Vega 35 (oz10830)
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Vega 35 Stunt. Control line stunt model. For Fox 35 engine.
Quote: "Newest C/Line Aerobatic Design by National Champion. Vega 35 Stunt, by Lew McFarland.
Rarely do those of us who like both C/L scale and stunt find a plane that will permit combining the two events to our complete satisfaction. But one glance at this Vega 35 and any yo-yo aerobat should say: It's all there, not much stretching needed.
In the back of my mind I had always wanted a PT-19 stunter so drawing and construction began on one in the summer of 1958. The project was shelved when Air Force duty came up. Dave Hemstrought had also been stirred up by discussions between the two of us and among other local enthusiasts. Dave lived in Georgetown, SC; I was stationed at Charleston AFB about 100 miles away - close enough for us to exchange ideas but not close enough to completely keep up with the other's building activities. Any-hou (as 'Wild Bill' would say) one day up pulls Dave with that bright and shining PT-I9.
In the mean time I had run across three views of a Vega 35 which is basically the same as a PT-19 and was designed for the same purpose, primary training. Since it was all metal and produced around 1945 I figure it was developed after the 19. The Vega concern was a subsidiary of Lockheed at Burbank, California. The fact that the real plane used a spinner and there were few if any models of it around was appealing.
So on Feb. 23, 1959 the Vega flew again. The first flights were quite inter-esting. Here was a model that would turn sharper corners than I had believed possible - in fact it turned too short and was overly sensitive. This problem was cured by adding a little lead to the nose and using an extension. Correction has been incorporated on the plans and as long as reasonably light weight wood is used aft of the CG everything should be A-OK.
The original ship is still going strong after 200 flights. Some of my close friends and worthy opponents like John Peck and Tom Riley seem to think this job is equal to the Shark (oz4557) design. As yet the plane has not been given a chance to prove itself in contests because of an extra large tank and a finish not quite up to par.
Enough torque - let's get down glue and pins. At this point isn't it customary to state that the construction is conventional and only the unusual points and trouble areas will be covered? There is nothing radical, extremely original or world shaking about this design, it just LOOKS LIKE A REAL PLANE AND FLYS LIKE ONE. If built and piloted properly she'll give competition a real shock, but that is all up to you, Maybe you just like good old cow pasture flying? Well, she offers that, too.
Wing assembles quickly if all parts are first cut out and the spars pre-notched. Construct inverted to prevent drooped appearance due to rib taper. Make sure longer section is inboard. You might consider increasing the chord of the inboard section about 1/4 in to provide the same effect. Notch for gear spar is not cut out until a major portion of the wing framework has been completed. An alternate gear hook-up is similar to the Detroit style which many favor..."
Vega 35, American Aircraft Modeler, June 1962.
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