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Is it going to be a gift for someone?

 

If you would like to get familiar with our props and all the options we offer, continue reading below ⇓

Museum or a static aircraft?

 

I advice to get in touch by email or our contact form. We are able to manufacture the exact prop you need.

Airworthy prop?

 

Send me your requirements and technical details by our contact form.
We manufacture props for sport and experimental aircraft.

How to configure your own propeller (not airworthy)

Type

 

Each type of a propeller has its unique shape. The shape used to give the prop its special characteristics.

Our props are accurate reproductions of original models from particular airplanes, we don’t sell low-quality products.

Scaled props still have the right proportions.

Length

Length (and material) has a major impact on price. I would like to give you a few recommendations from my experience.

Propellers under 130 cm are more like model propellers. Although this length does not seem to be so small, the propeller begins to look like a real propeller from about 170 cm. This length is already common for sport two-seat aircraft (like my Pietenpol).

The Length of the original propellers from our offer was around 2.2 – 2.6m. The power plants from the WW1 and twenties were spinning at low rpm, so large propellers were a good option to achieve a high efficiency. However, it is the size and variety of shapes of these aircraft propellers from that era that makes them artistic gems that aviation enthusiasts around the world like to hang on the wall.

The weight of a two-meter long propeller is around 6 kg, a two-and-a-half-meter long propeller is around 10 kg. It’s only the Avia propeller, which weighs about 70% more that all the other propellers.

Photo from 2012, from the beginning of our efforts, with three versions of the Sopwith Camel propeller (125, 173 and 250cm):

Material

 

The kind of lumber has a major impact on price. View the enclosed photographs for comparison.

Mahogany is the authentic material for most props, except the Fokker DR.I/D.VII.

Surface treatment

 

Stain or not?

 

The ash lumber may be stained. Using the stain I can reach mahogany or brown shade of the wood. Even two-colored props may be lightly stained. I don’t recommend using stain for mahogany lumber.

 

 

 

Patina?

 

If you’re looking for a distressed look of the prop, patina is the way to go. The patina looks best on stained ash lumber. I don’t recommend applying patina on two colored and mahogany propellers.

 

 

Glossy or matte?

 

  1. Glossy finish – it’s a polyurethane glossy varnish with UV protection.
  2. Satin finish – polyurethane satin (semi-matte) finish with UV protection.
  3. Patina – if you choose the patina, it already includes the polyurethane coat under the final layer surface treatment.

Simple hub

 

Maybe you will need to attach the prop on the wall? The hub consists of bolts, nuts, washers and wall plugs, which will firmly hold the prop in place.

In combination with patina, the visible nuts and washers in the center section will also get a distressed finish.

Sheathing

 

Brass sheathing

 

The original purpose was a protection against small particles which damage the leading edge. We manufacture it the same way it was done one hundred years ago, with modern tools. The shaped brass sheets are soldered and riveted to the blade. Each type of sheathing is based on a photograph or drawing of the original propeller.

Fabric sheathing

 

It’s available at the Sopwith propeller. It had the same purpose – to prevent small particles from damaging the leading edge.

Continue to the product page

 

Now you are ready to use the calculator. Each of the options above are results of our own research, studied techniques and years of experience. Every prop is an authentic copy of the original model while you can give it your own and unique look.

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Estabilished in 2012
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