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Tutor. Simple rubber trainer model. Wingspan 16 in.
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Quote: "Here's a scan of a plan for a 16 inch high wing rubber powered model, very simple, and pretty self explanatory... Thanks,"
Update 01/02/2021: Added article, thanks to RFJ.
Quote: "The name of the model should give you a clue as to its intended purpose - use in school instruction programs. Along with information about building and flying this small rubber-powered model (indoors or outdoors), the author also provides some tips about how adults can get schools involved. Best of all, the Tutor is an easy-to-build, fun model. Jim Kostecky
EVER SINCE I can remember I have heard: Where are the Juniors? Where are kids who build model airplanes? Model aviation is going to vanish when the last real modeler who built 100 Comet models dies! Baloney! The kids who build (or would build) models are everywhere. They are playing baseball, riding bikes, playing arcade games, and most of all they are in school. They still love to make things with their hands. They still love to say: Look what I made. The magic fascination with things that fly and soar and move through space is still there. Imagination and fantasy combined with the idea and actuality of flight are still grist for the mills of growing and developing minds and reflexes.
Contradictory in this age of instant communication and easy access to mountains of information, kids just don't know about the pleasures and joys of modeling. The subject of this article, the Tutor, was born out of the necessity to either answer direct curiosity or channel youthful energy into a satisfying activity.
The Tutor requires only simple basic skills for construction, and it will fly in spite of itself. No highly-refined techniques or exotic materials are used, but this is relative. If you're a 12-year-old living miles from a hobby shop, then a plastic prop and bulk rubber are exotic. A first consideration is to make sure you know where you can get the materials easily and have them available when needed - but I get ahead of myself.
Where do you find the greatest concentrations of kids? In schools, of course. Health departments use schools to accomplish their ends, because the little rascals are there - easy access. Various agencies find schools a convenient way to disseminate important information that children and parents need to know. Principals, school boards, and teachers are in the business of providing the best and widest range of activities possible to their students and the community. A school building should be in use constantly. The more facilities are used, the more cost-efficient they become. The schools need to be used by adults in the community, too. Watch the illuminated school building on a cold winter's night. Often you will see departing adults carrying sweaty socks and sneakers after aerobics or basketball. 'Little old ladies' carry macrame or stained glass ornaments from adult education activities. There is no reason the socks and sneakers can't be augmented with winders and rubberbands. The 'little old ladies,' fathers, sons, and daughters (or should I say adult persons and young persons) could be carrying balsawood, tissue, X-Acto knives, and model kits. If you are a teacher/modeler as I am, then you know how to implement modeling activities in school.
Let me give you my modeling background and philosophy and see where that leads. My beginning was with Rubber models. They didn't fly, but I hung them all over my room. Man-carrying aircraft with character filled the skies whenever I looked up. Piper Cubs, Champs, DC-3s, Taylorcrafts, occasional Thunderbolts, P-80 Shooting Stars, Starfires, Sabrejets, and a host of other planes were flying at speeds and altitudes that provided the visibility to make aviation a very significant part of everyone's existence. The thrill of flight was able to be enjoyed (somewhat vicariously) by everyone because it was observable. Today, unless you live in an airport glide path, most aircraft are small specks, almost unnoticeable, and a Cessna 'driving' overhead does not smack of adventure and excitement...."
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