Plan file details
Ragnarok. Radio control aerobatic model.
Quote: "Maybe this semi-scale pattern ship won't destroy the earth as did its fabled namesake, but like all other models it can make a dent, if not properly handled! We know it won't, as you put it through its paces. Ragnarok, by Dale M Alyea.
In the 'year of the comet,' we bring you Ragnarok - a trim, fast, scale-like stunt model which unlike some comets we've heard of, can be seen. An intriguing, old, Scandinavian legend tells about a battle between the gods and the comet Ragnarok (which means variously 'darkness of the gods' and 'rain of dust') - the comet won the battle and destroyed the earth.
With one leftover wide Mosquito canopy I wanted a plane under and an extra-strong building urge, I thumbed unenthusiastically through my moldering plan file and decided I would have to start from scratch to get the plane I was after. The result was Ragnarok, semi-scale in appearance for those who tend in that direction, but actually a stunt job designed around flight and appearance characteristics I have come to look for in models. Since Colorado is a high altitude state, a plane that is light and designed for a larger engine is preferable - also desirable is a fast, clean job that has excellent slow flight characteristics. Ragnarok fills the bill. Here's how to put it together.
Fuselage. Cut the fuselage sides from 1/8 x 4 x 48 inch sheet balsa stock. Match the fuselage sides exactly and laminate sheets of 1/32 plywood to the insides to give additional strength over the wing cutouts. Glue 1 in triangular stock longerons to the top of each side. The longerons will help also in rounding out the fuselage shape later. Then, 3/8 in square longerons are glued to the bottom of each side in the same manner..."
Ragnarok, MAN, December 1974.
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