Weetabix Wonderplane (oz10329)
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Weetabix Wonderplane. Simple rubber sport model.
This was a
free offer with Weetabix breakfast cereal, in 1957. Sport model, loosely based on the Auster AOP.
Note: not free, the kit actually cost 3/6d (17.5 pence in decimal) along with tokens from Weetabix boxes or flour. Thanks to Rod Moore for checking this.
Quote: "Send off now for your Weetabix Wonderplane construction kit - it's super! A real flying model, elastically powered, with metal propellor and a mainplane of true aerofoil shape - designed by aeronautical experts. Wing span 21 inches. Get your Weetabix Wonderplane now."
Direct submission to Outerzone.
Update 10/08/2018: Rescaled this one to correct fullsize at 21 in wingspan.
Update 13/07/2020: Added printwood scan, and decals, thank to RodMoore.
Quote: "Hi, Attached are scans of the printed sheets for the Weetabix Wonderplane. They are just slightly too large for my A4 scanner, even putting on a diagonal cuts off a bit. The five printed sheets are each 3” x 12”, ww1a/b is 1/32nd sheet and the other four are 1/16” sheet. There are also four more 3” x 12” x 1/32” sheets that are used to make the wings. I scanned in Jpeg black and white but did last page in colour to show the propeller, nose button and wheels. The prop is a flat alloy blank 5-5/8 diameter and 0.03” (0.85mm) thick. Nose button and wheels (1” diameter) are plastic. The two discs are slices of 3/8” dowel 1/8” thick. The kit also included a 10 ¾” piece of 0.046” diameter wire and 24” of 3/16” flat rubber strip.
I suspect the kit was designed and produced by Veron but may be wrong. Note there is no instruction to twist the prop blades. The Weetabix address label on the box is dated 16/4/57 and has a code E225A, the printed postmark is franked 1/2/57 in London. This is probably a later version having plastic wheels. The other box I have is dated 29/1/57 with code B212, this had postage stamps but one is missing and the frank is illegible. The two kits I built in early 1957 just had the balsa wheels on the wood sheet. I contacted Weetabix some time ago about the Wonderplane but got no reply.
Also added scan of the decal sheet. Waterslide transfers, large is 1 1/2" diameter, small is 1". They look a bit fuzzy as the protective cover is still attached.
If you need more information and pictures let me
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User commentsFor more on the Weetabix Wonder model, see http://cerealoffers.com/Weetabix_Ltd/Weetabix/1950s/Wonder_Offers_-_Plane/wonder_offers_-_plane.html
SteveWMD - 10/08/2018
What a neat little model (Weetabix Wonderplane) - thanks for posting this one. Bulkheads can be developed from the side and top view, but it would be nice if printwood scans were included, as there is no tailplane pattern on the plan. One could use the Veron Auster AOP 9 [oz 759] plan to approximate what is missing...
DaveD - 11/08/2018
Thank you so much for being able to download the plan. I remember getting the plane in 1957 when I was 7 years old and my Dad helping me make it. I am 70 next birthday and just seeing the plan has brought back such a lot of great memories of the plane and of my Dad. Thank you.
Ron_fromUK - 21/12/2019
Hi, Attached is a pic of one of my Weetabix Wonderplanes [main pic]. This one is 3 channel R/C and is electric powered. I built two originals in the 1950s but flights were never great due to all-sheet construction and being under powered. The electric version goes like a rocket and can perform hairy aerobatics.
I have one complete unbuilt kit (the one shown in the cerealoffers link) and the box, plan and a few bits from another. Note the printed instructions are slightly different in the later version (the boxes have the dates of posting franked on them) and also the later one has plastic wheels as opposed to the built up balsa ones.
Rod Moore - 03/07/2020
Hi Rod, How about providing scans of the kit print wood so that this piece of history is complete.
Ted Avey - 04/07/2020
Printwood scans are here now Ted, so you can build one now, then send us some pics :)
SteveWMD - 13/07/2020
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