Flipper - plan thumbnail image

Flipper - completed model photo more pics (1)

by Vic Smeed
from RCME
March 1965 
18in span
Tags: IC R/C Biplane
all formers complete :)
got article :)

This plan was found online 26/06/2011 at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1265873&page=313
Outerzone planID: oz1314 | Filesize: 472KB | Format: • PDFbitmap • PDFvector | Credit*: 50+AirYears, belli


About this Plan

Flipper - Single channel RC biplane sports model, for .020 power.

Update 02/05/2013: Replaced this plan with a clearer version, thanks to theshadow.

Quote: - "...attached a cleaner scan of plan ID1314, Vic Smeed's Flipper, with the missing section now complete. This plan also appeared in Grid Leaks & Radio Control World magazine, issue Nov/Dec 1966."

Update 25/04/2016: RCM&E article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.

Update 06/05/2017: Added PDFvector version of the plan, thanks to belli.

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Article pages, text & pics.

PDFvector version of plan.


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User comments

Added a pic of very nicely completed Flipper model thanks to Sundancer [see more pics] from his detailed build thread with many more pics, at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2072448
SteveWMD - 19/07/2014
This is the only airplane I can ever remember being a total failure. Built from the magazine plans, mine was single channel with the lightest radio available, a Citizenship sugar cube receiver, Citizenship compound escapement and three small button cell nicads. It still felt heavy. I never really got it into the air with every hand launch into the ground. After several repairs and no success, I gave up and salvaged the radio for another more successful project. I still think I could get it to fly with modern radio and electric power, but it was a no-show back in the day.
DougSmith - 30/04/2015
I'm not surprised that Doug had trouble if his model was on the heavy side. However, modern radio and electrics have made the Flipper into a perfectly practical R/E/T performer. Mine [more pics 003] weighs 6 ounces and flies perfectly - however, it IS very small and quite speedy, so requires care to keep it in sight and attention to orientation. But it doesn't have any vices and is actually very easy to land.
Sundancer - 24/03/2016
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