Airacuda (oz12331)


Airacuda (oz12331) by Tony Lewis 2020 - plan thumbnail

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Bell YFM-1 Airacuda. Radio control scale model of the 1930s American heavy fighter prototype, for electric power.

Quote: "Attached are plans and a plan listing image for my Airacuda design. Wingspan is 100 in. Power estimated as two 1300 watt systems. Balsa and ply construction. More details on my plans can be found on my website:
Tony Lewis
Dynamic RC."

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  • (oz12331)
    by Tony Lewis
    from Dynamic RC
    100in span
    Scale IC R/C Multi Pusher Military Fighter
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 13/07/2020
    Filesize: 6815KB
    Format: • PDFvector
    Credit*: TonyLewis
    Downloads: 1311

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The nice thing (one of the nice things) about this plan is, being in vector PDF format you could drop it into, say, Inkscape and re-scale it to the wingspan you want for a model, then save and export that as PDF or SVG. Basically, it will scale and print out beautifully. And since there are vanishingly few plans to build a flying model of the Airacuda, that gives you more options.
SteveWMD - 14/07/2020
One of the other nice things is the precise quality of these plans, they are a pleasure to look at especially the formers and ribs, and all the smaller model components. Designing all this was not a weekender.
Miguel - 14/07/2020
Hello, I seem to be not able to see the CG location on the plans pdf for the Airacuda? If I may say so, these are truly a wonderful set of plans. Thank you so very much for providing these plans and your others to Outerzone. When I clicked on the link for the Airacuda plans I looked at them briefly... then got up & poured myself two cups of coffee! I've always been interested in the Airacuda, but there were no plans anywhere, just rough drawings. I hadn't really done much research on the full size airplaneother than to remember that it overheated easily and one or two had crashed. The information on Wikipedia is something else.... Oh my gosh!
Best wishes,
Jeff Green - 22/07/2020
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