Little Vagabond. Free flight gas cabin model. The original Little Vagabond plan 45in span from Aeromodeller March 1945. Reprinted in Jan 1992.
Quote: "THIS 'plane, built by my father, was designed for any 2 cc petrol engine. The chief aims of the design were: Ease of construction and low flying speed allied with a high degree of stability. As there is so little reserve of power available from these power units no special effort was made to design a showy or elaborate machine; however, it is quite a fascinating model both on the ground and in the air.
In still air the model unsticks after a take-off run of about 20 ft; with a breeze this distance is decreased, of course, though personally I like to see these midgets taking their time about getting off the deck and climb steadily rather than watch them leap into the air and give rocket without a stick exhibitions.
The construction is quite straightforward and it is well within the abilities of rubber-driven 'plane fans to build it. For the benefit of those who have not yet built a petrol job but who would like to build 'Little Vagabond,' the following points should help.
1. Be sure you understand your engine before you fit it in the model.
2. Shellac all woodwork in immediate vicinity of the engine as a protection against petrol and oil.
3. Solder all electrical connections.
4. The original model carries a small accumulator for ignition, although booster battery connections are provided they have never been used. It is well worth having at least two accumulators for the machine, plus a large one to keep them charged.
5. Bind the undercarriage in place with thread to the cross struts and longerons, using a fish or casein glue; fit the appropriate webs laSt.
6. The airscrew shown may not suit all 2 cc engines but it can be used as a guide. Remember there is no surplus power available for badly carved props.
7. Double cover the fuselage with jap tissue and apply two coats of dope. The main planes and tail unit are covered with a single covering of jap tissue; apply one coat of dope.
8. Fit a light but efficient timer. "
Update 09/11/2018: Added article, thanks to RFJ.
Did we get something wrong with this plan? That happens sometimes. Help us make a correction
Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email firstname.lastname@example.org
* Credit field
The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.
This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.
© Outerzone, 2011-2018.
All content is free to download for personal use.
For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.