No one has posted since my previous post, but many have viewed the thread. The number of views has climbed by almost 1,000.
I do hope Tom was not insulted with my name suggestion making a play on Bihn. Many apologies if it came through as anything other than admiration for well-designed bags.
Though I like my name suggestions, the name Starlite combined with the Tom Bihn aeroplane--more romantic than plain "airplane"--logo just brings out a dreamy sigh, thoughts of flying to meet the Orient Express, etc., for which I need a smallish, easy to carry bag.
I have had some think time regarding the lowest common denominator 19" x 13" x 8" size. I started a spreadsheet with all the airlines listed at seatguru.com, looking up their carry-on baggage information. I did not go too far before realizing the more restrictive sizes were listed as 41" or added up to that (ex.: Quantas Dash, 19" x 13" x 9"). Some airlines use different size combinations (ex.: Air China, 21" x 15" x 7", 43"), so I think the 19" x 13" x 8" (40") came from taking the smaller numbers. (Air China lists 20 cm (7.87") as 7" instead of the 8" that is only 0.13" away.)
Can the absolutely perfect carry-on size be decided. Probably not. I do think staying down near a linear 41" has a good chance for common acceptance.
Re-reading the thread from page 1 before posting and acknowledgment to cpau for noting all that, already!
There is a rule, something about form following function? I am looking for a leisure trip bag and just want a bit more space than I get from the Western Flyer. Big question is, how many people would want a similar bag. I saw links to bags of about 2,000 cubic inches but they are not available anymore. Maybe no one purchased enough. Airlines enforcing smaller carry on sizes could change the picture, but no one really knows.
Well, I think I would like one; so, can 1050 denier ballistic do this case suggestion?
Picture a cube, 19" x 13.5" x 8" (2052 cu. in., 40.5" linear). A zipper, set in 2" on the 8" side runs around three sides for a hinge opening. You set it on the bed and put in 5 packing cubes, Aeronaut end or convertible packing cubes: 13.5" x 8" x 3.25" (will that show a bit of bold? I hope). If the cubes are stuffed rounded, they will probably fill the space (5 x 3.25" is 16.25; 5 x 3.8" is 19). Bring up the cover and zip shut. (couple of outside slip pockets would be nice, too :-)