Trenton Terror (oz1170)


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Trenton Terror (Miss Trenton Terror III). Free flight gas cabin model.

Quote: "How much will it cost? And how will the finished job perform? Questions such as these always come to mind when a chap's planning to build a gas model. And in the case of the Trenton Terror he'll receive mighty satisfying answers.

Simple design coupled with top-notch performance and low cost of construction are the keynotes of our Trenton Terror. And the fact that at least ten Terrors have been built in Trenton during the past few months (up to the time of writing) is proof enough that the ship is both practical and popular.

That 'low cost' feature is one reason for its popularity, of course. For the Terror can be built and even equipped with airwheels for an expenditure of but little more than $4. Obviously, this doesn?t include the engine - but you might figure on a medicine dropperful of gas within that price!

The ship has performed very well indeed at a round half-dozen large contests in the East. And in the recent Metropolitan Gas Model Meet at Seversky Field, Long Island, the stable performance of the plane astonished spectators and contestants alike. For other models were cracking up right and left in the very high wind that marked the day - while the Trenton Terror flew calmly on!

And at a State Recreation Festival at Roosevelt Park NJ a short time ago, the Trenton Terror was staging an exhibition flight from a small island in a lake to the 'mainland'. From a swell take-off, all went well! But the motor conked out while the ship was right above the water - and she made what the old fiction writers used to call a 'volplaning dive' to a perfect three-pointer on the drink!

The airwheels served efficiently as pontoons, and when we - Barney Onofri, who had built the original model from my plans, and myself - had retrieved it, we shook the water off and sent the ship up again. But by that time the Terror herself was terrorized for she flew out of sight and hasn't been seen since. Which brings us to the moral of our story, Never fly your Trenton Terror - or any other favorite model - without first firmly affixing your name and address in a conspicuous place..."

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I built a Trenton Terror from Model Builder plans some years back. They're pretty faithful to the original drawing, and I want to mention that with all that plywood up forward, the TT is actually susceptible to nose-heaviness. If I build another, I will eliminate much of the plywood in the forward part of the fuselage, add a proper firewall, and add some structure to the tail surfaces. The TT is a very nice airplane that climbs very well on a minimum of power. I have an old OS Max .20 in mine, and a three-minute engine run will take the airplane almost out of sight.
Moeregaard - 14/02/2013
Hi, Steve. Here is a 1996 photo of my recently built Trenton Terror mentioned in my previous comment [see more pics 003]. Nineteen years on (2015), the yellow has faded somewhat, but the TT is still very airworthy and ready to go. The photo shows an elderly Enya .15 in the nose, but today she flies with an equally vintage OS .20 RC. At 40 oz., the airplane will fly with just about any engine in the .15—.25 (1.5–2.5cc) range, and I think it would be great with a small four-cycle engine. I would have used my OS .20 four-cycle if the airplane weren’t already nose-heavy with the two-stroke engine. Regards,
Moeregaard - 25/05/2015
Hi guys, This is a nice plane, thank you for giving us all this great stuff! The plan en the article have the same size and they look pretty much the same, perhaps the article is placed twice ;-}
Ed Vink - 24/01/2021
Thanks, Ed. You're right. Fixed this now.
SteveWMD - 24/01/2021
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