Waco N oz10311


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Submitted to Outerzone: 29/07/2018
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Waco N Tricycle. Control line scale cabin biplane model. For Cub .049 engine.

Quote: "One of the most advanced private-plane designs of pre-war days, the Waco N makes a fine model. Waco N Tricycle, by Walter Musciano.

This neat five-place private craft was one of the finest deluxe personal planes made during the pre-war years. In model form, this tricycle beauty is an easy-to-build-and-fly 1/2A engine-powered control-liner. The nose wheel virtually eliminates broken propellers and nose-overs during landing. Very few model supplies are needed and the cowl, bellcrank, control horn, tank, etc. are stock commercial items readily available. Therefore, complete con-struction, ready to fly, should not re-quire more than twenty hours for the average builder. Plans are presented full size.

Construction should begin with the fuselage. Cut the bulkheads from the prescribed material and cement together to form the rectangles shown in the sections. Saw the firewall to shape and drill hole for fuel feed line. While the bulkheads are drying, cut the fuselage sides from soft 3/16 sheet balsa and join at the rear. Install bulkhead 'C' and cement well. When dry, pull sides together and add fire-wall 'A' and bulkhead 'B.'

Bend the landing gear struts carefully, following the pattern on the plans. Cut the plywood sandwich pieces and cement on each side of the main strut, then cement the entire assembly into the fuselage, using plenty of cement.

Cut the tail surfaces from hard 1/16 sheet balsa. Sand smooth and join the elevators by means of the 1/16 dowel. Add the control horn. When dry, attach the cloth hinges. Note that one-half of the hinge is cemented to the upper surface while the remainder is cemented to the lower surface.

Cut the hard-wood bellcrank mount to fit rather snugly between the fuselage sides. This can be made from any hardwood stock approximately 3/8 square in cross section. 5/8 wide plywood would be acceptable for this purpose. Bolt or screw the bellcrank to the mount..."

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Update 07/08/2018: added article, thanks to GeorgeS & RFJ.

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oz10311 datafile

Waco N  
by Walt Musciano
from Flying Models
August 1953 
17in span
Tags: Scale IC C/L Biplane Cabin Civil
all formers complete :)
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