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Sockdolager. Rubber sport model.
Quote: "This Month's MODEL by Gordon S. Light
Note: Mr. Light was awarded the Lord Wakefield International Trophy August 5, 1935.
INTEREST in model airplanes is like water in a tea-kettle - it will boil over if you're not careful. While I am always enthusiastic about model building - even when my latest hopeful cannot be persuaded to leave the ground! - I find myself literally 'bubbling over' right now. Good flying weather always peps up my model interest, and these autumn days are splendid for that purpose.
I can think of no more pleasant pastime than flying models on a clear fall evening. The creak of the winder - the swish of a model overhead - the red sun low in the sky, contribute to a situation that cannot be equaled. Why not take advantage of it? No doubt you have a winder - and it's sure to be creaky since all modelers neglect to oil them.
The sun and sky will do their part. As for the model flying overhead - that's where Bill Barnes magazine plays the hero's role by supplying plans for the 'Sockdolager' - a model which fits into fall weather flying as neatly as a propeller shaft slips through a thrust bearing.
The Sockdolager is a powered soarer, and given a little altitude it will go places. The big gullshaped wing makes such an efficient glider that its glide often exceeds the motor duration. The average flight is about two minutes and ten seconds. However, my Sockdolager has turned in many flights longer than that. Its big moment was when it flew fifty one minutes and forty two seconds. Unfortunately this flight was unofficial, but that didn't detract from the thrill of our seven mile cross-country drive after the roaming model.
This long flight was in late September and the rising currents were just strong enough to keep the model about five hundred feet above the ground. It didn't gain or lose much altitude during the flight.
Finally, however, it spiraled down to earth for an easy landing in an alfalfa field. Long flights are thrilling to watch, so I hope you'll be able to hook a rising current. The Sockdolager is easy to build and easier to fly and is just the ship to build in your spare time before and after school.
Fuselage. The fuselage has been shortened to 19 inches and the maximum cross-section area has been pared down to 4-1/2 square inches. The small 1 in nosing at the front of the fuselage might seem too small for inserting a motor stick. It is a snug fit, but there will be space to spare after you've practiced a few times. Drawing # 1 and #2 give you the full-size top and side views of the fuselage. Join the edges of these two drawings to form a complete fuselage outline.
Cover the drawing with a sheet of wax paper and pin 3/32 x 3/32 longerons to the side view of the fuselage. Make two side panels at the same time, pinning the longerons on top of each other. Cut the strut braces from 3/32 x 3/32 balsa and cement in place. Lift the two halves off the board and join them by pinning the cross struts in position while the cement dries..."
Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.
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Supplementary file notes
Article, thanks to GTHunter. OCR text, includes scans of the 3 plan pages as originally printed in Air Trails. See http://www.theplanpage.com/Months/2802/2802.htm for more details.
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