Dopey 1 (oz12796)


Dopey 1 (oz12796) by J London from Aeromodeller 1940 - plan thumbnail

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Dopey 1. Rubber duration model.

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Quote: "Hello all at Outerzone. DOPEY 1 is a lovely old design typical of rubber models from the late 1930s. The plan appeared in the April 1940 Aeromodeller and in C S Rushbrooke's An ABC of Model Aircraft Construction which came out in five editions from 1939 to 1941. This book provided a wonderful start to aeromodelling for countless schoolboys, including me. The 1940 (revised) edition was a Christmas present from my father and I still have it.

Construction is straight-forward with the exception of the 1/32in. sheeting round the nose which is a tricky job and surely not for beginners. A friend who also built a Dopey used soft 1/16in. sheet soaked overnight – a better method, I think.

The stated dihedral of 3.5 in seemed excessive (I considered it a draughtsman's error) so I reduced it by an inch. Wrong! A Google search after my model's completion revealed the Aeromodeller article, complete with picture of the original Dopey. This clearly had a dihedral which is all of 3.5 in. Serves me right, I suppose, for straying from authenticity - but I still prefer my amended version. Interestingly, the caption explains that the undercarriage legs in the photo were longer than those on the plan for “experimental purposes”.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions (as of February 2021) Dopey 1 has yet to be flown. Should go well, though, on 20g or 25g of 1/8th, ten strands. I incorporated a tip-up wing DT. It will surely be needed.

Weights: Wing, 18.3g. Fuselage, 21.3. Tailplane, 4.4. Fin, 1.8. Prop assembly, 11.9. Undercarriage, 5.9. Total, 63.6g (2.24oz)."


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Dopey 1 (oz12796) by J London from Aeromodeller 1940 - model pic

  • (oz12796)
    Dopey 1
    by J London
    from Aeromodeller
    October 1940 
    30in span
    Rubber F/F
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 02/02/2021
    Filesize: 462KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: PeterMichel

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