Pietenpol Air Camper

 

Pietenpol Air Camper - plan thumbnail image

Pietenpol Air Camper - completed model photo more pics (4)

Pietenpol Air Camper  
by Don Dombrowski, Doug Edwards
from RCMplans (ref:613)
September 1975 
65in span
Tags: Scale IC R/C Parasol Civil
all formers complete :)
got article :)


Submitted to Outerzone: 02/06/2014
Outerzone planID: oz5631 | Filesize: 846KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: JJ

   

About this Plan

Pietenpol Air Camper - Radio control scale model.

Quote: - "I can honestly say that I have never derived as much enjoyment from any model aircraft that I have built at any time in my life as the Pietenpol Air Camper designed by Don Dombrowski and Doug Edwards. This Stand-Off Scale model of the famous home-built aircraft of the 1930's is an aircraft that is easy to build and one that offers more living pleasure than any model we have ever published. Our prototypes were powered by OS Max .30's and OS Max .35's using 10/6 wooden props. A couple of prototypes were finished with MonoKote and Solarfilm and had only the barest of scale details. Another was finished with Coverite and K&B Superpoxy. Still another was finished with PermaGloss Coverite and was complete with tooled thin aluminum cowl plates and a simulated Ford Model A radiator. A few of the prototypes used the large Trexler air wheels while others used Proctor spoked wheels. Each of the prototypes flew exactly like the one that preceeded it, and all are still flying at the time of this writing. With an OS Max .35 and muffler, the aircraft can he flown at 1/4 to 1/3 throttle, at sufficient altitude, and your wife and kids can have a ball flying big wide circles around the field. With adequate throws on the control surfaces, the Pietenpol will do some of the wildest maneuvers you have seen. At full power, it will climb straight up, hanging on the prop, at an unbelievably slow rate of climb. If you so desire, you can climb it up to altitude, cut the throttle, and go looking for thermals - at its low wing loading it will thermal quite easily on a warm summer day. And, if you are so inclined, as Don Dombrowski and I were on one particular afternoon of test flying the Pietenpol, you can bring the plane down low, reduce the throttle, and by proper and judicious use of throttle, elevator, and rudder, fly the plane low and slow around you a few feet off the ground, ukie style. You can even shoot one or two wheel touch-and-go's as you're flying around yourself if you want to impress the spectators. The Pietenpol captures all the nostalgia of the vintage aircraft of the 1930's as well as adding a new dimension to R/C - putting the fun back into flying! Whenever I have the chance to go flying, and there isn't a kit or prototype aircraft to be tested, I take the Pietenpol for sheer flying pleasure. I have never enjoyed an airplane as much as this one..."

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Supplementary files

Article pages, text and pics. Very long and detailed, 11 pages in total includes materials list.

Corrections?

Did we get something wrong with this plan? That happens sometimes. Help us make a correction

 

User comments

Added lovely vintage photo, thanks to Andy Coutts [more pics 006].
Mary - 31/03/2017
Add a comment

 

Notes

* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.

Scaling

This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.

 

Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2017.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.