Triton (oz12714)


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About this Plan

Triton. Radio control pattern plane, for .45 to .60 engines.

Note this kit included a foam wing. The main planfile does not show any details for the wing construction.

See supplement wing file for some tentative rib templates and a layout drawing.

Planfile includes full build instructions.


The Triton is a contest stunter designed and flown by Jim Kirkland who is not only one of the top flyers but also one of the best model airplane designers in the country.

The model has a foam wing core to make the plane easier and quicker to build and the fuselage is built up balsa with a fiberglass nose cowl.

You will find this model a real pleasure to build and a pleasure to fly - both for the contest flyer and the ”Fly for Fun” flyer.

The instructions are in sections which can be built simultaneously - working on one while the others are drying. A flat table top or flush door makes an excellent building surface.

1. Pin 1/4” square longerons in place over the bottom view. The fuselage is built upside down over the bottom view.

2. Glue cross members in place between the longerons to form a crutch.

3. Make two 1/4” x 3/8” longeron doublers. Shape them to fit under the front of the stablizer by referring to the side view. Glue the doublers on the crutch.

4. Check formers F3, F4, F5 and F6 to be sure the sides are perpendicular to the top. Glue the formers in place on the crutch.

5. Check former F2 for squareness. You have two F2 formers of 1/8” plywood. These are glued together to form the 1/4” bulkhead.

6. The fuselage crutch longerons must be notched or recessed 1/16” from the front at F2 to the servo mount area. This allows the 1/16” plywood side doubler to fit flush with the outside of the crutch.

7. Check the 3/16” balsa fuselage sides against the side view. Be sure the wing and stabilizer cut outs conform to the plans.

8. Glue the 1/16” plywood fuselage doublers to the sides. Be sure you have a left and a right side.

9. Check the ND1's and ND2's against the plan. Glue each ND1 to each ND2. Recess the rear of ND1 and ND2 to accept the plywood fuselage doubler.

10. Glue the ND1 ND2 assembly to the plywood fuselage doublers. Use the side view of the plan for alignment.

11. Glue former F2 in place on the crutch.

12. Glue F1A and F1B together to form a 1/4” firewall.

13. This is the stage to plan your equipment installation. The plan shows Tatone mounts. The following is a list of mounts for various engines..."

Supplementary file notes

Wing file.


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