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Picador. Control line stunt model.
Quote: "From Barcelona. A fully aerobatic semi-scale control-line deisgn based on the Hispano Aviation Ha 1109 Spanish fighter. Picador, by F Batllo.
REPORTING THIS YEAR'S VIIth Criterium of Europe in the June issue we stated that the nicest of the stunt models present was Fernand Badlo's semi-scale Spanish fighter with a Fox 35. Admittedly he did not win - but that was no real fault of either the pilot or the model, it was simply that the engine was for once off-form. In the air it looks like a Messerschmitt 109 - the machine built in Spain as the Hispano Ha 1109, and on the ground its workmanlike features are quickly appreciated by the stunt enthusiasts.
Detachable wing, full span flaps, long tail moment, light and ultra-simple structure all add up to a design that will turn on a sixpence and offer scintillating performance with any engine from the powerful 3.5 cc diesels to the glowplug American 35's. The originals (many have been built by the Barcelona club flyers) are coloured in Spanish Air Force Dark Glossy Green upper surfaces, with Light Grey undersides. The rudder is all white with the black diagonal cross, and identification roundels are Red, Yellow, Red.
Out in sunny Spain the lads put in many hours of flying and we count ourselves lucky in being able to present this particular design for your enjoyment. We requested drawings when in Brussels at the European Championships, but apparently they had no time to prepare a special set of plans for publication. This proved no problem to Fernand Bathes clubmate Jose Garcia Flegenheirner, for he simply collected the pieces of a Picador beyond repair, parcelled them in a bundle and took them along to Barcelona Airport. They arrived the same day in London by British European Airways Viscount service! So we prepared the APS plan from a dissected model.
Construction. Although from a source where balsa is not in good supply, and having a wing rib spacing that indicates use of hardwoods, the Picador is definitely a lightweight all-balsa model. Spars on the model sent to us are not even medium grade, might even be termed soft, while the sheet for the fuselage definitely belongs to the soft category. This is a clue to the reason for high performance. A light model means low wing loading and smaller looping radius, so bear this in mind when selecting materials.
Two basic sides for the fuselage are cut from 1/8 in sheet and used to locate formers F6 and F7 (with tailwheel) when placed upside down on a building board with the rear fuselage overhanging the edge. This aligns the sides perfectly. Now make up the engine bearer assembly..."
Picador, Aeromodeller, November 1956.
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