A-5A Vigilante (oz11693)
About this Plan
Vigilante. Radio control sport-scale model. Pusher prop layout.
Quote: "A-5A Vigilante. Plan Feature. This 41 inch span, four function near-scale model by Pavel Bosak suits .40 cu in two strokes.
In the fifties the US Navy issued a specification for a carrier borne bomber with a nuclear capability and as a result the YA-33-1 made its maiden flight on August 31, 1958. At the time the Vigilante boasted the most advanced automatic flight control system in the world and the aircraft was developed with a special flight, VAH-3. As the A3J-1, the Vigilante took part in the development of the Navajo B-64 missile and also surprised the aeronautical world with its rearward-ejecting bomb tunnel. In 1962 the designation was changed to A-5A and the aircraft embarked on the super-carrier Enterprise. Development continued with the A-5B and the best known RA-5C.
The model Vigilante is a logical development of my experiments with delta winged aircraft and with pusher engine installations. It's a very compact model and for this reason it's built in one piece.
Construction: This begins with the four fuselage 'sides', two long inner ones from nose to tail and two shorter outer ones from jet intakes to tail. Add the ply doublers, the full length for the inner sides, just around the under-carriage blocks on the outer sides. While these dry the formers are cut out and drilled for control runs, also the nose former must be prepared for the nose wheel leg mount and the tail former for the engine mount. The formers and sides can now be epoxied together and held together while resting on a flat surface.
Now prepare the fuselage bottom, gluing together an appropriate width of balsa to fill the area from the 'notch' on the outer sides to about four inches behind this point. To this is firmly epoxied the main undercarriage block. This bottom sheeting section is fixed to the fuselage at the same time as the outer fuselage panels are fitted, then a three inch wide section of the fuselage top is covered, where the fin and rudder must be fixed. Top and bottom sheeting is fixed cross grain.
At this time the main undercarriage could be fitted. Now the underside sheet-ing can be completed and the hard balsa nose cone glued into place. The sheet that closes off the air intake section can now be fitted and the linkage to the nose wheel arranged so that the fuselage top sheeting from the wing to the nose can be completed.
The tail surfaces can now be built up. Note that the fin spars extend to the bottom sheeting of the fuselage. Holes are cut in the outer fuselage sides to accept the tailplane panels and in the inner sides to suit the braces.
Now for the wings. The ribs and the web W11 are cut out according to the plan and assembeld over the plan with the spars. Notches are cut in the inner and outer fuselage sides..."
Vigilante, R/C Model World, September 1987.
Direct submission to Outerzone.
Supplementary file notes
Article pages, thanks to RFJ.
Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)?
That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction
North_American_A-5_Vigilante | help
see Wikipedia | search Outerzone
ScaleType: This (oz11693) is a scale plan. Where possible we link scale plans to Wikipedia, using a text string called ScaleType.
If we got this right, you now have a couple of direct links (above) to 1. see the Wikipedia page, and 2. search Oz for more plans of this type. If we didn't, then see below.
ScaleType is formed from the last part of the Wikipedia page address, which here is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_A-5_Vigilante
Wikipedia page addresses may well change over time.
For more obscure types, there currently will be no Wiki page found. We tag these cases as ScaleType = NotFound. These will change over time.
Corrections? Use the correction form to tell us the new/better ScaleType link we should be using. Thanks.
Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email email@example.com
User commentsNo comments yet for this plan. Got something to say about this one?
Add a comment
* Credit field
The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.
This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.
© Outerzone, 2011-2021.
All content is free to download for personal use.
For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.