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Auntie-Q. Vintage styled rubber twin pusher model.
Quote: "This antique (thus the name) style rubber model was designed in a fit of nostalgia when the author felt the need to commune with the Old Timers who are coming out of the woodwork (John Pond will rake me over the coals for that remark!) to fly replicas of ancient craft. It was inspired by tales told by Uncle Carl Fries, who held an AMA Rubber National Record in his youth with a design not unlike this one in configuration. Carl's ship was winning while I was still a babe in arms, so there is somewhat of a generation gap between his concept and my current effort. His was a craft of the Joe Ott era; mine is a machine of the present, with contemporary features like ready-made plastic props and thrust bearings, warp-resistant Warren truss geodetic surfaces, and Sig Powerstrip rubber.
Aside from the obvious similarities in the twin pusher configuration (canard tail-first layout, A-frame body, dihedral stab and no fin) perhaps the only bond between this 'Now' creation and Carl's flying machine is the use of the old reliable Jap tissue as covering - I have purposely tried to keep the model simple, manageable in power and size, yet attractive and racy-looking (the unorthodox configuration helps a lot here) so that it will appeal to the novice and young flyers of today as well as to the Old Timer who may want to relive the days when twin pusher designs were king of the mountain, literally outclimbing anything on the flying field. This ship is small and purposely limited in performance so that it can it flown in today's smaller fields; but it is a twin pusher nonetheless and it will thrill you with its hot climb.
Construction. Obtain a set of MAN full size plans and the necessary goodies. You will note that this ship requires a minimum of expensive balsa, and every piece is a readily available size. Be sure that the sheetwood for slicing the ribs is quarter-grained (C-grain); you can identify this by a speckled appearance, and stiffness of the sheet. Stripwood should be firm and straight; avoid soft, twisted strips. Be sure to use a sharp X-Acto or razor blade for cutting out parts; a double edge blade broken to a point, like a knife, is best for slicing out the ribs. A well made metal or ply template is a necessity here..."
Auntie-Q, MAN, January 1971.
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