Old Bill. Radio control vintage-style sport model for .29 to .49 power.
Quote: "A sport multi model with realistic WWI appearance.
RECENT reader surveys and requests suggest that sports scale models are high on the list of de-sirable plans these days. With greater use of multi channel equipment, both the new proportional systems and second-hand reed out-fits, Mr. Average is apparently looking for models that are not too difficult to build but have the appearance of the real thing. This interest in producing scale-like radio control models is partly, believe, due to the increasing number of modellers entering the hobby with little or no previous experience of aeromodelling. Their idea of a model aeroplane is a miniature version of a full-size aircraft and flying in a like manner. However, because of the newcomers' limited building ability and other modellers' semi-dislike of building, the thought of constructing a sophisticated and complicated true scale model is almost enough to put them off the hobby. The production of plans and kits for sports scale and semi scale designs helps to get the modeller into the air (which after all is the primary aim of the hobby) in the minimum time but still with the satisfaction of having a model 'Aeroplane'.
The 'Old Bill' design was influenced by a number of monoplanes of the early WWI years, a period that produced a mixture of ultra simple and highly complex wire and strut devices. For me, I prefer designs where the rigging wires on the model are purely decorative and hat elastic can be used for simplicity. Even with the more simply-designed aircraft of this era there are usually some features that are not easily represented on a model. Perhaps the undercarriage legs terminate at 'difficult' positions on the fuselage or, as is normally the case, the wing section is highly undercambered and terrifyingly thin. These are the reasons for compromising and producing a near-to-scale model.
My admiration for the enthusiast who spends hour upon hour researching, designing and building superb scale models is limitless, particularly as the risk of destroying all this work on the first flight is even greater than with sports models. The fact remains, though, that many radio controllers have not the patience or wish to spend the time in building this type of model. So, as the customer is always right (at least until his ideals disagree with mine) may I present 'Old Bill'.
Provided you stick at it, the model does not take long to build, very little longer than the average sports model, in fact. The only item that can be time-consuming is the decoration and here it is a matter of individual choice to what lengths you with to go. Being only semi scale you can choose to camouflage the model in keeping with WWI period or, and it would be equally correct, leave the covering as natural linen with only the cowl and forward panels painted to represent aluminium panels. More important than attempting to accurately copy the authentic finishing of the period is to achieve a 'character' with the model..."
Old Bill, RCM&E, September 1970.
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