Memories. Radio control (or free flight) sport cabin model, with vintage styling. For 1.0 - 1.5 cc engines and 2 or 3 channels.
Quote: "48 inch span vintage style model for 2/3 channel radio or free flight. Designed by David Boddington.
Take a pinch of Mini-Super (oz5107), a sparkling of Mercury (oz234), a soupcon of Mam'selle (oz44), stir in some of Col Bowden's Meteorite (oz7544) - and serve up as 'Memories'. Many aeromodellers have influenced my designs over the years and the early days of my model flying bring back happy memories, hence the name of my latest creation, unashamedly affected by the past.
If you have never experienced the joys building a 'conventional' model aeroplane and, believe me, it is a most satisfying adventure, have a go at building 'Memories'. More mature aeromodellers will not need to be persuaded of the merits of cutting, gluing and covering, but newer converts to the hobby, fed on a diet of ARTF's, may need persuading of the pleasures afoot.
If this is one your first attempts at building a traditional model, you may get into a few difficulties - parts might not stick together as they should, or you might get a twist in a structure, or you may find yourself wondering how on earth for Far Eastern factory workers manage to get the covering so neat and precise - just exercise a little patience and be prepared to learn from you mistakes.
Remember that the most important ingredient is accuracy - accuracy of cutting out the parts, accuracy of gluing them together and accuracy of the finishing preparations. Never try to force fit components, it will build in airframe stresses. Always dry fit a part to ensure that the fit is right, then you can glue it in position. You will know if the structure is assembling correctly, if it isn't, correct the error before continuing. For instance, if you are cutting out a component and you stray off line, correct it immediately, don't put it aside to remedy later, you will probably forget, or take the attitude that it is near enough. As my teacher in Junior school used to pronounce, 'Near enough is not good enough', and 'A job worth doing is worth doing well'. Oh, why didn't I listen to her more carefully!
When it comes to covering, you have the choices of traditional tissue and dope, heat shrink film, or heat shrink 'Tex material. We have an ongoing series on covering materials and methods to help you with your selection and application. As indicated in the article header, 'Memories' can be flown as an R/C model, in which case a 1.0 - 1.5 cc engine should be adequate (0.6 to .10 cu in), or as a pure free flight version, when an engine of around 1.0 - 1.3 cc should suffice - even 0.8 cc if you build really light. The only difference, apart from the installation of radio and the movable control surfaces, is the wing dihedral, it is less for the R/C version..."
Memories, Model Flyer, March 2004.
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