Piper Comanche oz10538


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Piper Comanche - completed model photo

Submitted to Outerzone: 24/09/2018
Outerzone planID: oz10538 | Filesize: 396KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: Bernd57


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Piper Comanche. Control line scale model.

Quote: "Selection of the Piper Comanche as a detailed control line scale project was inspired by the brilliant performance of the modern low wing aircraft as designed by Piper Aircraft Corporation. Powered by a Lycoming 250 engine, the aircraft has top performance with plenty of get up and go, it holds itself with anything in its field.

The Comanche is scaled 1-1/3 inch to the foot. Our Comanche is designed and built with only one deviation from scale, it is the conventional elevator system rather than the full elevator system. The reason for this is the easier handling in flight and the tendency to overcontrol as so many good scale ships do.

This plane as of now has a total of 39 flights and 25 trophies to its credit without a single mishap, and is built to withstand all types of hard landings as was proven during its two years of flying. Many contests were entered with no less than a second place, including the New York Model Flying Fair held at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Before proceeding with the construction of the model, it is advised that careful study of the plans be made. This plane was built as simple as possible but there are a few points that should be clarified before beginning construction.

First step in construction is to make top and bottom fuselage keels. These pieces are made of white pinewood inch thick. Both keels are pinned on the plans as shown.

Second step is cutting all fuselage formers from hard Vs inch balsa wood with execptlon of A, B which are made of inch plywood. All formers are made in halves for the purpose of building the plane on the plans. When all half formers are glued to keels, remove the fuselage half from the plans..."

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Update 19/10/2018: Replaced incomplete article with full article, thanks to RFJ.

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oz10538 datafile

Piper Comanche  
by Florian Piorkowski
from Model Airplane News
June 1962 
54in span
Tags: Scale IC C/L LowWing Civil
all formers complete :)
got article :)



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