Fleet Trainer (oz10200)
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Fleet Trainer. Rubber scale model biplane.
Later (much later) also kitted by Golden Age Reproductions.
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User commentsHi Mary, Please find attached photographs of my latest model, a Fleet F-10G, highly modified from the 1936 Peerless plan for the Fleet Trainer [main pic, 005-018]. The Fleet F-10G was a Romanian licence built version of the Canadian Fleet Finch, powered by a De Havilland Gipsy Major engine. I chose this version to avoid having to make a radial engine and to give the model a slightly longer nose to aid trimming. The model is now finished and ready for testing.
Pete Theobald - 18/06/2020
Here's a list of all of the changes I made from the original Peerless design:
Modified fin shape with laminated outline to match F-10G profile.
Trim tab on rudder.
Redesigned tailplane with laminated outline and separate elevator hinged with soft wire to ease trimming.
Tailskid modified to look more like F-10G unit.
Longerons laminated from 2 x 1/16” square.
Additional structure under turtle deck stringers to prevent ‘starved horse’ appearance.
Additional light 1/16” square balsa inset between stringers to facilitate yellow fuselage band.
Moved rear motor peg forward one bay.
Side stringers and bottom stringers to replicate F-10G fuselage structure more closely.
Redesigned cabane struts made from piano wire and aluminium tube modified to fit changed nose shape.
Additional structure to support lower wing mount with transverse box for extended lower spars to slide into.
Redesigned nose to replicate DH Gipsy Major engine installation.
All paper sheeting replaced with 1/32” balsa.
Carved and hollowed balsa pilots.
Cockpit coaming from black heat-shrink tube.
Windscreens made identical front and back to match F-10G.
Undercarriage redesigned to use piano wire and aluminium tube and to incorporate suspension.
Laminated and turned balsa wheels with plastic hub caps to hide wheel retainers.
Carved 8” balsa prop with P/D ratio of 1.3/1
Riblets from 1/32” balsa.
Trailing edges made 1/16” wider with ribs set into them for additional strength.
All spars slightly deepened for extra strength.
Top wing made in three panels with very slight dihedral added to avoid drooped appearance.
Gussets in root and tip corners.
Upper centre section trailing edge laminated from 1/32” strips with hand-hold to be more scale.
Additional 1/16” square spar in top of centre section to enable easier covering.
Aluminium tube installed at cabane strut mount points.
Additional ribs and strut mounting pads in lower wing to allow for more scale slanted interplane struts.
Balsa blocks to support upper interplane strut mounts.
Wing and tail rigging from grey shirring elastic.
The covering is green Esaki on upper surfaces, pale grey-blue Peck domestic on lower surfaces and yellow Peck domestic for underside of lower wingtips, rear fuselage band and rudder, with red Esaki and dark blue Sam’s Superlite for rudder flashes, all finished with cellulose dope. Nose art and fin lettering are from handmade decals, national insignia decals were printed on white waterslide decal paper. Weight without rubber is 66.34 grams (2.34 oz). Centre of gravity is approximately correct before adding rubber and re-ballasting accordingly.
Pete Theobald - 18/06/2020
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