Miss Stratosphere (oz12563)


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Miss Stratosphere (Lockheed Altair NC-13W). Rubber scale model. Scale is 1/24.

Planfile includes printwood and full build instructions.

Quote: "Chamberlin's Miss Stratosphere. Construction Notes:

As this plan is so considerably detailed and all the parts with certain exceptions are on printed wood, the following notes are really supplementary, merely outlining the work. Use a single edge razor blade for all cutting and if the edge gets dull, break the blade and use the broken corner as the cutting edge.

The model is designed principally as a flying model. However, for purely exhibitional purposes, the entire model may be covered with sheet balsa. Directions are given for completing this model as an exact flying scale model and the kit contains all of the material for such a model.

Before starting, be sure to lay down a piece of wax paper to cover the plan. This will keep your work from adhering. It would be wise to thoroughly read through these instructions and carefully check through the accompanying plan. This will familiarize you with every step in the actual constructions.

FUSELAGE: Conventional framework construction is em-ployed as the simplest and most accurate method. Start with the sides, and when they are completed join them together with the cross struts. Now add on the formers. The sheet balsa covering is comparatively simple if done correctly. Cover only one section at a time. Use pins to hold covering in place until cement sets. When completely covered, sand to a smooth finish. Cockpit may now be cut out. The cowling is made up of a turned nose block and sheet balsa. To secure the oval section at the trailing edge of the cowling it is best to make a former to the correct shape and use as a template.

LANDING GEAR: Made of bamboo, with heavy drawing paper for landing gear covers.

WINGS: Carefully cut out all the wing parts. Start construction by building the outline of the wing; when the cement is dry, lift the outline up on the pins that fasten it to the plan and slip in the ribs. Now put on the top center spars and when cement is completely set, wing may be removed from plan and bottom center spars are put on. For flying, the wings and tail are tissue covered; if wings are balsa covered, the ribs must be trimmed down to allow for thickness of wing covering. (See plan.)

EMPENNAGE: The spars and ribs are of 1/16 square. Cover tail according to directions on the plan.

DUMMY MOTOR: For a strictly flying scale model the draw-ing of the motor on the plan may be cut out and pasted in. For exhibition purposes, the nose may be hollowed and a built up motor can be put in.

PROPELLER: The type depends again on what use the model is to be put. For exhibition, make the scale propeller. For flying, make the special balsa prop. The propeller is finished in aluminum paint.

HINGES: Aileron and Flap hinges are made from paper or cloth tape. Rudder and Elevator hinges made from aluminum.

MOTOR EXHAUSTS: Are cut from scrap balsa, shaped, sanded and painted black. They are located as shown on plan.

PAINTING: Sufficient color is provided in the kit to finish the model. However, for perfectly smooth paint jobs, you will need some lacquer thinner. No thinner is included in the kit due to danger of leakage. Three thinned coats of dope on the entire model will produce excellent results. Follow color chart in painting model."

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Quote: "Here's Megow kit B5, a 1/24 scale rendition of Lockheed Altair NC-13W, "Miss Stratosphere". The kit reflects the enclosed cockpit installed on NC-13W in the late 1930s for a planned trans-Atlantic flight. Plan and printwood scanned from an original kit. Thanks again for all you do to keep these plans available."


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Miss Stratosphere (oz12563) from Megow - model pic

  • (oz12563)
    Miss Stratosphere
    from Megow (ref:B5)
    21in span
    Scale Rubber F/F Cabin Civil
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 27/10/2020
    Filesize: 1028KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: MikeKelly

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Dear All, Just a quick note on Miss Stratosphere. I found this excellent page at https://dmairfield.org/airplanes/NC13W/, the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field Register, very interesting and a very good source of information.
I quote "The non-profit educational company Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. has offered aviation history through dmairfield.org since 2005".
A site well worth looking at.
Gnomelike - 22/11/2020
Nice catch!
Miguel - 23/11/2020
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