Noorduyn Norseman (oz12025)
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Noorduyn Norseman. Radio control scale model, for .30 - .45 2-cycle, .40 4-cycle engines (or, with floats, for .35 - .45 2-cycle, 45-5- 4-cycle engines).
Note this plan does not include floats. Despite their appearance in the main illustration, the floats were sold as a separate item (listed as "36 inch Universal Floats" - see page 11 of the kit instructions).
Quote: "The Norseman, first manufactured in 1935, was the only aircraft produced by Noorduyn Aviation. Its suitability to the northern Canadian environment was soon recognised and, especially after the end of the second world war released many Norseman aircraft to the civilian market, it was difficult to find a northern air terminal that did not have a substantial representation of Norsemen. Although advances in technology have produced replacement aircraft for the Norseman, few, if any, will earn an equal niche in history.
Powered by a Pratt & Whitney 550 hp radial, you didn't take a Norseman if you were in a hurry as it's cruising speed was only 134 mph. It was a large aircraft with a wingspan of just over 51 feet and weighed in at 7,540 lbs when equipped with floats. However, if it was reliability or load carrying capacity you were after, the Norseman fit the bill.
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS: Variables to choose from in constructing your Norseman are many. You can choose to have either bolt on or elastic fastened wings, instructions are included for both. Struts are not functional and may be included or omitted. You can use full length strip ailerons, tip ailerons with fixed inner section, or employ a full flap and aileron wing. Instructions are included for all variants.
All construction should take place on a flat building board at least six feet long. We also suggest, if you don't have one, a sanding block ten to twelve inches long. Before commencing construction, read through the entire instruction manual and familiarise yourself with the plans.
Start construction with the wing as it is used in setting the spacing when you are building certain parts of the fuselage. Also, you can work on the fuse while the glue is setting on some areas of the wing.
WING CONSTRUCTION: The wing is built as a single unit, one half at a time.
1. Starting with the right wing panel, pin the 1/16 x 1/2 x 28-1/4 (P) (trim to length) trailing edge sheet to the plan. NOTE: Every time you see a (P) after a part description, it indicates the part (or parts) are pre - cut.
2. Cut the bottom rib caps from the 1/16 x 3/8 stock 4-7/8 in long and pin in place on the plan. Note they will cover 1/2 of the main spar. Hint: cut one and use it as a template for the rest.
3. The center section is sheeted with 1/16 x 3 in sheet that extends 4-1/8 in either side of the center line. Cut a piece of 1/16 sheet 8-1/4 in long and pin it in place against the trailing edge.
4. Trim to length and glue a piece of 1/4 sq at the rear edge and on top on the trailing edge. It goes from the center line to the outer edge of the end rib.
5. Pin the 1/16 x 3 bottom front wing sheeting in place. (P) Note it is wide enough so you can trim the, edge for straightness if required.
6. Lay the 1/4 x 3/16 rear spar in place - glue the 1/4 x 3/8 main spar in place and, before the glue sets, proceed to step seven.
7. Glue in one rib about the middle of the wing and another one at the tip. (Be careful not to use the ones with the extra cut for the ply main spar) Glue and pin the rest of the outer ribs in place (six) in place.
8. Mark the center of the ply 1/4 x 1/2 x 20-1/2 in main spar (P). Line up the main spar with the center line and glue it to the main spar and the front bottom sheeting. Add the center ribs and, before the glue has set, sight down the wing to ensure all is correctly aligned. Proceed immediately to step 9.
9. Glue in the top spars.
10. Glue the 1/4 x 11/16 leading edge (P) to the rib fronts and the bottom front sheeting.
11. Razor plane and sand the leading and trailing edges..."
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User commentsHi Steve & Mary, This plane is sadly famous for being the plane in which Glenn Miller was lost, flying out of Tempsford airfield, near Biggleswade.
I see you've mentioned "formers unchecked", but the plan doesn't show any tailplane...
OK, it wouldn't be difficult to find and draw...
Best regards, BC
Brian Cox - 22/03/2020
let's say a "sorta Norseman", note the squared fuselage...
Pit - 22/03/2020
The plan of the bigger Noorduyn Norseman Mk V (oz10671) by the same people doesn't show any formers either but at least it has a tail, however the box photo shows it satisfyingly rounded. Are we maybe missing some printwood sheet?
Miguel - 22/03/2020
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