Super Skyrocket B (oz10091)
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Super Skyrocket B. A reduced scale model of the 1942 Leon Shulman classic Super Sky Rocket B (oz9892) design.
Quote: "Super Skyrocket B. This CO2-powered Free Flight replica featuring ultra-light construction may be just the thing for that small schoolyard session. By Al Lidberg.
If you're looking for a fairly simple sport model for CO2, perhaps this replica of an Old Timer will fill your needs. I've been interested in the OTs for quite a while but could not build very many in full sized versions because of workshop space problems. Replicas in smaller sizes have solved my problems, both in .020 glow engine size, and lately in CO2 powered form.
The Super Sky Rocket 'B' comes to us from the drawing board of Leon Shulman (originator of many great F/F designs, the Drone diesel, and, more recently, RC activity). It was published in the May 1942 issue of Flying Aces and qualifies as an old timer. The timing of its publication would make it a fairly late cabin design, because, by then many pylon models were being flown. Cabin models, of course, have their own qualities and those modelers who favor models that look like airplanes never have appreciated pylon models.
The replica Super Sky Rocket B makes a nice sport model for CO2 and it allows the modeler to capture the essence of cabin OTs in the process. There's even been some talk of a new OT replica event - for CO2 power. No matter what, you can build this one for fun with a minimal investment in time, cost, materials and working space.
Fuselage. Fuselage construction of the CO2 Sky Rocket is quite like the original and utilizes a method typical of the OT era. A basic ladder-like crutch is constructed of fairly firm 1/16 x 1/4 in balsa over the top view. Formers are cut out and then added in-the-air to the crutch. Bend the landing gear wire and sew it to the firewall former with strong thread and epoxy.
The bottom stringer is then cut out and added to the formers. The structure will seem very flimsy until that stringer is in place. After fitting the stringer, true up its surface and any protruding formers with a sanding block and add the 1/16 x 1/4 stringer cap. Now add the cabin and upper stringers..."
Super Skyrocket, Flying Models, January 1980.
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User commentsHere is another of my recent models, once again built from one of your collection of plans. This Super Skyrocket is for a Telco Co2 motor [model photo & more pics 006]. This model is covered with Blue and Black Airspan using SIG Stixit which I have found is the best adhesive for Airspan, lightly doped; the white pin-striping is a 1 MM strip cut from Solarfilm. Tricky to iron it down without distortion, needs full concentration and no hurrying allowed; after all, a hobby is for spending time, not saving it! (An old Bristolian saying!) The propeller I laminated from 1 MM veneers of contrasting colours, using white PVA glue from Queensland called AV-101, used to glue up real wooden aeroplanes, so it's great for balsa and can be sanded.
John&Kath_French - 04/02/2019
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