Rick's Cozy Plans

Look Ma, No landing Gear!  (Retracts)

This project is comprised of 26 Chapters spread across two notebooks and some "M" drawings which serve as templates and more detailed drawings where necessary.  I paid 500 dollars for the plans and right to build this sweet plane.  A dream finally come true and money well spent.

Chapter One gives description of the Aircraft,  and contains the Cozy License Agreement.  I believe that Nat Puffer, the original designer of this aircraft, should be commended for such a wonderful design.  It's fast, smooth, and flies nicely.  It carries up to four people at speeds beyond 200mph.  It has a range of over 1000 miles.

Chapter Two includes the bill of materials. (BOM), and a tool list.  I decided to buy the kit by chapter because it works as an easy payment method to finance the project.  (Velocity wouldn't split up their kit for me.)   It would be cheaper to buy the complete kit all at once if you so desire.  The tool list was not bad.  I already had most of the tools.  I did buy a nice epoxy pump (MBT-JR by Glen Marc Industries) and wow, it's sure been worth it.  I have every item on the tools list.

Chapter Three is probably some of the most important reading you can do before starting this project.  As a way of Education it covers how-to's of using:  epoxy, fiberglass, micro, flox, foam, and many techniques in working with these materials.  It covers drilling, sanding, and grinding.  There are lots of helpful hints which can save you time and money.

     In this chapter you build or are given plans to build certain jigs and tools you may need to build the plane.  You do practice lay-ups of fiberglass and resin.  I have worked extensively with fiberglass building a submarine with 3/16 inch typical layups so I simply read this section.

    There is a discussion of the Aircraft Reference System used to define possitions of bulkheads and parts to the fuselage, wings, etc.  The chapter includes aircraft inspection criteria.

    The hotwire foam cutting procedure is discussed in this chapter with directions on how to build your own wing cutter.

    There is also a discussion about repair of fiberglass parts which you inevitably either made incorrectly or otherwise destroyed.