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On the ramp, the airplane's profile is not like the others.

The stance, crispness, and model show it as a classic aircraft of 64 years old that is far from tired or dowdy.

On closer inspection, the airplane looks even better.

The compound curves in the skins, and even the rivet spacing reveal the thoroughness and hand crafting of vintage aircraft

Luscombe never adopted the bungee cords on the gear or the eyebrow cooling of other vintage aircraft.

The engine is fully enclosed. The oleo damped landing gear legs are enclosed in streamlined skins. The exhaust is angled to reduce soot on the gear.

The cowling has the grills from the "Deluxe" Luscombe. Shall we say, "It keeps the larger birds out!".

The openings below the propeller provide pressured air for carburetor heat, oil tank cooling, and cabin heat (left to right, respectively)

The small tube exposed behind the pilot side grill provides pressurized air for cabin, fresh air.

The cover through the middle of the center hole shields the vacuum pump.

OK, it is 64 years since new, and it looks good in color.

The empennage has the "squared" tail surfaces of the later Luscombe. This provides a modern appeal while preserving its vintage lines.

Actually the crispness stems from each part being removed, restored, and painted prior to assembly.

The precise compound curves of the Luscombe cowling are classic.

Note how cleanly the grill fits within the cowl.

The LED beacon fit into the existing navigation antenna mount without modifying the airframe, while still visible from 360 degrees.

Because a GPS was fitted into the panel, there was little need to reuse the navigation antenna.

As a consequence, the beacon is far more streamlined than if it was simple mounted on the fuselage.

The clean assembly becomes more apparent when panels are opened.

Felt and chafing tape are all that are required for a tight fit between the engine door and the cowl.