Student (oz12973)


Student (oz12973) by Rick Foch from American Aircraft Modeler 1973 - plan thumbnail

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Student. Control line profile trainer model for 1/2A engines.

Quote: "Well-designed 049 Control Line trainer. It is rugged, light and builds quickly. Student, by Rick Foch.

The Student is an easy-to-build and an easy-to-fly control line trainer that can be built by anyone who has constructed a few simple Tenderfoot models.

Since there is no tissue covering, this model can be built in an evening or two. Even though it is built only of flat sheets, the Student's appearance is somewhat more realistic than most beginners' models. For power I recommend a Cox 049 Baby Bee, but most half-A engines work just as well.

Using the parts list given as a guide, go to your local hobby shop and purchase the required materials. Use unwarped medium-hard to hard density balsa. If you need help in selecting the wood, ask the advice of the hobbyshop dealer. He will be more than happy to help you.

Construction: Cut out all the parts as shown in the small diagram on the plans. To begin construction, lay the bottom sheet over the plan and add the 1/4 in sq balsa crutch pieces. Use plenty of cement and pins to hold it tightly in place.

While this is drying, sand the wing, stabilizer and elevator smooth, and round all square edges. Hinge the eleva-tor using Perfect brand hinges and add the control horn.

By now the fuselage-bottom/crutch assembly should be dry. Remove the pins and glue on the forward and rear top pieces. Be sure to leave a three-inch space for the wing.

Carve the nose blocks to shape and cut the firewall and bellcrank mount out of 1/8 in birch plywood with a coping saw. Drill the small holes in the firewalt for the landing gear lacing. Now bend the landing gear from 1/16 in music wire. Lace the gear to the back of the firewall using heavy carpet thread. Apply cement generously.

The wing and stabilizer can now be cemented onto the fuselage. Make sure they are aligned from both the front and top views. Use pins to hold in place until the glue sets.

Sand the keel and rudder and round all edges except those which will be glued to the fuselage. Now cement the chin pieces to the bottom of the nose. Next, cement the keel in place making sure it is straight; then cement the nose blocks on each side of the keel. When the nose is completely dry, it can be carved and sanded to shape. The chin should be gently rounded, blending smoothly into the fuselage.

Groove the nose of the fuselage for landing gear wire and cement the fire-wall/landing gear assembly firmly to the fuselage. Be sure to use plenty of adhesive and wipe off any excess cement that oozes out. After this dries, smear another coat of cement on this joint..."

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Quote: "Hi, Steve and Mary. Good morning. How are you? I hope all are still fine... The third model is the 'Student', a little 1/2A C/L trainer designed by Rick Foch. I bought that plan on Ebay some years ago, and I've found it published on the Aerofred web page in the last few days. Since it's a very simple model, I've made this CAD redraw. As usual, I add all the plans in PDF vectorial format, as so in both vectorial CAD formats: DWG and DXF.
Take care of yourself. And greetings, from your friend. Valeria367"

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Student (oz12973) by Rick Foch from American Aircraft Modeler 1973 - model pic

  • (oz12973)
    by Rick Foch
    from American Aircraft Modeler
    September 1973 
    26in span
    IC C/L
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 15/04/2021
    Filesize: 277KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap • PDFvector • CADfile
    Credit*: Valeria367

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