Schneider Sport. Radio control sport floatplane model, for .40 power.
Quote: "The Schneider Sport is a scale (actually, the Schneider Sport is 'generic scale' - so with changes in color scheme and markings, it can be made to look like almost any racer from the 20's) model of the aircraft flown by the US, Great Britain, and Italy in the 1928 Schneider Grudge Race (see last month's RCM). It is also a converted Sweet Stik (oz9068), and retains all of the good handling qualities of a Stik type model.
You don't have to be a scratch builder to build a Schneider Sport. Start with a proven kit, add simple modifications, and create something unique with very little extra effort.
Don't let the idea of flying off water scare you. Water flying is the latest rage in RC; it's easy and it's fun. Like any other aspect of the sport though, water flying requires appropriate equipment, properly set up. The Schneider Sport is designed specifically for water flying. It handles very well on the water and in the air. It flies like a Sweet Stik, but tracks better.
To keep this project as simple as possible. I started with an ARC (Almost Ready to Cover) kit, the Thunder Tiger Sweet Stik 40L from Hobby Shack, and used ARF (Almost Ready to Float) floats. The plans and instructions included with this article refer to that kit, but actually, any Stik type kit could be used. Shoulder wing stiks become low wing stiks by simply turning the fuselage over.
Different kits, of course, have slightly different dimensions, so you might have to increase or decrease the size of the wing tips and deck formers to fit your particular kit, but that's no big deal.
You can also use larger or smaller kits, just make sure you enlarge or reduce the tail surfaces in proportion to the wing area. Local buildsers have already built two 120 size Schneider Sports from Modeltech Joss Stik kits and a Giant Scale version is underway from a Midwest Giant Sweet & Low kit. (The cowls for these larger models were made from fiberglass, but balsa could be used as well.
One final note; just for fun we took the floats off, and added a pair of Williams Bros Golden Age wheels to one of the Schneider Sports - with excellent results. I guess we should call that one the Thompson Sport.
Construction. The Thunder Tiger Sweet Stik 40L is a 'semi-built' kit. As reviewed, the tail surfaces, fuselage, and both wing panels are completely assembled and rough sanded, but not covered. The first step with any such kit is to verify that the factory work is satisfactory. Make sure there are no serious warps in any of the components: If there are, return the kit, for replacement.
If everything is straight, go over all accessible glue joints and add glue fillets as required. Also cheek the sanding of the wing leading edges and touch them up if necessary..."
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