Gazariator

 

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Gazariator  
from Sterling (ref:FS-32)
68in span
Tags: IC R/C
formers unchecked


Submitted to Outerzone: 01/06/2018
Outerzone planID: oz10134 | Filesize: 2904KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: Mike

   

About this Plan

Sterling Gazariator. Radio control sport model for .50 - 61 power. Wingspan 68in, wing area 800 sq in.

The Sterling Gazariator was billed as a "Super Fledgling", an enlarged version of the earlier .40 sized Sterling Fledgling (oz4117) kit.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Note this is a 2 colour 400 dpi scan that is in need of a good cleanup, and some very careful straightening out. I have been meaning to get on with this one for ages, but it is a lot of work and I have no time available right now. Since the Gazariator plan is very rare (I don't think there are any scans of this online, at all) I'm just going to just put this up as a raw scan for now. As it is, it remains very useful compared to having, well, no plan at all. Anyone who wants to jump in and have a go cleaning / aligning this one, please feel free :) Steve

Update 07/06/2018: added kit review from Radio Modeller, January 1975, thanks to RFJ.

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User comments

For those that have never heard of the Gazariator it was Sterling's enlarged 'Fledgling', both of which were Sterling's head to head competition for the Goldberg Sr. Falcon and Falcon 56 respectively. Since it was a new design in the '80s it had some improvement in structures and fly-ability over the Sr. Falcon. I flew one for several years with an early .90 size four stroke on ironically, Goldberg Piper Cub floats. Great flyer.
TomSolinski_OklahomaCity - 08/06/2018
It's nice to see the Gazariator plan on your site. Back in the late 1970s, a friend built one of these for his first R/C model. Being a typical Sterling kit, the balsa used was rock-hard and heavy. Because of this, the airplane ended up at somewhere between seven and eight pounds, but still flew well with an old OS Max .50 (non-Schneurle). It was surprisingly fast for the amount of power, and was extremely easy to land. The roll rate was best described as "leisurely", and we soon retrofitted 1-1/2"-wide ailerons in place of the stock items for a slightly improved roll response. It was still no pattern model, but at least we could keep our rolls inside the field boundaries. If a builder is careful with his choice of wood, I think the airplane could be built to come in under seven pounds, and would probably fly quite well with a good .45 and still be a lot of fun. Keep up the good work on the site!
Moeregaard - 18/06/2018
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