We recently received an email from Michael Smith, Director of the American National Model Aviation Museum. Michael is hoping Outerzone can help with some research he's conducting into an airplane designed by George Percy Bragg-Smith, an English designer active in the early years of the 20th century. Neither Steve nor I can assist, but thought someone out there in the wider Outerzone community might have further information or other input. You're a knowledgeable bunch!
Michael is researching a very early, unique model pusher designed by Bragg-Smith in 1909 - 1910. Bragg-Smith won or placed very well in numerous contests with the model. So far, Michael has located a drawing and description of the model, as well as a picture of Bragg-Smith himself launching it. However, he's been unsuccessful in tracking down the plans. No one is 100% sure if plans even exist.
Based on his research so far, Michael believes there might be two variations. The first one has a simple "T" frame with wire supports. It is pictured and described in 'Aero, Volume 3', by Edmond Percy Noel, published in 1911 [books.google.co.uk], page 404, continued on page 408.
And there's also the version pictured in 'Flight' magazine, June 18, 1910. This variant features a much more involved boxed structure.
Apparently, there was some information in the SAM 35 journal, 'SAM Speaks' (SAM is the Society of Antique Modelers), and Michael is currently investigating this avenue. He told us: "Any information I might be able to get would be most appreciated! Would be great to find some good info so we could build a reproduction!"
So - does anyone out there know anything about this model? Get in touch and let us know, if so.
The National Model Aviation Museum, located in Muncie, Indiana, is dedicated to "collecting and preserving significant pieces of aeromodeling history in order to inspire a broad and passionate understanding of the historic, scientific, technical, and artistic legacy of model aviation, creating learning opportunities that stimulate the imagination, and encourage visitors to become actively involved in the world of aeromodeling."
Find out more - and plan a visit - at www.modelaircraft.org/museum.