Are you looking for an unusual scale subject? Do you love reading about odd aircraft? Boy, do I have a website for you!
Secret Projects is a forum-only website. There’s not even an about page. I would call it a medium-sized forum with about 140,000 posts and about 6,000 registered members. The subject matter is secret aircraft projects (doh!), unusual related technologies, interesting books, and odd museums.
If you don’t believe the part about the odd museums, check out the Moron Museum. I’m not kidding
–that’s exactly what it’s called. It’s an aviation museum in Argentina. I presume the name comes from the guy that donated the money for the museum. No, I don’t think they are calling him stupid (or a moron).
There are no advertisements on the website that I could find. At the top of every page there is a Donate button. I cannot imagine that the owner of the website (whoever it is
–he’s not identified anywhere that I could find) makes much money from running it. It looked to me like another labor of love.
There is a lot of diversity in the topics covered. I like to think I know a lot about airplanes, but I kept running into references to aircraft I had never heard of. That was good. There’s no shortage of links to supporting material like NASA technical reports, YouTube and Vimeo videos, and pictures. If you are looking for information on an unusual aircraft, you could do much worse than doing a search on this website.
I did not see any purposefully rude comments (trolls). That’s much more of an issue in the larger forum websites.
Despite the broad range of subject aircraft covered and the healthy discussions in the threads, I found the website a bit sparse. I kept thinking “I wonder what this will be like when it grows up”. Maybe the subject is enough of a niche that it will never grow to the size of the monster forums that I’m used to seeing.
It’s a forum. Most thread starters are of the “look at what I found!” variety. As is typical with forums, there’s no in-depth analysis of anything. Don’t ask a question and expect an expert (or even insightful) reply. Drink a beer before you log on and you’ll fit right in.
I liked this website. There’s lots of threads on interesting aircraft. I plan to go back to read more about unusual airplanes and technologies. If you are looking to do an unusual scale subject, this website would be an excellent starting point. But you will probably end up elsewhere when looking for more in-depth information on a specific aircraft.