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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue750 View Post
    I was wondering what people put for year or date of their build. Would you use start date or finish date? Format, month/year?
    Finish date, year only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cluttonfred View Post
    Of course, you can certainly include whatever additional info you want, and from the selection of pre-made data plates out there (and what goes on certified aircraft) lots of people seem to go crazy.

    but otherwise I'd keep it simple.
    Yup, what's required by reg. Nothing more, nothing less.

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    OK, I'm liking this version. Year of manufacture is one of the first things I usually look for when kicking around the"boneyard" or various airfields, etc.
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    Why the need to put max gross on data plate? Otherwise looks fine to me.
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    Was trying to convey via the dataplate that this is the latest version with design increase to higher gross weight. But, I guess whoever needs to know can get that thru the operator's manual. Probably same as completion date?

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    The dog tag would work well for the ID plate on the tail cone. Sailplane manufacturers place data plates on all the major subassemblies. If you were to follow their lead, you could have dog tags riveted to everything.
    I used to scuba dive with an ex-B-52 jock named Max Gross. His body count is probably much higher than 1440 though, considering where LBJ and Nixon had him carpet bombing.

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    In regard to serial number, I use the number assigned to the plans or kit by the kit or plans vendor. This allows the vendor to offer background or specific support info to a subsequent owner of the aircraft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Buchanan View Post
    In regard to serial number, I use the number assigned to the plans or kit by the kit or plans vendor. This allows the vendor to offer background or specific support info to a subsequent owner of the aircraft.
    You see that a lot in the Fly Baby world. Pete Bowers used to assign a document number based on the year the plans were sold, with a sequential number for each plan set. About half the currently-active Fly Babies show that scheme.

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    That makes perfect sense to me now - after I registered the plane with S/N: 001 (this is my first build). Will look into the hassle factor associated with changing to the number associated with the plans if it is even a possibility!
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    Bud Evans used a similar serial number scheme: V1- or V2- depending on the Volksplane model followed by the two-digit month, two-digit year and initials of the plans purchaser. So if John Smith bought VP-1 plans today the number would be V1-0317JS. While VP-2 plans are no longer sold and are available free online, I did track down an original set and bought them from a gentleman in Montreal who'd had them since 1981. I plan to use that serial number.
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