Cadet (oz1131)


Cadet (oz1131) by Ben Shereshaw 1938 - plan thumbnail

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Shereshaw Cadet. Free flight gas cabin model.

Quote: "THE CADET, a cabin gas model of 87-1/2in wingspan has been designed for FLYING ACES readers as an intermediate step toward a larger and more intricate gas job. Many of the structural and aerodynamic features of the Cadet are conventional, and due to this simplicity the craft is easily constructed and will prove a reliable performer both in fair and gusty weather.

The original model was built from my plans by Dick Hergenrother, of Hillside, New Jersey. Up to the time of writing, it has made about sixty flights each averaging about ninety seconds' duration. The ship has survived a few minor crackups, and is still flying. She gave a creditable performance at the recent Eastern States Contest at Seversky Field, Long Island, New York.

Building the fuselage. Our first step is to select a flat work board upon which to construct the jigs for the fuselage sides and also for assembling the job. We must then scale up all of our necessary structural drawings - using an architect's scale - to full size. The side elevation of the fuselage (Plate 1) is laid out to full size on the board, and small blocks of hardwood are nailed around the outline and on both sides of the longerons and cross-members.

We now select our 3/8 sq. balsa for the longerons. Be sure that all of the four strips possess uniform grain and bending characteristics. The wood may be of medium grade, a shade on the hard side. The longerons can now be laid in the jig, and all of the fuselage and cross-diagonal braces cut to size. In cutting the cross-members, be careful not to force them in place between the longerons..."

Note this is not a full size plan, this is a scan of the magazine pages as printed in 1938.

Update 06/10/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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Note the difference of rudder outline from the built model to the plans. John Pond once wrote me (while discussing the Scientific Flagship, another Shershaw design) that Ben S. designs had smallish fins for the size of the model. Could this builder have modified his to a larger outline?
Jim Polles - 12/04/2023
The nose of the pictured model looks longer than in the plans as well.
Ian Salmon - 13/04/2023
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