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Veteran. Rubber cabin duration model.
Quote: "It's a consistent winner. Placed second in the 1939 Moffett Open Class Elimination. The Veteran, by Kenwood Carter.
High performance and simple construction make the Veteran a constant threat. The original ship placed first in the Middle Tennessee Meet in 1938. Jack Schneider took first place in the Allegheny County Meet flying a similar ship and then Dick Everett, who later won the Class C Open Gas at the Nationals, and Schneider placed first and second respectively in the West Virginia State Championship Meet. Flown by the author, this design piled up a 503.73 - second three-flight average to take second in the Open Class Moffett Eliminations at the 1939 Nationals. Longest flights were 27 minutes unofficial and 18 minutes official out-of-sight.
Now for interesting features in design. The original ship, built by Dick Everett, used a single rudder. The twin rudders were used to increase the stabilizer efficiency. Directional control was also better after the twin rudders were introduced, and torque was reduced, the ship needing very little offthrust. The stabilizer was raised to its present position to escape the downwash of the wing. The stringers down the sides of the fuselage add greatly to the strength, with a minimum of weight.
Although the ship had a slightly better glide with the folding prop, I used the freewheeling because flying adjustments were easier to make. In contest flying, to me this is important. The folding propeller, which changes the center of gravity when the blades fold back, makes adjustment more difficult between the power and glide flights.
The rubber tensioner is important, and well worth the time of making, since it allows the use of tip to twelve inches of rubber slack.
Construction. Lay the plan on a flat surface and place thin wax paper over the side-view layout of the fuselage. After cutting two each of the upright stations, pin the longerons in place. Cement the stations in place. Make two sides just alike. You may make both sides at once, if you choose, by laying longerons and stations on top of each other, as you cement them in place.
Cut top and bottom stations. Join the two sides together, starting with the widest station and working toward each end. Check frequently to see that the fuselage is square and in alignment. Box in nose and tail as shown with 1/16 in sheet balsa. Add side and bottom stringers. Cut the backbone piece and formers from 1/8 sheet, and fit in place on top and between the cabin and the rear of the fuselage. Make a pattern of the stabilizer mount and cut two from 1/4 in sheet. Glue together and sand to a streamline shape. Cement solidly to the rear of the fuselage. Fillets inserted at Stations A and D are sanded to shape as shown in cross section.
Bend 1/16 in landing gear wire to pattern shape, and bind well with thread at each corner. Cement well. Add tail skid. Now, with a sharp razor blade, cut the rear of the fuselage in two. Prepare the rear hook hangar by bending the rear hook around a 1/4 in square basswood piece, and cementing well. Cut the basswood hangar to fit tightly into the shell and cement into position. Now, cut 1/8 x 1/2 in pieces to fit the four inner sides of the tail piece..."
Note this is not a full size plan, this is a scan of the pages as printed in the magazine. Wing ribs and parts are shown full size, the general layout is shown at 1/4 full size.
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