TYPE: Tandem-seat sportplane kitbuilt.

PROGRAMME: Construction started September 2001 and prototype (N151TD) flew 17 June 2002. By late 2003, a turbocharged version with a Rotax 914 was nearing completion.

CUSTOMERS: More than 20 sold and two flying by mid-2003.

COSTS: Kit US$37,500, less engine, propeller and instruments (2003).

DESIGN FEATURES: Configuration approximates to 75% scaled-down North American P-51 of 1940s, Laminar flow wing is 72% scale. Quoted build time 600 hours.

FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual. Horn-balanced elevators and rudder; flight-adjustable tab in starboard elevator; elevator airflow energised by vortex generators above and belove tailplane. Fowler flaps; maximum deflection 30°.

STRUCTURE: Welded 4130 steel tube fuselage. Aluminium wing has foam-filled D section. Composites wing-, fin- and elevator tips.

LANDING GEAR: Tricycle type; retractable. Mainwheels 120/90-10; tailwheel 2.8/2.5-4. Hydraulic retraction; hydraulic brakes.

POWER PLANT: One 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) Rotax 912S flat-four, driving a three-blade IVO, ground-adjustable pitch propeller. Fuel capacity 91 litres (24.0 US gallons; 20.0 Imp gallons) of which 87 litres (23.0 US gallons; 19.2 Imp gallons) are usable.

ACCOMMODATION: Canopy slides rearward; baggage compartments fore and aft of cabin accessed by doors on port side of fuselage.