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Parlor Pusher - Simple canard pusher rubber model.
Hi Mary/Steve - Here is another Paul Del Gatto tribute I found buried among the back page advertisments of MAN 01-59. I found no text with this plan.
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Wow! I had forgotten where this one came from, one of my first models that really flew, must have been about 1960. Being, as most kids were, generally without money most of the time, here was something I could afford. Of course, the model magazines were out of my 25 cent price range, but the library, reachable by bicycle, had stacks of Model Airplane News available to check out and pedal home. Picking up discarded pop bottles on the side of the road for the 2-cent deposit gave me enough income to build some simple models. A bicycle basket full made me rich. I didn't realize how small this thing was, probably because I instantly enlarged it after the first version, so small that no available rubber would fit. It's still too small. Back then, I cut apart an old golf ball to discover miles of tiny rubber strip, just right for baby models. That's what I used on my first version. All of mine were either red or green, the only available colors of dime store tissue. Later, enlarged to about 16 inches, they could be powered by 1/8" rubber strip, available at Poyner Seed Company, which had a small hobby corner, with Ambroid, crappy Testor's balsa and a few Comet kits. The real prize, however, was a selection of Kaysun plastic props meant for rubber power, the 5" size being just right for 1/8" strip. All sizes of these things flew off my card table building board, some being a *lot* bigger, with more rubber and props carved from apple crate pine, another vanishing skill. When you think about it, the steps it takes just to carve a prop are pretty big when starting with nothing as a kid. My Daddy didn't own a screwdriver, so I was on my own. You need a vise to hold your crate wood, a hammer to pull the nails, a coping saw to cut it out, and most important, a way to sharpen your pocket knife. But I was able to get past all these obstacles to build a bigger Pusher. One version stretched a full three feet, powered by a wad of rubber as large as a small snake, wound with an eggbeater drill. Its rolled balsa fuselage, wet formed around a broomstick, handled the brutal torque delivered by lots of 1/4" rubber strip. Don't remember what its fate became, probably lost in the trees, but I do recall strapping sparklers onto the wings and flying it at night from the local golf course, flames streaming from the wingtips. I'll have to build another, probably bigger so I can use the 1/8" rubber I already have, none available locally nowadays. In all, today was a nice memory trip on Sunday morning.
DougSmith - 29/01/2017
Doug, I have to thank you for igniting many memories from my youth. I also
built the Parlor Pusher when I was a kid (now 73), to fly in my parents'
living room in our rented apartment. The golf ball source of rubber gave me
many years of rubber supply for many more models to come. I only built the
one original size from the magazine but it was a great flier for my limited
skills. It was probably one of the projects that kept me in this hobby for
many years. I'm still actively involved in modelling building 1/4 scale and
gliders as well as some float flying. This must be addictive but I guess
I'll quit someday.
This is one little model that you can't go wrong with. Long skinny elastic
bands hooked together might be OK to power it with or you may have to
enlarge it a bit to 12"-15".
Best of luck to all who try this one.
PeterCary - 30/01/2017