Snorky (oz1168)


Snorky (oz1168) by Gordon Rae 1951 - plan thumbnail

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Snorky. Free flight gas model. Low CLA design for 1.5cc motors.

Quote: "DESIGNER Rae, deciding that we were in a rut with present-day Contest Power Design, and using Grant's low CLA theory as a basis, has produced a model that is most definitely unusual in appearance, and performance. It can he relied upon even in rough weather for a comfortable 2 mins on a 20 sec engine run, and the low CLA position contributes greatly to the general stability, enabling very tight turns to be maintained without spinning.

Use of a thin section reduces drag on the climb, enabling a wing of larger area to be used and thus reducing wing loading, This, together with the rearward CG position providing work for the tail, assures a good glide.

Construction is simplicity itself and building time is therefore kept to a minimum, not forgetting the unusual wing construction which saves precious and expensive balsa wood.

Fuselage: Cut engine bearers to length, and space them to suit the particular engine being used. Cement the 3/8 x 3/16 spacers in position and complete the crutch, remembering to place the longerons on the outside of the bearers (see sketch on plan). Add formers F1, F2 and F3, and square uprights, push pins into bench as shown in sketch, cement bottom longerons in position, utilising elastic bands to retain the necessary curve, and then cement F4 and the uprights in position, which completes the basic structure..."

The Snorky was clearly influenced by the Leon Shulman Wedgy (oz1060) design, from MAN Nov 1940.

Update 07/01/2013: Replaced this plan with a hogalised PDFvector version, which is much clearer.

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