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Flattop. Free flight power model. For 1/2A engines.
Quote: "Dave Hewitt was a successful free flight competitor from the Portland area in the 1950s. This model, the Flattop, at one time held the National 1/2A AMA Gas Record. What is especially unusual for this design is that its center of gravity is located 2-1/2 to 3 inches behind thetrailing edge of the wing. The model is built to be very light, so that the climb is improved even with the rather tepid engines used during the early 1950s.
A couple of tips about the model - just in case you decide to build one. Choose the very lightest wood you can for construction. The original designs weighed in at 4 oz. Second, trim the model so that it has a tight right turn in the power phase - it should spiral in the climb. Finally, the glideturn also should be very tight. Circles of 50 to 100 feet are the goal. The object of a tight circle in the glide is to eliminate any tendency to stall, which could be disastrous in a free flight with such an aft CG.
So, if you are looking for an unusual 1/2A design, check out this three-view, look over the 1953 Zaic Yearbook (if you can locate one) and consider building the Flattop. I am."
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Update 12/08/2021: Added pdf with original 1953 drawing from Zaic Yearbook, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsHi, I am sending photos [main pic, 003-008] of the Flattop models that we operate successfully in the Czech Republic in Pilsen. Motor MP JET 040 PB
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