Wireless Widgeon (oz12996)
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Wireless Widgeon III. Radio control scale parasol model. Scale is 1/6.
Quote: "Wireless Widgeon, by FL Swaney. Every once in a while, as we thumb through the time-worn pages of our memories, we come across a design that has been taunting us for many years. Such a ship is the Westland Widgeon.
Long a favorite with scale model builders everywhere, the Widgeon is ideally suited for radio scale. The fairly long nose moment, the large horizontal stab, and the high mounted wing, make her as stable as a rock! The Gypsy engine lends itself readily to attractive reproduction with little loss from the original, clean appearance. The undercarriage is well located for long, scale take-offs, and is rugged enough to withstand all but the hardest crash landings. What more could the avid scale enthusiast want in a design from which to build an attractive, well flying ship.
Our Widgeon was scaled up to a six foot span for two reasons. First, we had a good RC .29 available. Secondly, I have always felt that the lighter wing loading tend to be much easier to trim out, and will fly more in a scale manner than the heavier loaded jobs. It would, indeed, be a shame to build a nice, slow flying ship like the old Widgeon, and fly her at the scale speed of, say, a Mustang, or a P-40. Your completed Widgeon should weight in at about 5-1/2 to 6 pounds, depending upon which radio gear you decide to install. With a total wing area of almost 6 sq ft, this comes out slightly over 16 oz per sq. ft. Now we have just about what the Doctor ordered. A good, old reliable Clark Y airfoil section, for slow flying, with plenty of lift, and yet enough weight for good penetration in a fairly stiff breeze.
As a flyer, the Widgeon is as simple as they come. Anyone can hop her successfully, with only a minimum of ability on the stick. She will actually fly herself. The turns are very graceful, and she will make a 180 degree turn before the nose drops appreciably! Take-offs are completely effortless, if a reasonably smooth strip is available, and I have taken her off from surfaces which would make it necessary to hand launch almost any other ship.
The construction of our Widgeon, however, is a different matter. This is NOT a job for the beginning model builder to tackle! I would suggest that you get considerable experience at building simpler ships, and THEN try the Widgeon. The plans, I believe, are quite adequate for the experienced builder, so I will not go into a lengthy discussion of how longeron 'Q' is cemented firmly to Gizmo 'J' etc. Instead, I want to point out several possible pitfalls in the construction, so that your Widgeon will fly right off the board, as mine did, with only slight adjustments.
All metal fittings on the original ship are made of stainless steel, and are silver soldered. I don't feel that this is absolutely necessary, but 'cold solder' joints have a habit of coming apart at the most embarrassing moments. There is a small, Butane torch available at most hobby shops. that is ideal for light silver soldering..."
Wireless Widgeon, MAN, June 1961.
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