hi fellows, can anyone tell me where I might purchase a set of construction drawings for the Corben Cabin Ace or direct me to the digest they were published in. Thanks in advance. Marc Moon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus Moon View Post
    Hi fellows, can anyone tell me where I might purchase a set of construction drawings for the Corben Cabin Ace or direct me to the digest they were published in. Thanks in advance. Marc Moon
    You might want to go with the updated (1950s) Pober Junior Ace and then add your own, non-structural cabin based on photos of the old Cabin Ace. With some careful design you ought to be able to make a coupé top or interchangeable turtledecks that look well-integrated when on but can still be removed for open-cockpit fun.

    Also, check out this old thread from this forum: http://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/fo...urtledeck.html
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    When he said "Cabin Ace" I was under the impression he meant single place, which had a cabin style fuselage. There used to be a Youtube video of a guy flying a cabin ace in MN -in the winter. Don't know if it's still there.

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    Sorry, you're right, of course, and that link above to an earlier thread includes a discussion of the different Ace variants including a post from a forum member named corbenpilot who was in the process of restoring a Cabin Ace back in 2007.

    Still, from the photo below of a Junior Ace under construction (from http://www.antiqueairfield.com/artic...s-pober-jr-ace), it looks like it would not be at all hard to add an extended turtledeck and an extended windscreen joined by secondary upper doors for the side windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martymayes View Post
    When he said "Cabin Ace" I was under the impression he meant single place, which had a cabin style fuselage. There used to be a Youtube video of a guy flying a cabin ace in MN -in the winter. Don't know if it's still there.
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    Years ago when I was a young man I studied under the mentorship of a man named Bob Roe in Fort Worth Texas. At that time Bob was building a Corben cabin ace from drawings in a magizine or old digest as I seem to recall. I can not remember for the life of me the name of the publication. As memory serves, the fuselage was not at all built like the Baby Ace but rather more like a T-Craft. I tried to contact a man named Jimmy D. Lamb yesterday because the FAA showes him as the regestered owner and builder of a Cabin Ace but his very kind widow informed me of his passing. My old time mentor Bob Roe passed away years ago and I did not think at the time to ask his widow Eilene to try and save his aviation related publications. Thanks for trying to help me out fellows.......Marc Moon

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    Marcus - if it was originally published in a magazine such a popular mechanics, etc you might be able to do a library search to find the article. When I was in high school & college the library had these reference books you could look in & pretty much any subject you wanted they listed all the magazine articles ever written about the subject - now they all do that by computer. Back before EAA put the Sport Aviation archives online my sister got some articles for me thru interlibrary loan this way.

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    Here is a 1973 Sport Aviation article (attached) and a link to a builder's blog: http://mikesbabyace.wordpress.com/about/

    Per the EAA museum web site, the original Paul Poberezny articles on building the Corben Baby Ace were published in Mechanix Illustrated on May, June, July of 1955.

    Hope that helps.

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    Thank you Mathew, this does get me a step or two down the road to finding those drawings...Marc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus Moon View Post
    Thank you Mathew, this does get me a step or two down the road to finding those drawings...Marc
    You're welcome. If you are in the USA, you ought to be able to order back issues or photocopies of the Mechanix Illustrated articles from your local public library.
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    Here's a link to a replica Cabin Ace built in 1990, N386M. http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/3500.htm

    The FAA registry shows it currently licensed to a David Karren, in Jensen Utah. http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinqu...Numbertxt=386M

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