Flat Albert (oz13403)


Flat Albert (oz13403) by Dave Thornburg from Model Aviation 1996 - plan thumbnail

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Flat Albert. All-sheet profile free flight biplane model. Wingspan 24 in, for .020 engines.

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Quote: "As promised, here is Dave Thornburg's Flat Albert, a sport .020 powered free flight biplane from the July 1996 issue of Model Aviation magazine. It's a cute little model that deserves a place in your Thornburg library. The original plans were on a single magazine page at half-size, and the builder was expected to use a copier to enlarge the plan to full size. Because this generally results in fat and highly pixelated lines, what I have done is to model the plane full size in CAD, and then re-create a new full-sized version of Dave's drawing with clean lines while preserving his title block and notes.

Attached are the full-sized plans in pdf format, and scans of the original build article from MA magazine. The article has just the right amount of down home 'aw shucks' humor from Dave, all necessary build instructions and lots of tips on wood selection and flight trimming. I hope you like it. Kind regards,"

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Flat Albert (oz13403) by Dave Thornburg from Model Aviation 1996 - model pic

  • (oz13403)
    Flat Albert
    by Dave Thornburg
    from Model Aviation
    July 1996 
    24in span
    IC F/F Biplane
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 29/10/2021
    Filesize: 3356KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: StanHinman

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This Flat Albert name must be a typical thornburgian joke on Fat Albert, a C-130 supporting the US Navy Blue Angels aerobatic team. This was taken off the team a while ago, but she was painted Angels blue and white top, and she did her own show routine taking off at full power with Rocket Assist (RATO). It must have been a sight to behold, together with a racket straight outtahell :-))
Thar she blows! Wait for the landing too, and remember to wave your hand to that proud crewperson [got to stay PC, right? :-)) ] flying Old Glory during taxi! For a time the pilot was a female officer, I guess with some big brass ovaries! Having all that fun and getting the DOD paying her on top!!!
Miguel - 31/10/2021
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