Freshman 9 (oz13288)


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Freshman 9. Control line profile trainer model.

Planfile includes full build instructions.

Quote: "Testor's Freshman '9' is the first in a series of four progressive kits designed to train the amateur modeler in the art of building and flying control line stunt planes. This kit has been carefully developed - together with Testor's McCoy '9' propeller, Testor's '39' fuel, and the McCoy '9' Engine - to provide the uninitiated modeler with a perfect combination for a successful first venture into the exciting hobby of control line flying. The Freshman '9' is extremely easy to build and equally easy to fly.

After you have successfully built and flown your Freshman '9' you should plan to build and fly the second in the series called the Testor Sophomore '9'. The third and fourth models in the series are (ailed the Junior and Senior, respectively. If you intend to ust. your present McCoy '9' (or similar size engine) for the entire series, always buy the kit with the green label.

Follow the instructions very carefully. Above all, don't assemble the model by guesswork. Study the drawings and instructions carefully, so that you understand every detail thoroughily before beginning actual construction.

STEP No 1. Sand the entire fuselage smooth with 4/0 sandpaper. The wing tips and front of edge should be rounded. This can be accomplished quickly and easily with 2/0 sandpaper. Sand the entire wing with 4/0 sandpaper. Remember to sand WITH THE GRAIN OF THE WOOD during all sanding operations.

STEP No. 2 Round the edges of the rudder, elevator, and stabilizer with 2/0 sandpaper. The edges where the elevator joins the stabilizer may be left square. Hand sand the tail surfaces with 4/0 sandpaper. Using TESTOR'S Formula B Cement, apply the control horn on the elevator 1/2 in to the left of the center (looking towards the front of the plane). Use cement liberally, coating the joint a second time after the first application dries. Cut eight 1 in cloth hinges from the long strip of cloth supplied in the kit. Cement these in place as shown here. Join the elevator and stabilizer by cementing the top elevator hinge cloth to the under side of the stabilizer and vice versa. BE VERY CAREFUL to prevent cement from getting on the hinges where they bend.

STEP No. 3 The engine mounts require only light sanding. Slip the wire landing gear into place on the fuselage, and then cement the engine mounts into place. Make sure the mounts are flush with the top of the fuselage. After inserting the wing in the ready-cut notch, you will find that the landing gear wire is no longer free to move up and down. Insert the two wood screws as shown in the drawing. REMEMBER: this assembly carries the weight and vibration of your engine, so care should be taken to make it tight and strong.

STEP No. 4 Cement the wheel halves together making sure they are cross-grained and that the holes are aligned properly. Cement the bushings in the hole, using the cement liberally. It is recommended that you use these wheels inasmuch as they are very light and strong..."


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