Feature: The slow homebuild Currie Super Wot
PUBLISHED: 12:47 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:57 19 July 2018
Nick Bloom gets his second homebuild Currie Super Wot project off to a slow start – just the way he likes it | Words and photos by Nick Bloom
When it comes to building an aeroplane, I’m in the slow lane. I already have a Currie Super Wot, so building another one is a labour of love, and the longer it takes the better. Which is probably just as well, because Wot building can’t be rushed.
Actually, I suppose it can, if you don’t mind how much you spend. The six Wots built in 1967 by Slingsby to look like SE5a aircraft for the film Darling Lili were certainly produced in record time. For homebuilts, the rules only insist on the owner doing at least 51 per cent of the work, so a great deal can be farmed out, but if you pay others to do the specialist stuff you will end up with an aeroplane worth a fraction of what it cost to build.
I intend to do as much as possible myself, and that includes making all the metal fittings, the covering in fabric and painting, but even I will still be farming out a huge amount. I could − but won’t − make my own turnbuckles, for instance.
Or instruments. Or − taking it to extremes − turn my own bolts, weave my own cloth and make my own dope, paint and glue. And I could, but I won’t, make my own propeller. It’s all relative.